Ed M. wrote as a part of today’s devotional:
People should bring to Him their daunting perplexities, vexing questions, and impossible situations. He will give them strength to overcome their weakness, II Corinthians 12:9,10. If we would fully trust Him, we could do great things. We could defy all the odds along the way. We could swim the deepest ocean, climb the highest hill, and move the biggest mountain, Matthew 17:20b.
What should you bring to the Lord in faith, for him to solve, accomplish, or multiply? What great thing awaits us to do when we show full trust in him?
The writer has it right:
A church relying on human wisdom, wealth or resources ceases to be the body of Christ and becomes an earthly society.
Ironically the writer belonged to a denomination that had no existence in the New Testament and no basis for its doctrine in Scripture. Let us not be self-deceived. Among us are churches relying on their own resources, working only as far as their eye can see.
Great point by Ron T. in the last line:
Elisabeth, an older woman who looked on her life as one not blessed by God because she had no child (or no children) to raise and nurture. She may not have considered her and her husband (Zacharias) as cursed, but it is more than likely she saw herself and them as not blessed (cf. Deut. 7:14: You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. ESV). She was very much on the Lord’s mind (as was her husband) and she was very much in the Lord’s good graces. It goes to show (teach) that reality as one thinks of it in her life may not be reality at all.
God may change our status, situation, condition, circumstance in a moment, in the blinking of an eye.
Oh, Lord, I believe!
Ecclesiastes, from this source:
Title: author mentioned in third person 1:1
A. the brevity and insignificance of life 1:2-2:26
B. wisdom’s failure to discover life’s meaning 1:12-2:26
C. regarding time 3:1-15
D. fear God 3:16-6:12
C’. time revisited 7:1-14
B’. wisdom’s failure revisited 7:15-10:19
A’. life’s brevity revisited 10:20-12:8
Conclusion: author mentioned in third person 12:9-14
“Latin America’s religiously unaffiliated population is projected to grow both in absolute number and percentage terms, rising from about 45 million people (8%) in 2010 to 65 million (9%) in 2050.”
Let us see this projection as opportunity to preach the gospel to a growing number of people without any religious affiliation.
“Enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.” —Napoleon Hill
The most interesting phrase in this sentence is “under control.” We’ve all seen examples of enthusiasm out of control. Not a pretty sight. Under control, a powerful influence.
Last Christmas I received a new NVI Bible (by request), since my old one was falling apart. It has lines in the margins for notes. My first notes, for a sermon, covered Rom 8.28-39. Quite a good place to start, don’t you think?
This is a parenthetical statement of P. Pett in comments on Rom 7.4:
We must not let the work of the Holy Spirit blind us to the fact that Jesus Christ Himself and the Father also live within us. We can become too fond of splitting up the Triune God.