February 26, 2013
December 26, 2012
I’ve been largely AWOL for the past week or so. There are many reasons for this. First and foremost, I’m a plodder at best; second, there has been the added load of getting through Christmas and its additional requirements. As you might know, today is my 57th birthday. Weather-wise, it’s a gloomy day in northern California. It is a perfect metaphor for a birthday. Yes, I’ve reached the age where the wish “happy birthday” is an oxymoron.
Here is Tullian’s Christmas meditation. As always, he encourages his readers with the gospel.
We still enjoy wonderful freedom in America. This article reminds us that many in other parts of the world pay a dreadful price for their faith in Jesus. The title, Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East, says it all. How we need to pray for our brothers and sister.
Finally, there is good and bad news on the Obamacare front:
An appeals courts has given a victory to Christian colleges suing over Obamacare’s requirement that they provide free contraceptives and morning-after pills. But another appeals court has upheld the requirement for Christian-owned businesses.
Keep praying. This battle is far from over. Remember this issue here is that companies run by Christians are being required to provide abortion causing drugs. As believers most of us don’t have a problem with contraceptives for married couples; we do, however, believe it is wrong facilitate the termination of pregnancy.
The mandate requires businesses and organizations, with some exceptions, to provide access to contraception coverage — Hobby Lobby was most concerned about coverage for the morning-after pill, which some consider tantamount to an abortion-causing drug. Hobby Lobby has refused to comply, while saying the fines could add up to $1.3 million a day. . . .
September 19, 2012
If you only click one link today, make it this one. It is about how believers often don’t understand that suffering is from God. Be sure to watch the powerful Piper video at the end.
There is a brand new review of the book (Eyes Wide Open) we are reading in our men’s study. The book is so good that I’d recommend it even to those who aren’t part of our study. Here are the opening words of the review:
Eyes Wide Open not only opened my eyes. It also opened my mind and my heart. So enjoyably, that I’ve now read it three times in just over a month.
How do you think of Sunday morning worship? I hope for you it is the best hour or so of the week. Here is a perspective I hadn’t thought of before: worship as play. Good thoughts.
Finally, Joe Thorn offers direction about how to pray for your pastor. Personally, I covet your prayers for me. The work God has called me to is way beyond me. I need help not only for ministry but for my life.
March 2, 2012
According to reporters of Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, Masoud Delijani has been sentenced in the Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah province to three years in prison …
The wife and family of Mr. Delijani are not in a good mental state knowing he should remain in prison for 3 years. Received report indicates that his wife is only allowed to have a brief visit with him every two or three weeks from behind a glass and through the intercom.
It should be remembered that Masoud Delijani was arrested by plain clothes intelligence officers on March 17, 2011, together with his wife and nine other Christian converts when they had gathered in a house church for a service. Then, on July 9, 2011, after being held in custody, mostly in solitary confinement for 114 days, and after being severely pressured both mentally and physically, he was temporarily released on a bail of 100 million Tomans (about 100,000 USD).
(HT: Mohabat News)