A former golf champion at the church where I work is suffering health issues, so yesterday I made a flyer for her of these Martin Luther quotes about how God uses us to mock the devil in our weakness. This great older lady said, "You are so awesome!" and I replied, "It's not me, it's Martin Luther!"
I'm on vacation 'til next Tuesday, so I was just out riding my bike, and thought about what she said, because people are always saying stuff like that to me since I quote the Bible a lot. I also thought about how President Trump, whom we both love, is a lot like Martin Luther - fearless, and a master at using mockery to defeat enemies. I prayed for the Trump family, and thought, If there was one thing I could tell the president, it would be:
If you REALLY want to influence people, quote the Bible to them.
Because I quote the Bible more than most pastors, and find that peoples' ears naturally perk up when you do, since "the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12)," and Jesus is "the Word made flesh (John 1:1, 14)."
Regardless of religion. I once tweeted, "...let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth (I John 3:18)," and this atheist was like, "Wow, that's beautiful.... Is that Confucius?" He was shocked to hear it was the Bible, lol.
I've found that to be the case my whole life, when you quote the Bible people think you're brilliant, lol! But only the parts that mean something to you, otherwise you're like "a resounding gong or a clanging symbol (I Corinthians 13:1)."
Interestingly, like Donald Trump's beautiful middle name, John (my favorite male name), John was also Jesus' best friend, and "the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23)." And I learned in college it was not that he was special, but because he loved Jesus the most. So, the Gospel of John uses the word "love" more than any other biblical book. And John's epistles (epistle meaning letter), I, II and III John, are really sublime and ethereal, so if you REALLY wanna' seem smart, lol, quote those, ha ha!
Basically, the epistles of John are letters he wrote to people, so are philosophical and pertain to sanctification (holy living). The Gospel of John is more the stories of Jesus, so more of a timeline format, but just as sublime.
And it contains all my favorites:
My favorite Bible verse(s): John 14:22-23
My favorite chapter of the Bible: It used to be John 17, the most intimate chapter of the Bible (because it's God talking to God. Jesus talking to His Father, the whole thing. What could be more intimate than God talking to God?).
But now my favorite chapter of the Bible is John 14, because it has the verse about, "In My Father's house are many mansions (John 14:2a)," and, coincidentally, the verse Sean Hannity always says, lol, "Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1a)," and the beautiful, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6a)." And also my favorite, above, John 14:22-23, which talks about how Jesus will manifest Himself to those who love Him, but not to those who don't, by dwelling within us.
So, really my favorite chapters of the Bible are basically John 14-17. And John 15 has that famous verse everyone loves, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15:13)," and a lot of those other famous verses on love.
I know Mr. Trump is a loving person, so I think he'd probably love these chapters, as well. Martin Luther said his sermons on these, compiled in Luther's Works, Volume 24, Sermons on the Gospel of St. John, Chapters 14-16, was his favorite among the volumes of his sermons (at least at the time). It's my favorite of his Luther's Works sermon series, too.
On the inside jacket it says, "The Reformer expounds Scripture with homespun directness, clarity, and forcefulness." Sounds like President Trump.
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Book two in Xian Chix Media's Guardian Angel Marriage series, later this summer.
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At Xian Chix Media we're all about men.
"A man wants to be a hero to his wife," said the coolest dentist ever Monday (seen right, with the inspiration of his life).
We realize that, so are big defenders of men.
Because we know that when we steal that from them, we neuter them. Crush their spirit.
That's the last thing we want to do.
Because we know many great men, and love them. And see the little boy inside them that just wants to be a hero.
"With great power comes great responsibility," to quote one of our fav super heroes.
"A man naturally wants to please his wife," said a highly respected local pastor.
We recognize the great power we have over the men who want to be our heroes, so do everything we can to inspire them.
Because we know who we are, so there is no need to fight them.
Just the "men as incompetent buffoons" media narrative.