From the Word

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Notable Quotables

“Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.” (Os Guinness)

“Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.” (Dallas Willard)

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.” (Thomas Merton)

“The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“When we read Scripture without listening to God, Scripture is sabotaged.” (Eugene Peterson)

Around the Net

He Remains Faithful (Joel Littlefield)

“We’re all going to fail. Be reminded that Jesus is the faithful One. His faithfulness remains through our weaknesses. We live because He died. We persevere because He endured the cross. We do our best to live as faith-filled people. We seek to grow in obedience and surrender. But our task is to lean fully on His remaining-faithfulness and allow that to be our greatest strength.”

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage (Mike Erwin)

“There is no silver bullet to solving the complex problems ushered in by the information age. But there are some good places to start, and one of them is counterintuitive: solitude. Having the discipline to step back from the noise of the world is essential to staying focused. This is even more important in a highly politicized society that constantly incites our emotions, causing the cognitive effects of distractions to linger.”

Material Prosperity: At Least As Dangerous as Porn (Jon Bloom)

“Have you ever noticed that the New Testament issues more dire warnings against the spiritual dangers of material prosperity than sexual immorality? Jesus didn’t say it’s harder for a sexually immoral person to get into heaven than a camel to squeeze through a needle’s eye. He said it about rich people. And most people who read this live in one of the richest nations in the history of the world.”

What Does the Bible Say About Justice? (Aaron Earls)

The Bible proclaims justice as an aspect of God’s character and an expectation of his people. “It should flow out of us and be a desire for us, not because we want to avoid talking about Jesus, but because we want to talk about him all the more. Justice is not a replacement for the gospel; it is an implication of the gospel. So here are around two dozen passages that demonstrate the obsession Scripture has with the concept of justice.”

How to Fall Asleep and Why We Need More (Terry Gross, Fresh Air Team)

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark. “Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” he says. “Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it.” Walker discusses the importance of sleep, and offers strategies for getting the recommended eight hours.

Something to Ponder

Made Perfect in Weakness

“Nick Vujicic was raised in a loving Christian home. But he was born without limbs, and the kids at school were very cruel to him. At times Nick despaired even of life. But then he discovered that God could use him for His glory, and now he travels around the world sharing his story. Nick’s life shows us how God can work through human weakness and suffering.

“Part of knowing the Lord is in the fellowship of his suffering. The apostle Paul suffered. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 12 about an experience in which he was caught up to Heaven and saw things that he couldn’t describe. But he went on to say, ‘And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’

“God can work mightily through disability—sometimes even more effectively than through someone who has no disability. If you’ve faced calamity, if you’ve had a loved one die unexpectedly, if you struggle with a physical infirmity or challenge and can still rejoice and praise God, then that, my friend, is a powerful witness. And in some ways, it can be more powerful than the witness of someone who has no infirmity at all.”

– Greg Laurie

The Glory of Creation

Humpback Whale Propulsion

whale-humpback-tail-finImage Credit: National Geographic

Into All the World

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” (William Shakespeare)

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