1 Corinthians 3: 12-13…

“Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Six different materials to build on. Working in disaster relief on destroyed homes, we never find wood, hay or stubble. Often, if the property owners identify a specific area where gold, silver, or precious stones are located, more often that not, we find them.

Pondering these verses and rolling them over in my head, if your life would be the material things in your possessions, after a fire, there is very little left. The amount of gold, silver and precious stones is pretty small compared to what has to be hauled away. We can build with any of these six materials, as always, it is our choice to choose the foundation material to which to erect our spiritual home…

I am praying that my spiritual building is the opposite of my material building…

1 Corinthians 1:9, Key Verse…

“God is faithful, by whom ye are called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9.

In the first nine verses of First Corinthians Jesus is mentioned Nine times!

“God is faithful.” Men and women, not so much. Even other sisters and brothers in Christ, are not always faithful. But God is!

“By whom ye were called.” Called by God in Christ Jesus, a high calling. A fellowship, Koinonia, (Greek). If Jesus is your Savior, you are in partnership with Jesus. The True Owner of everything you and I own.

Marriage. In the Old Testament God says not to hitch and ox with an ass to plow. If you are married, hopefully you are not hitched to an ass. Marriage is a Koinonia, a partnership. Our relationship with Christ is a love relationship. We love Him because He first loved us.

Move ahead with God as your partner. We can face all of the worlds problems with God as our partner. Look to Jesus, He is the solution to all of our frustrations and problems of life. Swimming up stream in a sinful world is only possible in the Koinonia of the Lord Jesus Christ…


“Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭15‬:‭42‬-‭47‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Interesting to notice, Joseph asked for the body- ‘soma’ is the Greek word. Pilate gave Joseph the body- ‘ptoma’ is the Greek word. The word soma speaks of the total personality, a word meaning care and tenderness. The word ptoma that Pilate used just means the corpse or carcass. Two different viewpoints, two different attitudes toward death and the bodies of the dead. Joseph wanted Jesus, all Pilate did was give him a carcass. What a difference!!!

1 Corinthians 15: 1-4

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There is no Gospel without the Resurrection. The Gospel is a series of facts concerning Jesus Christ. Period…

The Gospel does not tell us what to do, it tells what Jesus has done for us…


“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭17‬-‭27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Money will buy a bed, but it will not buy sleep.

Money will buy food, but it will not buy an appetite.

Money will buy medicine, but it will not buy health.

Money will buy a house, but it will not buy a home

Money will buy a diamond, but it will not buy love.

Money will buy a church pew, but it will not buy salvation.

Jesus is inviting you and I to get rid of that which stands between us and Him. Jesus is God!!!

What do you think???…

“Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭27‬-‭29‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


“What think ye of Christ” is the test

To try both your state and your scheme;

You cannot be right in the rest,

Unless you think rightly of Him.

Who is Jesus to you? What will you do with The Christ, the Son of the living God???…Jesus is His name, Christ is His title. In the Hebrew, it is the Messiah, the “Anointed One.”


“Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭10‬-‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Rabbi, begone! Thy powers

Bring loss to us and ours.

Our ways are not as Thine,

Thou lovest men, we—swine.

Oh, get Thee hence, Omnipotence!

And take this fool of Thine!

His soul? What care we for his soul?

What good to us that Thou has made him whole?

Since we have lost our swine.

And Christ went sadly,

He had wrought for them a sign

Of love and hope and tenderness divine—They wanted swine.

Christ stands without your door and gently knocks,

But if your gold or swine the entrance blocks,

He forces no man’s hold—He will depart

And leave you to the treasures of your heart.

No cumbered chamber will the Master share, but one swept bare

By the cleansing fires, then plenished fresh and fair

With meekness and humility and prayer.

There He will come, yet coming, even there

He stands and waits and will no entrance win

Until the latch be lifted from within. Joseph H Odell.

New neighbors appeared just as I was cooking our dinner. Awkward, for a moment, as we had rib eyes on the grill…

The storms of Life…

“As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭35‬-‭41‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus, Savior, pilot me

Over life’s tempestuous sea:

Unknown waves before me roll,

Hiding rocks and treach’rous shoal;

Chart and compass come from Thee—-

Jesus, Savior, pilot me!—-Edward Hooper.