Romans 12:19–20 (CSB)
19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay,, says the Lord. 20 But
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If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.,
Esau McCaulley, a NT professor at Wheaton College, has a new book coming out in September called Reading While Black. This book is powerful. I wish I had this resource when I was teaching Bible Study Methods as an adjunct professor.
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Today I ponder deep hatred. Deep resentment.
It is Scripture that has placed me in this type of meditation today.
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I am working through one of my favorite chapters in the Bible: Acts 19. It has always drawn me and what I love about the study of Scripture is that each trip through a passage can yield new insights and nuances. This trip through has been no different.
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“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
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5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:3-6, NIV)
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Heb. 5:11-14)
These thoughts from N.T. Wright:
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John 6 has become one of my “slow” chapters. I can’t just read through it on a reading plan anymore. I grasp at the air sometimes trying to understand.
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33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. (Mark 9:33-34)
We can be so clueless. Jesus talks about sacrifice, and we’re consumed with who gets the best seat in the house.
Mark 9:2-13 is the story of the Transfiguration. Here are some thoughts from a little bit of study and my own notes mixed in:
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I am finding the Spirit calling me to walk a little more intentionally through the Gospel of Mark right now, so I have suspended my Daily Office reading for a season to see what the Lord wants to say to me in this gospel, which happens to be my favorite of the four.
Mark 7 is a powerful statement on legalism and prejudice.
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