1 Corinthians 16 –Treating Life With Respect

Paul was finishing his letter to the Corinthians and as a final note, he addressed 3 issues.  Giving, caring for others and showing hospitality. Paul was very direct and very clear–Plan for these things.  With Giving, set aside each week an amount according to what you can give. Then when the collection comes it will not be painful. Next, When Paul, Timothy or others come to serve to welcome them to protect them and make your home a place of refuge and not contention. Finally, always be hospitable.  The Church needs to be a family that welcomes and shows care for others.  
 
Nothing has changed.  We are still to plan for the Lord’s work, care for those he sends to minister and finally be a hospitable sanctuary for those that come.  We can never become so self-absorbed that we forget we are on mission to minister to the world.  If we allow our personal lives and craziness to control us, we will not only be miserable, but we will be playing into the enemies hand in neutralizing the ministry of the Gospel.  We must stand firm, seek God and serve others.  If we will then we will impact the world fr beyond what we could ever hope or dream.
 
God Bless You

Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

Personal Requests

After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia.Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

10 When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.

12 Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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