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"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. "
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sos'thenes,
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:4 I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 1:5 that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge--
1 Corinthians 1:6 even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you--
1 Corinthians 1:7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1 Corinthians 1:8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:11 For it has been reported to me by Chlo'e's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren.
1 Corinthians 1:12 What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apol'los," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ."
1 Corinthians 1:13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 1:14 I am thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Ga'ius;
1 Corinthians 1:15 lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name.
1 Corinthians 1:16 (I did baptize also the household of Steph'anas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.)
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart."
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
1 Corinthians 1:27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
1 Corinthians 1:28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
1 Corinthians 1:29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
1 Corinthians 1:31 therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

''For those who do not believe, the message of the cross is foolishness to them but to those who have been saved, it is the power of God. Christ is the wisdom and power of God. God made the testimony of his power and presence in the hearts of those who accepted Christ in their lives... God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.''

Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost and He asks us to join Him by sharing the Good News with a lost and dying world.....never are we told to alter the message to be more palatable to the hearer. He tells us plainly here that to those who are perishing it is foolishness, we should not be surprised when they balk at the message, salt is unlike sugar, it is bitter to the taste. Coming face to face with our sinful condition is not comfortable, it is necessary however for salvation. We don't get to "stay the same" when we become a disciple of Christ. He calls us to radically drop everything and take up our cross and follow Him. Thank you Lord for the clarity of Your Word-----and that to "us who are being saved it is the power of God."

The world, sadly, seems to ignore the very Grace that was sent to save it. For those of us who know the Power and Wisdom of God, that Grace is all we need to survive this crazy world! Praise be to God for giving us His Marvelous Grace and Power to show us how much He Loves us!!

Thanks Duncan.

Thank you for the cross~ Thank you that we have been washed by the blood~

It was at the cross that Christ Jesus' blood was shed for the forgiveness of sin. It was on the cross that Jesus died for you and me so that we be saved from destruction, given new life through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. The cross is also where he suffered, so believe me when I say Christ understands our suffering whatever it may be. It brings me tears of joy and humility when I realize what he has done for me. The wisest decision anyone can ever make and the most important decision to make would be to accept Christ into our lives.

The Holy Cross symbolizes the triumph of Christ over his passion, death and resurrection. He was victorious over sins and we are more than conquerors with Him. If we bear our cross patiently and obediently, we will be following his examples.

Amen to that, and sadly to those walking away....

Thank you Jesus that my salvation is not based on what others think, say, or do or based on you changing your mind about loving me because you never change who you are... Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

I often believe people get Church, Christianity, and Religion mixed up with the gospel of Christ and the cross He died on. To a good majority of non believers they see all these things as a system of something or someone trying to control them and tell them what to do and and if they don't do the things they tell you to do, you are going to hell. For some who do try and go to church, there is a decent chance they may feel like an outsider, a subject of judgment by those in the church, and a sucker who is supposed to give their money because they are told to. It's hard to navigate through all these things and get to the basic element of it at, and that is Christ Crucified. He died in order to give us a chance at eternity with Him because we can't do it on our own. It's not fun being told that you are a sinner, and unless you have faith in Christ, you will remain separated from God. There are a lot of good people out there who don't know Christ and its sad. It's not about being good enough. We all sin, and are sinners. We can never measure of to the expectations of God, but that is why Jesus allowed Himself to go through what He had to do. Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost and He asks us to join Him by sharing the Good News with a lost and dying world.....never are we told to alter the message to be more palatable to the hearer. He tells us plainly here that to those who are perishing it is foolishness, we should not be surprised when they balk at the message, salt is unlike sugar, it is bitter to the taste. Coming face to face with our sinful condition is not comfortable, it is necessary however for salvation. We don't get to "stay the same" when we become a disciple of Christ. He calls us to radically drop everything and take up our cross and follow Him. Church, Christianity, and Religion cannot save us. These things are all flawed. Only Christ can save us and He is perfect.

~ Torture stake (NWT 1Co 1:18)

Thanx Sudie...








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