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Driving up Hwy 1 from the hospital back to the office today, the sheer beauty of God’s creation startled me. To the right, was the forested area of Monterey to the left was an amazing view of the Bay. For a split second, I didn’t know whether to look to the left or the right. Finally, I decided to move my attention back to the road in front of me. That’s when I saw it—a powder blue VW (not one of those new fiberglass forgeries, it was the real deal-an old-fashioned bug) with a bumper sticker that said, “I want to be a Cadillac when I grow up.”

Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Like David with your foot on Goliath’s armor and your hands held high in victory? Or Simon Peter when Jesus said, “upon this rock I’ll build my church?” Have you ever wanted to be Job? Not me. Who would?

Face it, the guy had it rough. He suffered severe loss all because he was righteous. He lost his family, his fortune, his health. The only thing he got to keep was that wife of his and his so-called f…
April 22
Lesson 8


DEVOTIONAL READING: Revelation 22:10–17


The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.—John 4:14

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2011-2012, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2011). 289.

Christians in Conflict

    Christians in Conflict

      1 Corinthians 6
          I.      Introduction
         A.      First Corinthians is a very Practical Book
         1.      While not giving much space to doctrine, it deals with life
         2.      Meets the Christian in his day-to-day relationship with other believers
           a.      Morality … malice … money
           b.      Bickering … backbiting … spiritual babyhood
         B.      Conflicts that Call for Court Action
         1.      Believers going to court
         2.      Does this apply today? Yes!
         C.      Questions to Handle Christian Conflict
          II.      Body
         A.      A Question about the Consequence of Christian Conflicts (v. 1)
         1.      “Dare any of you … go to law before the unjust?”
         2.      Think of the testimony before others when Christians cannot get along
         3.      Think of the loss of blessing when Christians are in conflict
         4.      Think about the crippling of all so…
April 22

Anonymous Latin hymn from approximately 1605
English translation by Francis Pott, 1832–1909
  Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55, 56, 57)
The thrilling news from the empty tomb is that life has triumphed over death! This is a message that dispels our fears and gives us the sure hope that because Christ lives, we shall live also (John 14:19). Alleluia!
This inspiring Easter hymn first appeared anonymously in a Jesuit collection, Symphonic Sirenum, published in Cologne, Germany, in 1695. It was more than 150 years after its writing, however, before this hymn was used by English-speaking churches. In 1859 the translation was made by Francis Pott, an Anglican minister. The music is an adaptation from the “Gloria Patri,” published in 1591 by Palestrina, the great 16th century Cat…