Happy new year! I hope you are facing 2018 with encouragement and hope. Why not begin it with a prayer like this one?
This month’s freebie from Logos and its $1.99 add-on are the biggest no-brainers ever. Add them to your collection!
Free from Christian Audio is Tony Reinke’s much-lauded book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.
“If you can’t read, meditate, pray, sing, congregate, or serve as much as you would like to, don’t just give up. You can still survive spiritually with a steady dose of devotional micronutrients: Bible reading, prayer, and service.”
“Many church planters and revitalizers go into their work aware it may not succeed. The plant may dissolve; the church could split; the renewal of a longstanding congregation may never materialize. There’s no seminary class on such outcomes, but these are common experiences in a world where Satan fights for every inch of territory Christ’s people seek to claim.But what happens when, in God’s sheer grace, the work—humble, simple, and biblical—takes off? What does revitalization look like in a rural context, without humongous giving, led by a young pastor?”
Here’s an interesting and graphical look at where top athletes originate.
“People have very low expectations for teenagers in the Christian context and it’s absurd. We have such high expectations for kids in terms of school—kids are learning foreign languages, taking college-level physics, and holding important leaderships roles, like being team captains or leading service projects. And yet in the church we regard teenagers like they’re toddlers.”
“The Amazon Kindle didn’t change books ten years ago, and it won’t change them in the next ten years, either.” Or that’s what this article says. I’m not convinced.
This video shows how quickly the London Underground system changed the way society worked. It also shows how it was built in the first place.
“The turn of the year is a good time to look back and to look ahead. In times past, many healthy Christians would use significant seasons – the new year, for example, or a birthday, or the anniversary of one’s conversion (if known) – to pause and to ponder the course of their lives. It was for them, and could be for us, a season of searching self-examination. It was a means of doing their souls much good.”
The best and most helpful books on marriage are the ones being lived out by husbands and wives in your family, in your neighborhood, and especially in your church.
If God should have no more mercy on us than we have charity to one another, what would become of us?—Thomas Fuller