Day 42! In Acts 7, Storytime with Stephen is abruptly changed into a verbal pummeling of the Sanhedrin, which leads to his unsanctioned assassination. However, His forgiveness of his murderers mirrors Jesus' own words, and inspires us. Proverbs 12 points us to wise ways of living and conversing, and being nourished by a community of creators is life-giving. See you on Thursday!
Day 41! As the church grows in Jerusalem, it becomes more diverse, leading to concerns internally and attacks externally. In Proverbs 11, we learn how humility leads to deeper, stronger relationship, and how practicing discernment in the media we consume as Christians helps us make the most of our time.
On this Mother's Day weekend, we celebrate the women in our lives who have shaped us and formed us to be more like God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and find joy in the fact that our perfect Heavenly Parent looks at us with love, saying, "This one's mine, this dearly loved one." Blessings on your time in the Word, and hold fast to God's promises!
Day 39! In Acts 4, Peter and the other apostles face the "music" in Jerusalem and boldly proclaim Jesus to be the resurrected Messiah. Proverbs 7 teaches us to keep wisdom close to us, and Peterson encourages us to be selective in our creativity, promoting a singular idea instead of multiple ones.
Day 40 and the end of Week 8! Next week will begin the new schedule, when vlog entries will be posted on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. For today, we look at Acts 5, Proverbs 8, and Peterson's discussion on discipline in creative work.
Day 38! In Acts 3, Peter sees a crowd's reaction to the presence and power of Jesus, and uses it as an opportunity for proclamation. In Proverbs, the ants become a model for our own industriousness, and Peterson encourages us to serve our audiences well as hosts at God's table.
Day 37! The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost sets off the movement of the Christian church that continues to this day, the proclamation of great good news to "those who are far off" spiritually. Embracing a wise way of life creates hope for a future and a legacy, and holding creativity and pragmatism in tension is the best way to allow art to emerge organically.