Archive for December, 2011

Randy Alcorn pays tribute to some current NFL stars who reached significant milestones recently!

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Heaven. . . no more. . .

no more sin,

no more sorrow,

no more poverty,

no more work of body or work of brains,

no more need of anxiety for families,

no more sickness,

no more pain,

no more old age,

no more death,

Full quote by J. C. Ryle on heaven here! 

no more change —

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“We can begin each day with the deeply encouraging realization, I’m accepted by God, not on the basis of my personal performance, but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.”

Gerald Bridges;Jerry Bridges. Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey Devotional (Kindle Locations 25-26). Kindle Edition.

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Dr. Albert Mohler reviews the top ten news stories as he sees them for 2011.  No particular ranking intended

  1. The Arab Spring
  2. Tsunami/Earthquake in Japan
  3. Death of Tyrants and Terrorists
  4. Occupy Wall Street
  5. Natural Disasters in US
  6. Explosion of Sports Scandals
  7. The EU Fights for Survival
  8. Political Frustration in the US
  9. Notable deaths
  10. Redefinition of the Book and Publishing

Read Mohler’s commentary on these here.   Any you would add or delete from the top ten?

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Scotty Smith has been tweeting for weeks now and calling them “Signs You Are Growing in Grace.”  It’s based on the admonition in 2 Peter 3:18 which reads, “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Timmy Brister has been compiling these tweets (2o at a time) and making them into blog posts.  He’s up to at least 35 weeks. They are all here but  here are a few from that week:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You realize anger is not the only emotion you can chose for responding to provocation.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When you overhear gossip but miss 1/2 of what was said, you don’s ask for the other 1/2.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not as obsessive about getting credit, even when credit is very due. You chill more.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t use your brokenness and weaknesses as excuses, but as fuel to drive you to Jesus.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not arrogant when you bring your “A game” and not despondent when it’s your “B game”.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Being in Christ affects who you are behind the wheel.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t hurl silent imprecations at slow moving rubber-necking drivers in front of you.

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You can download for free John Piper’s When I Don’t Desire God for free through December 31st.

Four easy steps to get the book:

  1. Go to the book’s link at Christian Audio
  2. Click “Add to Cart”
  3. Enter the code DG1211 and “Apply Coupon”
  4. Checkout and “Download Now”

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Many people will be spending lots of time and money pursuing a happy new year. . . .If only they would listen to Ryle who is reflecting Scripture in this quote:

The plain truth is, thatwithout Christ there is no happiness in this world! He alone can give the Comforter who abides forever.

He is the sun — without Him, men never feel warm.

He is the light — without Him, men are always in the dark.

He is the bread — without Him, men are always starving.

He is the living water — without Him, people are always thirsty.

Give them what you like — place them where you please — surround them with all the comforts you can imagine — it makes no difference. Separate from Christ, the Prince of Peace — a man cannot be happy.

~ J.C. Ryle via Quotes

Tract: Happiness

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Puritan Thomas Mallery, from a sermon published in The Morning-Excercise at Cripple-Gate (London: 1671), 410:

In the works of creation, God is a God above us; in his works of providence, a God without us; in the law, a God against us; in himself, a God invisible to us. Only in Christ he is Emmanuel, God manifested in our flesh, God in us, God with us, God for us.

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Mary Kassian writes about a simple scrap of paper that she kept up on her fridge which helped her not be a grumpy old woman–like the one she met at a rehabilitation hospital.  (Having spent a good deal of time in hospitals and nursing homes, I can relate to Mary’s story).

Read her story and the one saying from Elisabeth Elliot that impacted Mary’s life significantly!

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Eleven of the coolest creatures we learned about in 2011! Click here!

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