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Bits and Pieces 5/23/12

May 23, 2012 Leave a comment

How To Handle Animals In The Bible:  “Have you ever pondered that the Lord not only designed the animals for naturalistic functions such as pollinating plants or providing you with food and clothing, but to be an intentional, constant reflection to you of spiritual lessons?” Read the full article here.

How To Handle Some Important Rocks In The Bible:  Lisa leads on how to build an altar of grace, and more importantly, not to waste rocks.

How To Handle The Ten Most Unbelieved Letters In The Bible:  “It’s 10 letters found in Ephesians 2:9.  The hardest words for unbelievers to believe.  Often the hardest words for believers to keep on believing.  Read more here.

Bits and Pieces 3/15/12

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Tornadoes, Why?  When we view the damage caused by the devastating tornado that almost wiped Henryville, Indiana off of the map recently, we are tempted to ask why?  John Piper provides some answers here.

What Happens To Children Who Die?  This is a question I’ve been asked often.  I found it helpful to read Tim Challies’ approach to answering this question.  Read his article here.

KONY 2012: Like many of you, I have watched the video campaign Kony 2012 which seeks to bring peace to Uganda by making the world aware of the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and his rebels.  The speed at which this went viral on YouTube was amazing.  I was also very interested in a blog by a Ugandan from the Africa Renewal Christian College on Joseph Kony.  You can read his blog here.

How Do You Fill Your Day?  Whatever you do during you day (home, school, office), your activities can probably be organized under five types of headings according to Scott Belsky.  In a recent blog by David Murray he applied these five headings in a classroom on leadership and noted that leaders/pastors spend most of their time in reacting to events and people.  I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing.  Mark’s gospel displays a similar picture of Jesus’ days spent doing exactly that.  Read Murray’s blog on organizing your day here.

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Bits and Pieces 2/8/12

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

I Once Was Lost:  Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep comes alive in this personal story from Patti Brown. It’s not the Father’s will that even one of us should perish.  Get a fresh perspective here.

Items Our Tech Age Will Kill:  I found this list of 40 plus items that will soon disappear due to “technology” rather fascinating.  See if you agree.  Read the list here.

Visualize This:  Tim Challies has been exploring Visual Theology.  He says it is “an attempt to display theological realities in infographic form.”  This probably appeals to those of us who love to see our world in an ordered format.   What this means can be seen here.

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.

 

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