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This morning I turned on the radio and heard the mayor of Woodstock, Georgia, talking about the recent snowstorm and his hope that no one out there is dumb enough to brave the roads. And so I post this as a courtesy to my sister and brother-in-law who happen to live in Woodstock. Stay off the roads! They’re bad enough that people are talking about them in Canada!

The Heart of Parenting – Westminster Books is having a one-week sale on what I hear is a fantastic DVD from Paul David Tripp. “Learn how to be an instrument of heart changing grace in the little moments of life that God will give you with your children. Paul Tripp will begin with giving you a picture for God’s design for the family. Because if you don’t understand the family; you will never understand parenting. Then, Paul will help you to understand the life transforming and agenda setting things that the Bible says about the heart. Then, he will apply the principles about the family and the heart to the three primary stages of parenting.”

Final Hours – I feel almost guilty posting this link, a link to an article where a wife talks about the unexpected death of her husband just two days before Christmas. It’s so personal. And yet it’s a real testament to the power and strength of God through the deepest valleys.

Top Books of 2010 – Michael Hyatt has a list of the bestselling Christian books of 2010. It’s an interesting combination of good and junk.

A Company of Heroes – Dick Winters, he of Band of Brothers fame, died last week at the age of 92. ‘When people asked whether he was a hero, he echoed the words of his World War II buddy Mike Ranney: “No, but I served in a company of heroes.”‘

The Scope of It – Here’s a study that says that 52% of tweens and teens “go online when they are in their bedrooms or in a room alone, making it hard for parents to monitor what they are doing.” And, not surprisingly, many of them are looking at pornography.

No Liars in Heaven – I enjoyed this critique (to put it nicely) of a recent Jack Chick tract. “Cartoonist, Jack Chick, continues to peddle his tin-foil hat revisionism of Church History illustrated with pictures of stern faced angels, glowing titanic faceless images of God, and bad guys with exaggerated Semitic features like thick eye-brows and hooked noses.”

Are Being Saved – Mounce takes on an interesting Bible verse.

Pray for Sudan – Africa Inland Mission is asking us all to pray for Sudan.

Gimli Gets it Done – A slightly different (and abbreviated) version of Lord of the Rings:

Trials and tribulations are very good for us in that they help us to know ourselves better than we knew ourselves before.

—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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