My grandson Coleman will soon be sixteen years old. He is an artist. He started at quite an early age and a couple of his early pieces of art caught our attention (with art you can just tell when there is something special happening). We weren’t sure what he would do with it or where it would go, everyone just watched. He took art classes and sure enough it seems, in my proud grandpa opinion, that he is becoming quite the budding artist.
This is a mural he painted in his room. Can you see the face, the eyes, nose and lips? You can see a lot of his other work on overpasses, railroad cars, people’s fences, and various other places in and around Seattle (just kidding).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Everything we say and do, everything we commit ourselves to, and every situation, location, and relationship we experience is experienced between the already and the not yet.” ~ Paul Tripp
Jenny and I recently watched four messages from Paul Tripp on marriage. His messages were taken from his book What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage. I was vaguely familiar with Tripp and was so impressed that I got ahold of his book and am thoroughly enjoying. It is helping me to understand things I have learned about marriage but had never seen it articulated.
This quote is very interesting. I had to read it a number of times before I understood it. You will have to get the book to see what he is talking about. Or, you can email me and I will be happy to fill you in.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK
1 Corinthians 12:18 (ESV) — But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
Have you ever wondered why God made you the way he did? Have you found yourself wishing you were like someone else or could do the things you see others doing? I know I have been guilty of this very thing.
If that is the case, stop it. The context of this verse is speaking of the gifting which God chooses to give in order to that he might accomplish his purposes within the church. The sooner we embrace the gifts that God has chosen to give us, the sooner we will find contentment in our role in bringing him glory.
In our contemporary culture, the pressure to conform to the status quo is crippling. It takes tremendous courage to be the first to take a stand and speak out. But one person willing to be first is often all it takes.
How often have we thought about the atrocities of Hitler’s extermination of Jews. The story of Hans and Sophie Scholl is a powerful testimony of two young people who, at their peril, sought to do something about it. They ‘did’ what the Scriptures said instead of just reading about it. So convicting! The emotions will run deep as you read this one.
“…When once that [time] is gone, it is gone for ever; no pains; no cost will recover it.”
How many of us wish we could head to the ATM (Automated Time Machine) and get a few more hours. Time is a most intriguing thing. We never seem to have enough of it, always wishing we had more. The truth is we each have 168 hours per week and once a single minute has gone by, it can never be recovered. We must spend it wisely.
“We taught her the accepted Christian slogans, filled her smartphone with (some) “Christian music,” got her to check a few spiritual boxes, then persuaded her that all discipline is nasty legalism, and even convinced her to get “grace” tattooed on her ankle — in Greek.”
For years now, one of the great burdens of my heart has been the number of false conversions that exist because of how easy we, in our contemporary Christian culture, have made it to be ‘converted’. This is a great an convicting piece, written in the style of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. It will challenge your thinking about small groups and may even upset you a bit.
Let me know what you think. I would love to hear whether you agree or not with what the author of this areticle is saying.