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39: “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” (2 Corinthians 8–13)

Fri Sep 15 14:43:21 EDT 2023
Episode 39

How is everyone doing today—like, right now? Before starting this week’s episode, let’s take a moment to think about or write down a sentence or two about how you are. Paul’s message in 2 Corinthians 8–13 is for those of us who maybe aren’t doing so well. For those carrying a tremendous load with no rest stop in sight. In these comforting chapters, Paul reminds us there are prayers being said in our behalf and that God has given us an indescribable gift to rely on—His surpassing grace.

Glue-Ins (free printables for your scriptures)

Segment 1

2 Corinthians 8:11 (The doing of it)
2 Corinthians 8:9 (We are rich through grace)
2 Corinthians 9:14-15 (Prayers for us)

Segment 2

2 Corinthians 8:8-14 (Paul’s speech on service)

Segment 3

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (Sowing and reaping)
2 Corinthians 9:9-13 (Strength given to those who minister)

Segment 4 

2 Corinthians 10:3-7 (War against evil)

Segment 5

2 Corinthians 12:7 (Thorn in the flesh)
2 Corinthians 10:10 (Paul’s humility)
2 Corinthians 11:6 (Despite weaknesses Paul’s testimony is sure)
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (When I am weak, I am strong)
2 Corinthians 10:14 (Not stretched beyond our measure)
CR: Genesis 39:3, 21 (Joseph withstands trials)
CR: D&C 24:8 (Be patient in afflictions)

Segment 6 

2 Corinthians 13:5 (Examine yourself)
2 Corinthians 11:3 (Christ is simple)

Reprobates = counterfeits (Greek)

Words of the Prophets:
If you ever think that the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you. (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “It Works Wonderfully!”, October 2015 General Conference)

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