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Bits and Pieces 12/11/11

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Believe Better, Worry Less:   For my dog-loving readers be forewarned, this little devotional begins with a sick puppy, but then this blogger concludes with this:  “It’s not up to me to control the situation; it’s only up to me to believe in the One who can.” I found these simple but profound ways to combat worry very helpful. You can read the full devotional here.

Church On Christmas morning?  This year Christmas falls on Sunday, so some people may be faced with a difficult decision.  This writer advises, “Let’s not, in the name of family, join our unbelieving neighbors in denying God the praise He deserves on Christmas morning.”  Read the article here.

A Mother Tries To Find A Quiet Time:  As readers of this blog know, I’m an ardent believer in having a daily quiet time, but I am not unaware of how difficult this is for busy moms (and dads).  I remember having to get up at 5:00 to be able to meet with the Lord alone when I worked full-time or when my child had to be ready for school before the sun came up .  That’s why I appreciate this post from a mom who sees having a quiet time on a schedule is very much like life itself.  She writes, “There are two things you can be sure of with motherhood (or life, really). The first is that God won’t change. The second is that everything else will.” Read her thoughts here.

Bits and Pieces 11/16/11

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

A Third Way?  From the Garden of Eden onwards, humanity has been on a desperate search for a third option, a third way to be saved. We realize there is a wrong way, and we don’t want to be on it – I mean who wants to be with Hitler, and BinLaden, and Kim Jong-il? But we don’t like the only other way – bit too narrow, bit too demanding, bit too unpopular. So let’s make up a third way.  In this post entitled, “The Charity of Clarity,” David Murray writes about the need to present the gospel with clarity, with no third option, even as Jesus did.  Read his post here.

Are You Prepared?  I identified with this moment in Lisa Burgess’ life when she stopped at a traffic light and encountered a person in need standing on the street corner.  I believe we all face the questions she asked herself.  Will we react as she did?  Read her thoughts here.

Three Questions:  What are the basic questions you should ask when reading a passage of Scripture?  According to Gerald Bray, there are three vital questions to ask: 1. What does it teach us about God?  2.  What does it teach us human beings?  3.  What does it teach us God has done about it?  Read his full explanation here  along with his illustration of using this method with hard-to-understand passages like the genealogies.  This interview begins with describing Dr. Bray’s credentials.

Bits and Pieces 10/15/11

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Am I Boring You?  Here’s a blog that will let you know.  These 7 tell-tale signs are taken from Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness ProjectRead the article here.

Paul First Describes Love As Patient:  Of all the words Paul could have chosen to begin his description of love in 1 Corinthians 13, he uses the word patient.  Jon Bloom writes, “Forget the rest of his list for a moment, my work is already cut out for me.”  Read Jon’s look at patience here.

The Only Infallible Sermon:  While I’ve heard many pastors quote large sections of Scripture from the pulpit in their sermons, I’ve never heard one preach the entire book of Hebrews from memory.  Even if you only have time to watch five minutes of this, doing so will bless you.  Watch it here.

Bits and Pieces 10/5/11

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

 A Tale Of Four Alcorns:  Here’s an amusing personal story from writer Randy Alcorn.  His book Courageous has recently been made into a movie and is showing in movie theaters across the nation. Other readers may be familiar with his book entitled  HeavenRead the story here. 

Amazing View Of The Universe:  Here’s an interesting first look at pictures of  two galaxies colliding in a view no other telescope on Earth or in space could capture.  See it here.

Sharing The Gospel With Cooking:  Since winning Fox’s MasterChef contest last year, Whitney Miller has been sharing her love of food with her first cookbook, but new recipes and satisfied taste buds aren’t all this southerner wants to spread.  The Mississippi cook is using her fame to share the Gospel.  Read the full article here.

Never Too Old To Honor Your Parents:  In this article, James MacDonald writes about what it means for an adult to honor their parents.  Read his thoughts here.

 

Bits and Pieces 9/28/11

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

God’s Will For Your Wait:  Right now, right here, in your personal life or ministry, there is some way, perhaps many ways, in which God is calling you to wait. How well are you waiting? Paul Tripp has some godly suggestions for those of us who struggle with waiting.  Read his Biblical insights about waiting here.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Google:  Who would have ever expected to see that headline?  But in our techno age it should probably come as no surprise  to hear that the Israel Museum and Google have partnered to give anyone access to the oldest known Biblical manuscripts in existence, the Dead Sea Scrolls. Watch a short video here or see the Dead Sea Scrolls website here.

The Distracted Church: Where is Satan making the most inroads?  Is it in those countries where believers are persecuted or countries like ours where we are free to worship–and free to be distracted?  In this article, Doug Carlson travels to a Central Asian country where believers are persecuted, and he comes away with a new perspective and some insights that all evangelicals need to ponder.  Read the article here.

