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April 5, 2018, 8:47 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 1, 2018

Good Morning Family!

Interesting… April Fool’s Day falls on Easter this year.   If you try to research the origin of “April Fool’s Day” you will find a lot of theories out there.  As I thought of this odd convergence of days, I was drawn to I Corinthians 1:18-25…

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Isn’t the possibility that we might be considered by the world “foolish” one of the reasons why we may not be as bold for Christ as we ought to be at times?  In the above, Paul says that one group wants evidence and the other group wants to be convinced.  But, the message of a single man being crucified and suffering for the salvation of all men makes absolutely no sense to either of those groups who are of the world.

But, to those that God is calling to Himself and convicting of their sin, it is seen as God’s power and God’s wisdom.  To those of us who have responded to His call to follow, it is the most credible idea that has ever come down the pike.  I am thankful and proud to be “a fool for God” for the sake of the Gospel of Christ.   What a paradox!

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   II Timothy 2:15           

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

           


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