Archive | August, 2013

A Few Words On Eruptions

27 Aug

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Dear Dave,

What do an active volcano, a shaken can of pop, and your temper all have in common?

They’re all been known to erupt and spill over at a moments notice.

I know that you don’t like blowing up at people, so take a few precautions…

  1. If something is bothering you, be open about it! Voice your anger rather than stuffing it.
  2. Share your frustrations with a spouse, counselor, or pastor.
  3. “Cast your cares on Him, for he cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7)

Shoot for Bruce Banner instead of the Incredible Hulk.

Sincerely,

Dave

 

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Manly Quote Mondays: All The Promises

26 Aug

In the greatest difficulties,

in the heaviest trials,

in the deepest poverty and necessities,

God has never failed me.

The financial balance for the entire Inland China Mission yesterday was twenty-five cents.

Praise the Lord!

Twenty-five cents… plus all the promises of God.

 

-J. Hudson Taylor

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A Few Words On Help

23 Aug

For the “A Few Words” series, authors have 100 words (or less) to convey a vital piece of advice to a younger version of themselves.

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Dear Steve,

Stop being so stubborn about asking for help.

The rough patch you’re going through now is only amplified by your reluctance to ask for help.

Asking for help doesn’t…

…make you weak.

…make you stupid.

…make you less of a man.

Everything is made easier when you ask for help. Especially when you ask Jesus.

No, Jesus won’t solve all your problems like a genie in a bottle; but Jesus listens.

And when you talk to Jesus, you’ll feel less of a burden, and will probably figure it out with His help.

You’ll thank me later.

Cheers,

Steve

 

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The Dinner Table

23 Aug

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As the youngest of four boys (my mother still calls me the baby), there was never a dull moment around our house–especially at the dinner table.

Meal times were signaled by a huge iron bell that when rang could be heard anywhere in our neighborhood.  I never wanted to be late for dinner.  My mom was a great cook, and I learned that as the youngest child, you needed to grab food quickly before it disappeared.  Our meals always began with my father saying a prayer of thanks to God.  My father’s Amen at the end of this prayer was like the firing of a starting gun.

One day before dinner, a new ritual began.  We all sat down at the table and instead of a quick blessing for the food, dad pulled out his Bible.  This was a shock to me and my brothers and we began to cast worried glances across the table. Continue reading

A Few Words On Priorities

22 Aug

Changed Priorities Ahead
 

Dear Dave,

I hate getting on your case too much, but you need to take an honest look at your priorities. You don’t have infinite amounts of free time, so how are you spending it?

  • How many minutes have you blown on Facebook today?
  • How many clips on YouTube have you watched?
  • How many hours of leisure reading have you racked up this week?

It’s time to close up the computer, power down the cell phone, and turn off the TV.

God is first priority. Amanda and Lily come second. You come last.

Let’s get it together bro!

Sincerely,

Dave

 

 
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Book Review: Death By Living

20 Aug

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From the back cover:

See the past, see your life as the fruit of providence and thousands of personal narratives. What led to you? You did not choose where to set your feet in time. You choose where to set them next. Then, we must see the future, not just to stare into the fog of distant years but to see the crystal choices as they race toward us in this sharp foreground we call the present. We stand in the now. God says create. Live. Choose. Shape the past. Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever.

N.D. Wilson has been on my radar since Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl made a big splash in 2009, but I’ve never picked up a book of his till this one… and now I have a few books to add to my wish list.

Death By Living is a book aimed at capturing the reader’s imagination through story to flesh out the thesis of the book’s subtitle: Life Is Meant To Be Spent. Continue reading

Manly Quote Mondays: The Deepest Need

19 Aug

The deepest need of men is not food and clothing and shelter, important as they are.  It is God.

We have mistaken the nature of poverty and thought it was economic poverty.  No, it is poverty of soul, deprivation of God’s re-creating, loving peace.

Peer into poverty and see if we are really getting down to our deepest needs in our economic salvation schemes.  These are important.  But they lie farther along the road, secondary steps toward world reconstruction.

The primary step is a holy life, transformed and radiant in the glory of God.

 

-Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

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