Not With Excellency of Speech

1 Corinthians 2:1-5  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  (2)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  (3)  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  (4)  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  (5)  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as “the prince of preachers,” felt he delivered his sermon so poorly one Sunday that he was ashamed of himself. As he walked away from his church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, he wondered how any good could come from that message. When he arrived home, he dropped to his knees and prayed, “Lord God, You can do something with nothing. Bless that poor sermon.”Read more

Rest A While

“And he [Jesus] said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”  (Mark 6:31)

Jesus and His disciples had been busy spreading the gospel and working for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. They had just received news that John the Baptist had been beheaded. The disciples were sad, tired and worn out because of their spiritual labors and the stresses that come with it.Read more

Ye Are of More Value

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).

During the time of Christ, two sparrows could be purchased for one farthing. Four sparrows could be purchased for two farthings and that fifth sparrow was the added bonus given by merchants to entice prospective buyers to purchase four sparrows. Buy four get one free. One farthing was about 1/16 of the wage that a rural worker would make in one day. Hence, sparrows were common and of very little value.Read more