The Maywood Missionary Retreat will be held April 30 through May 2 on the theme, “Fundamentals of Missions—Do the Old Ways Still Work?” The location will be Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton AL. Continue reading “2015 theme: Fundamentals of missions — Do the old ways still work?”
The retreat organizers announced today that the 2015 event will be held from April 30 to May 2, as always, at the Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton AL.
In the first week of February, more information about the retreat will be forthcoming.
Jesus does not give to Christians the option of determining who should hear the message of salvation. The gospel is to be preached to “all creation” or to “every creature” Mk 16.15. We have no way to judge accurately who will accept and who will not. To judge receptivity, or the lack of it, in a person’s heart, before the message is shared, is to put ourselves in God’s place.
Very interesting perspective on Proverbs and 24.11-12 especially:
Suffice it to say that, in the dramatic context of Proverbs, this verse has a different immediate force. The ones “being taken away to death” and “staggering to slaughter” are the fools and simpletons of the early chapters of the book. Throughout those chapters, the simpleton is depicted as one who blissfully follows the adulteress to the grave (2:18-19; 6:33; 7:22-27; 9:18). Proverbs 7:22 says that the fool follows the woman Folly as “an ox goes to the slaughter.”
In context of the whole book, then, Proverbs 24:11-12 instruct us to rescue fools and simpletons from the folly and simplicity. The idea is close to that of James 5:20: “he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.” The rescue operation in view in Proverbs 24:11-12 is primarily the rescue of foolish sinners from the highway that leads to the grave.
If Paul could only know the consolation and hope that he has ministered to the countless generations who have marched along the pathway from the cross to the kingdom above! He would be willing to go through a thousand lives and a thousand deaths such as he endured for the blessing that has followed since his noble head rolled in the dust by the Ostian Gate of Rome. Continue reading “Willing to go through a thousand deaths”
“In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching others.”
—Ibn Gabirol, quoted in R.L. Alden, Job, 318
If Jesus is the “Wisdom of God” Lk 11.49, the above quote can direct us well.