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Wednesday

He Is No Fool

April fools Day, Jim Elliot, Fools described in Bible
April Fool’s Day isn’t a church holiday, but God has lots to say about fools.

We celebrate foolishness:

1. When we neglect God’s Word.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline…
Proverbs 1:7,22

2. When we refuse correction.
Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
Proverbs 17:10; 18:7

3. When we trust ourselves.
He who trusts in himself is a fool.
Proverbs 28:26

4. When we speak rashly.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions…
Proverbs 18:2

5. When we lose control.
A fool is hotheaded and reckless
Proverbs 14:16

But the most grievous celebration of foolishness is this:
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
Psalm 14:1

Martyred Missionary Jim Elliot said it well: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

Tuesday

The Freedom of a Slave

Slavery, Savannah First African Baptist Church, Underground Railroad, Christianity
A pattern of holes brought air to the underground tunnel
Beneath the floor planks of the Savannah First African Baptist Church, a secret passage hid slaves on their way to northern freedom. 

When we visited this church (once part of the Underground Railroad), I was ashamed that my race had once denied African-Americans basic human respect.

Incredibly, many slaves trusted Christ in the midst of their oppression. How could they do this when some of their harshest mistreatment came from slave owners calling themselves Christian?

The slave’s secret: they didn’t let their circumstances change their view of Christ—they let Christ change their view of their circumstances.

Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding."

First Black owned church in U.S.
If we apply this principle to our lives, we will be transformed. We will experience the “freedom of a slave”—a freedom that defies circumstances.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
from the 1-Minute Bible Love Notes Archive


To read a 4-minute devotion I wrote about this experience, read “Slavery is a Black and White Issue.”

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