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Since Christ Is Risen...

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth. He addressed their quarreling and arguing amongst themselves. He rebuked their putting more faith in their human leaders and role models than they were putting in Christ Himself.

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ." Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

Paul addresses some other important issues. He is distressed at the lack of unity and purpose that the collective people of God ("the church") in Corinth a…

The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ

Before being called into full-time vocational ministry, I earned my living as a salesman. I've sold many different products. I was involved in retail and door-to-door sales. Sometimes sales people get a bad reputation. Honestly, much of that is perfectly warranted. The fact is, that there are many methods used by sales people to influence customers to purchase their products. Some of those methods are rightfully viewed negatively by the general public!

Something I learned early in my sales career was crucial to my success. It was the principle of how a sale is actually made. Once this principle is understood, you can begin to understand why all of the various methods and techniques employed by sales people either work or don't.

The principle is easily understood. It happens in each sales situation. Often without us ever realizing that it has happened.

There are two major factors involved:

1. Cost; and
2. Value.


If you imagine a scale, with each item on opposite ends (i.e. Cost…