J. Ridley Stroop explained the name of his book, God’s Plan and Me. It’s a good explanation.

“God’s Plan” simply means that the plan or the teaching is God’s; that the lessons originated with him; that they partake of his nature and are divine. Certainly this is the kind of teaching that we all want. This is the very quality that makes the teaching peculiar or different. It is different from all human teachings because it comes from a different source; it is of divine origin. Paul reminds us of the fact that man had no part in providing this teaching when he asks the questions, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Rom. 11:34). Since God thus provided the plan without the aid of man and has never delegated to man the privilege of injecting his own ideas into it, we should be exceedingly careful to remember that it is God’s plan and that we should treat it as such.

  1. Finally, a quite good hot chocolate mix, homemade, for the lactose intolerant. Don’t ask me for the recipe, it was a gift to DD.

  2. Some reading inspires thoughts to be jotted down and pursued; other reading captivates the mind and refuses to let go.

  3. Suddenly, book reviews and recommendations are surfacing that makes me want to invest again. Just as I’m paring down my volumes in preparation for my office move.

  4. A day behind on the Romans postings to one of the Portuguese sites, but the one for tomorrow is ready to go. Now, to do one for Thursday, because there’ll be no time, since our day flight starts early.

  5. Was surprised to discover how many times joy and happiness are mentioned in the book of Romans.

  6. An original verse: Beneath the surface lies the truest treasure, / Reached by severest effort without measure.

  7. A Bible verse: “He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” Matthew 25.33.

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.

Most appropriate.