Our text this afternoon in the Taubaté church Bible study was Philippians 2:12-16. A phrase that never ceases to delight and encourage me is in v. 13: “for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God” (NET). NLT translates it as “giving you the desire.” Let no one ever say of the Kingdom of God, “I don’t feel like it.”
• For the second time ever, we had more in attendance this afternoon in Taubaté than in SJCampos this morning. Tuesday is a holiday, so Friday through Tuesday is a long holiday for many. Which means that SJCampos tends to lose people, since few are from there, and that Taubaté gets visitors.
• One of the things I do in my service in the Kingdom of God is help people connect. Especially, Christians with other Christians. So I was pleased to get a note today from London, after a young Brazilian Christian had visited a congregation there. She felt right at home. By coincidence, even the order of worship was the same as her home congregation. Many of the songs she knew. She was happy to see that they worship the Lord the same way we do here in Brazil. She thanked me for having helped her find the congregation. I thanked her for her priority in meeting with the Lord’s church during her stay there.
• Do you ever feel useless? Feelings have no exact correspondence with reality, but they sometimes make their own reality, if only in our heads. So we can thank God for texts like Galatians 6:7-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:58. Powerful reminders that what we do makes a difference. An eternal difference.
• I just noticed the NLT translation of that latter verse: “nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” That’s as good a way of putting it as I’ve ever heard. You?
• I use the http://nlt.to site a lot because the NLT often has a good way of expressing the meaning of a text. (See previous paragraph. It does have its problems, some of which I’ve mentioned on my personal blog.) And that site, which also serves to shorten URLs, has only the Biblical text. Nothing else. Such a feature I like, a lot. Do you know of any other site which offers only the text of a recent, major Bible version, without comments or notes?