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“Let’s Talk About Sex!”

re-posted, with permission, from Get Your JOY In The Morning!

1 Corinthians 6:19
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
90’s Hip Hop connoisseurs know the title of today’s message from the female trio Salt N Pepa. It crossed over and hit pop charts in many countries and continents. The purpose of the song was to talk about “safe sex” and to mimic the taboos around sex. Sex was created by God for the enjoyment of man and woman in a covenant relationship and for procreation. Sex has quite a lengthy reference in the Old Testament book Song of Solomon or Song of Songs depending on what version of the Bible you have. In Song of Solomon, the references to courting, marriage, sex and intimacy between King Solomon and the Shulamite woman are also an allegory to the relationship God desires to have with each us, a very intimate one. In Corinthians the apostle Paul addressed those in the Corinthian church who tried very hard to justify their continued behavior of sex outside of marriage a.k.a. fornication, with the notion that they have freedom to do so even in Christ. Sidebar, the word fornicator is derived from the Greek word pornous which is where we get the word porn. And in Hebrews 13:4 the fornicator denoted in the scripture is not just referencing sex but anything that is immoral or outside of the relationship with God. The apostle Paul breaks it down for the Corinthians as to what “becoming one” means. Let’s talk about the act of sex. Continue reading

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The Good Steward

Re-blogged with permission from Get Your JOY In The Morning! by Joy T.J. Riley

Romans 12:6-8

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy. let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 the who exhorts in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

The apostle Paul was addressing the church in Rome about serving God with spiritual gifts. God has placed within each person gifts to be used. Paul spoke of this while talking about the body of Christ and equated the body of Christ to a physical body of a person. Each person has an important role just like each body part you possess. Along with each person having an important role, the gifts God has placed within you have a role as well. Paul specifically talks about serving God with the gifts. Giving back to the one who gave to you shows appreciation. Many equate giving to God with just giving God money. But when God says to serve Him, it goes beyond money. Giving to God means with your time and talent as well. When you love someone, you give. When you appreciate someone you often want to give to them. The parable of the talents which Jesus talked about is Continue reading

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It’s Not About You

by Sharman J. Monroe

A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.

                                                                        Proverbs 18:1 (NJKV)

Very often, we start things with the purpose of gaining money or fame or something else for ourselves.  But what we don’t realize is the real purpose for what we do is to help someone else.  As Jesus said,

Whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.

                                                                           John 20:27-28 (NJKV)

Jesus also instructed us share all our blessings,  Continue reading

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A Desperate Measure Gone Wrong

by Joy T.J. Riley

2Kings 1:3:

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Go up to and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’

King Ahaziah reined for only two years after his father Ahab’s death. Ahab was married to Jezebel. Ahab allowed Jezebel to use the power she had with him to take over and convince him to serve her pagan god  and he even allowed her to have an innocent man murdered. He attempted to serve both the pagan god and the God who brought him to power. Ahaziah was in his upper room and he fell and hurt himself. Instead of seeking God for healing, King Ahaziah sent his messengers to seek the pagan god to see if he would live or die. Because God had been quiet Continue reading

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