Reasons to give thanks to God (1)

I am aware that this could be a rather long series but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I thought that for my own benefit I’d simply look up the word ‘thanks’ in the Bible and every time it was directed to God reflect on it and use it to remind myself of all the reasons I have to be grateful to God. I’m simply taking them as I find them as I work through a list. Reason 1: Because God has done great things “Oh give thanks to the…

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Bibliophilia (22.07.2010)

Reviews Tim Chester has reviewed Soul DVD & CY evangelistic courses Matt Hosier has read Wired for Intimacy: How pornography hijacks the male brain, by William M. Struthers and Cycling home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall Gary McMurray has read Bible Delight by Christopher Ash, which he says has ‘exceptional exegesis’! Jeremy has reviewed The Economics of Abundance by Wolfgang¬†Hoeschele, Jeremy reckons it’s ‘a bold thought experiment that opens up new possibilities at a time when we desperately need them.’ Mark Meynell has read Remaking a Broken World: The Heart…

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I link therefore I am (22.07.2010)

Brian Croft is really helping me, (just need to apply, apply, apply) and this is a great post on individually pastoring your children Brett McCracken (great name) wonders if we are infotaining ourselves to death Mark Heath has another good post from Esther, this time on beauty How can someone call themselves a Christian minister and own a $45 million dollar private jet funded from ministry of the gospel? And then think this monstrosity would be a good idea. Some peddle the gospel for profit still.

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I link therefore I am (21.07.2010)

Brian Croft has another helpful post on the most harmful consequences when a single man struggles with pornography Tim Chester posts another great quote from Bonhoeffer on giving and receiving a rebuke Mint asks what’s wrong with renewable energy? Kevin DeYoung completes his look at 7 passages on social justice How much do you depend on feedback? This seems to make sense on supporting people in the workplace (not just men though)

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Reasons to be thankful

I’ve been thinking a little bit more about why being thankful is so important and that without it we will inevitably suffer and struggle, we will remain immature. Saying ‘thank you’ to another person is a habit that needs teaching, we’ve been doing that with our two year old son, so that when he receives something he says ‘thank you’. It’s all a bit cutesy but the reasons go much deeper than civility and good manners. There are lessons and disciplines we need to bring into our relationship with God.…

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I link therefore I am (20.07.2010)

I don’t have a SatNav but if I did, I would want one with this voice. Cracked me up. America may be the land of opportunity but opportunity is not equally spread as this Mint graphic shows Mark Heath has been looking at the book of Esther and here ponders about when do we have enough? It’s good for me to be reminded that being a Christian in many places carries great risk, places like Pakistan. I need to pray for courage for them and for me when I have…

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Thankfulness

Sometimes, every now and then, I spot themes in the blogs I read that connect with events in my life. It seems a small providence as God raises an issue above the blog line for me to spot, listen and respond to. It’s an opportunity not just to be interested but to genuinely learn from. The highlighted theme of the moment is thankfulness. First I read this story and then I came across this article about struggling with thankfulness in ministry and this comment struck home, “I think the problem…

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I link therefore I am (19.07.2010)

National debt is a odd thing to get your head around, but this graphic shows you who owns US National debt while this bewildering set of counters shows you how fast it changes The electric motorbike is getting more affordable and practical. Like it. You might not think humans are to blame for climate change but June was the 304th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average according to this report The church in the US is in decline, so you have to ask ‘where have…

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