From the Word

“O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.” (Psalm 3:1-4)

Notable Quotables

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” (Zig Ziglar)

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” (Paul Boese)

“God writes complete stories. If he saved you once upon a time, he will bring you to happily ever after.” (John Piper)

“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.” (Epictetus)

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” (Maya Angelou)

Around the Net

One Little Word That Radically Changed My Prayers (Bronwyn Lea)

“Why is it that when I do sit down to pray (and my struggles with that are lengthy and complex), I pray for the ‘light and momentary afflictions,’ and so seldom for the eternal things? I don’t have an answer for that, but this weekend I found one little word which is helping me close the gap between the daily-needs-prayer and the weightier-matters-prayer. Here it is: instead of praying, God, make it better, I need to pray, God, make it count.”

7 Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters (Tom Olson)

“Have you ever wondered why God desires for his people to sing? What role should singing play in the life of a Christian? What is it about worshiping through song that is so important to God? You may not know it, but God has already answered these questions in the Bible.” The seven reasons provided answer these questions and unpack important truths about singing in the life of an individual Christian and the church.

How to Feel In—Instead of Always Feeling Like an Outsider (Jerusha Clark)

“Women can be downright mean. And I’m not excluding Christian ladies from that statement. Some of the most exclusive cliques I’ve come across are those in Bible study and church circles. There’s nothing quite like being rejected by women who claim to love ‘the least of these.’ To some extent, you and I yearn for acceptance and approval. I used to believe that wanting to fit in was strictly a negative thing. . . . [But] when I cross over, I will not be in an individual heaven populated only by the Holy Trinity and myself; neither will you. Instead, we will dwell forever in perfect unity with people from every tribe and every nation.”

7 Deadly Statements of Church Members (Thom Rainer)

Some statements can move a church toward Great Commission and Great Commandment greatness. But there are some sentences that can prove harmful, even deadly, to a congregation. Here are seven of the worst. “To be clear, most church members do not make these statements nor do they reflect these attitudes. But healthier church members should and must speak up when they hear other members making such destructive statements. Otherwise, the naysayers, cartels, critics, and bullies will have their way in the church. And the church will soon cease being the church.”

12 Reasons to Have Lunch with a Senior Adult (Chuck Lawless)

Lest the previous article be seen as a shot at older believers, here’s the other side of the coin. It’s geared toward pastors, but anyone can benefit from the reasons offered here on why it’s beneficial to spend time seniors. “You need to spend intentional time with a senior adult—or with a lot of them. Even a monthly lunch and conversation will pay dividends in your ministry. . . . I know that some senior adults struggle with change in the church, but I’ve found them to be welcoming and loving. Taking time to be with them is not a waste of my time.”

The Glory of Creation

Monkey Baptism

monkeys-baptismImage Credit: National Geographic

Into All the World

“Be the kind of person you want to meet.” (Unknown)

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