27 January 2017

This 'n' That

I love the story of Joseph in Genesis. Reading through these chapters again, I'm struck anew by God's sovereignty in all of our circumstances.

Fast-forward to our Lord Jesus Christ. He was God incarnate, with all the authority and sovereign power of His Father. He could have felled the soldiers who came to arrest Him in the garden. He could have walked away from the jeers and abuse at his mock trials. He could have, with just a word, destroyed the soldiers who beat Him. He could have come down from the cross.

But He didn't.

Why?

For the joy that was before Him, He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). For those sinners the Father had given Him, He died (Romans 5:8-10). Out of love and obedience to His Father, He humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

What a magnificent Christ we serve! May we fix our eyes firmly on Him, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, and not grow weary in this life, but rather look to the next, when we will be with Him forever.

Of course, until that time, we still live on this earth, and so the close of another week means the opportunity for you to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I was so sad to hear of Mary Tyler Moore's passing this week. She truly was a television icon and a gifted actress. It saddens me to think that she likely died without a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Well, we have a new president here in America and as Christians, we are privileged to be able to pray for our new administration. And for some random background information, I found this article about the Bibles used at President Trump's inauguration quite interesting.
  • Speaking of the inauguration, why was this news?
  • On how not to make a decision as a Christian.
  • Some thoughts on Gomer, the unfaithful wife of Hosea. If you're looking for a helpful study of the book of Hosea, I highly recommend Pastor Bill Vine's sermons through this book (his study is still ongoing, so not all chapters/verses are included yet).
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Godlab? That sounds terrifying, especially with this lineup.
  • The story of these women fascinates me and I'm kind of curious to see the movie.
  • Okay, I've said before that I'm weary of the satire found at The Babylon Bee, but this one is pretty funny.
  • The world loves its psychology, doesn't it? Personally, I'm even averse to "Biblical counselors," even those who were trained at doctrinally faithful institutions. I have my reasons.
  • I don't have children (unless you count furry ones). Neither does my friend, Elizabeth Prata, but she's compiled some helpful links for moms in this post.
  • Truth to build your life on.
  • Here are ten basic facts about the New Testament canon that every Christian should memorize.
  • The substance of faith:

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