The Briefing for Wednesday 1/23/2013

January 23, 2013 — Leave a comment


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Today’s Scripture

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

Notable Quotables

“No one of us is more important than the rest of us.” (Ray Kroc)

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” (Halford E. Luccock)

“The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.” (Bill Russell)

“Good teams always have common goals. When you find that goals of certain members differ from the team’s, then the team will usually do poorly.” (Red Auerbach)

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do; together we can do great things.” (Mother Teresa)

“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow.” (Swedish Proverb)

Around the Net Today

The Empty Horror of an Extra-Marital Affair (Excerpt)
Via Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

The King of Kings and the Kings of the Earth (Brief Article)
Jonathan Leeman (The Gospel Coalition)

It Mattered to Me That John Piper Went to Jail (Article, Audio)
Denny Burk (

Forty Years Later: It’s Time for a New Feminism (Article)
Elise Italiano (Public Discourse)

Meaning in Pain Proves There’s a God (Article)
Jeff Cook (Jesus Creed)

King Herod Exhibit Opening at Israel Museum (Excerpt)
Via Todd Bolen (

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: In the Bleachers (1-Panel Strip)
Steve Moore (via

The Glory of Creation: Estimating How Many Stars Exist (Video)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Wednesday Fun: Baby Laughs Hysterically Over Dog Eating Popcorn (Video)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Something to Ponder

Opening Our Hearts and Homes to Others

“Martha was focused so much on the details that she missed the reason why she was hosting guests—so that they might learn from Jesus. If scrubbing and cleaning becomes our focus, we might miss sharing the mess and dirtiness of our lives with others. If our greatest concern is wondering how a group of people will fit in our home, we’ll miss the opportunity to make room in our hearts for people. If we worry about making the perfect meal to serve, we’ll miss sharing with our guests the only food that satisfies. 

“Hospitality is an act of service that helps us share the love of Christ with others. God calls each of us to practice hospitality, whether it comes easy or not. And for those of us who hesitate for one reason or another, it becomes an act of obedience to our Savior who has opened his own home for us through his shed blood on the cross. How can we do any less than open our own hearts and homes to others?

- Christina Fox

Into All the World

“I am only His instrument—why so much about me?—when the work is all His. I hold no claim to it. It was given to me.”

- Mother Teresa

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