Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Love the Word

"The quality with which one engages in some endeavors can be gauged by its effects. For instance, concerning karate practice, you could say, "If you don't end up sore and achey, you're not doing it right." Or consider cooking: "If it doesn't make your mouth happy, you're not doing it right." Smooching your loving wife: "If it doesn't feel good, you're not doing it right."

Similarly, concerning Biblical scholarship: "If it doesn't increase your passion, and your love for God, you're not doing it right" (Psalm 119:138 [HCSB]; Jeremiah 23:29; Romans 12:11). When Christ is the teacher, the hearts of His listening students are set on fire (kaiomene) within them (Luke 24:32)."
Dan Philips at: TeamPyro. Last month Luke asked me to speak in September for our small group leaders on delighting in God's word, bring it on! One of many summer projects to work on... tasty!

2 comments:

  1. Great quote! Really elpful and made me think...although sometimes, bible reading can be tough and doesnt increase my passion...

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  2. Yup. I know that feeling!
    I guess in those times we have to press on with it - knowing that it is full of treasures even if it feels more like wading through treacle.... likewise in prayer I suppose... when we're struggling to do it we press on, and above and beyond that the Holy Spirit is praying the right stuff on our behalf!

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