Good morning, my friends. Grace and peace to you.
There are several interesting Kindle deals today, most of them related to church history.
(Yesterday on the blog: It Is No More Death, But A Sweet Departure)
“Because of pornography’s seriousness, churches are right to take serious steps to eradicate it from the life of a believer.” Garrett Kell tells if and when church discipline may be necessary for those who are deep into pornography.
Randy Alcorn tells how he is doing several weeks after the death of his dear wife. “I do indeed sense His closeness. At the same time, grief and sometimes depression come upon me in waves. But they do not drive out Jesus or the Holy Spirit, both of whom indwell me (Romans 8:8-11). Nor can they separate me from God the Father.”
Andrée Seu Peterson reflects on aging (and Elon Musk).
The Ligonier Teaching Fellows discuss assurance of salvation.
David Fugoyo: “I lived most of my life in war in Sudan. It is one of the longest running civil wars in Africa (from 1983 to 2005). I faced countless trying moments. I was separated from my mother, siblings, and other relatives. I struggled to sit in class, hearing rumours of war every day. The culture of war and violence invaded daily life.”
And finally, an interesting dispatch from India: “A few years ago, I was looking for a house to rent within my budget. To find a house within my budget, I thought all I had to do was to negotiate how much rent I could pay. That seemed logical and reasonable to me. Apparently, not in my town! As I went on a search to find a suitable house for my family, I repeatedly found two questions thrown at me by different house owners. To my utter shock and dismay, they would invariably ask me: ‘what caste do you belong to’? and ‘what do you do for a living’?”
I wonder if you have ever thought about the kind of courage—but also the kind of conceit—it takes for a young man to ask a father for the hand of his daughter. De Witt Talmage once considered this in a discourse on marriage and, frankly, his thoughts are hilarious.
Comfort from the Father cascades down into our lives so that comfort may cascade from our lives into the lives of others who are suffering. Comfort flows downhill.—Mike Emlet