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Identifying your passion is a matter of figuring out what drives you, what pulls you, what captures your imagination. It's almost as though you can't help but give it your attention.

God has a passion for the renewal of life and the reconciliation of all God has made. When a person gets close to the fire of that which drives God, it can set that person aflame.

Be careful now as you spend these next moments with God. It is altogether possible that you will feel a holy heat.

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Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:20-25

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A Missouri woman says she saw Christ in a bag of Cheetos. When she opened the bag she noticed a mini orange sculpture that resembled Jesus. She named it “Cheesus.” A woman from Port St. Lucie, Florida, found Jesus in her pancake. She sold it on eBay for $338.

Not everybody is into God-sightings of that kind. Some are preoccupied with other stuff, like whatever their favorite politician is saying on TV, or the stock predictions the experts on Wall Street are making today.

Who knows what the apostle Paul would think of Jesus in a pancake? But he seems confident that the gospel is not found in the wisdom of the White House, Wall Street, Hollywood, or any other trendy place. The gospel, in all its foolishness, is found in the cross.

Julie Pennington-Russell

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God, your ways are so unexpected. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear your upside-down wisdom. Thank you for your love. Amen.

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Therefore,
Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
Let us give thanks,
By which we offer to God an acceptable worship
With reverence and awe;
For indeed our God is
A consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:28-29

Julie Pennington-Russell

Julie Pennington-Russell is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia. She lives with her family in Atlanta. If you’d like to connect with Julie, you can find her on Facebook.

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