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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 9, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, May 9

Acts 18:26 [Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.

Some years ago, I read an article by a classical pianist who described his lifetime of practice as simply growing closer to playing what was written on the page.

Playing a piece of music as written sounds easy, doesn’t it? And yet, for most musicians (especially amateurs like me), technical inability, boredom, and ego often block the way to playing a song as it was intended to be heard. Learning to play something as it was written takes a lifetime of work to develop the technical and personal maturity to allow the beauty of a song to shine.

I think about this discipline often when listening to sermons and when I read about Apollos speaking boldly in the synagogue. His preaching is exciting but the message is slightly off, and Priscilla and Aquila correct his understanding of the way of God. His preaching becomes less about him and more about Jesus.

MOVING FORWARD: How is your understanding of “the Way of God” being challenged these days? Is the gospel shining through?

Good Book Club Reading: Act 18:1-28

PRAY for the Diocese of Central Zambia (Africa)

Today the Church remembers Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, 389.

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