11 January 2019

This 'n' That

So far, 2019 has been...exhausting. The only reason I'm still giving it a chance is because, well, I have no choice.

At least we're finally expecting some snow around here this weekend. I always hope to experience at least one snowfall each winter. There's something so serene about a blanket of snow, even though it means you have to bundle up and shovel! And with each snowfall, even with a dusting of flurries, I'm reminded of God's sweet promise to us, namely, that through Jesus Christ our sins of scarlet shall be washed clean as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Sure, it may be clich├ęd to remember that precious verse, but that doesn't make it any less lovely.

We serve a merciful God, and in a time when it seems as though legalism has obtained a newly tightened grip on evangelicalism, it helps to have a visual reminder of what it means to be clothed in Christ's righteousness.

So, whether you're expecting sun, snow, rain, or fog this weekend, I pray that the goodness of God will flood your thoughts. I also hope that you'll take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Well, we can pray that it's a start, I guess.
  • Just because you're proposing marriage is no reason to leave sound theology by the wayside. Sorry, Tebow, she's not "internally flawless."
  • Love and doctrine are not mutually exclusive.
  • I've decided to be cautiously optimistic for now.
  • I prefer hymnals, but in my opinion, if you're using them, get rid of the screens. We humans love to stare at screens and we get enough of it in our daily lives as it is.
  • Good for her. But wait, shouldn't she have waited for a man to come help her? After all, beating someone up—even someone trying to mug you—isn't very feminine. (Do you sense the sarcasm? I hope you do.)
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • On the work of the Christian.
  • What's up with that star of Bethlehem?
  • This is very cool, but it makes me think of this (unfortunately).
  • I'm very thankful this young lady has been found.
Now, there is no help against original sin but almighty grace, and there is no way of having almighty grace except through the free gift of God. This He may give as He pleases, for He has a right to bestow it or to withhold it; but He promises to give it to all who come humbly confessing their sin, and casting themselves, by faith, upon Jesus Christ, His Son. —Charles Spurgeon

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