Someone said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb than it is to open it and remove all doubt.” Or, as Forest Gump’s mother said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Sometimes, mental aptitude is demonstrated by the stupid things a person does.
On one occasion (Mark 9:14-29), nine of Jesus’ disciples were approached by a father requesting they cast a demon out of his son. Jesus and the other three were on the mountaintop experiencing the transfiguration while the remaining nine were left behind.
Although they were authorizied and empowered to preach (Mark 3:14-15; 6:7, 13), heal the sick, and cast out demons, in this instance, they failed.
I always wanted to meet Billy Graham, but the closest I got to him was at the 1987 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, one of 13 annual SBC meetings at which he spoke, I slipped out of my seat, walked down the center aisle and snapped pictures as he preached. I have no idea where those pictures are.
I heard him preach at his Atlanta crusade at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1973,
Usually, when the word “marvel” is used in the New Testament, it describes a person’s reaction to seeing God’s supernatural activity. For example, in Luke 24, Peter marveled at the empty tomb. The word means to be astonished or amazed, to have a sense of wonder. Twice, the word is used to describe Jesus’ reaction. In Mark 6:6, Jesus was amazed at the unbelief of the people. In Luke 7:9, Jesus
Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and it’s first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/new-year).
My goodness, we’re already into chapter 10! What words have you already placed onto your blank pages?
I want to point us to a word that we should avoid,
Did you survive the Christmas rush? For some, the Christmas celebration is still happening. My kids and grandkids don’t arrive until today, and our Christmas Day is Thursday. We’ll all be together for approximately 60 hours, and we’ll make each moment count.
With the convenience of online shopping, my gift buying was mostly hassle-free, but we still hit several local stores,