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60 Seconds on the Internet – Here is just some of what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds.

Motivations and Hindrances in Communion – Thabiti: “Of late I’ve not been maintaining a regular and fruitful communion with my Lord. I could use more socially acceptable terms like ‘struggling,’ but the truth is my lazy flesh has won more mornings than my willing spirit. I’ve found myself–once again–in a dry and weary land. And I haven’t fought as I should. Does anybody know what I’m talking about?”

What’s a Myriad? – It is, apparently, one of the most interesting Greek words. “Basically, it means a ‘gajillion.’ Or perhaps a ‘bajillion.’ What slang do you use? A gajillion means lots and lots and lots, with no specific number in view.”

Benefiting Our Virtual Company – I appreciated reading Melissa’s thoughts on online company. “While I have taken pains to make my blog home a place that might bless others, I wonder if the same could be said of my online interaction as a whole. My comments, status updates, and tweets – do they benefit others or are they the mark of a soul bent on self-promotion and validation? Does my public discourse highlight me or God? “

The Top Missionary-Sending Country – “Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity calculates that Christians sent out approximately 400,000 international missionaries in 2010. And nearly half of the world’s top missionary-sending countries are now located in the global South.” You’ll never guess which country sends the greatest number of missionaries by percentage of its Christian population.

Disability and the Gospel – Tabletalk has an interview with Michael Beates; he discusses disability and the gospel. In the same vein, over at True Woman Sheila Gosney writes about some of her experience with disability.

The New Testament preaches a Christ who was dead and is alive, not a Christ who was alive and is dead.

—James Denney

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    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

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    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

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