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

Friday Link Highlight 3.11.11

I am going to try something new starting on Fridays.  As many of you know, I share a lot of links on my blog.  And, because of the way the blog hosting service works, I can figure out pretty easily which links you find the most interesting (and consequently, which ones you find the least interesting).  So, each Friday I will select one link that is really popular, or I’ll select one that maybe didn’t get too many hits, and write a couple paragraphs about it.  Here goes with the first ever Friday link highlight!

This week’s highlight is about how to avoid extreme beliefs within the Christian faith.

Let’s think about this in a few ways:

1.  How do we receive criticism?  If we are people pleasers, we will change everything we do just because someone suggests we shouldn’t.  The Bible passages on freedom and caution just don’t mean this.  We need to be able to be firm in our decisions and lovingly explain to someone who might be offended by what we’re doing.

2.  How well do we know the whole word of God?  When we read verses that challenge us, do we know of other parts of the Bible that say similar things or even offer some balance?  Over-focusing on one verse or passage without weighing it in light of the entire Bible can lead to dangerous things.

3.  How much do we judge what someone is doing trying to reach others for Christ?  We should NEVER adapt harmful behaviors, but to become like some people, for crying out loud, we have to go where they are!  Jesus was unafraid to hang out with the most broken of society.  We should never fear judgment in doing the same thing, as long as we don’t adapt sinful customs or behaviors in order to do it.

Hope this has been a challenging set of thoughts.  Enjoy your Friday everyone!

 

Monday Links and Bullets 3.7.11

Lots of good stuff to get to this week.  First off . . .

LINK OF THE WEEK

Would you risk being raped for an education?

CHRISTIAN FAITH READING

Five things you can’t find in the Bible, but it would be great if you could (good read on this one).

Read this if you don’t think you’re connecting well at your church.

–Here are a smart guy’s notes for a debate about atheism.

–Good read:  how to avoid extreme beliefs.

INTERESTING MISCELLANEOUS

Sex is cheap.  This is a good article about lack of commitment.  Someone raise the bar!

–Need to translate what women are really saying – try the Manslater! (hilarious).

–A star basketball player is dead.  Unreal story.

–Interesting story about porn addictions.

–Not sure which baseball team to root for?  This flow chart is pretty funny.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • I have no more capacity for bad news.  The past three days have been truly unbearable.  It must stop.
  • Too bad the therapy people weren’t as concerned as I was about using my time on my day off (probably took 45 minutes longer than it needed to).
  • Honestly, I am really struggling with why so many things seem to be going wrong.  Searching . . . praying . . . leaning . . .
  • It’s March.  The NCAA tourney is coming and should provide a little distraction.
  • Staying faithful is an adventure.  No one ever said it would be easy!
  • I am trying to stay upbeat.  I do believe God can work in difficult situations.
  • David told me today he wanted my finger to get better so I can play “wrestling champion” with the kids again.  That would be great!

Monday Links and Bullets 2.28.11

Here are this week’s links:

LINK OF THE WEEK

–Stats you’ve heard on the Christian divorce rate are wrong.

CHRISTIAN FAITH

–Pre-adulthood:  Where are the real men?

–Take 6 minutes and watch this powerful testimony about how Jesus changed this guy.

Signs you’re growing in grace.

–A good article for both pastors and non-pastors about burnout.

–Excellent article about how to talk to your kids about sermons.

GENERAL INTEREST

–These photos tell a lot about the New Zealand earthquake.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Modem fixed, now router issues.  Yay!!
  • Tomorrow will be a very long day, including 2-3 meetings and a memorial service.  Whatever office work can get done in the meantime will be a plus.
  • We got a LOT of rain last night.  Lots of folks in our area are having basement issues.  Apparently there was a sewer issue with water backed up in basements in certain parts of our community.
  • If you are reading this, I plead with you to submit EVERYTHING you do, say, think, and feel to Jesus.  Would he do what you’re doing? Say what you’re saying? Wear what you’re wearing? These are such challenging things.
  • If I asked you what your number one sinful struggle is, you would answer: ” ________________ .”  Are you okay with that or is there something you want to do about it?
  • The challenges of this life only increase my yearning for the next!

 

Monday Links and Bullets 2.21.11

Almost didn’t make it today.  Here goes:

LINKS OF THE WEEK

–Two links on tolerance: 1) as the supreme virtue 2) why it’s intolerant

CHRISTIAN FAITH

–Should accountability groups shift their focus?

Don’t be offended when non-Christians mock you

How to pray for Egypt

How the Bible gets mis-interpreted.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • After plunging and snaking at least once a week for a year, we finally replaced our toilet.  Not big news to you, but a huge deal to me.  There has been nothing more frustrating for me in the past several months than messing with this thing, and it’s now over.
  • Looking forward to a week of opportunity.
  • Praying for friends facing surgery this week.
  • Praying for many people sick and struggling at church.
  • Praying for the Holy Spirit to grip our hearts as a family and as a church.
  • On the improvements front, our internet is finally functioning again.  Another big relief.
  • The Yankees as underdogs this year?  Wow.  That’s an expensive $200 million underdog.
  • Tomorrow could be a huge day – praying it goes well.
  • So glad to have good friends.
  • There are times when I feel so selfish.  I really wish I could reduce the times when I’m blinded by frustration.
  • Hoping for a relaxing Monday next week.  Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve had one.
  • Praying tonight for good friends who will soon face losing a wonderful husband and father figure to cancer.  At this point, I am praying the Lord will take him home.

 

Monday Links and Bullets 2.14.11

The “I’m not into Valentine’s Day Very Much” edition.  Here are this week’s links:

LINK OF THE WEEK

GO KID!! – This is really worth your watch

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Smash your idol.

Ways parents can sin against their kids.

How do you measure a great preacher? (this was challenging to me)

–Up for reading two paragraphs?  The first two of this article say a lot.

–The goal of parenting is NOT to have good kids.

I kid you not (unbelievable!).

MISCELLANEOUS

A sad article about the Refrigerator, William Perry.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Got our federal taxes done today.  Yippee.
  • Can you imagine a time when Facebook and Texting are “yesterday”?
  • The unrest in the Mid-East is fascinating in many ways.
  • I’ve been really challenged recently regarding how to pray.
  • My love for my wife has nothing to do with February 14th.
  • I went looking all over today for my paycheck.  Then I found it right where I put it last night.  Grrrr.
  • I have mentioned it here before, but I need prayers for wisdom!  I truly want to honor Jesus in all I’m doing.
  • What are your idols?  I am struggling with mine.