Weekend time with the Lord ...
LIFE OF DAVID
LESSON 5: THE DECAY, DECLINE, AND DEMISE OF KING SAUL
Work on these homework pages in preparation for our next women's bible study (Thursday, November 7)
Life of David Class follow-up and resources ...
This is one of our "core distinctives" teachings by Pastor Ray Bentley.
Weekend Scripture memorization & reflection ...
Weekend food-for-thought ...
"But when I’m in the middle of a busy season of life, I find myself pushing my time with God into smaller and smaller chunks of my day. Other priorities take the place of that time, and before I completely realize what happened I’ve sacrificed the sweet depth of my relationship with God for the temporal busyness of my schedule.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been reminded in different ways of the importance of prioritizing times of silence when I can think, read the Bible, and pour out my heart to God."
"Fundamentally, the negative aspects of a Christian celebrity culture are an outgrowth of our desire to have a leader we can see. We want a king like the nations have to lead us into battle. We want the Christian movie star, musician, or pro athlete to appeal to our non-Christian neighbor and persuade them that Christianity is reasonable. We want these kinds of figures because we love Christ (good!), but also, perhaps, because we’re unsure whether the regular, ordinary Christian can accomplish the mission.
We are the ones who make evangelical celebrities too big to fail. At least, until they break our hearts.
We must put to death the lie that we need nationally known Christians in order for the kingdom of God to advance.
After all, if you follow the money behind celebrity culture, where does it come from? From regular, ordinary Christians all too ready to open their wallets for the Next Big Name. It’s profitable to build a Christian celebrity platform because there’s a ready and willing market.
We must put to death the lie that we need nationally known Christians in order for the kingdom of God to advance."
"Joining their tribe seems simple enough: Get a book, read it, and voilà! You’re a reader—no tote bag necessary. But behind that simple process is a question of motivation—of why some people grow up to derive great pleasure from reading, while others don’t. That why is consequential—leisure reading has been linked to a range of good academic and professional outcomes—as well as difficult to fully explain. But a chief factor seems to be the household one is born into, and the culture of reading that parents create within it."
"Humanity has always been drawn to music; this is a curious thing. The implications seem to point us beyond a world of random chance and evolution. A recent scientific study has discovered that our brains are quite literally made for music – that is, there is an ingrained longing and appreciation for music that is a foundational aspect of humanity.3 In fact, the very beauty of music, its power to stir the emotions and evoke such passion seems to be hardwired into our very being. This speaks to us about the origin of music – something that can only be properly explained within the Christian worldview."
"Revolutionary tells the story of biochemist Michael Behe and the revolution he helped spark with his book Darwin’s Black Box, inspiring a new generation of scientists and thinkers who are challenging Darwinian evolution and exploring evidence in nature of intelligent design."
As we know, random changes and unguided natural processes routinely succeed in assembling functional equipment for a range of uses. Wait…it doesn’t work that way? The Revolutionary Behe website, at http://revolutionarybehe.com/, features more information about Dr. Behe’s research, other molecular machines, and evidence for intelligent design, and the stories of revolutionary scientists changing the evolutionary paradigm. See the documentary now.
Accent Expert Breaks Down Four Amazing Things About Language
Ever wonder why we pronounce words differently than we did 100 years ago? Dialect coach Erik Singer breaks down four of the most mind-blowing facts we know about human language. We love words around our house and this was quite fascinating!
Weekend kitchen adventures ...
These chewy Maple Glazed Apple Blondies taste like sweet apple pie with a warm maple icing. This homemade apple blondie recipe is the perfect fall dessert.
Weekend worship ...
Katherine and I made a quick drive over to St. Louis this week. This song played on our drive no less than 30 times as we worshipped together. If you're like us, you may need a tissue.
Weekend reading ...
Weekend (discounted) Kindle reading that may be of interest.
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer ... praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.