From the Word

“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:1-5)

Notable Quotables

“Just because the past taps on your shoulder, doesn’t mean you have to look back.” (Unknown)

“It is the work of the devil, not the work of God, to bring up forgiven sins.” (Tullian Tchividjian)

“I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.” (Tim Keller)

“Saying, ‘Preach the gospel daily, use words if necessary’ is like saying, ‘Feed the hungry, use food if necessary.” (Ligon Duncan)

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” (Henry David Thoreau)

Around the Net

Why Christians Should Not Get Angry with the Lost (Colin Smith)
“There is a kind of Christianity that is angry with the sinful world and rails against the evils of our time. It is angry because it does not grasp the human condition: By nature, we are blind, bound, and dead. We cannot see the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4). We do not have the power to stop sinning (John 8:34), and we will not come to Christ and follow him (John 5:40). Blaring the horns of condemnation may give vent to Christian frustrations, but it does nothing to solve the problem.”

When Combat Trauma Tests a Marriage (Bridget Kessler)
“Treatment of PTSD requires the expertise of mental health professionals. However, the need for a professional counselor never negates the need for a loving church family. The church is uniquely positioned to wrap around both veterans and their families: loving them, supporting them, and praying for them. A strong support system—like what a church family can offer—is crucial for healing.”

Facebook Founding President Sounds Alarm (Dave Lee)
The founding President of Facebook takes us behind the curtain. “The thought process that went into building these applications was all about, ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’ That means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you . . . more likes and comments.”

Give It Five Minutes (Aaron Armstrong)
Does our national conversation seem more hostile to you these days? We seem more inclined to think the worst of one another than ever before. Whenever I review my Twitter timeline and Facebook newsfeed (an increasingly rare action for each), it’s a flurry of negativity. And it doesn’t seem to matter what it’s about. Whether it’s politics or pop culture, it seems likely that whatever is going on in the world is going to incense someone. But that’s not really much of a way to live, is it?”

8 Reasons It’s Tough to Wait on God (Chuck Lawless)
Long lines at the checkout counter. Long lines at the traffic light that never seems to change. Long delays before the refund check comes in the mail. The biblical recognition that we sometimes must wait on God is clear (e.g., Ps 130:5, Isa 40:31, etc.). Pastors are particularly impatient. (Guilty as charged!) Most of us, however, struggle with waiting. Lawless offers several reasons why we find it so hard. (And he promises a follow-up post on how to actually wait on the Lord!)

Something to Ponder

In Christ You Have Everything

“Define yourself by stuff, and you’ll feel good when you have a lot, and you’ll feel bad when you don’t. The cycle is predictable. If I get a car, I’ll be happy. If I get married, I’ll be happy . . . or if I get the new job. But in each case the joy comes and then diminishes. By the time you reach old age, you’ve ridden a roller coaster of hope and disappointment. And you are suspicious that life will let you down again.

“Contingent contentment turns us into wounded, worried people. But Christ-based contentment turns us into happy people. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment—they cannot take our joy, because they cannot take our Jesus. Write this down: In Christ you have everything! He can give you a happiness that can never be taken, a grace that will never expire, and a wisdom that will ever increase. He is a fountain of living hope that will never be exhausted!”

– Max Lucado

The Glory of Creation

Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Morning GloryImage Credit: G. Leslie Manlove

Into All the World

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

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