1 Corinthians 12My
friends, you asked me about spiritual gifts. 2I
want you to remember that before you became followers of
the Lord, you were led in all the wrong ways by idols
that cannot even talk. 3Now I want you to know
that if you are led by God's Spirit, you will say that
Jesus is Lord, and you will never curse Jesus.
are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come
from the same Spirit. 5There are different
ways to serve the same Lord, 6and we can each
do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us
and helps us in everything we do.
Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving
others. 8Some of us can speak with wisdom,
while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts
come from the same Spirit. 9To others the
Spirit has given great faith or the power to heal the
sick 10or the power to work mighty miracles.
Some of us are prophets, and some of us recognize when
God's Spirit is present. Others can speak different kinds
of languages, and still others can tell what these
languages mean. 11But it is the Spirit who
does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of
One Body with Many Parts
body of Christ has many different parts, just as any
other body does. 13Some of us are Jews, and
others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others
are free. But God's Spirit baptized each of us and made
us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from
that same Spirit.
bodies don't have just one part. They have many parts. 15Suppose
a foot says, "I'm not a hand, and so I'm not part of
the body." Wouldn't the foot still belong to the
body? 16Or suppose an ear says, "I'm not
an eye, and so I'm not part of the body." Wouldn't
the ear still belong to the body? 17If our
bodies were only an eye, we couldn't hear a thing. And if
they were only an ear, we couldn't smell a thing. 18But
God has put all parts of our body together in the way
that he decided is best.
body isn't really a body, unless there is more than one
part. 20It takes many parts to make a single
body. 21That's why the eyes cannot say they
don't need the hands. That's also why the head cannot say
it doesn't need the feet. 22In fact, we cannot
get along without the parts of the body that seem to be
the weakest. 23We take special care to dress
up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our
personal parts, 24but we don't have to be
modest about other parts.
put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts
that seem the least important are valuable. 25He
did this to make all parts of the body work together
smoothly, with each part caring about the others. 26If
one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part
of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.
you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of
his body. 28First, God chose some people to be
apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he
also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help
others or be leaders or speak different kinds of
languages. 29Not everyone is an apostle. Not
everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not
everyone can work miracles. 30Not everyone can
heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of
languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages
mean. 31I want you to desire the best gifts.
So I will show you a much better way.
Elisha Makes an Ax Head Float
2 Kings 6 One
day the prophets said to Elisha, "The place where we
meet with you is too small. 2Why don't we
build a new meeting place near the Jordan River? Each of
us could get some wood, then we could build it."
a good idea," Elisha replied, "Get
you going with us?" one of the prophets asked.
I'll go," Elisha answered, 4and he left
went to the Jordan River and began chopping down trees. 5While
one of the prophets was working, his ax head fell off and
dropped into the water. "Oh!" he shouted.
"Sir, I borrowed this ax."
did it fall in?" Elisha asked. The prophet pointed
to the place, and Elisha cut a stick and threw it into
the water at that spot. The ax head floated to the top of
get it," Elisha told him. And the prophet reached in
and grabbed it.
Elisha Stops an Invasion of the
after time, when the king of Syria was at war against the
Israelites, he met with his officers and announced,
"I've decided where we will set up camp."
time, Elisha would send this warning to the king of
Israel: "Don't go near there. That's where the
Syrian troops have set up camp." 10So the
king would warn the Israelite troops in that place to be
king of Syria was furious when he found out what was
happening. He called in his officers and asked,
"Which one of you has been telling the king of
Israel our plans?"
of us, Your Majesty," one of them answered.
"It's an Israelite named Elisha. He's a prophet, so
he can tell his king everything--even what you say in
your own room."
out where he is!" the king ordered. "I'll send
soldiers to bring him here."
learned that Elisha was in the town of Dothan and
reported it to the king. 14He ordered his best
troops to go there with horses and chariots. They marched
out during the night and surrounded the town.
Elisha's servant got up the next morning, he saw that
Syrian troops had the town surrounded. "Sir, what
are we going to do?" he asked.
be afraid," Elisha answered. "There are more
troops on our side than on theirs." 17Then
he prayed, "LORD, please help
him to see." And the LORD let
the servant see that the hill was covered with fiery
horses and flaming chariots all around Elisha.
the Syrian army came closer, Elisha prayed, "LORD, make those soldiers blind!" And
the LORD blinded them with a bright
told the enemy troops, "You've taken the wrong road
and are in the wrong town. Follow me. I'll lead you to
the man you're looking for." Elisha led them
straight to the capital city of Samaria.
all the soldiers were inside the city, Elisha prayed,
"LORD, now let them see
again." The LORD let them see
that they were standing in the middle of Samaria.
king of Israel saw them and asked Elisha, "Should I
kill them, sir?"
