The Briefing for Monday 12/10/2012

December 10, 2012 — Leave a comment


King penguins, courtesy of

Today’s Scripture

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.’” (Isaiah 40:1-3)

Notable Quotables

“Creation is God’s first missionary.” (Max Lucado)

“Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses.” (Alphonse Karr)

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” (Vesta Kelly)

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” (Francis Chan)

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” (Samuel Johnson)

“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” (Zig Ziglar)

“Well done is better than well said.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Around the Net Today

Resentment: Just Say No (Article)
J. E. Dyer (The Optimistic Christian)

The Consequences of Prayerlessness (List Article)
Nancy Leigh DeMoss (via Tim Challies at

God Doesn’t Love You Because You’re Lovable (Article)
Mark Altrogge (The Blazing Center)

5 Missional Opportunities This Christmas (List Article)
Tim Gaydos (The Resurgence)

Purpose: It Took Me 36 Years to Learn This (Brief Article)
Jon Acuff (

Violence Against Women Makes You an Enemy of God (Brief Article)
Ray Ortlund (Christ Is Deeper Still)

You Can’t Minister to Statistical Averages (Article)
Zach Nielson (The Gospel Coalition)

To Those Who Are Hurting This Christmas (Article)
John Knight (Desiring God)

Why Aren’t We Calling It the ‘Royal Fetus’? (Brief Article)
Denny Burk (

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: Speed Bump (1-Panel Strip)
Dave Coverly (via

The Glory of Creation: 30 Baby Animals to Make You Go ‘Awww!’ (Photo Essay)
Staff Compilation (Bored Panda)

Inspiration: Jackie Evancho & Friends Sing Silent Night (Video)
Our Precious Savior (via

Monday Fun: Hand Raising & Hand Sanitizer in Church (Video)
Tim Hawkins (via YouTube)

Something to Ponder

The Secret of the Quest

“We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy God without God—which is another way of saying that all our seeking will fall short unless God starts and finishes the search.

“The decisive part of our seeking is not our human ascent to God, but his descent to us. Without God’s descent there is no human ascent. The secret of the quest lies not in our brilliance but in his grace.”

- Os Guinness, Long Journey Home

Into All the World

“If I look at the masses, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.”

- Mother Teresa

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