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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: FLINT PHRASES
By Paul Potenza
10/24/06


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FLINT PHRASES

I get amused by phrases.

I look at words that I hear like "mad as hops" or "it's fixin to come up a cloud" and I wonder where those phrases come from.

In one of my recent studies of the scripture, I saw a deadly one.

Isaiah 50:7 "Therefore I have set my face like flint".

It made me think of our Saviour in Luke 9:51 "Jesus set out resolutely for Jerusalem." I can just see his face, hardened like flint, awaiting what would come.

Come look at it with me.

See the hardness of the jaw? See the glint of determination in his clear eyes?

He KNEW what would happen to that face. He knew the punches and slaps before they were ever thrown. He knew the tears that would be shed for Him, as well as the jeers and taunting that would be heaped on Him, but He was on a mission. I don't have to get too graphic because you all know the story. If you DON'T...call me. In fact, call ANYONE who writes in these pages.

You see...He was a Missionary in the purest sense of the word.

He was willing to leave His home in glory and come to us, so that He could bring US home.

That's what a missionary does.

They forfeit their own lives for others. In order to do that, they "set their faces like flint" and "turn resolutely" toward God in order to bring us home.

Some phrases are funny...Some are serious...

Don't forget this week to thank a missionary.

Pray HARD for them. They're all around you. You know that preacher that you love so much? He didn't come from your hometown.

You'll recognize them by their faces..."Set Like Flint".


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terri tiffany10/27/06
What I like - the title of course - and a great opening. It drew me in. I liked the scripture you used and especially the line about the pastors and where they came from ...good thought provoking piece.:)
What I might change - the part where you say 'Come look at it with me' not sure there even though I know it is a devotional I thought hmmm is he going to preach at me...though I honestly don't know how you could develop that part. Maybe just jump into what you are going to say.
You write very well - good pace!
Andrea Hargrove10/27/06
This was a really great devotional. :) I'll have to keep it in mind this week and thank some of the people in our church who serve, flint-like.
Donna Emery10/30/06
This is a good way to look at this unique phrase. It's also a good reminder to thank those who labor for His glory. Keep writing!
Edy T Johnson 12/23/06
This is a first-rate take on the topic: the ultimate "Missionary," Jesus. If you don't already write a column (for your congregation's monthly newsletter, for example), you should seriously consider it. You know how to give a message, provoking your reader to think, in just a few words. Thank you!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/31/07
Like I said, "My Tracker is Out Of Order"...didn't clue me in that you had an entry (#($^% I'm miffed. Pauly, you brought me to tears with this one! The Savior knowing beforehand the jeers, the slaps, the spit in his face... it broke my heart; and here's another phrase, "I wept like a baby." You never fail to bring it home - message-wise. Thanks.