When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. (1 Corinthians 2:1 NRSV)
After a visit to the doctor, a woman told her husband, "Honey, the doctor said I am in a very distraught condition and that it is essential for me to go to St. Tropez, then to Aspen, and to buy myself a new mink wrap."

The husband immediately called the doctor back. "What did you mean by all this stuff about St. Tropez, Aspen and mink coats?"

"What?" said the doctor, "I just recommended to your wife a regimen of frequent baths, plenty of fresh air, and to be sure to dress in warm clothes." The wife put a little spin on her medical condition.

Now, contrast the role of the spin-master with the open sincerity of St. Paul. Paul was one of the wisest, most talented men who ever lived. He is one of the, if not the, most quoted man in history. Even Shakespeare pales in comparison. Yet St. Paul spoke simply and directly when he taught the truth of Christ. He wanted people to experience not the power of his oratory, but the power of God.

Dear God, may I feel your power working through me to touch lives with your love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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