17 October 2014

This 'n' That

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It has been a week of Mondays. Not just one, but five. I knew this week was coming but, ever the optimist (in spite of what people say), I was hopeful that this week would not be as frazzling (is that even a word?) and stressful as it has been. My optimism didn't pan out, but my trial did. And that is why God is so good.

It occurred to me early this week what a blessing it was to have a scheduled trial. If you can't prepare yourself and gird yourself for a foreseen, temporary, trying time, then you surely will fear the unexpected trials when they arrive. I also could not help but chuckle at the timing of this particular week, as it comes on the heels of beginning a new Bible study through the book of James.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Jas 1:2–4)
Joy? Joy in the midst of pressing deadlines and drop-dead decisions? Yes. Because in the midst of our trials, whether they are short-term or long-term, filled with sadness or stress, driven from within or without, the true Christian must recognize—and celebrate—that those trials are designed to drive him or her back to God and back to Christ for wisdom and strength.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. (Prov 3:5)
In addition to this, God is good to give us grace and growth through our trials. And so I found myself in my busiest moments this week thanking God for the growth and knowledge and necessary stretching that I was experiencing. Did I still (sinfully) want to complain? A little. But I nevertheless am thankful for this week of testing. Although, I also am admittedly equally thankful that the week is now almost over and I can breathe a bit before the next scheduled trial. So while I'm taking that breath, why don't you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Frivolous lawsuits cost money.
  • I don't get it. What's the point of the 'mass mob'?
  • If anyone lives near Pittsburgh, you may want to check out this conference next weekend.
  • This is just dumb. Any teacher that agrees to comply with this shouldn't be allowed to teach.
  • It won't be long now.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Practical advice to overcome laziness.
  • I'm kind of thinking it might be a good idea to avoid airports.
  • A Romans Bible study with Michael Kruger? That sounds promising!
  • Dear Houston pastors (and pastors everywhere): Just keep preaching the Word. To the mayor of Houston: Please. Cry me a river.
  • Don't expect unbelievers to act like believers.
  • You can thank Fred Butler for finding this disgusting story.
  • Speaking of Fred Butler, in this article he takes on Kirk Cameron's seemingly reconstructionist view of all things Christmas.
  • And Liberty University continues to flush itself down the proverbial toilet by aligning with false and unbiblical teachers. Women of Liberty University, do not participate in anything that bears the name of Christine Caine.
  • Why do we believe while others reject?


  1. Nothing that the RC "church" does surprises me. Nothing at all.

  2. Nigeria: You may not be surprised to learn Pat Robertson was a good friend to Nigeria, and its president in the 80's when they had their Pentecostal boom. I so enjoyed Strange Fire redux, great follow up. Only Fred Butler would find such a story.. augh!! John 3:16 post was even more detailed than one I read on this topic severall years ago, Glad Al Mohler did some talking about the Houston Mayor, it's what will keep happening , " hey, nice pulpit you have there... shame if anything should happen to it...."
    Re: Christine Caine, Erin, you're going to bible school, and btw I'm jealous! I have yet to see, or hear, a bible study for women that didn't include the " how does that make you feel" mantra or how will this help you raise your children? Even from strong churches the women's studies are so golly, I wish I could put my finger on it, but even the Housewife theologian talks a great deal about family, and, frankly I have a husband and a dog. my extended family is large but thousands of miles away. My church has several layers of people groups, but over the years I've noticed that couples with children, " are just fine thank you" and in the American way, don't want you in their space. So, should woman in the body be striving to be in leadership, or should we be striving in our personal studies to know God and to live a quite life, being at peace with our neighbors and evangelizing those in our lives. I guess maybe I'm just old, but being told for the umpteenth time that woman need to be empowered in the church is just plainly not biblical. Thanks for my Friday fix. BarbaraL

    1. I'm confused... what's wrong with Christine Caine?


  3. "...Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”

    Valuing their sexual orientation while not compromising family? :) This kind of incredibly moronic oxymoron is to be expected from an institution bearing as a name also an oxymoron, i.e. Roman yet also Catholic...



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