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Red Letter Wisdom-Trust His Plan

January 23rd, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 5:10.

Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”

Peter was a fisherman by trade, but one night he was coming up empty until Jesus told him to put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch. The net was so full of fish that it began to break.

Peter was humbled by this event. He said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Whatever was happening in Peter’s spirit, he was seeing a big difference between his own unworthiness and the holiness of Jesus. But the words of Jesus were reassuring to Peter. Jesus was not there to condemn him, but rather, to love him and give him a purpose that would bring many people to faith. At Pentecost, after hearing Peter preaching, 3,000 people were added to the church through conversion to Christ.

The words of Jesus inspire us to trust in His plan for our lives and to follow Him in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

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Red Letter Wisdom-God’s Plan

January 21st, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters in the Bible is found in Matthew 11:18 and 19.

Jesus made a comparison between Himself and John the Baptist in this way: “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”

You are probably familiar with caricatures. They are pictures of people that exaggerate distinct features of someone’s face. In a spiritual sense, critics exaggerated the positive qualities of Jesus and John to try to make them look extreme and ridiculous. But as Jesus pointed out, “Wisdom is proved right by her actions.” 

Jesus and John did not carry out their ministries in the same way, but they were definitely on the same team. John came to prepare the way for Jesus, and Jesus is the way for us to have eternal life with Him.

The words of Jesus inspire us to embrace the wisdom of God’s plan to save us from sin in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk