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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2011’

Surviving Sin vs. Reigning Sin

“There is a total difference between surviving sin and reigning sin, the regenerate in conflict with sin and unregenerate complacent to sin; it is one thing for sin to live in us; it is another for us to live in sin.” John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (SO looking forward to women’s Bible study starting up this week on Kris …

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Hidden Service

“The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service.” So true …

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Discipline of Grace

I hadn’t read it in a few years, so I had forgotten how GREAT this book by Jerry Bridges is: The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness But I just re-read it and wow! I really hope we can study this in women’s Bible study one day …

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Nobody is As Happy as He Seems on FaceBook

A must read from Russell Moore: Why FaceBook and Your Church Might be Making You Sad Here is just a tiny excerpt to tempt you to click through … “By not speaking, where the Bible speaks, to the full range of human emotion—including loneliness, guilt, desolation, anger, fear, desperation—we only leave our people there, wondering why they just can’t be …

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Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth to Touch the Face of God

I often have to remind myself that teenagers today weren’t even alive when the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger died right before our eyes on this date, January 28, twenty-five years ago. They weren’t assembled in front of a little television, rolled into the history room on a black cart from the library. They weren’t happy to be avoiding …

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Competing (and Contradictory?) Counsel

I’ve been reading a lot of books on complex subjects lately and one of the things that really annoys me is when people I respect disagree. I think this bothers me because I am just a lazy person who wants to be spoon-fed. “So-and-so says it. OK. Must be right.” I don’t want to have to actually study. Pray. Wrestle. …

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Scary 1980’s Photos

Because our geography class has been studying the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe countries, today I decided to bring in my old, yellowed photo albums and show my students photos from my time in East Berlin, Estonia, and Slovenija. (I forgot the pics from Outer Mongolia—not that Mongolia is in Europe, of course, but I was there right after …

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Who Am I?

I’m having one of those … well … everything is just fine OR everything is falling apart / I’m actually feeling fairly happy and grateful OR I’m feeling overwhelmed and mad … kind of days. Ever have those days? Do your teenagers ever have them? Or your wives? 😉 (You know. Hypothetically.) My minor “Who am I?” crisis found a …

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Micah is off of the ventilator!

Rejoicing! Rejoicing! And praying, too, as he begins his third round of chemotherapy …

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Normalizing

I’m prepping a date night with my sweetie, so I will keep this super brief and hopefully come back to this topic again before too long … Today I was reminded of just how good (safe, hopeful) it is when someone normalizes whatever it is we are going through at the time. For example: – You are angry? You should …

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