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Randy Alcorn wants us to take a pop quiz (actually two) that will teach us a lot about what really matters.  Are you ready?

“Fame is deceptive, isn’t it? There’s lots of school teachers and nurses and people who work with kids, and old women down on their knees praying. They aren’t going to be in the news. It takes a lot more sacrifice to be a hero than to be a celebrity.

The following quiz, which illustrates that point, was adapted by my friend Doug Nichols, founder of Action International Ministries.

Take this quiz:

1. Besides Bill Gates, name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman (football) trophy winners.
3. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
4. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
5. Name the last five years’ World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday even though these people are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
5. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier? Yes! The lesson: The people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

So let’s make sure we are ones who care for others, not just that we will be remembered, but that God will be glorified!”

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“A Christian should at all times keep a strong guard against everything that tends to overthrow or corrupt or undermine a spirit of love.  That which hinders love to men, will hinder the exercise of love to God. . . .If love is the sum of Christianity, surely those things which overthrow love are exceedingly unbecoming to Christians.”

–Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

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Owen gives the handout of a talk (audio link at the site) by Dr. Bruce Ware that is well worth a look on this topic.

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“Jesus taught that a disciple has to make his relationship to God the dominating concentration of his life, and to be carefully careless about everything else in comparison to that.”–Oswald Sanders,  My Utmost for His Highest, p. 142

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“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. ” (Psalm 94:19, ESV).  What are God’s consolations or comforts to the Christian?

I would point out two.

God comforts us through His Word: As Charles Simeon writes of God’s people,  “There they see the “covenant ordered in all things and sure;” and there they find promises without number, exactly suited to their state. These are as marrow and fatness to their souls; and, nourished by these, they not only bear with patience, but glory and exult in, all their trials ― ― ― Encouraged by these promises, they are content to go into the furnace, assured that they shall come forth, at last, purified as gold.

And secondly, God comforts His children through the Spirit of Christ:  “For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. ” (2 Corinthians 1:5, ESV)

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I wondered why I had so many hits on my blog today regarding Noah’s Ark.

This story probably has something to do with it:  “Noah’s Ark Found in Turkey”.

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Can you be a Christian and a practicing, unrepentant homosexual?  Enter Jennifer Knapp, popular Christian singer, who says “why, of course.”

Denny Burk provides video and good commentary.

Take the time to read the comment section on Burk’s post also.

Also, Trevin Wax has some really good commentary on the Larry King and Jennifer Knapp show.

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