From the Word

“Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:89-94)

Notable Quotables

“Any problem that makes you run to God is worth it.” (Kathy Kiuna)

“Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.” (A. W. Tozer)

“The hope of Christianity is ‘great is Thy faithfulness,’ not ‘great is my faithfulness.’” (Tullian Tchividjian)

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

“I need Christ, not something that resembles him.” (C. S. Lewis)

Around the Net

5 Critical Missteps in Helping Self-Harmers (Kristin Kellen)

Kellen shares five key mistakes of pastors and counselors as they seek to help those engaging in self-harm. “Ministry to those who self-harm can be messy and at times can be confusing and frustrating. But in understanding these pitfalls, and being careful not to fall into them, we are able to walk alongside those who are suffering and lead them to peace. Ultimately, that is what they are searching for. As pastors and counselors, we can lead them to the True Peace.”

10 Practical Suggestions for People who are Lonely (Paul Tautges)

“Some loneliness is temporary; some is long-term. Some is deep and aching; some is merely unsettling. Some causes minor discomfort; some causes major dysfunction.” What practical suggestions can help us during our times of loneliness? And what suggestions can we give to others who are also experiencing the pain of isolation? Deborah Howard gives eight bits of counsel in the final chapter of her book, HELP! I’m So Lonely. Paul Tautges summarizes her suggestions.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Medication (Kim Shay)

“There is a particular shame in the church when one has depression or anxiety. When I was under the weight of a very bad bout, I was afraid to tell anyone. . . . When people hear that you’re taking medication, they may react negatively. There are some who believe that by taking medication, we are denying God’s sufficiency; that it is admitting that we don’t trust God. Some Christians want to say that all mental illness is false; that it’s just our sin. I thank God today that someone suggested I go on medication.”

The Pastoral Duty of Letting People Down (Brian Sauve)

“When a pastor chooses to thoroughly ignore the buzzing in his pocket and instead remain present at dinner with his wife and kids, he confesses his non-omnipresence. When he says, ‘I don’t know’ to the person asking the question that outstrips his knowledge, he confesses his non-omniscience. When he closes his books at the end of the day and goes home to eat and rest, he confesses his non-omnipotence. He confesses his earthiness, his dust-origins, his weak frame—all the things, in other words, that God will clothe with power from on high.”

Immaculate Innings Are a Rare and Wonderful Baseball Treat (SB Nation)

Here’s one for the baseball fans—now that the World Series is over. “The immaculate inning is pretty simple: three batters each retired on three strikes and three strikes only. It’s also rarer than a no-hitter, and for long stretches of baseball history, we barely saw them. But the immaculate inning has made something of a comeback recently.” (Brief Video)

Something to Ponder

Disclosures of the Cross

“What we see at the cross is the white-hot revelation of the character of God, of his love providing the price that holiness requires. The cross was his means of redeeming lost sinners and reconciling them to himself, but it was also a profound disclosure of his mercy. It is, in Paul’s words, an ‘inexpressible gift’ that leads us to wonder and worship, to praise and adore the God who has given himself to us in this way.”

– David F. Wells, The Courage to be Protestant

The Glory of Creation

Raggiana Bird of Paradise

raggiana-bird-of-paradiseImage Credit: Tim Laman

Into All the World

“The world changes with your example, not with your opinion.” (Unknown)

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