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Beating Burnout
Anne Marie Miller interviews Thom Rainer about burnout.

15 Ideas to Help You Evaluate Your Church Bulletin
Results from an analysis of over 100 church bulletins.

The Psalmists Rich View of Depression
Bob Kellemen surveys the Psalms and mines some welcome comfort for the suffering.

Do You Lock The Door At Night?
A classic clip from Ravi Zacharias.

Hot Bods, The Bible, and The Brain
This is an extremely important and superbly written article by Covenant Eyes’ Luke Gilkerson on the damaging impact of porn on the brain and how to reverse it.

Cruise Ship Cut in Half The Stretched 99 Feet
What a phenomenal piece of engineering.


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Jesus on Every Page Podcast

The Jesus On Every Page Podcast will build on the content of the book and will be your one-stop-shop for the best in Old Testament resources. We’ll review books, highlight great sermons, link to blog posts, interview guests, and answer your questions. And, like the book, it’s all pitched at a popular and practical level.

You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or subscribe to the blog by email to make sure you never miss an episode.

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Children’s Daily Bible Reading Plan

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf. And this is the second year in Word and pdf.

The first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

And here are the daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books with Genesis and Matthew now complete (explanatory note).

Old Testament

New Testament


Children’s Bible Reading Plan

Here’s this week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf. And this is the second year in Word and pdf.

The first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

And here are the daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books with Genesis and Matthew now complete (explanatory note).

Old Testament

New Testament


Seasonal Affective Disorder Epidemic

Wow, this winter just goes on and on!

I’ve actually really enjoyed the winters since coming to Michigan, even looked forward to them. Yes, it’s much colder and snowier than Scotland, but I’ll take cold temps, lots of snow, and sunny days over the Scottish diet of rain, wind, low cloud, and 5-6 hours of daylight (more like greylight) for two months of the year.

People here complain about the “gloomy” Michigan winters, but, believe me, it’s like Hawaii compared to the dark, damp, and dreary winters in the Scottish Highlands. At least you can do something in Michigan winters. I’ve tried cross-country skiing and snowboarding before finally settling on downhill skiing. Even just walking through snow-blanketed forests is such a beautiful, even spiritual, experience.

But then came the “Winter of 2014,” as we will call it when we talk to our grandchildren. So many days have been too cold to spend any time outside; it’s been scary cold at times.

And now even Texas, Georgia, and the Carolinas have been paralyzed by ice and snow, with many lives lost, properties damaged, and businesses struggling.

An additional complication has been an epidemic of SAD (Season Affective Disorder), “a type of depression that is said to be caused by the combination of cold temperatures, precipitation, and shorter days.”

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the clinical psychiatrist who first described the condition, defines it on his website as “a type of depression that occurs regularly, every autumn and winter, when the days get short and dark, though it may occur at other times as well.” I saw a ton of this in Scotland, among young and old, as did my wife, who’s a family practitioner.

In this report, Rosenthal says that he has “seen a lot of seasonal affective disorder this season.”

There has been a tremendous amount of it around, even in people who think they’ve got it under control…The main factor is darkness. Firstly, there has been a lot of cloud cover. Then, even when it’s been fairly bright outside, it’s still so frigidly cold, so unpleasant, that people minimize their time outdoors. So instead, they are indoors a lot of the time, where there’s a lower light level.

He warns:

Seasonal affective disorder is something you have to look out for. It doesn’t announce itself with a sign bearing its name. It creeps in slowly with drops in energy or weight increases. The symptoms accumulate, and before you know it, you have it.

It’s fair to say that there are some who deny the existence of SAD, but most experts agree that “the deprivation of sunlight, a common side effect of winter weather, can have detrimental effects on the human body and mind. A lack of sunlight – which is said to both deny people a source of vitamin D and inhibit the development of mood-influencing neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine and serotonin – has negative effects.”

Although it’s always worth asking if there is any deeper underlying cause of SAD, there are a few simple things that may help alleviate symptoms:

  • Get outdoors as much as possible.
  • If indoors, spend time in rooms with large windows and lots of sunlight or use artificial daylight lamps.
  • Exercise regularly and eat well.
  • Don’t set too high expectations of yourself.
  • Meet up with friends.

Here’s a short video a friend and I made on the subject a few years ago. We both just about died of hypothermia in the process.


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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Your Son to Use Pornography
He’s not saying that if your son uses pornography it’s all your fault.

These Precious Days
Tim Challies helps us think through one of life’s recurring dilemmas: “Three days spent in Indiana, is three days spent apart from my wife and my children. It is three days away from the people I love; I will never get those days back. I have been given perhaps 7,000 or 8,000 days with my children before they move out to begin life on their own, and in going away, I permanently traded away three of those precious days.”

12 Reasons for Using Sermon Illustrations
“Few things are more difficult for a preacher than finding the right illustration, using it in the right way, and telling it at the right time. However, few things will yield greater fruit.”

Three Reasons to Keep Reading the Old Testament
Aaron Armstrong beats my drum: “The Old Testament causes much consternation among North American evangelicals. Although historically, Christians have embraced the Old Testament as being absolutely essential to the Christian life—I believe the first person to do this was Jesus—somewhere along the way, we got scared of it.”

Following Up On Forgiveness
I’d throughly recommend Ken Sande’s Peacemaker on this subject but here’s a good blog post from Kevin DeYoung: “Many Christians, influenced by Lewis Smedes and a lot of pop psychology, have a therapeutic understanding of forgiveness. They think of forgiveness as a unilateral, internal effort to get our emotions under control. But if we start with a biblical notion of God’s forgiveness, we see that such a view falls short.”

Youth Rights: A Trojan Horse for the Left’s Sexual Agenda
And if you really want to know where this is heading try what’s happening in Scotland for size. “Plans to assign every child in Scotland a state guardian could lead to good parents being penalised, an academic has warned ahead of a final vote on the issue in Holyrood later this month.

Kentucky All State Choir Sings National Anthem in 18 Story Hotel
Every night during the yearly All State Choir conference in Louisville, Kentucky, choir participants would come out of their rooms to sing the National Anthem. The 18-story Hyatt hotel gets filled with music from the lobby to the top floor.