The Briefing for Tuesday 12/18/2012

December 18, 2012 — 1 Comment


Today’s Scripture

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Notable Quotables

“Do not be afraid of death. Be afraid of the half-lived life.” (Laird Hamilton)

“Take care of your life, and the Lord will take care of your death.” (George Whitefield)

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” (Theodore N. Vail)

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” (Socrates)

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” (C. S. Lewis)

“You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” (Tim Keller)

Around the Net Today

Grief: Finding Hope Again (Free PDF Booklet)
Paul David Tripp (CCEF)

Can’t We Let Them Grieve First? (Article)
Doug Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

Teacher Gave Her Life to Shield Students from Shooter (Video)
Peter Van Sant (CBS This Morning via GodTube)

Are We a Violent People? (Article)
Trevin Wax (Kingdom People)

Sometimes We Are a Kind People (Photo Essay)
Matt Stopera (

Freedom Bites Back (Article)
Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed)

When to Pull the Plug on Frightful Media (Article)
David Murray (Head, Heart, Hand)

African Perspective: Newtown Shooting Is Not All That Unusual (Article)
Amy of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Everyone Needs a Little Grace)

Don’t Be a Complainiac! (Article, Video Clips)
Tim Valentino (Ponder Anew)

The The Real War on Christmas (A New Screwtape Letter)
Michael Horton (Out of the Horse’s Mouth)

Jesus Died to Save You from the Perfect Christmas (Article)
Aaron Armstrong (Blogging Theologically)

How to Watch ‘The Hobbit’ (Article)
David Mathis (Desiring God)

On the Lighter Side

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

The Glory of Creation: This Baby Polar Bear Is Safe! (Photo)
Sergei Gladyshev (via Abraham Piper, 22 Words)

Tuesday Fun: Silent Monks ‘Sing’ the Hallelujah Chorus (Video)
PGMC (YouTube)

Something to Ponder

Giving Like God at Christmastime

“The Son of God . . . divested himself of heavenly wealth and became an impoverished child so the fragile flesh of humanity could be taken up into God’s embrace. The circle of the Eternal Intimates opened up, and gifts traversed its boundaries to reach those in need. Our gifts [at Christmas] shouldn’t just travel on a two-way street so givers and receivers can delight in one another; they should travel on a one-way street so that the needy may be helped, being imparted to those who may not be able to give in return.

“At Christmas we should celebrate two kinds of gift giving, not just one. Christmas should be a feast of reciprocal giving in a circle of intimates, a provisional enactment of the advent of God’s future world. But it should also be a feast of giving to those outside the circle, a small contribution helping to align the world of sin and need with the coming world of love. . . . Gifts should therefore chiefly flow out to the needy; they shouldn’t largely circulate among friends.”

- Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace

Into All the World

“Put money in the red pots. Talk to the bell-wringers. Ask if you can buy them a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, since many work in the cold. Give them a kind pat on the shoulder or shake their hand. Pray for them. Do this all for Christ, who is in them.”

- Doug Groothuis

One response to The Briefing for Tuesday 12/18/2012


    Amen to the Miroslav Volf quote — we definitely need two types of giving all year round!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s