Trinitarian Benediction

David Zomer

READ : 2 Corinthians 13:14 Grace . . . love . . . and communion . . . be with all of you. (v. 14) Can you imagine a country where every third person was a paid informant for the government? Where spies reported on anything you said or did, often with severe personal repercussions? Many families endured imprisonment, torture, and punishment because of people they thought they knew and trusted, but who actually were spies. The church and Christian …

Your Fault, My Fault

David Zomer

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:11 I have made a fool of myself but you drove me to it. (v. 11 niv) How often have we “been made a fool of”? How often are we so concerned with our reputation that we totally forget we are simply representatives of Christ on earth? One of the most challenging tasks for my wife and me is to teach our children to accept blame. Too many times, we hear “He hit me, I didn’t …

A Thorn: Curse or Blessing?

David Zomer

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 There was given me a thorn in my flesh . . . (v. 7 niv) What was this “thorn” in Paul’s flesh? We read that Paul repeatedly prayed that God would remove this thorn. But God left it there. Paul eventually accepted this as a challenge and a reminder to remain humble. Do you have a thorn in the flesh? I admit I do. As a modern person, I have been taught to be totally …

Believing Not Boasting

David Zomer

READ : 2 Corinthians 11:16-21 What anyone else dares to boast about – I am speaking as a fool – I also dare to boast about. (v. 21 niv) Paul tells us that concern about outward appearance according to human standards is of little value to the Lord. Earlier in his letter, Paul writes that the precious treasure of God shines through from within us, showing forth God’s extraordinary power (2 Cor. 4:7). We are simply clay pots-perishable and breakable …

The One True God

David Zomer

READ : 2 Corinthians 11:1-6 If someone comes and proclaims another Jesus . . . (v. 4) Working for the past seven years at the Hungarian Reformed Church’s Christian university in Budapest has brought many Hungarian young people into our lives. We have seen too often the pain their families have suffered under communism for being believers in the one true God. With the departure of the Soviet army in 1991, these young people had a choice for the first …