Here and There (February 4)



To The Mom Of Little Ones: No, You Can’t Do It All   “God, grant us the wisdom to throw off the world’s ridiculous expectations of what motherhood should be. Grant us vision for what is important. Grant us the freedom to do what you want us to do – and no more. Grant us peace when our nails are chipped, our furniture dusty, our abs  flabby, and our clothes outdated…because we know we’ve been busy doing what matters.”

Seven Lessons From Fifty Shades Of Grey  “Our world desperately needs a good dose of real love? So, as 50 Shades of Grey hits the screens, let’s love God well by honoring him wholeheartedly with our eyes, ears, hearts and minds. Let’s love our brothers and sisters well by encouraging them with truth rather than lies. Let’s love our unbelieving neighbors by showing them how beautiful and alluring purity looks. And let’s love ourselves by committing ourselves wholeheartedly to living in light of the immense love that has been lavished on us. “See what a great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)”

Church on Fire: Persecution in Niger   “In our world today, more than 40 percent still have not heard or had access to the gospel, including nearly 70 percent of Niger. Christ does not call us to pursue danger, but he asks our obedience to his calling. Time and again, God has demonstrated his power over the enemy’s attacks and his ability to save. Whether it was the day my teammates and I were surrounded by a mob and about to be burned alive with a fire already lit under our vehicle, the illegal arrest warrants issued as vendettas, being chased from villages by shovels or rocks, or perhaps, the random death threat, nothing surprises God. Rather, it is an opportunity for his glory to be displayed. Still, there may come a day when physical deliverance doesn’t occur. Let it be known on that day, God is still faithful, and the greatest deliverance will have actually occurred. Whether we live or whether we die, Christ is our life, and his glory is the reward.”

Some Thoughts For Those Who Are Considering Divorce  A thoughtful article from Randy Alcorn with suggestions for those who may be contemplating divorce but can also be helpful to those who are experiencing any form of suffering and the temptation to take action.

The Gospel in Three Directions  The truths here are presented so clearly, I’ll be rereading this a few times to take it all in.  Well worth the time to study this out and get it nailed down.  “…religion says you should not, while the gospel says you need not. Religion is constantly shouting, “You shouldn’t sleep with your boyfriend! You shouldn’t get drunk! You shouldn’t lose your temper!” That’s not good news to people struggling with those issues. That’s condemnation. But the gospel says, “You need not give yourself to your boyfriend, because God’s love will never fail you. You need not get drunk, because Jesus offers a more sure refuge. You need not lose your temper, because God is in control.”  Sin is always making promises it can’t keep. Religion doesn’t do anything to expose them; it just adds more false promises. But the gospel exposes every lie by showing us a God who is better.”

Will You Go Out With Me? Rules For Biblical Dating There are only three rules in this article but they are excellent ones.  A highly recommended read.



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