Round Up

Using Discernment with Entertainment – Though we are in this world, we are not of this world (John 17:14-16). That means we can’t watch every movie, laugh at every joke on television, download every new music album, click on every online video, or visit every Internet page. Taking a stand for righteousness in your own life and family is not being legalistic. It’s being Christian.

Don’t Stain Glass the Bible – Lots of Christians have a habit of “stained glassing” Bible characters.  Sometimes it seems like pretty much anyone other than Jezebel and Judas Iscariot will get a free pass and find their actions vindicated by believers. The Bible is full of real people with real issues and real messy mixed up faith responses.

Divine Mathematics – If a person wants to maximize their life by living for the glory of God, then that person needs to be passionate about evangelism. If the Lord has saved you, he has saved you for a purpose: to live for the glory of God.

Weekly Highlights at Monergism – A list of links to some really good reformed articles.

Quote:

“In the very beginning, when this great universe lay in the mind of God, like unborn forests in the acorn cup; long before the echoes awoke the solitudes; before the mountains were brought forth; and long before the light flashed through the sky, God loved His chosen creatures. Before there was any created being — when the ether was not fanned by an angel’s wing, when space itself had not an existence, where there was nothing save God alone — even then, in that loneliness of Deity, and in that deep quiet and profundity, His heart moved with love for His chosen. Their names were written on His heart, and then were they dear to His soul. Jesus loved His people before the foundation of the world — even from eternity! and when He called me by His grace, He said to me, ‘I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee’” – Charles H. Spurgeon

Daily Roundup

Rob Bell Comes Out Gay Affirming? – A Video of Rob Bell answering a question asked by an audience member in which he recalls a story of a gay childhood friend and tells how that friend helped him realize that “…they’re passionate disciples of Jesus, just like I’m trying to be.”  Not a fence I would want to straddle. 

Don’t Get Organized, Get Enthralled – Learning how to say “no” to good things so you can be passionate for God.  Download the free eBook.

That Place in Wales – Interesting little story about the town in Wales with the longest name in the world.  I wouldn’t even attempt to try and pronounce it!

The Extraordinary Logic of Romans 5:9-10 – The a fortiori argument found in this passage.  Don’t know what “a fortiori” is, have a read and learn.

Mark’s “What Would You Do” Ethics Question – I really wonder where Mark Lamprecht gets all these questions.  Does he just dream them up?  I think he must because he doesn’t look old enough to have experienced all of them!

5$ Friday Sale – Head on over to Ligonier and check out their Friday sale.  Lots of good deals.