20 September 2013

This 'n' That

I've been thinking a lot lately about materialism. Perhaps because I'm sorting through my own 'stuff' and am realizing just how much I actually own. Too much, definitely, but God is gracious and forgives even the sin of 'too much stuff'. I'm even seeing some of these things being taken away, as due to poor storage conditions it seems that some of my most precious childhood possessions are now ruined. Ah, well, tangible memories are overrated anyway, right?

I also had an experience this week that involved an extremely long wait at the jewelry store while I watched a man go from case to case trying on every watch in the store—including the store's most expensive timepiece. Let's put it this way: this man had a choice, either buy the watch or put a kid through college. Me? I go to that store for the free jewelry cleaning and watch batteries. Yes, I'm that person. And I must admit that it was mildly amusing to watch this man and his wife drag the poor salesman all over the store to gaze at every single watch. Just when I thought he surely must be finished, he returned to the first case, almost as though he was ready for a second lap.

Oddly enough, observing as this man watch-shopped (actually, I don't think he bought anything. It was more like show and tell) reminded me of our great blessings and inheritance in Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:3–14)
Honestly, why would we desire anything more? Brothers and sisters, we have Christ! So while you may never own a watch that tells you what time it is in 80 different countries, while you may not be able to run to the store to scoop up the newest iPhone, do not feel dismayed or jilted. You possess a far greater treasure than this world can offer. And those who can afford these more extravagant things can enjoy them to the glory of God, also keeping their eyes on Christ because He is still their greatest inheritance. When was the last time that you thanked God for the eternal riches that He has promised you?

Well, now that I have all of you dissatisfied with that boring, old watch on your arm, take all the time you need to sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Ladies, here's a little something you can buy for the man in your life. That is, if you want him to smell like Pope Francis.
  • Why men (and I daresay women too) have stopped singing in church.
  • You should subscribe to the No Compromise Radio mailing list. No, they didn't pay me to say that. 
  • See, this is why it's not a good thing to be hearing voices in your head.
  • I'm linking to this because no one can pull off the phrase, "In spineless Giglio style. . ." quite like Carl Trueman.
  • Cindy Jacobs claims. . .well, I don't want to ruin the surprise.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • "Immodesty is not limited to the exploitation of one’s visual qualities; it really encompasses in its scope every inordinate exploitation of self designed to accelerate personal celebrity. And it is a virus that infects us more deeply than any of us imagine."
  • The Obama administration just needs to leave Hobby Lobby alone. Haven't they seen some of the gaudy merchandise in that store? I think the employees have suffered enough. (For the record, I love Hobby Lobby.)
  • Now here's a crazy corn maze for Packers fans.
  • Here's a convicting sermon for the ladies (there's principles in there for you too, men!).
  • Hunh. Now that's not right. . .
  • Bill Maher and Bill Nye were criticizing creationism and creationists. I'm shocked. You know, in a 'why would anyone be shocked about this?' kind of way.
  • Pope Francis: 'I am a sinner. Except for that whole ex cathedra thing. That's when I flick on my infallible switch.' Okay, I added those last two sentences. Does anyone else miss having a pope who just keeps quiet?
  • I love when Tom Chantry blogs. Here he offers one of the most complete treatments of 'Touch Not the Lord's Anointed' that I've seen.
  • How should we interpret the Bible?


  1. As for your question, "Does anyone else miss having a pope who just keeps quiet?" I know what you're getting at here when you say this, but for those who are not wise enough to look beyond what the new pope is saying, Christians don't have to pay attention to what these men say. They are babbling fools. What they say is no more important that what you or I say. I use to be a catholic and thank God I woke up and got out. When I was a catholic, I paid more attention to what the pope said than the catholic bible at times. We were taught that what he said WAS important, if not more important than the catholic bible. What hogwash. This man can say whatever he wants, but God will have the final say. ~Becky

  2. Men have stopped singing in church...

    "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." Matthew 26:30

    I like to think that, on that night, Jesus and the Disciples sang a hymn (psalm) they all knew well, and loved!

    I miss the old hymns so much. Even when old hymns are played, it seems the worship teams can't leave well enough alone, but have to jazz it up so much it's impossible to sing it anyway.

    Sigh. Carol

  3. I cannot wait to hear that Don Green sermon you posted.....downloading now. He is such an amazing teacher/pastor.
    That was a great clip from Phil! Scorpions! ahh I'm scared. He is so cool. When I grow up, I want to be like Phil. :)

    Blessings sis! I don't have fluffy cows or crazy leopards to send ya ....yet.


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