Elisha answered. "You didn't capture these troops in
battle, so you have no right to kill them. Instead, give
them something to eat and drink and let them return to
king ordered a huge meal to be prepared for Syria's army,
and when they finished eating, he let them go.
a while, the Syrian troops stopped invading Israel's
King Benhadad of Syria Attacks
time later, King Benhadad of Syria called his entire army
together, then they marched to Samaria and attacked. 25They
kept up the attack until there was nothing to eat in the
city. In fact, a donkey's head cost about two pounds of
silver, and a small bowl of pigeon droppings cost about
two ounces of silver.
day as the king of Israel was walking along the top of
the city wall, a woman shouted to him, "Please, Your
Majesty, help me!"
the LORD help you!" the king
said. "Do you think I have grain or wine to give
you?" 28Then he asked, "What's the
woman answered, "Another woman and I were so hungry
that we agreed to eat our sons. She said if we ate my son
one day, we could eat hers the next day. 29So
yesterday we cooked my son and ate him. But today when I
went to her house to eat her son, she had hidden
king tore off his clothes in sorrow, and since he was on
top of the city wall, the people saw that he was wearing
sackcloth underneath. 31He said, "I pray
that God will punish me terribly, if Elisha's head is
still on his shoulders by this time tomorrow." 32Then
he sent a messenger to Elisha.
was home at the time, and the important leaders of Israel
were meeting with him. Even before the king's messenger
arrived, Elisha told the leaders, "That murderer is
sending someone to cut off my head. When you see him
coming, shut the door and don't let him in. I'm sure the
king himself will be right behind him."
Elisha finished talking, the messenger came up and said,
"The LORD has made all these
terrible things happen to us. Why should I think he will
help us now?"
2 Kings 7 Elisha
answered, "I have a message for you. The LORD promises that tomorrow here in
Samaria, you will be able to buy a large sack of flour or
two large sacks of barley for almost nothing."
chief officer there with the king replied, "I don't
believe it! Even if the LORD sent a
rainstorm, it couldn't produce that much grain by
will see it happen, but you won't eat any of the
food," Elisha warned him.
Jonah Runs from the LORD
Jonah 1 One
day the LORD told Jonah, the son of
Amittai, 2to go to the great city of Nineveh
and say to the people, "The LORD
has seen your terrible sins. You are doomed!"
Jonah ran from the LORD. He went to
the seaport of Joppa and bought a ticket on a ship that
was going to Spain. Then he got on the ship and sailed
away to escape.
the LORD made a strong wind blow,
and such a bad storm came up that the ship was about to
be broken to pieces. 5The sailors were
frightened, and they all started praying to their gods.
They even threw the ship's cargo overboard to make the
this time, Jonah was down below deck, sound asleep. 6The
ship's captain went to him and said, "How can you
sleep at a time like this? Get up and pray to your God!
Maybe he will have pity on us and keep us from
the sailors got together and said, "Let's ask our
gods to show us who caused all this trouble." It
turned out to be Jonah.
started asking him, "Are you the one who brought all
this trouble on us? What business are you in? Where do
you come from? What is your country? Who are your
answered, "I'm a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD God of heaven, who made the sea and
the dry land."
the sailors heard this, they were frightened, because
Jonah had already told them he was running from the LORD. Then they said, "Do you know
what you have done?"
storm kept getting worse, until finally the sailors asked
him, "What should we do with you to make the sea
told them, "Throw me into the sea, and it will calm
down. I'm the cause of this terrible storm."
sailors tried their best to row to the shore. But they
could not do it, and the storm kept getting worse every
minute. 14So they prayed to the LORD, "Please don't let us drown for
taking this man's life. Don't hold us guilty for killing
an innocent man. All of this happened because you wanted
it to." 15Then they threw Jonah
overboard, and the sea calmed down. 16The
sailors were so terrified that they offered a sacrifice
to the LORD and made all kinds of
LORD sent a big fish to swallow
Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and