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Marbles Monday Menagerie 10.29.12

For all you parents and Sunday school workers who need another resource.  Here you go.

Pretty cool story of a really older couple who have experience persecution on Tibet for years.  Maybe the most amazing Bible translator ever known.

A few good thoughts on when we isogete the Bible rather than exegete.  If Father had wanted more than what is there, He would have made sure it was there.

My ever present rant against Pharisees and religious folk rises its head again.

Good advice for pastors, but can be used by nearly everyone.  Church is messy enough as it is, we don’t need to add fuel to the fire.

Day 18 of 40 Days of Prayer for America

Target: Military
Nehemiah 4:9, 13-14 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

Founding Father Quote: “I urge you by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act.” –John Hancock

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for our military today as we acknowledge the importance of national defense.  From the founding of America, You have guided the great military minds who have faithfully led our troops to protect and defend our freedoms.  Ironically, we have used these very freedoms to allow other gods to come into our country and to hold a place of honor.  We have brought shame upon ourselves as we have dishonored Your holy name.  Our military machine has been prevented from its righteous purpose because You are no longer held as its Master Strategist.  Lord, forgive us.  Take charge of our military and give unprecedented wisdom and courage to our military leaders.  May they do what is good and right in Your eyes.  Protect and provide for our military troops and their families for the sacrifices they make every minute of every day.  May the remnants of our freedoms be preserved, and those that have been lost, restored.  Raise up godly leaders within our military, that we might once again secure our national borders and protect the freedoms we have so callously taken for granted.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Brave Friendship of God.

“He took the twelve aside….”  Luke 18:31

Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us!  Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value?” That is exactly why He chose you.  As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve.  But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of your own self-sufficiency, then He can choose you to go wit Him “to Jerusalem” (18:31).  And that will mean the fulfillment of purposes which He does not discuss with you.

We tend to say that because a person has natural ability, he will make a good Christian.  It is not a matter of our equipment, but a matter of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God put into us; not a matter of natural virtues, of strength of character, of knowledge, or of experience– all of that is of no avail in this concern.  The only thing of value is being taken into the compelling purpose of God and being made His friends (see 1 Cor 1:26-31).  God’s friendship is with people who know their poverty.  He can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God.  As Christians we are not here for our own purpose at all– we are here for the purpose of God, and the two are not the same.  We do not know what God’s compelling purpose is, but whatever happens, we must maintain our relationship with Him.  We must never allow anything to damage our relationship with God, but if something does damage it, we must take the time to make it right again.  The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship.  That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.

(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Aug. 4th)

How great is our God.

“The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us? Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement.” (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, 34)

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 10.08.12

If you struggle to get your kids to talk to you, maybe there are some great pointers here.

For those of you who enjoy what happens at the highest court in the land.  Three cases upcoming which have significant impact on our nation.

How do you deal with the attacks on your Christian worldview?  Here are some other thoughts.

Another good article on how to make dinner time the most memorable time of day.

Very funny piece with Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards.  How do they think and converse like that?