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Michael Eaton (Ed. Greg Haslam)
It is instructive to remember how Paul described his coming to Corinth: "I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling..." We can be certain he was not afraid of the Corinthians. He was arriving in Corinth, the second most intellectual city of the ancient world, having come from Athens, the most intellectual city. If he was tempted to be clever, if ever he was tempted to preach with Greek wisdom and use the kind of arguments that would appeal to philosphers, it would be in Athens and it would be in Corinth. He had already preached on the Aeropagus in Athens to one group of philosphers (see Acts 17:22); now as he arrived at the next most intellectual city in the ancient world, he made a crucial decision about the manner of his preaching: "I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. He resolved not to come with "plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power". He was anxious to avoid looking learned or philosphical.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
It is not teh reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good, but the well reading of a few, could he be sure to have the best ones.
Gos is not primarily concerned with our beliefs per se. He is concerned with our plans, our strategies for living life, our functional faith. It's possible to believe all the right things, but to negotiate everyday life by another wisdom, little different from the world.
God's grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Saviour. Christians, then, should expect to find non believers who are much nicer, kinder, wiser and better than they are. Why? Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom or virtue, but because of Christ's work on their behalf.
That is why I urge you to intercede for your children and to pray that they will not get out of the perfect will of God for their lives. While your children are young, ask God to reveal His plans for their futures in order that you can train them up in the way they should go. Treasure in your heart those things the Lord speaks to you about each child and claim God\'s wisdom daily in guiding and training your children.
Impatience is a form of unbelief. It's what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God's timing or the goodness of his guidance. It springs up in our hearts when the road to success gets muddy or strewn with boulders or blocked by some fallen tree. The battle with impatience can be a little skirmish over a long wait in a checkout lane. Or it can be a major combat over a handicap or disease or circumstance that knocks out half your dreams.
Be very careful in church planting be careful to protect the line between work and family particularly when you are starting the church in your home. Be very discerning when you have random people hanging out at your house, and some could be previous sex offenders. Plus you also have the "What about Bob?" syndrome. There is always that one "Bob" guy in every church. Practice hospitality, but do it with great wisdom and discernment. People will molest your kids in the name of church planting.
As a craftsman must train himself in the skills of his trade, so must we use the ways appointed by God for the purpose of making us skilled believers. The chief of these ways is earnest prayer. Pray like Moses that God would show you His glory. Pray like Paul, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17). Lazy souls never obtain an experience of this glory but to seek it by the ways God commands is pleasant
When Paul spoke to Greeks, he confronted their culture\'s idol of speculation and philosophy with the "foolishness" of the cross, and then presented Christâ€™s salvation as true wisdom. When he spoke to Jews, he confronted their cultureâ€™s idol of power and accomplishment with the "weakness" of the cross, and then presented the gospel as true power (1 Cor. 1:22-25).
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