17For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Around this time of year everybody’s talking about Mary’s response.
Luke1:38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
She was told what God was going to do and how. She trusted and took action. She got to do something prophesied and something she probably always wanted to do.
What about Saul?
Acts9:3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Not that guy! (Tho that was pretty good)
I meant KING Saul.
1Samuel10:20And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
22Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.
How about Jonah…..never mind,forget it.
Hudson Taylor in China-
“If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?”
Lesson? When God tells you to do something watch your response.
People could talk about later.
…I gave it away last night. I finally got a chance to go to the Grangeville Health and Rehab Center for a service. The church that I attend has the month of Dec. to go up there and put on a service for them. I went with the pianist.We met the pastor from Stites and his wife. I passed out baptist hymn books and sang. And sang. And sang. After 6 or 7 Christmas carols a few hymns and more carols I didn’t have much left. Then we sang two more songs. Wow. But It was fun.
After the message I picked up the hymn books. I held a lady’s hand. She couldn’t say much. She just wanted me to hold her hand. So,I did,until she was done. After that she wanted to talk to the pastor and repented of her sins asking Jesus to save her.
Then the four of us went out to eat and fellowship before the long drive home.
I think I sang to much…but maybe not.
Again this year,I couldn’t go to Grangeville because of snow.
But I love snow! Don’t ask me why.
It’s warm and cozy. Nice to be inside with Twila Paris’s ‘Days of Elijah’. 🙂