One of the first lessons we learn from Paul as he discerns whether revelations he received were truly from Christ, thus worthy of his trust and obedience, comes in conferring with spiritually mature people who have known Jesus (not just known about Jesus) longer than he has. The apostles who knew Jesus prior to his death and resurrection give Paul their blessing, acceptance, and affirmation because his astonishing story corresponds with the way of the Jesus they knew.
—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Now I encourage you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Agree with each other and don’t be divided into rival groups. Instead, be restored with the same mind and the same purpose.
—1 Corinthians 1:10 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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