12 July 2013

This 'n' That

Biggest hunk of
beeswax ever.
Everybody has stuff. You know, stuff. Boxes and drawers of miscellaneous what-nots that aren't vital to your everyday life, but that you've kept over the years for one reason or another. Stuff. Summer is the perfect time to weed through some of that stuff, looking for 'buried treasure,' as it were, and identifying a few things along the way that may become a treasure to somebody else (Goodwill, anyone?).

For my family, digging through old junk means sorting through some boxes of really old items—things that we kept from my grandparents after they died and just never took the time to properly organize. Do you have a family member who never throws away anything? Well, that was my grandpa. You could almost always ask him for something, even something as specific as a certain size nail, and he would disappear into the basement and return with whatever it is you needed. A lot of what he kept over the years was plain, old junk, but in his mind, you never could know when you might just have a use for it.

Thanks for the buttons, Grandpa!
Case in point: I opened up a box of my grandfather's things and what did I find? The biggest hunk of beeswax anyone could ever want or need. Of course, since it was just kind of tossed into a box with a bunch of other junk, there were all kinds of small, ahem, treasures attached to it (see photo above). Yes, those are buttons. We found a whole bunch of buttons in this box. Why my grandfather was keeping these, I'll never know, but believe it or not, they came in handy. We dug around until we found a set of four, unique white buttons that happened to be the perfect addition to one of my favorite summer tote bags. So you see, sometimes it pays to hang onto old junk. But, I still don't know what to do with this chunk of beeswax . . .

It's fun to go through old family photos and root through old memories, but the best thing we can pass on to the next generation is the truth of salvation as found in Jesus Christ alone. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, as you talk to and interact with the children God has placed in your life, pray that you might never ignore an opportunity to talk to them about Christ. Pray that they would see Him and the reality of your salvation lived out in your words and actions. Photos burn, "stuff" breaks, and even memories can fade. But the truth of the Gospel and the impact of a godly life will be felt into eternity.

Now that I've inspired you, before you trudge down to the basement to dig through some of your old junk, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Let's start with what's really important: Twinkies are back.
  • Wow, Charles Wesley really had to hate Calvinism to write 15 stanzas about it.
  • I admit, I'm kind of shocked that the book Jesus Calling is still going so strong. But then, I guess people never tire of looking for "more" outside of the Bible. I wrote about this book two years ago (here and here), but Julia over at Steak and a Bible has good article addressing it.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This was a close contender for this week's dose of adorable. 
  • Please pray for this family.
  • Okay, tell me how this is news: A woman gets dumped. She orders carry-out, asks the restaurant to write something nice on the container because she was dumped, and then gets all self-esteem-y  and misty-eyed when some restaurant employee—who has never even met her—writes with a Sharpie on Styrofoam, "You're worth it!" Really? I can't comment any further because I'm bound to say something mean.
  • Here it comes, folks. A baker in Colorado could face up to a year in jail for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
  • Evolutionists are mad because Ball State University hired another professor who believes in Creationism (bringing it to a grand total of two?).
  • "The trouble with all false evangelism is that it does not start with doctrine . . ."
  • Phil Johnson on what true, biblical manliness looks like.
  • The Cripplegate concludes its 'Why Seminary?' series.
  • Don't miss this Kindle deal!
  • The devotional impact of limited atonement.
  • "The Bible’s teaching is that sin is indeed a breaking of relationship with God, but that broken relationship consists in a rejection of his kingly majesty."
  • Dr. Daniel Wong is a professor at The Master's College. He and his family experienced firsthand persecution at the hands of the Communist party. Listen to his story and ponder what will happen when (not if) such persecution comes to America:


  1. Actually, Mr. Wesley's hatred is direct toward God and not John Calvin. And that is the most insidious part of all his teachings. He attempts to rewrite the Word with an altered view of the character of the Triune God. He is telling God that He does not have the right to save (or reject) men as He sees fit-Romans 9, John 6 and 8 and many others.

    Why Charles Wesley is so revered and respected as a great proclaimer of the Gospel is beyond understanding. The man preached a different gospel, which is no Gospel at all. He rewrote the character of God not in the interest of seeing men "saved", but in trying to lower the standard set forth in the Word so as to make this new god of his more attractive to ungodly sinners and thereby increase his own "effectiveness" in his chosen field of deceit.

  2. I took advantage of your recommended Kindle deal! Are you aware or interested in Washer's trilogy on the Gospel? http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Call-True-Conversion/dp/1601782365/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373735222&sr=1-2&keywords=paul+washer+books The 3rd book has yet to be written. I continue to enjoy your blog, esp. "This 'n' That" and skipping past adorable.


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