Monday Musings & Miscellany

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I had to throw this photo in here, just because of my last item in this week’s musings. It is one of the most famous spots in golf, St. Andrews and the Swilcan Bridge. at “The Old Course, in St. Andrews, Scotland. It is the closest I will ever get to winning the Claret Jug. In my wildest dreams I would never have thought I would play here.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We may be afraid of the consequences of sin from other considerations; but it is only by looking to him who was pierced for our transgressions, that we can learn to hate it.” John Newton

John Newton continues to minister greatly to my heart. I find myself so heavy hearted by the sin of the world, not to mention my own failings. How often I can relate to what Paul said, “The good I want to do, I do not do; but the evil I don’t want to do, that I do. Wretched man that I am, who can rescue me from this body of death?” Our hatred of sin must be driven by looking to Jesus lest we consistently fall short of overcoming our flesh.

VERSE FOR THE WEEK

Matthew 6:27–34 (ESV) — And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I think of this verse often as I consider and run into the various trials that this world presents. It always comforts my soul and puts things in the right perspective. So many things to be anxious about in life. Seeking the kingdom of God always brings great comfort.

NEVER BLAME GOD

“Our anger with God always betrays some fault in us, never in him. Such simple and complex truths play out week in and week out in our local churches and Christian communities. Let’s call each other to be the kind of people who both model and encourage right thinking and right feeling about God in our suffering.”

One of the most difficult things as a Christian is to reconcile a loving God with the pain and suffering that is in the world. This article presents sound biblical answers to the reason for suffering. You might have to read this one a couple of times to grasp all that is being said, but it will be worth it.

10 THINGS THAT STILL SURPRISE ME ABOUT CHURCHES

“We’re in a spiritual battle, and the church should gather for encouragement to go out into the conflict again – not to cower and complain about the enemy.”

My heart resonates with how the author introduces this list of things that surprise him about the church, “I love the local church.” This brief list should stir our hearts to consider what we can do to insure that our churches are being what God intended them to be, lighthouses to a world lost at sea. Christians give far too many reasons for unbelievers to mock the church rather than encouraging them to come to church. This ought not be!

BURNOUT

“Increasingly, people are reporting experiencing burnout at record rates across all professions, classes, and genders resulting in broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken marriages, and broken churches.”

This is a great graphic which summarizes a survey of over 6,000 readers who were asked questions about their experience of burnout. Where do you find yourself in this area of burnout?

THE BEST BIRTHDAY SURPRISE EVER!

“Seriously, when you look at Aaron’s face when he sees Andrew (Beef) Johnston ask if he wants a lift, you can’t help but be excited for the kid. And with each subsequent player that they pick up in the car (Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson), it just gets more amazing.”

With all of the craziness in the news, and hype in sports, it is refreshing to see famous people just be nice and regular. For those of you who don’t follow golf, Justin Rose won the gold medal in golf at the most recent Olympic Games while Henrik Stenson won the silver medal, hence the little jab in the video as he hands Aaron his gold medal. The trophy Aaron holds is the Claret Jug, the renowned trophy for winning “The Open” one of the four golf majors. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.

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2 thoughts on “Monday Musings & Miscellany

  1. Hi Pastor Ron,
    Thanks so much for posting the video of the boy getting the birthday surprise with all the golf pros! I couldn’t help but smile the whole time! So fun!

  2. I know…wasn’t it great! I have watched it a couple of times and chuckled out loud as I was watching. I love when the son at the end says, “This is the best birthday present you ever gave me.” Thanks for reading and commenting!

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