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Monday Links and Bullets 2.25.13

Last Monday of February.  Hard to believe that is true. The Monday routine is this: I share articles I find interesting (links).  Then, usually totally unrelated to the articles, I share a few of my own thoughts below (bullets).  Enjoy, and be challenged!

WEEKLY LINKS

Link of the Week

Being in ministry is hazardous to your soul.  You do not have to be in full time ministry to understand and benefit from this article.  A good challenge.

Christian Faith

Do you worship the God of endless choices? How do you make decisions?  This is an article that will help you think through the process.

Jesus is better than self help.

A radical lesbian turned Christian.  If we’re “born this way”, should this be possible?

Technology

This is fascinating.  It’s the story of how an iPhone app literally saved a guy who ran out of money making a documentary that got nominated for an Oscar.  Check it out!

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

Oscars

  • I think I watched 3 or 4 movies in a theater last year.
  • Two of them won – Argo for best picture, and Anne Hathaway for best supporting actress in Les Mis.
  • Both were very deserving in my opinion.  I was not overwhelmed by the performance of the lady in Zero Dark Thirty.
  • The guy who hosted it seemed pretty stiff and mechanical in his delivery.

Baseball

  • Last week I pegged the Indians to win 86 games.  I’ll peg the Yankees to win 88 and miss the playoffs by one game.
  • The Yankees lost their starting center fielder (they wanted him to move to left) due to a broken forearm.  Granderson will be back in May.  He is one of my least favorite players, as his game had deteriorated to home runs and little else (his BA was all the way down to .230 range).
  • I hope the Dodgers and Angels are terrible and miss the playoffs like they did last year.

Life

  • Our daughter Alexa was drawn from a lottery to go to Akron’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school.  It’s an option.  She auditioned for the public schools’ performing arts track and should hear something within the next few weeks.  We’re praying God will lead us to the right educational opportunities for all of our children.
  • I was finding puddles (of coffee) underneath our coffee pot.  A basic inspection revealed no leaks.  However I did find a drip where the coffee comes out (it is like a fountain dispenser and doesn’t have the normal carafe). Problem solved!  We’ll just put a small container underneath there and it can drip into there.
  • Our first month in our grocery experiment has gone well.  I think we’ve made less trips to the store and we’ve communicated fairly well throughout the month.  Hopefully this will continue.  We’re going to continue to attempt to buy more at one time rather than smaller trips.

Parenting

  • I have to remember I cannot control my kids.  Boy is that difficult.  It’s definitely increasing my prayer life!  
  • I mean this mostly in regards to what their interests are and what they’ll become.  We want to provide lots of freedom for these choices, and we believe prayer and openly discussing decisions (friends, schools, future, culture, faith, etc.) are great ways to help lead and guide without exerting control or stifling the necessary process of the development of independence.

Faith

  • I am pretty resolute that I am doing exactly what God wants me to be doing in this season of my life.  I pray He will use me.
  • Speaking of that, I have been sharing my faith with a number of people.  I desire that they would come to know Jesus, that He could set them free from so much struggle and hopelessness.
  • My soul continues to stir from the conference I attended at the beginning of February.  It seems so simple to say this, but I really am trusting in the Spirit rather than the flesh for growth, leading, ministering, and decisions.

Have a great week everyone!

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