From the Word

“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. ‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’” (Luke 22:27-32)

Notable Quotables

“No pressure, no diamonds.” (Mary Case)

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Christopher Columbus)

“Christians should be like nails; the harder you’re hit, the deeper you go, and the stronger you get.” (Craig Groeschel)

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” (Albert Einstein)

“Jesus is the only Master whose mercies are new every morning.” (Tim Keller)

Around the Net

3 Ways Self-Condemnation Steals Your Joy (Kaylee Freeman)

We often fill our minds with thoughts of how ashamed we are of ourselves. How could I be so selfish? So unloving? So judgmental? But at their core, these thoughts are nothing but self-condemnation. “Self-condemnation is blaming yourself after you have failed to do or be something you know you should do or be. Instead of responding to conviction by confessing, repenting, and being empowered by God’s grace, self-condemners choose to heap condemnation on themselves.”

Does Your Social Media Outrage Bear False Witness? (Gaye Clark)

“What we post on social media can take on a life of its own. The matter feels urgent, so we hastily type rebuttals. Veiled as zeal for truth, we run to our computers and phones to adjust error and admonish the man who got it all wrong. Any public misstep can be called out to legions of our followers who, in turn, can pass on the public rebuke to their followers. With so many people agreeing with us, confidence grows that we have chosen a worthy battle.”

The Top 10 Sources of Discouragement for Pastors (Thom Rainer)

Number 2 would be Number 1 for me. In fact, it often felt more like trauma than ordinary discouragement. Every time it happened, another part of my heart would get torn off, and I never really seemed to heal properly. It was especially hard when I got no explanation. To this day, those who departed have no clue what it did to my soul. Thankfully, grace can be applied to each heartbreak. “Pastors have pressures. These are the top ten from the interactions we have. But I am certain there are more. Probably a lot more.”

Boston Doctor Saves Professor’s Life During Lecture (Sky News)

Doctors are trained to speak up if they see something. That’s what Dr. Iris Jaffe did when she attended an ethics lecture in June by professor Jill Brown at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Jaffe, a cardiologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, was trying to listen to the lecture, but became distracted and alarmed by what looked like serious symptoms exhibited by Brown. “On the one hand, I felt a lot of hesitation about approaching her because I’m not her physician, she had not shared this information with me willingly or asked for my opinion. But, on the other hand, I was worried for her survival.”

Babylonian Trigonometry Table: The World’s Oldest? (Samuel Pfister)

I’m odd enough to enjoy this sort of thing. Maybe you are, too. “According to a new interpretation of a 3,800-year-old clay tablet, the ancient Babylonians may have developed the first inklings of trigonometry more than a thousand years before Pythagoras, the namesake of the Pythagorean Theorem, or Hipparchus, considered the father of trigonometry. This fresh examination of the tablet—known as Plimpton 322 (P322)—by scholars at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) could revolutionize our understanding of Babylonian math.”

Something to Ponder

Feeble Faith in a Perfect Savior

“Faith is not our savior. It was not faith that was born at Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us, and gave itself for us; that bore our sins in its own body on the tree; that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Savior is another. Faith is one thing, and the cross is another. Let us not confound them, nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man, that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the Living God.

“Our security is this, that it matters not how poor or weak our faith maybe: if it touches the perfect One, all is well. God has asked and provided a perfect righteousness; he nowhere asks nor expects a perfect faith. So a feeble, very feeble faith, will connect us with the righteousness of the Son of God; the faith, perhaps, that can only cry, ‘Lord, I believe; help mine unbelief.’”

– Horatius Bonar

The Glory of Creation

Walrus from a Russian Archipelago

walrus-russianImage Credit: Mike Libecki

Into All the World

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” (Jane Austen)

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