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Signs & Minds

Yesterday, I began meeting with some men from church. We are starting through 1 Corinthians. It was great! One of the things I enjoy most about meeting with a group like this is that scripture comes alive! When I am sitting at home or in my office reading my Bible, I am reading to retain and learn. However, when I am discussing truths and application with others, I find that God’s Word become alive and becomes very real!

I love the passage from chapter 1:18-31. Paul is talking about the confusion that is brought in by these people who are demanding of miraculous signs and wisdom for the mind. These people are everywhere! They are looking so hard for something that is just not there. Paul says, Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? …but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

I find it funny that while the world is so hung up on finding the small, minute details to unlock the secrets of the world, they have missed whats right in front of them…Christ crucified. Listening to the other guys talk about how they see this play out in their own lives was great! They talked about how real Christ is in their lives. We chatted about how we make it real to others.

One of the goals of this group is to determine what part scripture and truth plays in our “Circle of Influence”. We all have a circle of influence, but not all of us utilize it as best we could.  I think Paul gives a great challenge to us and others reading his words, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.””

This week, determine who is in your circle of influence, and let them know who you get your wisdom from!

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