But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29 ESV)

Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11 ESV)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

I’m looking forward to attending Children Desiring God’s National Conference this weekend: Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God.

Children Desiring God has included sessions on disability since their very first conference in 2005. So I’m possibly even more excited to get to meet the leaders of other church-based disability and special needs ministries while I’m there, including those from the host church, College Park Church in Indianapolis.

Please pray for those leading sessions and for those gathering from all over the country. The main sessions, including David Michael, Al Mohler and John Piper, will all be live streamed! You can find the schedule here.

The entire clip is great, but the best part starts at 3:07.

Thank you to Pastor David Zuleger of Sojourners Church for sending immediately after the Republican Presidential Debate. A helpful, encouraging reminder of what power actually looks like.

This is a neat story done by local KMSP reporter Amy Hockert on churches engaging people with disabilities.

Featured in the story is a good friend of ours who is a persistent advocate for including people with disabilities in our churches. Lisa Jamieson of Walk Right In Ministries organizes Disability Ministry Connection, a monthly gathering and a Facebook forum for church leaders and volunteers who serve people experiencing disabilities of all kinds.

To grant great good after great evil is one thing, and to turn great evil into the greatest good is another; and yet that is God’s way: the greatest good that God intends for his people, he many times works out of the greatest evil, the greatest light is brought out of the greatest darkness. I remember, Luther has a striking expression for this: he says, ‘It is the way of God: he humbles that he might exalt, he kills that he might make alive, he confounds that he might glorify.’ This is the way of God, he says, but every one does not understand it. This is the art of arts, and the science of sciences, the knowledge of knowledges, to understand this, that God when he will bring life, brings it out of death, he brings joy out of sorrow, and he brings prosperity out of adversity, yea and many times brings grace out of sin, that is, makes use of sin to work furtherance of grace. It is the way of God to bring all good out of evil, not only to overcome the evil, but to make the evil work toward the good.

Excerpt From: Burroughs, Jeremiah. “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.”

I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.

Pastor Jason Meyer in his December 5, 2015 sermon on Psalm 14 quoting Tim Keller from The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism quoting  Fyodor Dostoyevsky from The Brothers Karamazov.

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