I Corinthians 1:4-9 — There are times when we are disheartened by the condition of our walk with God. We get discouraged by our own sin and selfishness. We know we should be doing better. So what do we do? What do we tell ourselves? …The Christians at Corinth were in very bad shape and yet Paul began His first letter to them with some amazing words – words that are an encouragement to us, no matter where we are in our Christian life.