I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Here’s what A.W. Tozer said about sovereignty:
“God is moving with infinite wisdom and perfect precision of action. No one can dissuade him from his purposes; nothing can turn him from his plans. Since he is omniscient, there can be no unforeseen circumstances, no accidents. As he is sovereign, there can be no countermanded orders, no breakdown in authority; and as he is omnipotent, there can be no want of power to achieve His chosen ends. God is sufficient unto himself for all these things.”
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.