Polishing Pennies

Here is an article that is short but sweet, and packs a lot of insight into a few words! From AndreaSanborn.com at A View of the Lake……………..

A View of the Lake

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Sometimes I feel like a Cranky Old Woman. You know the ones – their benchmark for all things good is the past, and they long ago lost their wonder at the sheer miracle of living.

Instagram can do that to me. But it’s not the attention-seeking self-focus of the world that bothers me. It’s all of the trendy Christian “influencers” with SOMETHING TO SAY. Scroll through any list of Christian authors or speakers, and there they are, with their blinding smiles, perfect hair and fashionable shoes. Scan their bios and there will usually be something about coffee and how they don’t always get it right, but they’re trying, and perhaps their weakness for binging Netflix.

Their carefully-curated online personas can leave us ordinary people feeling like we are losing the race to significance.

Covid has stripped many of us of our illusions. We have come…

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The Weight and Wound of the Word

This article reminds us that not everything in the Bible is meant to encourage us. Some things there are meant to make us feel uncomfortable. From A Small Work…………

A Small Work

The Bible is miraculously cohesive, but it is not uniform. Different portions were given for different purposes; distinct authors at distinct moments to distinct audiences.

While many today look to the Bible for comfort or inspiration, an honest look at the Scriptures reveals that not all of it was given for these purposes. If we randomly dip a ladle into the depths of Ezekiel, the brew that emerges is more likely to be sharp than sweet.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Some—perhaps much—of the Bible was given not for our comfort but for ourdiscomfort. The Scriptures are profitable for reproof and correction, after all; they provoke, unsettle, and rebuke us. Far from harsh, this is a sign…

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From Protest to Praise

I identify with this article!

Just the Clay

”The word of the Lord came to me:I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.But I protested, “Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am [only] a youth.”Then the Lord said to me: Do not say: I am [only] a youth, for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you.Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1:4-8

“But I protested…”

These three little words made me pause and think. In this text, God was telling Jeremiah some magnificent and wonderful truths. Jeremiah was chosen to be God’s child before the foundation of the world. And just like Ephesians 2 says, all the works he was called to do were prepared…

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The Discipline Of Being Overwhelmed

Some gorgeous writing here from Seth Lewis…….

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Beside the road, the grass was parted into a path created by the feet of those who had walked there before me. I didn’t know the destination, but I had time, so I decided to follow the lead of those feet and find out where they were going.

It was a good decision. The path took me over a rise and around a corner, then sloped down gradually with a panoramic view of the ocean in front of me. On the right, the ground sloped down sharply towards a rocky cove where people were swimming. On the left, there was no ground. Only a sheer cliff, and the waves far below.


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The 3 Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, & Beauty

Philosophy throughout the ages have pondered truth, goodness, and beauty, but only Christianity can only fully define and explain these transcendent truths. From Reflections…………..

Reflections

What is real? What is right? What is lovely? Human beings ask these kinds of questions because we long for at least three things:truth, goodness, and beauty.

Prominent philosophers through the centuries have called these three cosmic values transcendentals.Atranscendentalrefers to something that exists beyond the time-space-matter world. It is a universal reality that extends beyond our everyday sensoryexperiences and is thus considered nonphysical, immaterial, conceptual, or even spiritual. In philosophy, the transcendental relates to and seeks to describe the nature of reality or being. Therefore, one may think of these values as timeless universals and attributes of being.

In this introductory article I’ll briefly describe how the three transcendentals oftruth, goodness, andbeautywere viewed in the classical world. Then I’ll show how Christian civilization accommodated them as truths of general revelation and grounded them in the nature of the triune God.

Classical Civilization’s View of…

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“Be With Them”

There is nothing better than knowing that God is with you and for you!…………..

Women Studying the word

Have you ever thought a little critically and maybe uncharitably about someone else’s prayers? It’s hard to admit, but there have been times when I’ve scoffed a little when someone prays, “Lord, please be with them.”

My theological mind immediately sends out an alert. “Um, don’t you know about the omnipresence of God?” And then the critical and uncharitable part of my flesh secretly scoffs, “What a generalized prayer. What these people needed was more specific and targeted prayers that focused on their exact situation and struggles!”

Thankfully, my God renews his mercies every day and has gently convicted me over the years of this ungracious and unkind reflex of my flesh. But lately I’ve come to realize there’s more dimension to this prayer than I had thought. Many of us might grasp for these words out of a kind of desperation, hampered by a stilted prayer vocabulary, but I…

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