The Briefing for Monday 1/28/2013

January 28, 2013 — Leave a comment


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Today’s Scripture

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6)

Notable Quotables

“Trying times are not the times to stop trying.” (Ray Owens)

“The thing to remember is that the future comes one day at a time.” (Dean Acheson)

“Remember that you are unique. If that is not fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost.” (Martha Graham)

“To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation.” (R. C. Sproul)

“God’s love is not wearied by our sins and is relentless in its determination that we be cured at whatever cost to us or Him.” (C. S. Lewis)

“Man was never meant to be a god, but he is for ever trying to deify himself.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” (Herman Mellville)

Around the Net Today

The Gift of Listening (Brief Article)
Lisa Hauptman (Jesus Creed)

The Antidote to Self-Pity (Article)
Mark Altrogge (The Blazing Center)

Christianity and Science (Brief Article, Video, Resource Links)
Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

13 Reasons Christians Don’t Have to Be Afraid (List Article)
Jonathan Parnell (Desiring God)

How to Prepare for Hostility from the Culture (Article)
Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

Why Did the Pharisees Hate Jesus So Much? (Article)
R. C. Sproul, Jr. (Ligonier Ministries)

Paltry Coverage of the Massive March for Life (Article, Video)
Mollie Ziegler (Get Religion)

And Now the Abortafacient Vending Machines (Brief Article)
Gene Veith (Cranach)

The Bristol Palin Effect vs. the Roe Effect (Article)
Ross Douthat (The New York Times: Opinion)

Ask Doug: Is the Protestant Church Fragmented? (Video)
Doug Wilson (Canon Wired)

On the Lighter Side

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

The Glory of Creation: Incredible Trampled Snow Art (Photo Essay)
Simon Beck (Bored Panda)

Monday Fun: Bill Cosby Tappin’ Out (Video)
The Cosby Show via Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Reformed, and Restless)

Something to Ponder

When Everything Around Us Is So Depressing

“It was by ‘the deliberate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ that the cross occurred, according to the New Testament, with the effect that the greatest expression of wickedness was transformed into an abiding symbol of hope.

“It would not be too much to suggest that one of the key elements to the Bible’s message is that present dark circumstances need not tyrannize us; there may be a greater purpose of good being worked out in the most difficult of events. It is not easy to recognize or even remember that when everything around us is so depressing. But that is the nature of faith; it does not allow the present darkness to disturb the present peace.

- Ian D. Campbell

Into All the World

“Eternity will be too short fully to recount His praise. Let us not shorten our joy by neglecting to begin on earth.”

- Henry Law

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