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Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2009’

Reformed Theology and JOY

Challies pointed to a great article that I encourage you to check out: The Joy of the Reformed It reminded me of a prayer request that one of our church members made during a concert of prayer last year … She thanked God for the many blessings we enjoy in our church—Christ-centered preaching, the sacraments, servant headship by our leaders, …

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Saturating Bleeding

I debated not sharing this publicly because, well, I am truly embarrassed at what a high-maintenance person I am. Ergh! Some days it really feels like poor Freddy B. really married a bit of a lemon wifey. But I know that many of you pray for me and for my family—and I would appreciate your prayers because, just like last …

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Stuff Men Do When Women Are Not Around

Pastor Anyabwile posted this video and it made me laugh: (Things I would just never have thought existed in the world … What is UP with those tape measures??)

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Are you the part of your church that can just BLOW UP and hurt the Body?

HT: Challies for this great video embed: (Oh, how I pray I’m not the appendix. 😉 )

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Family Feuds (HT: CCEF and Peacemaker Ministries)

Thanks to the great people over at Peacemaker Ministries for posting a link to this CCEF article by Tim Lane: Family Feuds: How to Respond The whole article is worth your read, but here is my favorite paragraph: “Often when we have a bad experience (like growing up in an abusive family), we let that experience define us and become …

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We Cannot Encourage Ourselves

This morning, I specifically asked Fred to make statements of TRUTH to me to help remind me of what I really DO believe (even when my emotions are to the contrary). Encouragement? Faith’s Fight Against Sin? Battling Unbelief? All things that are not meant to be experienced alone. (We really cannot encourage ourselves.) In that vein, here is something to …

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Relating to Church (HT: Carolyn McCulley)

Another great read over at RadicalWomanhood as to “why church membership is vital for countering the hypocrisy that tempts us all”: Relating to Church In it, she relates one anecdote that reminded me of one of the many reasons why I was (and am) so attracted to my husband, Fred, when we first met. I remember discussing church membership with …

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Too Many Lauries and Too Few Pastors (HT: Andree Seu)

My post from yesterday about The Peacemaking Pastor being offered on Amazon for only $6.40 (!!) reminded me of an article I read by Andree Seu in last month’s World Magazine: Message from Morocco: Relationship-Building is the Task Overarching the To-Do List In it, she talks about receiving a call from a woman who is concerned about another woman who …

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Odds N Ends (Some Very Odd …)

It’s 5AM and I’m avoiding the complete, 100%, bad as it’s ever been, CHAOS of my office. (MUST clean it one of these days. It’s giving me the heebeejeebies.) AND I’m avoiding the mounting pile of “must respond to them one of these days” emails that also are starting to freak me out a little. (It’s really not like me …

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Jake and Big Ten Games and Hating Cancer

I said to myself, “I won’t cry. Of course I won’t cry.” (Yeah, right.) Watch. Enjoy. What a special kid. (And see if you can get through it without asking yourself how YOU would respond if you had to prepare yourself for blindness. How would you handle waking up one day KNOWING that by the end of that day, you …

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