A comparison designed to produce some healthy introspection (and seeking after God)!

Eutychus falling from windowI do not intend today’s post to be critical, negative or cause vitriolic against the church of today… I do hope that it causes some comparison, introspection and a longing for God to display His mighty power among us and restore the dynamic activity of the Holy Spirit that the Ancient Church experienced!

So here’s what I jotted in the margin of my Bible after reading Acts 20:7-12 during “Coffee with the Lord”… “I can only imagine what would have happened if this emergency had occurred in the average American church today! What would we do, compared with what Apostle Paul did on that occasion?”

Can you visualize the difference in the scenes?

And the passage?

“On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, ‘Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.’ And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.” (ESV)

Congrats right out of the Bible from an ol’ prof to all of the Fall 2017 SAGU grads!!!

DCIM100GOPROAs an ol’ SAGU prof I just want to be one strong voice congratulating all of our fall 2017 graduates … whatever the degree!!! You’re some of the very best and we LOVE you and are proud of you! Here’s a blessing and wish right out of the Bible for you: “We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from 2 Thessalonians 1.11-12 ESV) Congratulations!!! Dr. Bartel

Wonderful words of assurance for those who seek to teach their children “Godly wisdom!”

Teaching your childrenLast night I attended a wonderful Bible study in Proverbs, led by my friend, John Malki, a Christian attorney. His Bible study emphasized the important role of parents in teaching Godly wisdom to their children.
 
Today we live in a dangerous world, filled with moral, spiritual, and physical danger! I tremble at the risks, danger, temptations and traps our children and grandchildren face! Last night I resonated with these wonderful words of assurance we can give our children as we seek to be faithful in teaching them Godly wisdom – the “fear [or reverence] of the Lord.”
 
“My son [or daughter]… The Lord gives wisdom! … He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints! … Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech!” (from Proverbs 2)
 
Oh, I want my children and grandchildren to know that! I want your children to know that! It’s true! God has the ability to protect and guard the minds, hearts, and lives of our children! He will be a “shield” for them! He will guard their paths! He will watch over them! He will deliver them from the way of evil … from those with perverted speech! I believe it! I’m claiming it! Oh Lord help godly parents and grandparents to teach their children the “fear of the Lord” – Godly wisdom!
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