God provides Paul with the wit and protection to face two serious risks, with political intrigue and spy-caper hijinks ensuing in Acts 23. We round out our conversation with Comer by expressing how easy the book was to read, but how we're going to continue to wrestle with putting it into practice, as is true of much of the Christian life. Please submit questions about life and ministry for our segment next week, "Ask Schell5." We'll give you a little window into life in our household, in hopes it will help you follow Jesus, as we strive to do.
Despite Paul's best communications techniques, honed and matured over many conversations on his missionary journeys, he is unable to break through to the mob in Jerusalem, who can't stand that his story includes a mandate from God to preach to the Gentiles. It should encourage us to make every attempt to meet people where they are, but not to be discouraged if many inevitably reject us and the One who sends us. And we round out the conversation about the 4 hurry-eliminating practices by slowing things down with practical games to play.
Paul's missionary journeys find their terminus in Jerusalem, where he is misunderstood and maligned by Judaizers, despite the best efforts of the leaders there to help him affirm the Old Testament by his actions. As we seek not to misunderstand and malign each other in this day and age, it is prudent to ask questions and have discussions instead of making assumptions and firing unfounded accusations. And Comer encourages us to be intentional in our spending habits, so that our lives are light, uncluttered, and oriented toward the heart of God and relationships with our neighbors.
In Acts 20, Paul bids farewell to the church leaders in Ephesus with a blessing and an admonition to follow in Jesus' footsteps, effectively handing them over to the Holy Spirit and releasing them from his tutelage. And Leeann and I begin the conversation about the practice of simplicity with an overview of how our society has developed a culture of consumerism and a warped view of abundance. Next time, we'll talk about some practical steps for living out the practice of simplicity.
The rain falling today led me to a conversation about Jesus' encouragement in Matthew 5 to treat one another graciously as He has done for us, even in the midst of our brokenness. Also, Comer encourages us to find the enjoyment in Sabbath, stopping, resting, simply BEing. It takes some intentionality, and it's a distinctly counter-cultural practice, but it's life-giving!
Happy Father's Day to all fathers, and blessings to all of us who are called to invest in others as spiritual parents (that means you!). In Acts 19, Paul spends about 3 months in the synagogue of Ephesus, preaching Jesus as Messiah. When hearts harden, he moves to a lecture hall, using the mornings to work as a laborer and the hot hours of midday to point the way to Jesus. And Leeann and I delve into the first part of a poignant and deep conversation about the second practice recommended by Comer: Sabbath. Learning to follow Jesus means being intentional about stopping, resting, and delighting in what God has made and done. Sabbath gives life more like God intended us to have.
Something a little different today: A few brief comments on the experience of a socially distanced visitation and funeral, the life and faith of Rod Nagy, and some resurrection encouragement from 1 Thessalonians 4.