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November 10 - Evening

"As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation."

- Second Corinthians 6:1-2

As Our Co-worker, Please, Do Not Receive God's Grace for Serving in Vain

When Paul talks about grace he could be talking about the grace of salvation offered to us through faith in Jesus. But, Second Corinthians 6:1 Paul is referring to the grace each believer receives in order to serve God. The context in Second Corinthians to "receive God's grace" is in reference to the gifting of believers just as Paul spoke of in Romans 12:3-6 where he says:
"By the grace given me...we have different gifts according to the grace given us." - Romans 12:3, 6

Peter speaks of this grace of being gifted for service in First Peter 4:10-11:
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10

In Second Corinthians 6 Paul quotes from Isaiah 49:8 where God says he will hear "in the time of my favor" and God will help "in the day of salvation." Isaiah writes of waiting for God's "time of favor" and God's "day of salvation." The impression is great things will happen when it is "time" and when that great "day of salvation" comes. Isaiah spoke of a time when God would hear prayers and would respond in supernatural ways. Isaiah foresaw a day when God would bring deliverance and provide salvation for people who were seeking his help.
Paul uses Isaiah's verse to set the stage to encourage the Corinthians "not to receive God's grace in vain," or, as Peter calls it, "God's grace in its various forms." The Corinthians had been gifted to work as God directed because "the time of God's favor" and "the day of salvation" that Isaiah spoke of was "now" according to Paul. Paul did not want the Corinthians to miss this day of salvation and hour of power. Through the Holy Spirit empowered people called the church God was to bringing salvation to a generation in 56 AD.
To fail to understand this or to continue to wait for God was to squander the grace that the Old Testament prophets could only say was coming sometime in the future. We are living in the "time of God's favor" and in "the day of salvation." As believers we have been empowered to bring our gifts to our generation. Do not receive your gift in vain! Now is your time to serve God in power according to the gift you have received.
"As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain...I tell you, now is the time...now is the day!" - Second Corinthians 6:1-2
Themelioo (Gr) - Grounded (Eng) - the Greek word themelioo means "to lay the foundation" and refers to anything from a house to a term paper. The English word "theme" comes from thema, the root word for themelioo. This root word, thema, refers to something that is laid down to serve as a fundamental.
Themelioo is used in Ephesians 3:17 where Paul says, "I pray that you, being rooted and established (themelioo) in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ."
Do I know what my gift is?
Do I have excuses and reasons for not pursuing the use of the gift God has entrusted me with?
I will not have it said that God gave me a gift in vain because I did not recognize it or use it.

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Relationships at work


Urban growth
Sudan - trained leaders for rapid church growth

This is the left (west) side, or jamb, or the Triple Gate. This stone is part of the New Testament gate called. There is a Hebrew inscription on the carved molding of the jamb of the Triple Gate. The inscription, possibly a memorial, consists of the names of two Jews who had died. The inscription is dated at around 750 AD when the Muslim Abassid dynasty ruled, and Jews could only worship at the gates of the Temple Mount.
This is all that remains of Herod's original gate (this could be the Beautiful Gate) that served as an entrance to the tunnel and staircase that still exist behind this blocked gate. This ashlar is 48 inches long. Eighteen inches are decorated with a classical gate profile, and the remaining 30 inches are carved in a style typical of Herodian ashlars. The Triple Gate was rebuilt during the Umayyad Dynasty (661-750). The Crusaders blocked it shut to protect themselves from the Muslims around 1100.
Location of Calvary and Jesus' Tomb in reference to the west wall of the city of Jerusalem in 30 AD.

Someone to Quote

"Nothing can be more Real and True than the Word of God that created and sustains our universe." - Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

Since the Constitution in the US forbid the establishment of an official Christian church, America became the seed bed for Christian entrepreneurs. Churches only survived by competing and promoting their “product” in this free religious market void of a denominational monopoly set up by the state.

Here’s a Fact

The Jewish synagogue in Ephesus where Paul spoke for three months (Acts 19:8) has not been found because the Jewish quarter of Ephesus has not been excavated. But, a stone block inscribed with a menorah and the inscription “the altar” has been found in Ephesus.


"The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it."
- Proverbs 10:22

Coach’s Corner

Give someone hope today by what you say and what you do.

Romans 12:3-6
New International Version (NIV)
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
1 Peter 4:10-11
New International Version (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Genesis 17:9-14
New International Version (NIV)
Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
Romans 2
New International Version (NIV)
God’s Righteous Judgment
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
The Jews and the Law
17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
John 16
New International Version (NIV)
16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy
16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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