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No Paid Leave 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

No Paid Leave

God’s grace is the key to effective and enduring service.


Thousands of federal and state employees are on paid leave pending some sort of investigation. The apostle Paul discovers that in God’s government, there is no such thing as administrative paid leave.



For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “Synesthesia Spirituality,” June 15, 2003, at


For an alternative idea pertaining to Luke 5:1-11, see “Side Hustle.”


It was a year ago this coming Thursday, Valentine’s Day, that a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, He killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others.

On March 14, a month later, students across the nation walked out of their classrooms as a part of #Enough! National School Walkout. The nationwide protest against gun violence lasted for 17 minutes (symbolic of the 17 individuals who died). Some of the students who...

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