Here and There (February 13)

“I want to think that my biggest problem in life is the evil world that surrounds me, when in reality, my biggest problem in life is the evil heart that exists inside of me.”  Paul David Tripp
No Grey Area;  I’m Still Not Reading (or Watching) Fifty Shades  – The soon to be released movie 50 Shades of Grey has created a huge cultural conversation.  I will not attempt to re-say what has already been said by those more qualified, but will simply add my voice by agreeing and sharing their words.  When it comes to the damage that pornography and erotica brings in all its forms, the warnings cannot be said too loudly or too frequently or from enough sources: DON’T GO THERE.  Just don’t.
Valentine’s Day Hopes  – “God is for you. He is working for your good on this Valentine’s Day.”
Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God  – “So this Valentine’s Day, as the world keeps a tally of love, may we never forget that God’s love for us is greater than anything we can imagine. It is greater than googolplex and more than the stars in the sky. It is immeasurable, steadfast, and permanent. And that same amazing love has been given to us to extend it to others. May we give that love, without keeping score, knowing that God’s love for us keeps no record, because in Jesus, our debts have been marked: “paid in full.”
I Know God Loves Me, But Does He Like Me?  – Mark Altrogge answers the question.

23 Things That Love Is  – “With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here’s a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don’t have to be romantically in love to find this list practical. Every healthy relationship requires love and sacrifice, so if you’re a parent, child, sibling, neighbor, pastor, or co-worker, this list is for you.”

Sexual Desire and the Single Girl  – “During those long years of singleness, this is where the rubber met the road: Would I listen to my passions, or would I listen to His promises?”
Are You a Spiritual Baby?  – You might just be a spiritual baby if…
I Was Born Weak  – “Weak faith is a lot like a weak muscle. Faith begins weak and it remains weak when it is not exercised. God calls us to live by faith and calls us to use our faith—our faith in him and in his promises. But so often our faith remains weak because it remains unused.”
Contentment is a Choice  – Ruth Soukup at The Better Mom encourages us to ask ourselves the question, “When will I be satisfied?”
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How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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