27 April 2018

This 'n' That

Trust me, my tea is not this fancy!
As I write this, I am sipping on a mug of Turmeric Glow tea from David's Tea. I love David's Tea. They offer a wide variety of teas, so you can pretty much find one to fit any mood, whether you're feeling relaxed, looking to relax, or are super stressed and need dessert in a cup. I am still unsure about this particular concoction, though. I'm not a big fan of turmeric, though I do love its cousin, ginger. Every time I drink this tea, then, I find myself unable to reach a final conclusion as to exactly how I feel about it. So if you're looking to expand your tea horizons and would like some recommendations, know that I wouldn't heartily recommend this flavor, but would give two thumbs up to several others.

Okay, I realize that most of you don't care about my tea drinking habits. In fact, I hope that none of you actually care about them! The truth is, I was at a loss as to what to write for today's post, so I defaulted to discussing my beverage. Please don't hold it against me. Please come back again next week!

Hopefully I will have some more thought-provoking discussion for you next Friday (time will tell!). Until then, I hope the following links can help redeem this week's less-than-stellar content. Without any further ado, then, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):

24 April 2018

Equipping Eve: A Whole New Wardrobe

Ladies, we like to be well dressed, don’t we? And while we certainly don’t want to neglect our outward appearance, we know that Scripture emphasizes the greater importance of our spiritual adornment. When Christ saves us, we are given, in essence, a whole new wardrobe. The best part? This is one wardrobe that will never go out of style!

Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve.

Further Listening
Equipping Eve: The Incomparable Christ
Equipping Eve: God Never Promised Us a Rose Garden
Equipping Eve: Exposition for Women and Productive Boredom

20 April 2018

This 'n' That

We all sing or maybe even dance when we think nobody is watching. Come on, admit it. At some point in your life, you've sung in the shower, or while driving, or even busted a move in what you thought was an empty grocery aisle (listen, in my defense, I was only 9 years old!). Hey, this lady felt free to dance while waiting at the bus stop!

Those of us who are hopelessly tone deaf have to be even more careful about when and where we decide to exercise our vocal cords. But then, there are always those who just don't care. They're so confident (or conceited) that they relish the idea that others around them are gaping in awe at their most likely lack of singing ability. These people are the type who FaceTime their like-minded friends while sitting at a stoplight and, together, sing songs like Abba's Super Trouper at the top of their lungs.

Yep, I witnessed it. I only wish I could have recorded it to share, but trying to record and pay attention to the road don't mix. Unless, of course, you are this young lady. Apparently she was able to deftly utilize her driving, singing, and recording skills simultaneously. Yes, friends, these are the people with whom we are sharing the road. Drive carefully. Sing softly. And please, if you're going to sing out loud, select a better song!

Great, now that song is stuck in my head. Oh well, better than one of those frustratingly awful 7-11 "praise and worship" songs, I guess. While I go try to knock it out of my brain, why don't you relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

13 April 2018

This 'n' That

The evangelical conference world has certainly given us plenty to talk about this week, hasn't it? (If you don't know what I'm referring to, don't worry about it, and consider yourself fortunate).

I've no desire to engage the social gospel issue currently at hand. I'd just be adding more murmurs to the already maddening noise, and there's simply no point in that. I would simply encourage all of us to engage this topic, and others, biblically, and to test anybody else's engagement of it against scripture. That means testing a man's hot-button issue-based sermon against the Word, and determining whether it divides that Word properly.

It amazes me how Christians so easily forget and fail to keep the main thing the main thing. We mirror the world in this, ready to jump on the latest bandwagon and blow that trumpet until folks are finally tired of hearing about it and we move onto something else. Funny how we voice our frustrations when the world does this, but are totally blind to our own guilt in this matter. Worst of all, the divisions among Christians do not go unnoticed by the world, and when we fail to display the unity that we are to share in Christ, we injure our witness.

That's why we must keep the main thing, or rather, the main Person, front and center: Christ. We must keep the gospel—the true gospel—at the heart of all our speech and behavior. It's astonishing, really, how difficult that can be in this world of constant political, material, and social distractions. May God help us keep our focus.

Speaking of distractions, I have another list of them for you today! So why not take a few minutes this weekend to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

06 April 2018

This 'n' That

Tis the season, around here anyway, for schizophrenic weather. The week began chilly, then temperatures soared to near 80 degrees on Tuesday. Unfortunately, that lovely reprieve from winter was bookended by severe thunderstorms in the morning and evening, as well as a tornado watch. Wednesday found us bundled back up and watching a few flurries float around. Now, we are waiting to see if accumulating snow will actually arrive overnight as currently predicted. It's always at this time of year that I ask, "Remind me again why I ever left Southern California?"

I actually do appreciate the change of seasons, though. They provide a tangible, recurrent illustration of watching something move from death to life...and only God can do that. As unpredictable as the seasons (or at least spring) may seem to man, they are perfectly designed and timed by the Creator Himself. And when it is time for new life to emerge from the ground, it will, just as God commands.

Likewise, when it is time for a man or woman to be born again, to be granted new life in Christ, it will happen, just as God commands. Some may wonder or even lament that they were not saved earlier in life, and the sentiment is understood, but the reality is that they did not come to saving faith in Christ one moment too soon or too late for God's plan. That truth, friends, is mind blowing and praise eliciting.

Thank God for His power over the seasons and, even more, thank God that salvation is wholly His work.

Okay, while I go try and find my scarf, gloves, and boots (guess I put them away too early), why don't you cozy up with a cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate or milk or water or whatever) and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

01 April 2018

He Is Not Here

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

(John 20:1-18)

Alleluia, He is risen!

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