26 May 2017

This 'n' That

Okay, there are two things that you, as the reader, need to know for context before I tell this story.

First, we had some intense storms in the area last Friday evening. At least that's what I'm told. I was preoccupied.

Second, there's a Catholic hospital in the area that is allegedly "continuing the healing ministry of Jesus." Yeah. Apparently they haven't paid too much attention as to how Jesus healed when He cured illnesses and restored limbs.

Anyway, there's your context.

I was sitting in this hospital last Friday night (no, I wasn't a patient) when a voice came over the loudspeaker. In case you're wondering, it was not the voice of God, unless God is a soft-spoken, approximately 82-year old woman (He isn't). So there I sat, weary from the day, but extremely intrigued when I heard (the following is a loose paraphrase),
We'd like to offer you a spiritual moment of reflection.
Oh boy. This should be good.
Today's storms came quickly and they were intense and disruptive. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are like that. The storms come unexpectedly and they turn our lives upside down.
Wow. Profound.
When the storms come, we need to find peace in our lives. There is one who offers peace.
Wait, is she actually going to speak the name of Jesus Christ?
So in those moments of turmoil, look to the source of peace in your life.
Silence. That was it. The moral of the story? When life is topsy-turvy, pick a random source of peace and run with it. Yep, that'll help. Sigh.

The peace that Jesus offers is the only peace that matters: peace with God, reconciliation between us fallen, hateful sinners and a perfect, righteous, thrice-holy God. If He is not your source of peace, then any "peace" you find will be temporary and inadequate.

So now that you've had your spiritual moment of reflection, are you ready for your week in review (kind of)?
  • It's terrible that this girl is now fighting a rare infection, but let this be a lesson: animals in captivity are still wild animals. Don't blame the sea lion for acting like a sea lion. There's a theological parallel to this, too, isn't there? Don't expect the world to act in accordance with Christianity; expect the world to act like the world.
  • This made me smile. 
  • Here's a throwback to 2014 and another helpful article on some of the warning signs of spiritual abuse.
  • R.C. Sproul discusses three types of legalism. I think more could be outlined, but this is a good start.
  • God's intricate, perfectly designed creation!
  • I thought this was amusing until it blasphemously mocked our Lord's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • What if Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul were Arminian? Yikes. 
  • John MacArthur on eliminating spiritual toxins from your spiritual diet.
  • Charles Spurgeon on contentment:

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for today's This n That! I REALLY needed one of the articles you linked. Providential timing.

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    1. "Providential timing." Don't you love how God does that? ;-) Thanks for reading, Kim!

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