The Briefing for Thursday 1/31/2013

January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment


Anatolian Shepherd, courtesy of

Today’s Scripture

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)

Notable Quotables

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” (Bonnie Prudden)

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” (Margaret B. Runbeck)

“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” (Arthur Ashe)

“Christians should be like nails; the harder you’re hit, the deeper you go, and the stronger you get.” (Craig Groeschel)

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Christopher Columbus)

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” (Albert Einstein)

“No pressure, no diamonds.” (Mary Case)

Around the Net Today

Poke the Fire (Brief Article)
Tiffany Deluccia (Tony Morgan Live)

How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going? (Article)
Jonathan Homes (Grace & Truth)

When Christians Let Us Down and Get Us Down (Article)
David Murray (Head, Heart, Hand)

The Injustice of Heaven and Our Conceited Faith in Ourselves (Article)
Doug Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

A Spiritual Application from Every Disability (Article, Trailer)
Tim Challies (

Children and the Porn Culture (Brief Article, Article Link)
Zach Nielsen (Take Your Vitamin Z)

Talking About Love and Equality (Article)
Mark H. Creech (Christian Post)

4 Responses to the Coming Persecution (List Article)
Jesse Johnson (The Cripplegate)

The Importance of an Actual Personal Lecture (Article, Article Link)
Owen Strachan (Thought Life)

On the Lighter Side

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

The Glory of Creation: Puppy Determined to Get on a Treadmill (Video)
TxBlackLabel (BuzzFeed: Animals)

Thursday Fun: Basketball Player Passes to His Coach, Keeps Play Going (Video)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Something to Ponder

God Told Me?

“Time and again we hear, ‘God spoke to me’—a mind-boggling statement, to be sure, not only to the skeptic but to many a serious student of the Word. Could such a claim not just as equally be the spiritual clothing of ambition with the verbiage of inspiration? I have seen some of the most incredible behavior justified with the words ‘God spoke to me.’ How does one argue with that? The only way is to turn to the Scriptures and to verify whether the truth deduced is in keeping with the truth of Scripture, not just personally wrested but objectively revealed to all humanity.

“Further, if the life and conduct of the one to whom God is ‘constantly speaking’ belies a disjunction between practice in day-to-day living and a precept that is harnessed to justify specific behavior, that one too has amputated the organ of fact from the feeling of faith.

“From the beginning of time the most difficult question confronting humanity was in the words of the tempter, ‘Did God really say . . . ?’ In a tragic and sometimes subtle sort of way we can jettison that revealed authority or else give lip service to it, breathing our own inspiration into self-chosen paths. May I suggest the latter is more dangerous, for while the former may deny the existence of God, the latter in the name of God, plays God.”

- Ravi Zacharias

Into All the World

“It is often easier to inspire Christian people to go overseas as ‘missionaries’ than it is to get them to welcome their neighbors into their lives.”

- Jack Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church

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