Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind the last few weeks as Joanne and I have been dealing with lots of family business. Joanne’s been to Boston twice to be with her younger sister Jean, who’s been in Mass. General Hospital going on two months now. And, as you know, my father passed away on March 13th which necessitated a family trip to Florida for his funeral and burial services (both of which were so well done … so thankful for the ministry of Christ Church, Anglican in Jacksonville). Please be in prayer for my Mom (Ann) who has to learn how to live without my Dad for the first time in 65 years. Joanne and I are also very grateful for all the condolences we’ve received, via Facebook, personal visits, messages, emails, cards, calls, etc. … far too many to acknowledge here. We have a wonderful church family.
My thanks also to Frank Wang, Ben Hein, Jon Thompson, Dave Dorst, and Tom Gardner … each of whom filled the pulpit during the last five weeks as we’ve continued on in our series on The Most Misused & Misunderstood Verses of the Bible. We have a lot of gifted people in this church who are able to preach and teach the Word of God, and that’s something we all should be grateful for.
I’ll be preaching this week on 1 Corinthians 10:13, which is a verse often used in an effort to encourage people to stay strong, tough it out, put up with it, suck it up, and whatever other stupid cliches we come up with when someone we know is facing a particularly difficult time. It may be a health crisis, a relational problem, a serious loss of some sort, a broken heart, disappointing circumstances, who knows … there are more hard situations than we can easily list … but then someone (again, trying to be helpful) reassures us that “You Can Handle it! The Bible says so.” And usually, they’re referring to 1 Corinthians 10:13.
But is that what the Bible says in this verse? And is this passage dealing with how to handle hard situations? And should you really be able to “handle” anything that shows up in your life? I would argue that the answer to all these questions is a resounding no! And I’ll explain that this Sunday. So what is the Bible saying here? What is this passage really addressing? How should you respond? And why is the Lord’s Supper part of the answer? We’ll be dealing with good and bad questions about this passage, and then addressing the right and wrong answers. And we’ll end with the best answer as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Hopefully, I’ll see you at His Table this Sunday, Dr. Dave