21 August 2015

This 'n' That

Sunflowers are my favorite.
Sunflowers and beautiful singing make me smile.
About a week or so ago, I pulled into the parking lot at my office just late enough to have had my parking space stolen. Oh, of course it isn't officially my parking space. Except it is, in my mind anyway, because it is the perfect space. But I digress.

Even though there were still plenty of fairly close spaces, I took the opportunity to park all the way toward the end of the lot. It was a beautiful morning and for once I wasn't rushing to an early meeting. I figured I would enjoy a few extra steps and some fresh air before hunkering down at my desk for the next 9 or so hours. I had barely stepped out of the car when I heard singing. I looked around and knew that it was not one of the other hurried office dwellers making their way through the parking lot. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spied an elderly lady walking rather spryly with her walker. She was moving at quite a clip as she walked laps around the courtyard of the church next door. But it was not her walking that caught my attention, it was that singing.

For what I presume might have been her age, she had a beautiful and clear voice. She sang boldly and loudly and I was so thankful she did. I was not familiar with the song she was singing, so I cannot even link to it here, but it was about Jesus Christ. Truly. And when she sang the name of her Savior her voice rang louder and more clear. It was a magnificent start to the day, and I would not have experienced it had I parked in my usual space. That dear woman will never know how she ministered to me that morning, but I could not believe the goodness of God to allow me to begin my day with such a joyful noise ringing in my ears.

So, if you have been gifted with a lovely singing voice, please share it. Those of us who cannot carry a tune appreciate it and thank God for the gift He has given you. In fact, why don't you hum a hymn as you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Surely by now you've seen the video of a self-proclaimed prophet taking to the stage at John MacArthur's church. We are all very thankful for the security at Grace Community Church and for Pastor MacArthur, who handled the incident with grace, peace, biblical truth, and a little bit of well-placed wit.
  • No words. I have no words. Why? Why would you want to do this?
  • I am already starting to prepare for this. Ladies, I hope I will see you there!
  • The Mormons are jumping on the bandwagon of women in leadership. Yeah, we could have seen that coming from quite a distance away. Every false religion needs to take whatever measures are necessary in order to make itself more palatable in the eyes of the world. This is one way that things will become more and more uncomfortable for true Christians.
  • Dear Pat Robertson, I've asked you before to just stop talking. Would you be more inclined to listen if I said that God told me to tell you to stop talking?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Sorry, but by now I'm pretty much convinced the Duggars are in it for the money.
  • And speaking of the Duggars, this is the latest (and if you ask me, utterly unsurprising) news on Josh Duggar. Of course, we should be praying for Josh Duggar's wife and children, and that God would use this to bring Duggar to true repentance. 
  • This story caught my eye because of the sunflowers, but it's bittersweet to not see any indication from this article that this woman had trusted in Christ for salvation.
  • Because I knew you'd want to know.
  • This may make you ill. Truly. It's the most recent Planned Parenthood video.
  • So…I don't really know what to do with this. Also, what kind of "apostolic activity" are they talking about?
  • Grace to You continues its series on your Berean battle plan.
  • Yeah, watch it with that shofar abuse, will ya?!
  • Mark your calendar for this Google Hangout with John MacArthur! And then fill me in because I won't be able to watch.
  • Phil Johnson on why he is a cessationist:

1 comment:

  1. Hi Erin,

    I think I tried to post twice before, but my comments don't seem like they're registering (no "your comment will appear when approved" statement). So I'll try one more time...

    Duggar - I'm with you, completely, on all counts. Frankly, Josh's first transgression was very serious and was not properly handled at all. He needs to be brought to true repentance. Additionally, there is still the problem of the myriad of false teaching (Gothard) in that family, which is not going to do anything to help any of them. Praying for Anna and the children, and that God does a mighty work all around. They have brought a lot of reproach on Christ's name (2 Peter 2:2).

    PP - God hates the hands that shed innocent blood (Prov 6:16-17). We are a dark, dark, evil nation (Romans 1:29-32).

    On the positive side, GCC did an excellent job handling the interloper. And GTY's blog series on Bereans has been excellent!

    -Carolyn

    Ps, to your last statement before the review, thank you...

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