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For the Common Good

When spiritual gifts are used incorrectly, the results are disastrous. You have divisions. You have strife. You have jealousy. A worship service can turn into a circus. The Spirit of God does not give gifts so that you can do sensational things and get plenty of public attention. The purpose of gifts is simple. They are to be used for the common good. ...

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Bad Table Manners

There's a right way and a wrong way to behave at the table. Some of the folks in the church at Corinth had terrible table manners. Church services were a lot different in those days-much more informal. They met in homes. A large house could accommodate 30, 40, or maybe 50 people. Instead of using their after church potlucks as a way to build community, they used the L...

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Expressions of Communion

Even though communion is a regular part of every worship service, I'm not sure we fully understand why we take communion. We just know we're supposed to pass a tray of Welch's around and stare at the floor in silence to please God. Communion is often taken in a somber mood of dismal introspection as we focus on the death of Christ....

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Concentrate on Doing One Thing Well

We can't be all things to all people. We can't provide programs for every conceivable need. But one thing we can and must do is this. We can share the gospel. Advancing the gospel must be the motivation for everything we do....

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