Hebrews 10:24 = “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Whenever I see the work “provoke” it causes me to envision a negative activity toward another. Verses like Ephesians 6:4 come to mind. “And ye fathers, “provoke” not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Actually, these are two passages are two different words in the Greek. Both imply being in close proximity to another, and both imply seeking to incite another to respond, but one has the intent to anger the other and the other seeks to get the other to do what is good or right.
As director of Baptists for Life of Wisconsin, I really do want to provoke as many as I can (in a good way) to get involved with pro-life causes. It may be working at or supporting a pregnancy center. It may be in calling or writing your representatives in Madison and Washington and letting them know where you stand on pro-life and pro-family issues, or it may be that you become a daily prayer warrior for those serving the Lord in pro-life ministries. I know that there have been many praying for Nancy and me as we have served in this ministry for the past ten years. Thank you so much for doing that. Is there someone you could “provoke” unto love and good works?
This is a very special month. The election this month will expose where we stand as a country and may determine just what God has planned for this nation in the near future. Please make sure you make known where you stand and whose side you are on. Please vote Biblically.
This is also the month that we set aside a day to be thankful. We ought to be thankful every day, but November 24th will be a day especially focused on Thanksgiving. Take the time to make a list of all the blessings God has showered on you and then spend some time thanking Him for each one.
This month is also my birthday. I now am reaching the age where I am not regretting getting older, but am celebrating the opportunity to get older. I will be 78 on the 22nd. Like the country western song, I’ve lived to be “too old to die young”. I am very thankful for the years God has given me to serve Him.
Thank you for all your prayers and support of this important ministry.
Andrew K. Buhrow
Baptists for Life of Wisconsin