Monday Musings & Miscellany

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Yesterday would have been my father’s 91st birthday. He has been gone now for 14 years. My daughter gave this to me for my birthday. It says a lot about who my dad was and what I love and miss so much about him. He was an artist and a very deep thinker.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You may think I am cleaning the garage, but I am merely rearranging the junk.” Jose Sánchez

Life is full of funny things we do that aren’t quite what we think them to be. This is one of them.

I was helping my father clean the garage one day and he made this comment as he was sweeping and moving things to where he felt they belonged. I remember laughing about it and every time clean our garage I think about what I am actually doing. Today is one of those days. As I remember what he said, I am determined to “rearrange” that junk right off to the dump.

VERSE FOR THE WEEK

1 Samuel 30:6 (ESV) — And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

There was no shortage of sorrow and difficulty in David’s life, some of which we know was self imposed. In this particular case he was faced with unwarranted angst towards him. How often in the course of our week do we face opposition? I love David’s response, two things in particular. First he chose to “strengthen himself in the Lord” and second, the Lord was “his God.” Is he your God? May we rely on his strength alone this week. He will be faithful to carry us through.

“I’M DONE WITH TEXTING…AGAIN!”

“Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted.”

I found this to be a humorous, convicting video that is more true that most of us would admit but then do nothing about. I especially got an audible laugh out of the two guys having lunch with the cell phone, in an uneasy sort of way. Tony Reinke is an author I recently discovered in reading “Newton on the Christian Life.” I ordered his most recent book “12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.” Would love to read it with some of you and hear what you think.

WHAT WE LOST WHEN WE LOST OUR HYMNALS

“It is probably too late to go back to the hymnal. I am not at all convinced we ought to. But it is still worth considering what we lost along the way and how congregational singing has been utterly transformed by what may appear to have been a simple and practical switch in the media.”

I can still remember, when as a young boy, standing next to my grandmother in church, listening to her belt out a good old hymn. The only instrument I remember hearing was a piano and yet people were singing, singing with all their hearts. Having been a worship leader for over thirty years singing the hymns were something you just didn’t do. Never even thought about it. However, of late I have been discovering their rich history and especially appreciating the gospel centeredness of their lyrics. We have even begun to start our eldership meetings by singing a hymn acapella. Would love to hear your thoughts on this article. I would concur with most of Challies’s observations.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS

“Mark Dever explains that preaching is firmly rooted not in a first century cultural expression but rather in the fact that we serve a God who speaks to us.”

Recommending books, articles, sermons, and the like is an interesting venture. I find that when someone recommends a particular sermon to listen to, article or book to read, it just doesn’t seem grab me like their enthusiasm suggested it would. I have come to believe that this is because the Lord has a time and place for us to read or listen to certain things he knows we need to hear. Whether or not this message is one of those, only you can judge. As for me, it was one of the most impactful messages I have heard in a long time. Others who listened to it felt much the same way. I would have never guessed this from a message on Ezekiel 1.

 

2 thoughts on “Monday Musings & Miscellany

  1. Thanks for the post on “12 ways your smartphone has changed you” Pastor Ron! Phones these days are truly amazing but, if not rationed, can be complete life wasters! As a stay at home mom, I take my job seriously and I try hard to make it a point to only text/make phone calls/read blogs during my “lunch hour” (aka the kids nap time) or after everyone goes to sleep and we have made the dining table is a ‘tech free’ zone. Of course I’m not perfect but it is always in the forefront of my mind to never be “absent while present” with my kids. I’m debating whether I will start reading my physical Bible (vs blue letter Bible app on my phone) at home so the little ones can see the Bible actually being read when, otherwise, it could simply look like mom just dilly-dallying on the phone. Praying for wisdom as we raise this next generation of kids that they would be wise stewards in how they use the tools given to them and that we, as parents, would do the same as well knowing those sweet little eyes are watching to see if we practice what we preach.

  2. Wow! I was really encouraged about your approach to electronics. Would never have thought about what might run through a child’s mind. Great point. I have found myself reading my actual bible more. Your comments certainly give me pause to think about why it is a good idea. Thanks!

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