Church of the Living God

2 Corinthians

  • Your Body Follows Your Mind (2 Corinthians 10:36)

    “I went to high school on the other side of town—to the Booker T. Washington High School. I had to get the bus in what was known as the Fourth Ward and ride over to the West Side. In those days…whites were seated in the front, and often if whites didn’t get on the buses, […]

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  • Permanent, Invisible Things

    The year was 1951. It was Valentine’s Day and I (Ted Smith) was 3 ½ years old. My two brothers, Dick (11 yrs old), and Gary (7 yrs old), had just come home from a Cub Scout Party. Our family farm situated on the west shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, about five miles out […]

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  • The Fragrance of Life

    I like a well-ordered world. I don’t like problems. I don’t like unfinished business. I don’t like unsettledness. I don’t like the feeling of being out-of-control. I do not like disorder. I’ve noticed, in my nearly sixty-six years, how infrequently life cooperates with my need for order, and how often my desire for a well-ordered […]

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  • The Best Kind of Glory

    Paul makes a remarkable claim in 2 Corinthians 3:18. He writes that we are able to see and reflect the glory of God in such as way that we can increasingly display His splendor throughout our life. Considering what I know about myself – and what I’ve seen in others – that seems like a very […]

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  • Understanding Forgiveness

    At the time I wrote my last letter, I was suffering terribly. My eyes were full of tears, and my heart was broken. But I didn’t want to make you feel bad. I only wanted to let you know how much I cared for you. I don’t want to be hard on you. But the […]

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  • Ambassadors for Christ

    A Labor Foreign Secretary (1966-68) named George Brown got this response from another guest at a diplomatic reception: “I shall not dance with you for three reasons. First, because you are drunk, second, because this is not a waltz but the Peruvian national anthem and third, because I am not a beautiful lady in red; […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay

    Several months ago, I preached a sermon about the imagery of the Potter and Clay in the Bible. Lately, I have been talking with Amy Gilmore, a friend who actually makes pottery (I offer that in sharp contrast to my complete inability to do anything artistic).   Amy has been explaining to me how the […]

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  • Potters and Vessels: Jars of Clay

    The potter/clay image is used through the Bible to describe our relationship with God.  Jeremiah talks about God as the potter and the nation of Israel as the clay; in 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about how we as Christians hold the treasure of Christ’s presence “in jars of clay” so that we can’t  boast about […]

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