wisdom

The Lord Met US

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This past week we met with a small group of mentors and leaders from several Central Asian nations. These were the “right” people to be with us.

We heard stories of how they came to Christ and what their current ministry is. They have freedom to minister but must do so with ‘wisdom’. In every country where they came from, the Church is growing in the form of house churches. The need for mentors and Christ-like leaders is evident.

I am personally thankful to the Lord for the work He did while we were together.

Take a moment, if you would, to pray for those who attended. Pray that they will have the mind of Christ as they minister with wisdom and in a spirit of love, grace and truth.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Wisdom

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Last week I began a slow journey through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. They were a fleshly group of people who melded their faith in Christ with many values from the culture – wisdom being one of them. Take a moment to read Paul’s words.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;” (1 Cor. 2:1-6)

Consider these questions:​

  1. How do you evaluate a speaker or one who ministers in the name of Jesus?
  2. How does Paul suggest we should evaluate them?
  3. In your ministry, what do you rely on?

Take a moment to offer your thoughts and reflections to the Lord.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Partiality

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The wealthy seem to have it all together. We honor them as those who’ve made it and have it all together. Even in ministries and churches we do this. I have done this. Yet James admonishes us to avoid this trap.

I was reading in James 2 this morning which begins with these words: “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory (Jm. 2:1).” He then describes favoritism toward the rich and discrimination toward the poor (v 2-3) and concludes with, “have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (v 4)

Take a moment to look at your own life. How have you fallen into this trap? Ask the Lord to grant you wisdom and grace to show no partiality toward a person’s wealth or lack of it.

Maranatha,
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