Quick Bible Reflection

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)

As Christians, are we busy saying “woe is me” or are we busy saying “whoa is me” when it comes to serving God, his son, his gospel and his church?

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Bad at predicting the future

voo-doo economicsHow’s this for stating the obvious? “Economists of all persuasions have proven to be really bad at predicting the future, especially when it comes to jobs.” In my book, all economists practice voo-doo economics. (Remember who said that phrase?) I’m no prophet (and I’ll avoid the cliché, son of …), so I guess I ought to put myself in their category. Except I don’t get paid big bucks for bad guesses.

• Pray for me: I’ll teach the second part of “Theology of the Pattern” this afternoon in our advanced Bible study series. Liberals heave when they hear the word “pattern” applied to Christianity, and I’ve heard that already from reactions to the title. But we carry on.

• Speaking of liberal-di/progressives, this perfect description of them popped up recently, though used in context of political liberals: “experts at using the supposed depravity of others as a device to advertise their own great righteousness.” Reminds one of the know-it-alls in 1 Corinthians, which we’re reading through now via the NT schedule, who let knowledge puff up, rather than being a tool of love for God and man.

• A strong thought today from QBT: We can do something every day to further the work of God. “The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.” Ez 5.2 NET. (That’s based on the longer devotional on my website today, “Do what you can, and nothing less.”)

• Would you allow me to make a specific application to that truth, as a suggestion to Fellows and, yes, visitors as well? Do something every day to further TFR. A post, a quote, a link, a bone of news.

• Thanks to Rick Kelley’s limericks, I’ve been inspired to do a few, again, lately. See if you can put a Bible verse to the last one, just posted, “Poor John.”

• Finally (finally!), this quote from the UPLift/Your Day to Shine twitter: “No feeling can be sustained, but any thought can be maintained.” Hold that thought.

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