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.
“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.
“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.
“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.