Monthly Archives: September 2013

Weekly Scoop

It is Friday, which means I only had one more day to post my weekly scoop. I want to begin with a quote I saw on Twitter earlier this week.

In a hurting world, we need Christians prepared to commit to Christ wholeheartedly, think deeply, give dangerously, and live authentically. – RZIM Canada

This quote speaks for itself as to the content but I dare you to actually think about it and then take a look at your life and ask yourself if this is how your life as a follower of Christ could be defined.

Now, without further ado, here are the links you should take a minute and check out.

Are you busy? Wondering how to slow down or try to retain a sense of your sanity? Ann Voskamp’s blog will encourage you in a couple ways: 1, you are not alone; and 2, you can remain sane during life’s most insane moments: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/09/the-key-to-staying-sane-in-spinning-world/

I read this story the other day of a pastor’s first day on the job. Check it out: http://ireporterstv.co/church-members-mistreat-homeless-man-in-church-unaware-it-is-their-pastor-in-disguise/

For this one, I do not have a link to share but something I was made aware of through the internet this past week is something that will sicken you: sex-selective abortions. They are already being done in some areas of the world. Could this be the next thing to rock our country? Do a Google search to read up on this as there will come a time where you might need to be ready to share your opinion on this topic.

If you have an iPhone, make it work for you, not the other way around: http://adammclane.com/2013/09/23/7-ios-7-hacks-for-parents/

Finally, a link that I believe is a must read for any parent, youth worker, pastor, teacher, etc. When I read this, it was eye-opening and we need to have our eyes opened. So check it out: www.annemariemiller.com/2013/08/19/three-things-you-dont-know-about-your-children-and-sex/

That is all for this week. I pray that these links will serve to open your eyes to the world around you, help you manage your life in a better way or encourage you in your walk with the Lord. Are there any stories you would recommend I check out? Let me know in the comments section.

 

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Weekly Scoop

Well, I have decided to call this new category the “Weekly Scoop.” This post will contain links to other pages, sites, news stories that I have read throughout the week that stood out to me and I believe to be worth your time. So, with that said, here is the second set of links you should check out:

The first link I want to share goes out to us fathers. This is a story about a girl who desperately wanted to be loved by her father, but she never received it. Listen to her share her story about all she went through and let it challenge us fathers to love our children: http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/annie-lobert/.

Here is John Wesley’s secret to making disciples. By now, it is no longer a secret as many people have seen this post, but it is still worth your time, especially if you work or volunteer in a church or ministry:  http://www.transformativechurch.org/2013/01/23/john-wesleys-secret-to-making-disciples/.

This is a story I stumbled upon about a mother helping her daughter get an abortion has me shaking my head in disbelief. It also hurts my heart. I love the conclusion the writer makes but I am not going to ruin it for you, check out the link: http://liveactionnews.org/pro-abortion-mom-year-dont-regret-helping-15-year-old-daughter-get-abortion/.

Another post on work, but this one by John Piper. I love his thoughts and you should take time to read them as it might help change your mindset if you view your position as one you are just trying to survive: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/work-is-a-glorious-thing

Scotty Smith of the Gospel Coalition writes a great prayer about relishing God and loving difficult people: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/2013/09/18/a-prayer-for-relishing-gods-favor-and-loving-difficult-people/

Last, but not least, here is a website for all you athletes. Axiom United, started by Tyler and Nicki McClure, has led Tyler and Nicki to England to run Axiom UK. Their target date to move is January so check out the site and consider helping them out as well. They are truly about making disciples and using sports as the means to reach people of all ages for Christ: http://www.axiomunited.com/

Thanks for taking the time to check out these links. I pray they will challenge, encourage, or open your eyes to the needs of the world around us.


Weekly Link Rundown/Scoop/Dump

Well, I have decided to start a new category on my blog. As you can tell from the title, I don’t really have a name for it yet. If you want to suggest anything, feel free to comment with your suggestion. This category will involve links which will lead you to articles, songs, stories or anything else that caught my attention throughout the week I believe would be worth your time. The content of these links  will range in content from serious to light-hearted and funny.  So check out my first link journal as you will find these links encouraging, challenging and thought provoking…

The first link is a song I heard at the camp I took my youth group to over the summer and recently listened to it again. Check it out. Hillsong: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QR2KGmL50k

This article by Ed Stetzer talks about the value in churches doing regular assessments/evaluations on their church’s ministry: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/september/can-evaluation-really-contribute-to-church-growth.html

This is a very insightful post on the fact that how we go about preaching the message of Christ is just as important as the content of our message: http://marksayers.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/crap-for-christ-the-medium-is-the-message/

Here is a short devotional from Mike Cosper on our work and how it should glorify the Lord: http://www.gospelproject.com/2013/09/work-for-the-lord/

Lastly, here is a word from Pastor Mark Dever on what he told his congregation following September 11, 2001: http://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/we-are/led/senior-pastor/september11/

 

Thank you for taking the time to check out this post and I pray that what you read here will be of value to you.

Todd

A distorted view of God…

This post is a review of  the book God Distorted by John Bishop

One of the biggest issues in the church today is how people view God. With so many broken families and homes, it is easy to see why people have this perspective. For instance, when an individual comes from a home where they have been abused emotionally and physically, why would they want to trust a God who also calls Himself and wants to be known as Father? Many within the church might not understand when people are reluctant to enter a relationship with a God who loves them. What we fail to see is that many times people bear such scars emotionally it becomes hard for them to trust anyone, let alone someone they cannot see.

John Bishop does an excellent job sharing stories from his own life and how they affected his perspective and hindered him from easily accepting God as his heavenly Father. The front of the book says this about the book: “How your earthly father affects your perception of God and why it matters.” I can say that even though I did not completely read the full book, this would be a great addition for anyone’s library. Mr. Bishop is able to relate with those who have experienced broken homes because his own story can leave you in tears. His step-father left their family one evening and he never saw him again. Read what he wrote about this event:

Despite the abuse, his leaving created a gaping hole in my young heart. We were sitting at the dinner table at what was soon to become the last time I would ever see or talk to him. I don’t remember what set him off, but I clearly remember his anger as he picked up the table and dumped all of the dinner, plates, silverware, and glassware on my mom, grandpa, grandma, younger brother and me. We sat, shocked and speechless, as he proceeded to yell at each of us – using words I can’t repeat – before he finally left. I was just a young child – confused, lonely, wanting so desperately to have a dad in my life – and yet here I was again, watching another dad leave me. I ran after him as fast as I could, catching him just as he reached his car, and yelled, “Dad, please don’t leave me!” He glanced at me and, without hesitating, put his hand on my chest, shoved me to the ground, and said, “You are not my kid. You never were and I am not your dad. Get over it!” I sat on my driveway and watched as his car drove away for the last time. Another father gone and I hated him.

The first time I read this story, it brought tears to my eyes. I could not imagine any father being able to do this, even if it was a step-father. Along with that, I cannot imagine a father being able to say this to any child. From that you can see that John is one who is able to write this book from his personal experiences. I cannot imagine all that he went through, and at this point, his own son is in prison as well. John is writing from a position of pain and experience, and along with that, love for his son and others who have experienced the same thing. He writes to reach out to those who are struggling to accept God as their own personal Savior because they cannot imagine Him as a Father.

This book review is not as long as others but as I said, I did not read the book in its entirety, but from what I did read, it is worth your time. If you, or someone you know, has experienced life without a father, or with a father who was not there for you, or abused you or anything else that has left you hurting, this book will be a great encouragement. I highly recommend it.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.