The Briefing for Thursday 2/7/2013

February 7, 2013 — Leave a comment


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Today’s Scripture

“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:1-4)

Notable Quotables

“Even God can’t steer a parked car.” (Anonymous)

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” (Robert Schuller)

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” (Will Rogers)

“Those who forever seek the will of God are overrun by those who do it.” (Reinhard Bonnke)

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” (W. M. Lewis)

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” (Robert Collier)

“He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.” (William Hazlitt)

Around the Net Today

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Mark Altrogge (The Blazing Center)

8 Ways to Relieve S.A.D. Symptoms (Brief List Article)
Halle Ross (The Grace Alliance)

Advice for Parenting Young Kids (List Article)
Steve McCoy (Reformissionary)

Do You Know Your Neighbors’ Names? (Brief Excerpt)
Via Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

Why Are Christians Such Stingy Tippers? (Brief Article, Open Letter)
Marty Duren (Kingdom in the Midst)

Super Bowl Ads and What They Say About Us (Article)
Jonathan Howe (Howe Original)

Preparing for Gay Marriage (List Article)
David Murray (Head, Heart, Hand)

Learning to Be a Moral Minority (from a Moral Minority) (Article)
Thabiti Anyabwile (Pure Church)

10 Reflections on a Decade of Church Consulting (List Article)
Chuck Lawless (

Any Place for the God of Job? (Article)
Carl Trueman (Reformation 21)

On the Lighter Side

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

The Glory of Creation: Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable Object (Video)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Thursday Fun: Simple Ideas That Are Borderline Genius (Photo Essay)
Staff Compilation (Dump a Day)

Something to Ponder

He Laid Aside His Immunity to Pain

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as ‘God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?

“I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness.

That is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of his. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering.”

- John Stott, The Cross of Christ

Into All the World

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”

- Seneca

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