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Not For United Methodist Christians Only, part 4

February 22, 2019

I love this (it’s from, so I’ll get out of the way —

Throughout the Bible, God surprises people. Through the prophets, God said unexpected things to kings, judges and other religious leaders. The teachings of Jesus often confounded the disciples, Pharisees, and others who thought they knew God’s Law well. Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, began as a persecutor of the church, convinced that was God’s will.

Today, we may feel fairly certain we know exactly how God wants this [General Conference, February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis] to turn out, what Jesus would have us do, and where the Spirit is leading us. But remember God continues to surprise us.

Spend time with some Scriptures of surprise. As you read, put yourself in the place of those who think they know what God will do, but are surprised.

— And here are some of those “Scriptures of surprise” for your prayerful consideration —

1 Samuel 3:1-11
1 Kings 19:9-13
Isaiah 55:6-11
Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 25:31-46
Luke 1:46-55
John 2:13-25
Acts 3:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
1 Corinthians 3:18-23

— I hope to look at these 10 “Scriptures of surprise” with you in the future. Meanwhile, which one will you start with today?

As always, I’d love to hear from you, in any of the usual ways we communicate now, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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