17 August 2018

This 'n' That

It's raining. It's been raining. It's humid. It's been humid. All. Summer. Long (the humidity, not the rain). The air outside is so thick, you can barely breathe. Even though the sun isn't shining, today you can step outside and quickly break into a sweat just because the heavy, stagnant air isn't moving. Fun times.

Less-than-desirable weather, be it too hot, too cold, too dry, or too wet, often makes me ponder our eternal home. I don't know about you, but I cannot fathom what it will be like to see Jesus, or what exactly our "mansion" (John 14:2) will look like. I can't imagine the brilliance of the New Jerusalem described in Revelation 21. And since I cannot fully grasp these things in my brain, I ask lesser, though still unanswerable, questions. Will there be seasons in eternity? Will there be snow without the bitter, breath-stealing cold? I cannot wait to find out! I do know one thing is true: there will be no stifling humidity in heaven. I mean, that's just a given because nobody enjoys that.

Well, while I go ponder the heavenly thermostat, why don't you hunker down inside, away from the rain (if it's raining by you), or settle into your chaise lounge with an iced tea (if it's warm and sunny by you) and take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • What about that thief on the cross?
  • This post is already causing a brouhaha, and it's only the introduction!
  • Oftentimes, I think we forget about the gospels as we engage in "deep" study of the "more theological" books, like Paul's epistles. But I can think of no sweeter study than the study of our Lord.
  • Pastor Jerry Wragg says it like it is.
  • You know, a few of us were warning folks about Andy Stanley a long time ago. I hate to say, "I told you so," but I told you so. More than once.
  • Wow, modern medicine can do amazing things!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • "Unless we see repentance in the context of a loving relationship with Jesus where we seek to love what he loves and hate what he hates, we will end up teaching grace as an abstract concept and legalism as a lifestyle."
  • The Lord is my shepherd.
  • This article about spiritually abusive pastors is spot on.
  • Did God really talk to you, or did He just providentially ordain that you would think a specific thought?
All the saints have their own measure of winter before eternal summer. O! for the long day, and the high sun, and the fair garden, and the King's great city up above these visible heavens. – Samuel Rutherford

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