READ: “For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you” Jn 13.15.

THINK: Jesus offers himself as an example of humility and service to be imitated by his disciples. In many aspects, he and the Father ought to be imitated, Ex 12.42; Mt 5.48; Mk 10.38-39; Col 3.13; Eph 5.1; Phil 2.5ff; 1 Pet 2.21-23. To do this, it is necessary to know the Bible, know how they acted, and conduct oneself according to their example. The one who imitates Jesus becomes an example to others, 1 Cor 11.1; 1 Thes 1.6-7, and puts himself forward as such, Phil 3.17; 1 Tim 4.12; 1 Pet 5.3. Continue reading

Christian raceWhat is the most positive verse in 1 Corinthians 9? The question is a subjective one, of course, so that each may choose his own favorite, but I found mine at the end of the chapter. In the discussion about support for “those performing the holy services,” Paul concludes with this affirmation.

Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27 NET).

What!? This is the most positive verse, you ask? See why: Continue reading

Prayer for November, 2010:

We invite the brotherhood to dedicate the month of November to the following petition:

May we dedicate ourselves to developing the spirit rather than giving in to the flesh; to decency and not sensuality. (see Romans 13:13-14)

May our missionary petition be:

That our life in Christ may underline the truth of our message of proclamation. (see 1 Peter 2:11-12)

How to use these prayers Continue reading