O how the mighty have fallen! Like the Israelites, our region has discovered what can happen when there are (“New York”) Giants in the land. And Bill (“Joshua”) Belichick wasn’t able to inspire them to be “strong and courageous” enough. I won’t comment publicly anywhere else, so I thought I’d sneak it in here. 18-1 never looked so bad.
Week number SIX! I didn’t hear from anyone this week. I hope you are all still reading. Get through those plagues (in Exodus). Deliverance is coming!
Category 1 – NT – Gospels
For category 1 readers , your question for possible reflection, application and comment on the blog is this: Jesus gave His disciples an interesting response to their question, “Why are you teaching in parables?” (Matthew 13:10ff). What was Jesus’ stated motive for teaching in this fashion, and what can we learn and apply in regard to our own ministry among the lost?
Category 2 – NT History & Epistles
For category 2 readers , your question for possible reflection, application and comment on the blog is this: The story of Apollos reminds us that we can know the truth, but not know it as well as we should. What practical steps (other than our Bible reading plan) could you take to know “the way of God more accurately?”
Category 3 – OT Poetry & Wisdom
For category 3 readers, your question for possible reflection, application and comment on the blog is this: Consider from Psalm 32 the list of effects that David says unconfessed sin might have in a believer’s life. Have you ever experienced such things, and how has forgiveness and a cleansed conscience brought relief? As you recall, be sure to praise the Lord for those times of refreshing.
Category 4 – OT Historical & Prophetic
For category 4 readers, your question for possible reflection, application and comment on the blog is this: Here is a hard one…In 1 Corinithians 10:1-4 we read that the water from the rock (as Paul says) was Christ. What does Paul mean? How does this relate to our lives (i.e., in what ways do we experience the same provision, and how should we respond to God as a result)?