A Few Reading Suggestions

I don’t know if the congregation that you’re a member of has a subscript to Gospel Minutes or not, but if they do and you haven’t read last weeks article by Clem Thurman then I thoroughly suggest that you do so (Vol. 62, No. 42 – October 18, 2013). The article is called “Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow” which is a reference to a verse of scripture in the book Isaiah. Brother Thurman does an excellent job addressing the short comings of our modern-day culture and the answers to life that it seeks through any avenue other than God. If your congregation doesn’t have a subscription to this good paper then try to find a nearby brother or sister who can “loan” you theirs.

Are you looking for a “Halloween themed” devotional? Try the article I posted this morning on Keltonburg Preacher called “Don’t Let Your Sweet Tooth Trick You.” There’s enough room in it to go a couple of different directions. It’s a little similar to the point that Randal made in his latest post on Forthright called “A not-so-happy birthday card” which I also encourage you to check out if you haven’t yet done so.

Are you looking for some “meat of the word” reading about the nature of Jesus? Check out this article that I read yesterday by Wayne Jackson. It comes with the spiritual calories so get ready to exercise those spiritual senses (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Have a great day!

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Social media bring transparency and accessibility

Transparency and accessibility are two of the great positives of social media. And both can have their downsides. But I just participated in a thread with the owner of a major political website. Paul Ryan an Sarah Palin have yet to show up, though. Should this not spell the end of the autopen, that mechanical, impersonal, secretive tool of government?

• July’s issue of Bulletin Digest came in the mail a few days ago. In a time when information is overwhelming, the editors cull the best from the brotherhood for the brotherhood. Why not get your copy?

• A penguin was discovered on the beach just down from our city. (We’re about an hour and a half away from the ocean.) I knew it was cold, but this is ridiculous! He was lost. Young one. His GPS must have been out of whack.

• Last Sunday, for the first time in weeks, I failed to post my English devotional, translated from the Portuguese original. I did get the latter done, however. It’s been well received, with a good number of comments, thanks to a few faithful. And don’t miss my journey entry from yesterday, titled “Is Facebook in the Bible?” Hint: I found it in Proverbs.

• Speaking of Proverbs, Jon Warnes says many of the future verses to memorize (which Richard H. is posting here and elsewhere) will come from Proverbs. God knows we need wisdom in our day. If you haven’t been memorizing or have fallen away from the faith (of memorization), start with number 51, which is fast arriving, and do the remaining 50 with us.

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A dad’s influence, personal evangelism, devotionals

• How many are going to make a visit to dad on Father’s Day? I think I read somewhere that the person most influential in a child’s development is the dad, more so than the mother. What do you think of that? Think it’s true?

• Ron Boatwright has some interesting material on personal evangelism, as well as a three-lesson personal study in PDF format. I don’t know Ron, but I assume he’s on the straight and narrow. What I’ve read on his site so far is good. We can always use more help and resources on personal evangelism, doncha think?

• Speaking of personal evangelism, Clayton Pepper was a great evangelist among us. New Zealander Dave Hart posted an article of his recently, “Five Principles of NT Evangelism” in his Notes on Facebook. Many important points to ponder. Brother Clayton knew how to motivate.

• My devotional today is a strong one, on reputation vs. obedience, perhaps more so than normal. Over on GoSpeak, I explain why. Expect reaction. I note on the latter site that I’ve been doing these since 1999, albeit not always daily. Don’t know how Don R. does it, twice a day.

• Once more on fathers: Eli must not have been a good father. “The sons of Eli were wicked men. They did not recognize the Lord’s authority” (1 Samuel 2:12 NET). The man of God sent to speak to him laid the fault at Eli’s feet (vv. 27-36). He apparently just wagged his finger at his sons and nothing more (vv. 22-25). Because one is a religious man does not mean he will be a good father, which involves discipline — making the children behave. Then they will respect the Lord’s authority. So we thank God for those fathers who are not permissive but require obedience of their children.

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