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Compare yourself with those who on the Lord’s Day hear nothing except the dismal sound of the world. What a privilege it is for you to hear the proclamation of the gospel!
Bakker, Frans.


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Compare yourself with those who on the Lord’s Day hear nothing except the dismal sound of the world. What a privilege it is for you to hear the proclamation of the gospel! Bakker, Frans.
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Meme: Passion Quilt

My good friend, Elle, tagged me today for a very special meme.  Here's how it goes:

1. Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures that about which YOU are most passionate for students to learn. (Mine is below.
2. Give your picture a short title.
3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt.”
4. Link back to this blog entry.
5. Include links to 5 (or more) educators.



Saint Philip Baptizing the Eunuch of the Queen of Ethiopia, 1854 (?)
Théodore Chassériau (French, 1819–1856)
Oil, gouache, black chalk on paper glued to canvas; 32 1/8 x 14 3/4 in. (81.6 x 37.5 cm)
Private Collection

This painting depicts a passage from Acts 8:

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

As a Bible study leader, I greatly desire that each one of us know the Gospel and the implications of the Gospel so well that, like Philip, we can begin with any passage in the Old or New Testament and use it as a jumping off point for proclaiming the Gospel.  Presently, I lead a Bible Study in the Book of Hebrews and each week, after we have finished our lesson, we talk about how, beginning with the verses we studied,we would do as Philip did and begin to share the Gospel with someone.

Elle's blog (along with the other "tagees" Rosemary, Lisa) have inspired and encouraged me so many, many times.  I'm grateful to have an opportunity to participate in this meme.  Thanks, Elle!

I'd like to tag Dorothy (who is my dear friend and one of my "real life" Bible study partners), Kim, Rebecca, Leslie, and Ann.  As always, no pressure!  I'd love to read your answers, but don't feel obligated if you're busy!


Reader Comments (4)

What an amazing painting. I think your exercise of being able to begin with any Scripture and share the gospel is even more amazing. I will be doing some thinking on that and how to use it for God's glory in my own teaching. Thanks for participating.

March 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I'll put something up tomorrow, Kim.
Thanks, Kim! I have an idea of what you might "quilt". I'll be curious to see if I am correct.

March 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim in ON

Beautiful! I'm still contemplating my particular square...

I too love your emphasis on the gospel throughout Scripture!

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa writes...

I do love the painting you chose, Kim! And you know how much I enjoy our exercise of how to begin sharing the gospel from whatever verses we are studying together that week!

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

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