Thought: The same is true in church. We can apply all the names, vision statements, even Bible tags to a church we'd like to. Without people to show the difference of Christ in their lives, it's all very pointless. It's people living out the adoption of God that gives an individual church its meaning.
Prayer: Lord God, we see again that our only hope of future provision is you. We trust in all things other than you, but help us, please to rely on You. And please let us learn that lesson through positive reinforcement.
Rev. 3:9 ->The end of things doesn't result in a happy reunion of the redeemed and the unrepentant. Eventually, the unrepentant will come and kneel at the feet of the redeemed, and especially, the Redeemer as evidence they were wrong.
Proverbs 21:11 ->Known punishment can be used to instruct others, whether it does the punished any good or not.
Proverbs 21:13 ->Ignoring the needs of others does not profit us, it impoverishes us.
Proverbs 21:31 ->Trust in God!
Proverbs 21:9 ->Better to avoid a contentious person for a spouse. Also, since 'wife' and 'woman' are the same word, could this be applied to 'women in church'? Better to have a less impressive standing than to have a church filled bickering people.
Isaiah 30:15-17 ->God's plan seems counter-intuitive. We are not to strive, but to repent and rest. To all the world, the church has to be willing to look like we are calmly accepting calamity, but we are trusting in God.
1 Samuel 8:8 ->All the deeds? But what about thier times of repentance? God understood it was a shallow turn. What about me?
1 Timothy 3:2 ->Bishops/overseers/pastors should not be just like everyone else, even those in the church. If these qualities were to be equally present in all church members, why list them as requirements for ministers? Is there not supposed to be some differential between church leaders and church members? Not that one is more loved than the other, but why else does Paul spell out for Timothy and Titus a listing of qualifications?