The Briefing for Wednesday 12/19/2012

December 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

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Today’s Scripture

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Notable Quotables

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” (Dr. Seuss)

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” (Roy L. Smith)

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” (Erma Bombeck)

“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” (G. K. Chesterton)

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” (Calvin Coolidge)

“All these toys were never intended to possess my heart; my true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.” (C. S. Lewis)

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” (Charles Dickens)

Around the Net Today

Reading’s Hope Rescue Mission Featured on Channel 69 (Article, Video)
Ryan Hughes (WFMZ 69 News)

‘Carol of the Bells’ Like You’ve Never Heard It Before (Music Video)
Via Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

Ravi Zacharias on Newtown Tragedy (Article)
Ravi Zacharias (RZIM)

Peggy Noonan on Our Cultural Rot (Excerpt)
Denny Burk (DennyBurk.com)

What the Church Can Expect in 2013 List Article)
Sam Rainer (ThomRainer.com)

Don’t Be a Scrooge This Christmas (Article)
R. C. Sproul (Ligonier Ministries)

Creative Ways to Play with Your Kids This Christmas (List Article)
Trevin Wax (Kingdom People)

Why We Should Preserve the Charitable Deduction (Article)
Matthew Schmitz (First Thoughts)

Movie Review: The Hobbit (Article)
Todd Hertz (Christianity Today)

On the Lighter Side

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

The Glory of Creation: Time Lapse of a Spider’s Web Weaving (Video)
Jean-Michel via Tim Challies (Vimeo)

Wednesday Fun: The 8 Funniest Verses in the Bible (List Article)
Ron Edmondson (RonEdmondson.com)

Something to Ponder

The Death of Decency

“Do our entertainers ever pause to ask what debased values emerge from their stories? The death of decency is audible and visible in what passes as movie entertainment and political speech. This is the same culture that wishes to take away Nativity scenes and Christmas carols from our children. God is evicted from our culture, and then He is blamed for our carnages.

“America is lost on the high seas of time, without chart or compass. The storms that await us will sink this nation beyond recognition if we do not awaken to the rapid repudiation of the values that shaped this nation. The handwriting is on the wall. Freedom is not just destroyed by its retraction. It is destroyed even more painfully by its abuse.”

- Ravi Zacharias

Into All the World

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white.”

- Bing Crosby

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