The Briefing for Wednesday 1/16/2013

January 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

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American Cocker Spaniel, courtesy of petplanet.co.uk

Today’s Scripture

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3)

Notable Quotables

“You can’t crow like a rooster and then chicken out.” (Gene Mora)

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” (Pablo Picasso)

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.” (Elbert Hubbard)

Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other.” (Matthew Henry)

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” (Mother Teresa)

“It is against my programming to impersonate a deity.” (C-3PO)

Around the Net Today

Seven Leadership Default Zones (List Article)
Ron Edmondson (RonEdmondson.com)

Where Have All the Positive Americans Gone? (Article)
David Murray (Head, Heart, Hand)

Jesus’ Agonizing Fight for Our Salvation Was a Real Fight (Article)
Stephen Altrogge (The Blazing Center)

Too Much C. S. Lewis? Not Hardly (Article)
Joel J. Miller (Patheos: Joel J. Miller)

Gracious Servanthood in Downton Abbey (Article)
Geoffrey Reiter (Christ and Pop Culture)

What Chris Rock Can Teach Us about Marriage (Article)
Russell D. Moore (Moore to the Point)

The Myth of the Christian Nut Job (Article)
Christine Jeske (Christianity Today: her•meneutics)

Postmodernism Meets the Preborn (Brief Article)
Gene Veith (Cranach)

Wendell Berry’s Halcyon Bean Patch (Article)
Douglas Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: Off the Mark (1-Panel Strip)
Mark Parisi (via GoComics.com)

The Glory of Creation: Mother Panda Carries Her Newborn Cub (Photo)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Wednesday Fun: You Can’t Top This Half-Court Shot (Video)
Via Zach Nielsen (Take Your Vitamin Z)

Something to Ponder

One Thing That All the Hurting Have in Common

“I’ve been a Christian for 51 years. I’ve been a pastor for 38 years. I guess that makes me ‘old’ and somewhat experienced. In any case, I’ve seen more than I care to remember of human pain and predicaments. I’ve counseled rebellious teens and lonely senior citizens. I’ve spent hours with bitter wives and their passive husbands. I’ve cried with victims of sexual abuse and rejoiced with those set free from bondage.

“Their problems may be different. Some are men, others are women. Some are old, others young. But the one thing they share in common is the deeply felt need of the human soul to know and feel that God loves and enjoys them. . . . Pain becomes bearable, and tomorrow no longer terrifies when your soul is touched with the reality of God’s delight in you.”

- Sam Storms

Into All the World

“It may be true that life is a grindstone, but it is equally true that whether it grinds us or polishes us is determined alone by the substance of which we are made.”

- Cavett Robert

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