Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Monday Links and Bullets 10.29.12 – ON TUESDAY!

Had a few things going on yesterday (wink wink), so here are Monday’s links and bullets – on TUESDAY!

WEEKLY LINKS

LINK OF THE WEEK

A great article on Christians and Halloween.  Really, this is a challenge read about why all the horror seems to be so appealing to people.  This will at least challenge you to think!

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

–WOMEN: What happens when a gospel reminder is needed?  Hope this challenges you.

–DISCIPLESHIP: Why it’s necessary.  Also, a good article about the grunt work of the gospel.

–EVANGELISM: Are you choking on Jesus’ name?

MISCELLANEOUS

–Some interesting information about young people and how connected they are.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK.

  • Absolutely overwhelmed by the process and celebration of Jocelyn’s adoption yesterday.  More on that tomorrow or Thursday.
  • The big race is this week.  Holy moly it’s exciting to think about trying to run 50 miles this week!
  • That’s about all the excitement I can take for the week – got a few things to tie up at church and looking forward to a good trip.
  • I am convinced that telling the Word of God is always a GREAT way to go.
  • I was happy the Giants won the World Series.  They have a great way of playing baseball, emphasizing a lot of pitching and defense.
  • The Browns won.  I don’t care if the score is 3-2, I think a win is a win is a win – ESPECIALLY considering it’s the Browns.  They have now beaten two teams considered to be fairly good.
  • A power outage does NOT constitute something to complain about on Facebook – we would do well to remember the people going days (not hours) without power.
  • I will be looking forward to better weather.  I always try to receive whatever weather God thinks we need, but this has been tough!

3rd Anniversary iPad give-away:

Coming up soon is the third anniversary of writing my blog. I have a lot of fun writing this and I get encouraged when folks share with me how they are challenged. On Monday, November 4 I will post the rules for the iPad giveaway contest. The last two years I’ve given away an iPad (with my wife’s full support!) on the anniversary of the blog and we’d love to do it again.

Friday Link Highlight 10.26.12 – How much is in your personal savings?

Here is a shocking personal finance statistic. It was also the highest clicked link from Monday’s post:

Many Americans don’t have $500 in personal savings.

After you read the article, gaze below for a few of my thoughts:

1. Where is your edge?

Here is one of the main problems I’d identify is that a lot of people don’t even know where the edge is. So, budget. Know your expenses well, and build a base as well as you can.

2. Lack of control leads many to the edge.

It is true that Julie and I could make our monthly expenses (giving included) on much less than we make. I am glad to say we know how to control our spending. It takes teamwork and communication. It also means explaining to our kids why we do some things, and DON’T do some things.

3. A basic value test.

Answer this question: if you got a larger sum of money, would you begin to figure out how to spend it, or how to give it, save it, or use it to improve your family’s financial condition? The answer to this question just may be why 40% of Americans don’t have five Benjamins to rub together.

Have a great weekend everyone. Be challenged.

A Great Story of Justice – Check It Out!

I’ve been promoting for quite a while my 50 mile run coming up next Saturday. I am excited, but most of all I’m excited to run on behalf of International Justice Mission.

Here is a great story of the kinds of justice they bring.

Here is how you can financially be a part of my campaign. The more people who donate, the more motivation I have to finish!

It goes without saying, prayer for this organization is most important!

Monday Links and Bullets 10.22.12

3rd Anniversary iPad give-away:

Coming up soon is the third anniversary of writing my blog. I have a lot of fun writing this and I get encouraged when folks share with me how they are challenged. On Monday, November 4 I will post the rules for the iPad giveaway contest. The last two years I’ve given away an iPad (with my wife’s full support!) on the anniversary of the blog and we’d love to do it again.

Here are this week’s links and bullets:

WEEKLY LINKS:

LINK OF THE WEEK:
You really can’t do all things through Christ. Good challenge regarding how you approach Scripture verses.

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Don’t avoid church discipline. If you are asking what that is, this would be a great read for you!

–Hate to have to post this, but it made me think. Here are some ways to spot sexual abuse.

What is the greatest threat to your hunger for God? Wow is this a short but powerful read.

MISCELLANEOUS
No way. No. Stinking. Way.

–Here’s a shocking American personal financial statistic.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

* What a great missions conference this weekend. Wonderful challenges all the way around.
* It was nice this weekend to sit and be challenged, rather than my usual leading role.
* Enjoying some down time these couple days!
* Discipleship, discipleship, discipleship.
* Why is everyone asking what is wrong with the Yankees? Sure they’ve got some issues, but
the attention should be on Detroit for kicking their butt!
* Ohio State good, Browns bad.
* When is this election over? I have no interest in watching the debate tonight. All baseball for me.
* Prayer – something you do to earn God’s favor or praise Him for what He’s given you?
Is it something you do out of trust for God who knows the plans or in desperation because His
plans aren’t yours?

Friday Link Highlight 10.19.12 – How to nourish your wife!

Here is this week’s most clicked link from Monday’s post. It’s a good read for both husbands and wives:

(Full disclosure, I have not watched the entire video, but the comments in the article are very good conversation starters.)

How husbands can intentionally nourish their wives.

A few comments.

1. I bet most husbands have no plan for this.

This is not a knock on men.  I’m just guessing, honestly, that it’s not something we prioritize.  After reading this inspiring example, perhaps we should!

2. Would you be afraid for your wife to read this?

Although I feel like I fall short in some of the areas here, I do plan to have my wife read this and get her feedback.  However painful the response, men, are we prepared for the results?

3. Wives, how do you . . .

For wives who may be tempted to read this and tell their man to do this and this and this, the question is the same for you: how are you planning to nurture your husband?  Do you know how to spiritually encourage him?  It must be a part of the discussion.

Have a great weekend everyone!