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12/01/2007

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"Now the body is not mde up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body" (1 Cor.12:14-16).

I was out in the bay clamming on Thursday. I experimented with a thin neopreme glove that was given to me, and within an hour I found that using it was a mistake. The water temperature is about 49 or lower and the glove was just too thin. My right hand, (my "working hand") got cold and then my thumb refused to meet my other fingers. Its just really hard to pick up clams if your thumb doesn't work.

My mind kept going over the "one body, many parts" section of 1 Corinthians 12. All the rest of me was working fine except that thumb. That thumb, that before it stopped working, was not even in my thought processes. Let one seemingly insignificant part of the body have a problem and the whole body is affected. "On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable" (V 22)

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it" (V 27). There are so many implications and applications to be taken from this part of the Bible. Paul wrote it because the members of the Corinthian church who were given spiritual gifts were wrangling over which were the most important.

In the church there should be a concern and respect on our part for ALL THE MEMBERS. "so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other" (V 25). There may be weaker that need strengthening, poorer that need help, or sick that need care and prayer, but there are no insignificant ones.

Have a great Saturday and a wonderful worship experience on Sunday. Love mark Phil. 4:11.....

PS.....I changed to a thicker glove and after an hour or so, my thumb worked gain...Its good to have a thumb that works..

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