What You Do in Private

On the Wednesday of Passion Week, “Jesus spent this day [Wednesday] in private. . . . preparing himself for what would soon become the most public of events. In contrast to the solitude of this day, he would soon drag a cross through crowded streets and be executed in full view of the multitudes that came from around the world for Passover. Jesus chose on this day to prepare himself in private for what he would do in public. And the world has never been the same”–Jim Denison.

“When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”–Matthew 6:6.

“The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with him”–Oswald Chambers.

“What our culture doesn’t understand is that we can do nothing significant for God until we have been with God. Only when we are empowered by his Spirit can we advance his Kingdom”–Jim Denison.

“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come–sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly”–Mark 7:21-22.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”–Proverbs 4:23.

“Your heart is the most important leadership tool you have. It is not your experience, knowledge, or skills. It is your heart that matter most of all. . . . Just like your physical body, if you heart–your spiritual heart–dies, your leadership dies. The is why Solomon says, ‘Above all else.’ He doesn’t say, ‘If you get around to it’ or ‘It would be nice if.’ No, he says, make it your top priority“–Michael Hyatt.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. — Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)