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Updated: Jun 13, 2020

"For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you." 1 Corinthians 1:11


Little is known about Chloe, but Paul called her by name. She was well known within the Corinthian community. The scripture that speaks her name supports the fact that Paul had many women as friends and that he esteemed them as co-heirs in the gospel. Even though women did not hold high places in secular society they were considered valuable and influential in the building up of the Christian church.


The city of Corinth was the political capital of Greece and the seat of its commercial and intellectual life. The city had a reputation not only for luxury but also for sexual immorality. Ancient Corinth had been the site of a temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, where hundreds of temple prostitutes exercised their trade. Many years after Corinth had been destroyed the Romans rebuilt the city with an influx of the Jewish population building a synagogue to worship God. It became a bustling cosmopolitan center with an excess of peoples, cultures, and religions.


The city grew extremely fast with people of many different ethnicities, cultures and beliefs, you can imagine the differences within the church and the conflicts that Paul faced in addressing the Corinthians. Through his letter to them he addresses the influences of their pagan culture. Paul was disturbed in hearing from some of the members of Chloe's household about believers disputes that threatened to divide the local body at Corinth.


The people in Chloe's home could have meant immediate members of her family, fellow-worshipers of the church meeting in her house, or servants belonging to her. Whether those in her home were involved in the disputes or relating details about the group to Paul is uncertain.


The more I study the women of the Bible it is clear to me the importance that they had in being a large part of helping in the building or rebuilding and caring for the people of God. Chloe was a respected member of a large community and also an active member of the church. That should motivate and encourage us as women to find our role in the body of Christ and work to make a difference in supporting our church family and community.


I love you & He loves you more!


Lord, Thank You for Chloe and her steadfast spirit. I pray that I would be a worker of Your people and help grow our church through love and compassion to anyone who visits. Thank You for blessing me with a warm and inviting home church that I love dearly. In Jesus' name. Amen.





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Kim
13 jun 2020

Good morning, Bill.


Thank you for your kind words. Inspiration and encouragement from you brings a light to my heart. I know the Lord sent you to my blog to help me keep on keeping on.


I do believe we have a wonderful mix of workers for Christ in our church family, women and men. How blessed we are to get to be apart.


I hope your day is blessed.


♥️Kim

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wmdarrol
13 jun 2020

Good morning, Kim.


I have prayed for your dear mother this morning. Last Sunday I thanked her and your father for raising you to be such a beautiful and consistent witness fof God and his truth.


I, too, am blessed to worship with you at Bethany. It is impossible to think of Bethany without thinking of the many strong Christian women and their various ministries. We are blessed.


May you continue to be a blessing to your daughters in law and to the rest of us.


Thank you.


Bill

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