30 December 2016

This 'n' That

Well, the new year is almost here; 2016 is nearly over. For some, the end cannot come soon enough because this year was characterized by illness, injury, loss, or strife. For others, 2016 brought sweet, joyful memories, positive change, or long-awaited closure. Regardless of where your year falls on this spectrum, 2016 is still ending. You cannot stop it.

The hours, days, months, and years seem to pass by so quickly, don't they? It doesn't seem that long ago that we rejoiced to see summer and now, here we are in the middle of winter, though in many places in the US "winter" seems to be redefining itself. And though God has perfectly designed each day's 24-hour cycle, there never seems to be enough hours in the day or enough days in the week to accomplish all that we think we need to. Then, before we even realize it, before we barely blink, a year has passed, then two, then ten, then a lifetime.
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. (Psalm 144:4)
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)
These sobering verses remind us that we have a specific purpose for our time on this earth. We are to serve and glorify the Living God. The world keeps us busy with its distractions, but we are to be about our Father's business. In this we serve and emulate our Lord Jesus Christ. May we purpose to seek Christ and keep our eyes fixed on Him in the coming year and always.

With that, I present you with your final 2016 week in review (kind of):
  • A lot of celebrities died in 2016, and even this list is not exhaustive since there are still a couple days left in the year. Only God knows the time of our last breath on this earth. Do you know Him? Do you know where you will spend eternity?
  • It's almost January 1, which means many of us prepare to begin a new Bible reading plan. Michelle Lesley has compiled a helpful list of Bible reading plans, but remember, it's not about reading just to read.
  • On preaching the whole person of Christ.
  • The day after Christmas.
  • Don't miss out on this free offer from Grace to You!
  • Here's a great list of Old Testament commentaries recommended by Dr. Bill Barrick.
  • Spurgeon on Christ's mission to save His people from their sins.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • If you're looking for an easy way to get all of those free ebooks onto your iPad or Kindle, download the Send to Kindle app.
  • A Christmas Day sermon from John Calvin.
  • Pastor Alan Sherban's Christmas Day sermon shows us how the King embraced obscurity.
  • A gospel presentation for the new year (hint: it's the same gospel that applied last year, and the year before that, and the century before that, and the millennium before that, and...you get it).
  • The significance of the virgin birth of Christ:

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