Bits and Pieces 9/15

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

How Can We Really Apply Our Beliefs?  In this blog, “Motherhood Is Application” by Rachel Jankovic, mothers will be able to relate both to the writer and to the situations she is describing.  But all believers should be able to identify with the important concepts of putting our faith into action in our daily routines.  As Jankovic writes, “The gospel is not too big to fit into little situations. It is too big not to.”  Read the blog here. 

Why Do People Become Christians?  What kind of people become Christians? Watch these clips to hear from a wide variety of people who’ve come to know and love Jesus for themselves.

Israel’s Western Wall Foundation Stones Uncovered:  Two thousand years after King Herod’s builders laid the foundations for the Western Wall on the Temple Mount, Israeli archaeologists have managed to reach these foundations and expose them anew. Learn about what they found here.

Bits and Pieces 9/8

September 8, 2011 2 comments

Ten Years Later:  “Where was God when this happened?” is a question often asked about the events of 9/11.  In this article, R. C. Sproul seeks to answer this question and in so doing raises several others.  Why are we urged to ask God “to bless America,” yet if some suggest that God might also “judge America,” they are condemned for doing so? Read the article here. 

What Is The Most Important Word In The Bible?  I found this to be an interesting question, and this very brief post gives a worthy answer.  Read the post here.

The Book Of Revelation App: When I first saw this app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod, I doubted if a graphic illustrated book of the Bible could be a serious tool for Bible study.  Yet, after I read an interview with the illustrator, I was convinced enough to get it a try.  After downloading it, I had a hard time putting it aside and found the illustrations didn’t overwhelm the message but instead enhanced its clarity and scope.  At least for me, the best way to view the app was in landscape mode, that is, going panel by panel.  Read more about the Book of Revelation App here.

Bits and Pieces 8/31

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bible In Two Weeks: If you want an overview of the entire Bible, these passages, which you should be able to read easily in 14 days, will give you a kind of “Cliff’s Notes” view of the Scriptures.  The reading plan is here.

Amazingly Small Things:  While I love to glorify God through what we can see through the lens of the Hubble Telescope, being astonished at gigantic images we cannot begin to comprehend or ever hope to see with the naked eye, I am equally able to praise Him for His tiny creation, things so small they can only be seen with a special scanning electron micrography.  Take a look here.

Video Classroom Teaching: If you want to “take a class” with a well-known theologian, pastor, teacher, writer, these series of videos are now available free online.  Taught by Dr. R. C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries, they are entitled “Chosen By God” and can be viewed here.

How Suffering Is A Blessing: This article/blog written by a Christian counselor can speak to anyone who wants to be able to put despair, suffering, hardship, difficulties in the proper God-centered perspective.  He illustrates his main point by telling of a counseling situation, then goes from there to teach how each one of us must undergo suffering.  His premise is “personal suffering is the thing we fear the most.”  You can read and meditate on the article here.

Bits And Pieces 8/25

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are a few random, but interesting (at least to me) items I’ve run across lately.  They don’t really fit together, so they are just bits and pieces.

The Prison Gates Opened:  John Piper writes an encouraging word about difficult obstacles in life after having meditated on the story in Acts 12 of Peter being released from prison by God’s hand.  Acts 12:10 says,  “The iron gate leading into the city opened of its own accord.”  From this verse, Piper notes, “If God has a good purpose for you — and he always does — every gate will open of its own accord. That is, we can’t make it open. We pray. We work. And we wait. The accord belongs to God.”  Read the full devotional here.

Thinking About God: One of my favorite bloggers and writers, Tim Challies, wrote in a recent blog about A. W. Tozer, a theologian, writer and pastor from the last century and this statement he made:  “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Asking another person or yourself the question, “What comes to your mind when you think about God?” will reveal not only a knowledge of God but the depth of that knowledge.  See the full article here.

Earthquakes and Hurricanes: Are you hearing the footsteps of Jesus in recent weather and disaster stories?  You’re not the only one.  Joseph Farah, columnist for WorldNetDaily writes, “He’s trying to get your attention. Are you paying heed? What will it take?” You can read his full article here.

Bits And Pieces 8/13

August 13, 2011 1 comment

Here are a few random, but interesting (at least to me) items I’ve run across lately.  They don’t really fit together, so they are just bits and pieces.

An Interview With Paul In Jail:  Here’s a fictional account of one of the Apostle Paul’s old friends coming to see him while he’s locked up in a Roman prison.  He asks his friend, “Has Jesus Been Worth It, Saul?”

A Starry Sky From Joshua Tree:  Here’s a time lapse video of a meteor shower and the galactic core of the Milky Way as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.  See the heavens declare the glory of God through The Milky Way.

Evolution Refuted: Here’s an animated video from the website, Answers In Genesis, which offers insights and answers to the evolution debate.  It only lasts about two minutes and it’s simply called Evolution.

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