This week the passage is 1 Peter 4 and the theme is “Good Stewards”. Remember we are in the last week of our series “Called to Edify One Another.”
As a slight detour from that theme, I’d like to point out two verses that stood out to me in this chapter.
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For me, it is sometimes encouraging to realize how old some of our struggles are. I also came across a Blaise Pascal quote this week that surprised me.
“Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. To remedy this, we must begin by showing that religion is not contrary to reason; that it is venerable, to inspire respect for it; then we must make it lovable, to make good men hope it is true; finally, we must prove it is true.”
The struggle of living with a culture that doesn’t understand your personal convictions and mocks you for standing firm in your values is as old as culture itself. Take heart. You’re not the only person who has ever experienced that.
Now, back to the point. Here are the songs for the week:
“The harvest is ready. Rise up and preach that Christ is Lord to the nations.”
I’m mostly picking this song for the last line: “This seed I’ve received I will sow.”
This song recognizes the source of our strength. From the chapter “whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies.”
4. Let Me Be
Just because this is a really good song.
6. Follow You