• Compare the ministry in the early church to ministry in the mainstream Western church today. We boast in our monuments, our meetings and our men. The apostle Paul boasted of the Messiah, martyrdom and the marks on his body (Gal. 6:17). We boast in our creeds and credentials (we delight in putting our titles before our names); Paul boasted in the cross and crucifixion, though he was a very learned and educated man in his own right. We boast of being slain in the Spirit. Paul boasted of being stoned in the city. We boast of our programs and prosperity. Paul boasted of persecutions and prisons. We boast in our gain. Paul boasted in his loss. Did he know something we don’t? ~Bert Farias

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