...never a student
I'm thankful for students. It is a gift. We need people who can do that. Mumford is that kind. He had a library with more books than I have old golf balls!.....and he knew what was in all of them. My friend Jeff is an even more gifted student.....his library is in his head! I kid you not....this guy reads something and it is there forever.
I am fascinated with history....any kind of history. I enjoy reading history.... but get me a few weeks away from what I read and all that's left is a general overview.... all the details are gone. Old Jeff gets going on anything and you would think he is reading it out of some book! That's a gift. That's not something you study a little harder to learn how to do. I am thankful for all the gifts God has given people. I am thankful for the ones He has given me. I am also thankful for the ones I do not have! It is God's design....part of showing us just how much we need one another.
In the Mumford CD I told you about yesterday, this scholar drops on me a little statistic I had never thought about. So today I am musing about the fact that Jesus only ever mentioned the church three times. One time He said how He was going to build it and Satan would not be able to stop it from destroying the gates of hell.
The other two times was in the context of how to handle folks who claim to be His followers but want to just keep on sinning. Those are the only times He mentions church.... notice the small "c". He is not talking about buildings, or organizations, or denominations, or meetings......He is talking about you and me....His people.... His called out ones.
On the other hand, Jesus mentions the Kingdom one hundred and four times..... my initial response to that was how badly we have twisted what Jesus considered truly important.....His Kingdom.... and relegated it to something that will happen in the future....sometime...maybe....when we die and go to heaven.... more of a concept than a reality.
At the same time, we have capitalized the "C" and made it all those other things...buildings, a place we go too, meetings, organizations, denominations, etc....anything but simply the people....His people....that He is building to storm the gates of hell which will not be able to remain standing when we finally get it to go on the offensive!
I may need to muse a little more on this. We shall see.