We heard last week here in John 16 of the warning Jesus gave His disciples, that they would be persecuted and some of them even put to death for following Christ and preaching the Gospel. And he had told them these things so that when it all happened they would not be shocked or dismayed and lose heart. [Read more…] about How Does God Convict the World? – John 16:8-15
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Have you ever considered what it could cost you to wholeheartedly follow Christ?
On the morning of July 15th 1555 at 9am, two men were led to their execution at London’s Smithfield in the reign of “bloody Queen Mary”. They were condemned to be burnt alive as heretics. One was a young man of 19 called John Leaf, the other was about 45 years old and his name was John Bradford.
Among Bradford’s final words at the stake were these “O England, England, repent!” Turning to the young man who was to suffer with him he said, “Be of good comfort, brother, for we shall have a happy supper with the Lord tonight”. Then, embracing the wood of his execution, he repeated our Saviour’s words, “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leads to life and few there be that find it”. “Thus”, says Foxe in his Book of Martyrs, “like two lambs, they both ended their mortal lives … being void of all fear”. 
It’s a privilege living in northern Michigan. We enjoy beautiful scenery everywhere we look. Opportunities are numerous for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, swimming and more. We also enjoy several beautiful state parks nearby. There’s also Higgins Lake, which is the best place we know of for swimming and boating. We try to enjoy the parks and especially Higgins Lake as much as possible during summer months.
Surrounded by beautiful wilderness you might think we’re a bit removed from technology, but that’s not true. We have all the technology we need and some we don’t. I’ve always been the biggest geek in my family and it’s paid off because technology has become a great tool for ministry. [Read more…] about Busy Beavers and Lost Connections
The older I get the more I enjoy meatloaf.
My wife says it’s the simple things. I agree.
Sometimes life can get pretty complicated.
But meatloaf is pretty simple.
It reminds me of some of the simple things I enjoy most. [Read more…] about Meatloaf and Ten Other Favorite Things
Here are my top 7 favorite tweets of the week.
There’s a little mix of humorous in with the serious, which is about how I feel on Fridays.
- “Bitterness is a prison. Surrender your anger to God and be set free by the power of His love!” (via @davidjeremiah)
- “Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us.” (R.C. Sproul)” (via @challies)
- “Spot the first risings of your besetting sin and kill it, till it is no more.” @JohnPiper
- “I would have bought that book about minimalism but I already own a book.” (via @badbanana)
- The things we love are not merely the best this life has to offer—they are previews of the greater life to come. Psalm 84:1–2 (via @randyalcorn)
- “A trial is an instrument by which our Father in heaven makes Christians more holy.” ~ J.C. Ryle (via @JCRyleQuotes)
- “Just joined a two-step program because I’m addicted to country western dancing.” (via @badbanana)
What’s your favorite quote or tweet this week? Share it with me in the comments.
Photo by: aussiegall (Creative Commons)
I used to be a saver, meaning, I saved everything. It finally hit me the last time we moved, over 9 years ago thankfully, that I was having a hard time letting go of stuff. As I was loading the truck I realized we were moving boxes that had remained unopened since our last move over 3 years earlier.
That kind of “save everything” thinking has also shown up in how I do my work. Piles of paper, boxes and shelves full of books, notes stuck all over, all this could easily overtake my workspace if it weren’t for the help I get from a bit of technology. [Read more…] about 7 Powerful Information Management Tools