We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Phil 4 and James 4: Blue Lightning

Year-old Gilbert was the odd-man-out the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.  All of the other scouts had sleekly crafted cars with cool paint jobs, obviously the result of father-son partnerships. But Gilbert’s Blue Lightning was crudely made, lopsided and a little wobbly. Worse yet, every scout had a proud dad standing by his side, but Gilbert was accompanied by Mom. In a Pinewood Derby, wooden cars race down a ramp in an elimination-style competition.  You keep racing as long as you win.  And quite unexpectedly Blue Lightning kept winning, over and over again, until it was pitted in a final contest against the sleekest, fastest-looking car there At that moment Gilbert asked if he could pray. His brow wrinkled in concentration, he prayed for a very long minute and a half. Finally he smiled and said, I’m ready To everyone’s surprise, Blue Lightning won by a nose and the crowd roared with approval. The scout master approached with a microphone and asked, Did you pray to win, son? Little Gilbert shook his head. No sir. That wouldn’t be fair. I asked God to not let me cry if I lost. That simple prayer spoke volumes to everyone present. Gilbert didn’t ask God to win, make things fair, or remove his pain. He simply prayed to endure it. How well Gilbert understood the promise of Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength or the promise of James 4, You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to consume it on your passions. But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble

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