07 October 2016

This 'n' That

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To keep things interesting at the office, we recently engaged in a challenge to determine the best flavor of Oreo (there are so many now!). Mint won, of course, because mint Oreos are amazing. Amazing. Did I say they are amazing? Especially the thin ones. They are...well, you get the idea.

But I digress.

Did you know that there is a Swedish Fish flavored Oreo? Well, there is, but they are only available at Kroger stores, so they are a bit elusive. That may not be a bad thing.

Think about it: Swedish Fish...and Oreos. You've probably started imagining the flavor in your mind by now and might be thinking, "I'm not sure how I feel about that." Yeah, listen to that hesitation and avoid them. They are not overly pleasant.

The lesson? Change isn't always a good thing. That is why the Word of God is so precious—it does not change.
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
For,
“ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS,
AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS.
THE GRASS WITHERS,
AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.”
And this is the word which was preached to you.
(1 Peter 1:24-25)
The Word of the Lord will stand forever. And ever. And ever. It will never waver or falter. It will never become obsolete. It cannot, for it is the very Word of God! Yes, and God, too, is immutable by nature.
For I, the LORD, do not change. (Malachi 3:6a)
It makes perfect sense, then, that His Word would reflect His character and also be intrinsically immutable. This is why the 66 books of the Bible are authoritative in their entirety. They are God's Word. They will not change. Ever.

Is this not a great source of comfort in the uncertain times in which we live? Is this not a firm foundation upon which we can stand when everything around us teeters and eventually topples? How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent Word. Amen.

Yet, the world today is ever-changing, which is precisely why we can bring you another edition of your week in review (kind of):
  • Our Creator is pretty amazing, isn't He?
  • James Montgomery Boice on the bondage of the will.
  • There are many, many reasons why this person isn't actually a pastor.
  • I don't understand why parents allow their children to have smartphones. But then, there are a lot of things that parents allow their children to do that I don't understand.
  • I am a member of the cult of people who love pumpkin-flavored (almost) anything.
  • I'm not worried about global warming either, but for different reasons.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Tullian Tchividjian put himself back in the news.
  • Julie Andrews' voice is a gift.
  • Okay, now I really need to check into the origin of my coffee beans (thanks, Marti!).
  • I've purposely stayed away from the latest Andy Stanley hullabaloo because, let's face it, this isn't exactly new territory for him and shouldn't surprise us based on his history (see here and here). That said, I am glad for those who are speaking out, and I always appreciate my friend DebbieLynne's approach to these types of issues and her appeal to biblical truth and authority.
  • On the dangers of self-directed discipleship.
  • Continuing John MacArthur's series on the reality of the resurrection:

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