From the Word

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9)

Notable Quotables

“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” (Hugh Miller)

“Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” (Dorothy Parker)

“Owning our story can be hard. But not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” (Brené Brown)

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” (Stephen Covey)

“The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.” (Charles F. Kettering)

Around the Net

3 Things Believers Should Know About the Reformation (Michael Reeves)

“For some, the Protestant Reformation conjures up images of dusty old tomes and yawn-a-minute lectures from even dustier old men. We Christians talk about the past an awful lot, and this year many of us have been going on about Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the others even more than usual. Why so much fuss about all these dead guys? Aren’t we in danger of becoming outdated and irrelevant?”

Why the Reformation is Not Over (Jordan Stanbridge)

“There we were at the Holy Steps in Rome. The famous steps that were supposedly transported from Jerusalem to Rome, where Jesus walked up to Pilate right before His crucifixion. . . . Hundreds of people go up these steps each day, going through the motions in order to be able to remove some time from purgatory for themselves or a loved one. As we stood there, we grieved in watching people, one by one, begin their ascension up the steps, praying to Mary to honor the promise that the Pope and Cardinals gave—that they who go up the steps will receive pardon for sin.”

What to Do about Martin Luther? (John Stackhouse)

“Luther was not in fact a racist, nor an apologist for the powerful. He was, instead, ruthlessly focused on what he understood to be the gospel and the renewal of a recalcitrant church. Those issues mattered most, and anyone who would impede, distract from, or resist that reformation felt his ire. . . . On this Reformation Day, I am sure Martin Luther himself would refuse to accept any tributes and would acknowledge, with tears, all the criticisms. And he would point away from himself to the Savior no one doubts he loved, and in whose righteousness, not his own, he put his trust.”

Clinging to the Crutch’ in Anxiety (Amy Medina)

“Sixteen years ago, I went through a season of Anxiety. And I say it with a capital A, because there’s no other good word to describe it. You can say, I’m anxious about that interview. I’m anxious about the bills. But that’s nothing compared to Anxiety. It’s like equating “feeling down” with Depression. You just can’t compare the two. Anxiety is all-encompassing, life-consuming, soul-sucking. That was sixteen years ago, and after two years I had victory.  Then it entered my life again a few months ago, and has sought to control me these last weeks.”

A Small Town Halloween (Kyle Borg)

“For me, Halloween isn’t a liturgical question as much as it’s a cultural question. As it’s commonly observed I understand Halloween to be a modern societal tradition. I know not every Christian agrees. Many of the arguments against Halloween are based on its apparent pagan origins and associations with the occult. . . . So, well-meaning Christians have had a hard time separating any Halloween activity—Trunk-or-Treat included—from religious worship. I get it. I really do. If I thought Halloween was inevitably an issue of worship I might unscrew my porch light, draw my curtains, and refuse to come out! But here’s the thing, I’m just not convinced it has to be.”

Something to Ponder

Law and Gospel

“The primary purpose of the law is to show us our sin and God’s hatred of it. The law exposes our failure. The law diagnoses our disease. It reveals God’s perfect will and our inability to keep it. The law is good, but it is ruthless. It demands everything but gives nothing. It cannot produce in us what it requires of us.

“The Gospel on the other hand, demands nothing but gives everything. It is the good news that everything the law requires of us is freely given to us in Christ Jesus. Confession brings us before a holy God who knows the thoughts and intentions of every heart and who runs to meet the poor in spirit with his gracious word of forgiveness.”

– Patrick Thurber

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“Make each day your masterpiece.” (John Wooden)

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