Wednesday, 6/28/2017

Good Morning, Friend,

Yes, bread is my weakness as I consider my diet of food, especially with a healthy spread of butter on top of the bread, toast, or cracker. I still enjoy soup and bread and butter for a meal. That is why I must run 4 miles, play a match of racquetball, or do something to get rid of the calories that I have consumed. I enjoy eating salted things like popcorn, a Townhouse cracker, a saltine cracker, or some other food with a taste of salt in it. Sugar is not my sweetness 95% of the time…so there are times that a desire for a sweet item in my life comes alive. My wife and I enjoy Oscar’s Custard… one scoop of the vanilla flavor. It is a small treat that we share on our date nights once in a while. There are times that I am tempted to succumb to a sweet food, but most of the time I can resist it. Most of the time I am not bothered by other people eating or drinking sweetened products. Put some popcorn with grapeseed oil, and Celtic Sea Salt in front of me and I melt. God has given us different likes and dislikes for food. I am glad for that…I am thankful for the weaknesses that I have with food. I am even more thankful for the Spirit of God to give me discipline to resist eating things that will cause me to gain weight and discipline to exercise. It is one day at a time, one meal at a time. It is a daily challenge and it will be a challenge the rest of my life. I rejoice in life and I am thankful to God for all that He has given to me. Are you thankful?

1 Corinthians 5:6-7Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

Subject:  Just a Little Yeast

I remember the days when my mother made home-made bread making about 4-5 loaves of bread at a time. She would mix the ingredients together and let the bowl of dough rise in a bowl. She would take the bowl of dough and pound it down over and over again…let it rise again…and finally should would bake the bread. She wanted to make sure the yeast had gone throughout the entire piece of dough. I could hardly wait for the bread to come out of the oven…l so enjoyed the crust with melted butter just oozing into the thick slice of bread. And, then another piece of bread and butter…yum. The home-made bread with a bowl of chili was out of this world!!! One-half a loaf of bread went with that meal!

Yes, boasting is not a good thing. Boasting is “to express an unusually high degree of confidence in…being exceptionally noteworthy” about a matter. Just as I boasted in my mother’s home-made bread from the oven, so the Corinthian believers were boasting about the man that attended even though he was living in sin.

Paul asks the question, “Do you not know that a little leaven (yeast) leavens the whole lump?” He was saying that they should know that just a small piece of leaven (representing sin) in this passage, will spread to the entire congregation of believers.

Paul states a command to the Christians in Corinth. They were told to “cleanse out” the old leaven (yeast). They were to clean out and throw away the man who had sin so that the believers in the church could be unleavened (without evil or sin). That is the reason why Jesus Christ, our Passover lamb was crucified on a cross and was sacrificed (slaughtered) for our sins. He saved us so that we would live a life without sin.

But, you say, “I cannot live a sinless life!” Yes, that is true, but we were not meant to live lives with known sin abiding within us. We just do not go on living in sin and giving ourselves an excuse to sin more. Just because the grace of God is available, we are not to take advantage of that grace and do as we please. We were meant to please God at all times. If that is not your goal, you are not being a good Christian. As Paul said, “Clean out that sin in your life so you can become a new batch of dough without sin.” Strive by God’s help to live a sinless life. We need to do the best that we can to be holy and godly before the Lord. No excuses, please!!!

Striving to please God,

Pastor Les

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.