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A few posts for the ladies today which are good reminders how we can think about God even in the ordinary activities of home life.

Learn how Laundry Leads To Jesus and how God Is in the Grocery Aisle!

 

Pastor Steve Lawson has been doing a series on some of the great Reformers. You may know little about one or more of them. You may consider yourself an expert in all of them. Either way I think you might appreciate Steve’s series on these men.

Most of us as children (if we were raised in a church-going home) and most of our children at one point or another have said, “Do I have to go to church this Sunday?” We, as adults, sometimes ask ourselves this question. Sometimes, I have turned that around and said, “I don’t have to go to church this Sunday! I get to go to church this Sunday! I want to go to church this Sunday!”

I have often been motivated in my own heart and shared with others the truth and exhortation of Hebrews 10:25 which calls us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Great verse, great truth (how can it not be since it is from God?).

Yet, I think there are other good and compelling reasons to regularly attend the assembly of Christians you are a part of. And here are two articles that share five reasons to be join with the church as often as you can.

One man reminds us that when we are tempted to neglect church we should remember what we bring and what we need.

And another has learned to share three reasons that we need to gather with others: namely, Jesus is alive, we want to practice the gospel and we want to learn to love people who are different than we are.

We have all known people who have received the news that they have cancer.  We all know people who have suffered greatly from this disease and have even died from it after a long journey. In our own church fellowship’s prayer list there are many that we are praying for who are dealing with cancer–some very seriously.

Recently, one celebrity has been courageously applauded for her decision to move to Oregon and have an assisted suicide.  But there is another way to deal with terminal brain cancer or to go through a journey with cancer that is serious though not terminal.

Maggie Karner shares her story  of brain cancer which may soon take her life, but she will not take her life by suicide.

Connie Dever shares her journey of enduring faith with another form of cancer.  Part Two here.

Read, think, and pass on!

“That God can stop a germ or a car or a bullet or a demon is not good news; it is not the news of the Bible.  God can!  And ten thousand times he does.  But when he doesn’t he has his reasons.”–John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence, p. 82

From Ligonier:

Here’s an excerpt from In Secret, Derek Thomas’ contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk:

According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14).

The answer is emphatically no. Still, it is also possible to have outward works but no inner reality. In this instance, religion is a pretense. Six times in the Sermon on the Mount, alluding to three distinct exercises, Jesus employs the term secret:

  • Give “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:4).
  • Pray “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (v. 6).
  • Fast “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (v. 18).

Continue reading In Secret,

Gene Veith shares an interesting piece from a pastor who was not one of those who received a subpeona for his sermons in Houston. However, this pastor is standing with the Houston Five and encourages others to do so.  It boils down to a case of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Read Standing with the Houston Five.

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