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Fellas, you need to check this out: 5 More Things Men Should Do To Protect Their Marriage.

This is an amazing admission from a medical doctor who is also an abortion provider: “If a woman with a serious illness―heart disease, say, or diabetes―gets pregnant, the abortion procedure may be as dangerous for her as going through pregnancy … with diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, even breast cancer, the chance that pregnancy will make the disease worse is no greater than the chance that the disease will either stay the same or improve. And medical technology has advanced to a point where even women with diabetes and kidney disease can be seen through a pregnancy safely by a doctor who knows what he’s doing. We’ve come a long way since my mother’s time…. The idea of abortion to save the mothers’ life is something that people cling to because it sounds noble and pure―but medically speaking, it probably doesn’t exist. It’s a real stretch of our thinking.” ―Dr. Don Sloan, M.D.

“The Word says, ‘Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world’ (1 John 2:15). Jesus warned, ‘Beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses’ (Luke 12:15). Things—our possessions—can tie us down to this world. While heaven and hell prepare for war, we go shopping. Eternal values are at stake! The end of all we know is near—and we are busy playing with our toys!” —David Wilkerson

“The blood of Christ doesn’t cover your sins, conceal your sins, postpone or diminish your sins.  It takes away your sins, once and for all! So…since you are saved, you can serve!” Read more from Max Lucado in Saved To Serve.

Dr. Tim Elmore writes about 2 essential ingredients to form a young leader. You should read the whole post, but the two ingredients are quite surprising: problems and empowerment.

[VIDEO] An excellent explanation on what sources are used to determine the text of the Bible―

Thursdays With Oswald―Utterly Unwonderful & Ordinary

Oswald ChambersThis is a periodic series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Utterly Unwonderful & Ordinary

     What the natural reason would call an anti-climax is the very climax of God’s supernatural grace whereby a man having going through the most wonderful experience, emerges and lives an unwonderful, ordinary life. … 

     It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but a different thing to go through every day glorifying God where there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying the remotest attention to you. … 

     It takes God’s incarnated Spirit to make you so absolutely humanely His that you are utterly unnoticeable.

From Not Knowing Where

I love the story of George Washington’s life. After having given so much in service to the newly-formed United States of America, his greatest desire was to return to a common, ordinary life, out of the spotlight.

Too many times we think that becoming a more mature Christian means that God is going to give us a bigger platform, or a more visible place to minister. But as Oswald Chambers shows through the life of Abraham, after his obedience to give up his son Isaac, he led a very “unwonderful, ordinary life.”

Some thoughts I’m pondering―

  • Am I willing to continue to follow God in the ordinariness of life? Or do I need to always have a crisis?
  • Is God more precious to me in the routine day-to-day living? Or do I need to have to be in a life-or-death struggle to know His promises and power are true?

Christian maturity is allowing God to give me a “humanely… unwonderful, ordinary life” that glorifies Him.

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