Monday, June 1, 2015

Padkos May 2015

Christian Apps Jeffrey Kranz “This map pulls together Christian apps of all kinds: from native iOS and Android, Web-based, desktop software, and even a PowerPoint plugin. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of what’s out there. And of course, remember that this is an observation, not a recommendation.”
I have cursed you Tim Challis “The notes in the MacArthur Study Bible say it well: “Since you have many offensive words to be forgiven, don’t keep strict accounts of other’s offensive words against you.” “Even though I know how many idle words I speak, I assume that other people mean every word. I allow myself far greater leeway than I allow others. I excuse myself while condemning them.”
Don’t Let Pride Steal Your JoyJon Bloom “This is why everything about the gospel is designed to expose our pride and force us to put it to death. God doesn’t humble us because, like some conceited tyrant, he takes pleasure in our grovelling. He humbles us because he wants us to be happy and free — he wants us to reflect his image! God is perfectly humble; he sees all things — himself and everything else — exactly as they are. And he is the happiest being alive.”
4 Ways to Know hat You Are Pursuing - Jeremy Writebol “Once we identify our core pursuits, we can address how to navigate those pursuits in a way that will free us from the ensnaring power of sin and death. To help us further diagnose our motivational drives and ambitions, we need to take a walk into the darkness. We need to step into our nightmares and look at our fears in the face. By moving the things that bring us the deepest fear and anxiety into the light, we can clearly see the pursuits that drive our daily lives.”
I Went All The Way BackRay Ortlund “I came to see that these two problems are interrelated. There is a reason why people who believe God is love (1 John 4:7-8) treat one another with unlove. The reason is not a lack of biblical orthodoxy about God. The reason is a lack of personal reality with God. A theoretical God of love can be defended as a doctrinal concept, even while being denied as a practical reality. But unreality with God inevitably shows: “And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God” (Isaiah 8:21).”
Worse Trend Ever
Has Authenticity Trumped Holiness?
Failure Is Not a Virtue
On Writing Well – I’m sure this applies to more than writing books…
The Importance of Friendship -
Conflict is an Opportunity For GraceDavid Mathis “For the Christian, conflict is not something to avoid or ignore. It is an opportunity for the triumph of grace.”
5 Signs of a Strong Friendship - Rosilind Jukic
4 Purposes of Godly FriendshipsKelly Needham
I Want A Friend Like That!Kimberly Wagner
5 Things to do With God’s WordMichael J Kruger “Indeed, Jesus embodies all five of these characteristics. He trusted, studied, used, delighted in, and obeyed God’s Word. In fact, he did all these things even more than the first David. While David certainly serves as an example of what to do with God’s word, Jesus is the ultimate example. One greater than David has come. And he loved God’s Word.”
6 Counterfeits That Lead Away From The Biblical GospelTrevin Wax “When it comes to the gospel, the best way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to know the biblical gospel – not only to master it in a cerebral, objective sense, but to be captured by the beauty of what God has done for us in Christ.”
YOLO (You Only Live Once)Ryan Shelton “But YOLO is a mask worn by an ancient despot. Who doesn’t remember his previous disguises? He has had other aliases. You may remember him as carpe diem, or more recently, “the bucket list.” He has gone incarnate in figures like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray or Robin Williams’s portrayal of professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society. He ensnares would-be servants of the true King by holding out fleeting satisfaction and vaporous rewards.”
Quotes From Les MiserablesTrevin Wax

When God Does The Miracle We Did Not Ask ForVaneetha Rendall “With every heartache I wanted a Red Sea miracle. A miracle that would astonish the world, reward me for my faithfulness, make my life glorious. I didn’t want manna.”

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