• Our three-part series in the monthly advanced Bible studies on “The Theology of the Biblical Model” ended today. We meet monthly for three hours. I’d like to work on this material further. I have seven pages of outline, but there’s room for more.
• One part of the outline I added to today was points on prayer, an example of God’s model for the church’s prayers. Here they are from memory:
- Content — Jesus gave what we rightly call the “model prayer” (Mt 6; Lk 11), as a guide for what should be included in our prayers, as Paul did in 1Tm 2.1-7;
- Candidate — We talk about the right candidate for baptism, but there is a right candidate for leading prayer as well:
(a) Males (1Tm 2.8);
(b) Not just any male, but one who is holy and not angry;
- Comprehension — People must be able to understand the prayer (1Co 14.13-16).
• Attendance was down today. Did I carry this series too long? Hard to know these things are. (Wisdom from Yoda.)
• Got a nice email from a BrotherhoodNews.com reader today, thanking us for that work. I shared it with several of the main BNc staff. We get precious little feedback to encourage, but keep on doing the work, trusting the Lord that it will make an eternal difference.
• A lesson for me, for sure, as a consumer (i.e., one who uses) who seldom says thanks. I think I’ve said before that there is no gratitude without thanksgiving. One necessarily leads to the other. Otherwise, I’m just an ingrate.
• Busy day tomorrow. Busy week ahead, too. But at least I can hand FMag back to Richard M. as he comes off vacation. I’ve been doing that for him this past week. Between tweets and statuses (stati?) one gets the impression he’s having a good time. Good for him and the family.
• Two children having birthdays this next week. So thankful for all three of them. God bless them all, may they use their talents today for him, and not think that it’s sometime in the future. (Have I started giving advice so quickly after the gratitude?)