Dare 2B Daring - August 24, 2018
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“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” – Chuck Swindoll
One of Deanna and my favorite TV shows is “Monk”. It went off the air almost 10 years ago, but the USA Network still shows one of the 125 episodes almost every night. Recently, they have had a few “Monk Marathons”, so we record them to binge watch later.
As you probably know, actor Tony Shalhoub plays detective Adrian Monk, the title character. Adrian lost his job as a police officer due to his multiple fetishes and phobias, but his extraordinary deductive skills still make him an invaluable asset to the San Francisco PD. For that reason, they frequently hire him as a paid consultant on their hardest-to-solve cases.
One of Monk’s biggest problems is his OCD behavior, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In fact, he could serve as a “poster boy” for the condition. However, Monk’s compulsive personality is what makes him such a world-class detective. As he puts it whenever asked, “It’s a gift… and a curse.”
In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul and Silas left Thessalonica under cover of darkness and traveled to Berea. Once there, they headed into the synagogue and started teaching. Although the Bereans gladly received Paul’s words, they didn’t take everything he said at face value. Instead, they compared his doctrine to the rest of Scripture before fully embracing it.
My friend, today’s church is under assault by an army of false teachers. Many of them soft peddle sin and the need for repentance, replacing them with nothing but grace and easy believism. Listen to what Leonard Ravenhill says about such “wolves in sheep’s clothing”…
“Easy believism dishonors the blood and prostitutes the altar. We must alter the altar, for the altar is a place to die on. Let those who will not pay this price leave it alone.”
Sound too harsh? Not to the Bereans, it didn’t. They refused to take Paul’s word for it, choosing instead to hold his feet to the fire. I guess that’s why various translations refer to them as “fair-minded” and “noble-minded”.
Pay attention to details, especially when it comes to important doctrine. Be a Berean!
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” Acts 17:11-12 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President