Thursday, November 29, 2007


I told you I had some catching up to do. So here are some gleanings from my recent read through 1 Corinthians.

  • This letter reminds me that for many, conversion does not automatically generate complete behavior transformation and that even Christians sometimes live like pagans.
  • God is great at choosing and using the "nobodies" of this world.
  • Can this verse be said of you/me? "The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives."
  • I can work extremely hard for Chapin Baptist Church, but I must remember that it is God who grows the church.
  • Ungodly behavior in the church must be confronted. The Message Bible says, "If necessary, clean house."
  • "Just because something is technically legal doesn't mean that it is spiritually appropriate." (Perhaps as in the controversial subject of drinking)
  • Marriage is a decision to serve the other.
  • Could my behavior/actions in any way be a stumbling block to others? Shouldn't I give that behavior up, even though essentially there is nothing wrong with it?
  • I want to run hard for the finish line. I want to be in top condition when I cross it. Therefore, sloppy living must be out.
  • I am not exempt, nor are you, from any moral downfall. Beware of self-confidence. The key is having God-confidence.
  • The Lord's Supper is a vital part of our spiritual journey and should never be observed in a half-hearted manner.
  • When every member of the body is using his/her special God-given gift, it is a beautiful thing.
  • The love list in chapter 13 always humbles me. This time what hit me was, "Love cares more for others than for self."
  • 14:39 is a great verse for preachers: "When you speak forth God's truth, speak your heart out."
  • Nothing I do for the kingdom is a waste of time. So every day I need to "throw" myself into His work.

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Yes, I've been reading my Bible each day. I'm just behind on my "journey" blogs. Here are some gleanings from my recent read through the Book of Judges.

  • The theme of the book could is the same as year 2007: People did what was right in their own eyes.
  • It is amazing how God uses corrupt people to accomplish His purposes (again true today).
  • Joshua (previous book) was a great, godly leader. Why didn't the generation after him not know God or the works He did for Israel? Christianity is always one generation away from being impotent.
  • Moving forward out of a disobedient spirit is not a wise thing to do.
  • Common pattern in the book: People rebel against God, God sends punishment through a foreign ruler, people cry out and repent, God raises a leader, enemy is defeated, people rebel, and the cycle repeats.
  • My favorite person in the book is Ehud. We left-handed people stick together.
  • My least favorite person is Jael. She kept me from making a 100 on an Old Testament test in seminary (30 years later and I still remember that).
  • The Song of Deborah is not your typical love song.
  • Gideon, like many today, blamed God for his woes instead of admitting his disobedience.
  • We must get rid of all other gods before erecting an altar to the true God.
  • Gideon, how many signs do you need? But aren't we the same way?
  • The key to Gideon's success--God's Spirit was upon him.
  • Did you notice that Gideon didn't argue when his army was cut to 300? What faith!
  • When Gideon learned about Midian's fear, he didn't wallow in pride. He got on his knees.
  • Gideon was in the middle of celebrating a great victory when he had to deal with a bunch of whiners who wondered why they weren't included.
  • Not long after the victory, they were back to their sinful ways.
  • Gideon had 70 sons--a busy man he was.
  • Abimilech demonstrates the dangers of a divided people.
  • I'm grateful that God forgives even when we fall into the same sinful traps over and over.
  • Jephthah--Don't make stupid, irrational vows to God.
  • English teachers would love chapter 12--Is it Sibboleth or Shibboleth?
  • Lessons for parents from Samson's parents: marital communication, praying for wisdom on how to raise our kids, and putting God first.
  • God set apart Samson, but he tried to do stuff in his own power.
  • Samson is the story of the tragedy of wasted potential.
  • Samson didn't know that God's Spirit had left him--how sad.
  • How could a husband give his wife to a bunch of sex-crazed men and then sleep through the night while they raped her? Is our culture any different?
  • It is not a pretty picture when believers fight each other.
  • Chapter 21 speaks to the issue of community--the people grieved at the thought that the tribe of Benjamin might become extinct.
  • The last verse of the book sums it all up--the people did what they felt like doing.

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