Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Speaking on the subject of distress, Bethlehem College and Seminary board member Sam Storms, Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, spoke at a recent chapel from 2 Corinthians 1:8–9, and asked, “To what lengths will God go to ensure that we do not trust in ourselves, but in him? Undermining our self-confidence is an act of love on God’s part.
Over the past several months Vicki and I have eaten at a couple restaurants that offer fortune cookies at the end of the experience. In general, fortune cookies are laughable. If you’re looking for a chuckle, that’s one thing, but if you’re looking for wisdom, look elsewhere.
One recent “fortune” said, “Your luck has been completely changed today.” I tucked it in my shirt pocket to save for later. The shirt got washed. I now have a barely legible, wrinkled “fortune” wad. My fortune apparently changed for the worse?
From a recent newsletter from Bobby Parks, who is with the Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama: “God works in two general ways: 1) miraculously, and 2) providentially.
At the last all-elder meeting, Pastor John took us to Matthew 10:24–31 and drew out five arguments for having no fear.
Little heart … holy heart … pumping the blood of life through the universe: How many times will we break you?
—From “Mary’s Prayer,” by Max Lucado, in God Came Near
Sunday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center roughly 2,500 worshipers from Bethlehem’s three campuses gathered to thank God for 140 years of ministry through Bethlehem Baptist Church.
I received a letter from Steve DeNeff, a pastor from Indiana, concerning the hope, the promise, and the future of the people of God. Regarding the people of God, he says (adapted):
- When someone asks, “Who will go for us? Whom shall we send?” it is important to understand who’s asking.
- The universe is [just] one of God’s thoughts.
- God is being worshiped right now, because he’s God. Everything that has ever been made is coming back to him with praise.
“The Apostle Paul [Jewish zealot who persecuted Christians to death] was the least likely candidate in the universe to spearhead the spread of Christianity.”—Tom Steller, at the pastoral staff meeting last week.
The boy named David was an unlikely victor over the giant Goliath.
Trumpets and shouts were unlikely demolition equipment for the walls of Jericho.
An unlikely virgin girl mothered the Son of God.
Lisa Clark wondered aloud in her letter to WORLD magazine, “I have often thought that the believers who are most curious, most inquisitive, wonder out loud the best, and enjoy his creation the most are the ones who enjoy him the best.”
So, Lord, while I admit that curiosity (especially of the idle kind) can get us into trouble, nevertheless help me be a life-long learner who ponders anew what the Almighty can do, has done, and might do if I ask him to.