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Linking gun control to mental health misguided, ineffective
“A safer, healthier, more peaceful society is not borne of misguided legislation, but deep respect for God’s greatest creation: human life.”

4 Success Tips for Mental Health Support Groups
I’d love to see more of these in our churches.

Schizophrenia and the “successful”
This is a tremendously encouraging and challenging article, and so is the story it links to about Law Professor Elyn Saks, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 30 years ago.

What would you say to yourself at 16?
Bob Kellemen answers.

When he feels far off
Print this and keep it handy for the next time God feels distant. Wise combination of biblical truth and spiritual experience.

Why I’m glad my Smartphone broke
“In many ways, a smartphone has become a mandatory extension of the mind. But I feel it has had no major impact on my life to leave it behind. I have come to deeply enjoy to being completely plugged out when I am not at my computer. I enjoy not always being up to date, and not having one more expensive item to worry about. It is a small temptation in your pocket that can make you lose focus on the people you’re around.”


Children’s Daily Bible Reading Plan

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 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s 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. Further explanation of that here.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.


5 reasons why Christians need to hear the Gospel

In his opening chapter of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus lists five reasons for preaching Christ today.

1. Jesus’ command: Go and make disciples of all nations  (Matt. 28:19-20).

2. Exciting News: The King has come! (John 1:41-42).

3. Life-giving news: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:30-31).

4. Exclusive news: There is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12).

5. Our hearers are living in a non-Christian culture.

Greidanus then provides five reasons why committed Christians as well as non-Christians need to hear explicitly Christ-centered sermons:

1. Centralizes Christ: In a post Christian culture such preaching will enable Christians to sense the centrality of Christ in their lives and in the world

2. Distinguishes from falsehood: It will help them distinguish their specific faith from that of Judaism, Eastern religions, the new age movement, the health-and-wealth gospel, and other competing faiths.

3. Builds faith in Jesus: It will continually build their faith in Jesus, their Savior and Lord.

4. Sustains Christians: Preaching Christ in a non Christian-culture sustains Christians as water sustains nomads in the desert.

5. Guides service: Even those committed to Christ must continually learn and relearn what it means to serve Jesus as Lord of their life.

These paragraphs also contain two great quotes:

“Genuine Christian faith and life can exist only so long as it remains a daily appropriation of Christ.” (J M Reu)

“The main objective of preaching is to expound Scripture so faithfully and relevantly that Jesus Christ is perceived in all his adequacy to meet human need.” (John Stott)


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Preaching Tolerance
Does the Bible have something to say about the practice of tolerance in the church of Jesus?

You and Your Conscience.
Fred Zaspel argues that “the moral decline within the church is evidence of a vanishing conscience.”

Will the real biblical woman please stand up
“Biblical womanhood is about a woman seeking to honor Jesus by consistently applying Scripture to her daily life, whatever that life looks like. It is as simple as that.”

The difficulties of racially integrated churches
Some realism to temper the dream.

10 Healthy Brain Essentials (Part 2)

10 Resources for Depression


Is there such a thing as a Christian salesman?

“Salesman.”

What springs to mind when you hear that word?

Pressure? Smarmy? Slick? Greedy? Artificial?

“Oh, I want my daughter to be a salesperson!” What no parent has ever said.

Ever heard a sermon that called young people to a life of selling?

But why not? Is selling incompatible with Christian faith? Is “Christian salesman” a contradiction?

Selling by serving
A major pharmaceutical company asked Lisa Erle Mcleod to shadow hundreds of their sales people to find out out what makes the difference between an average salesperson  and a top performer. (Listen to Lisa’s interview on the EntreLeadership Podcast, Selling by Serving).

She didn’t know the sales figures of each salesperson, but after two days with one women, Mcleod was sure she’d found one of the stars. When this woman walked into doctor’s offices, the receptionists stopped what they were doing and ran to get the doctors! Not a common reaction to most drug sales reps!

When they parted at Phoenix airport, Mcleod wanted to get inside her head a bit and asked her: “What do you think about when you go on sales calls.”

The rep looked around the car as if someone else was listening, in a kind of conspiratorial, “I’m going to tell you the big secret right now.”

The Big Secret
“I don’t tell many people this. But I always think of this one patient. When I first started this job, I was in the waiting room, waiting on one of my doctors, and this little old lady comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says: ‘Excuse me, are you the rep that sells this drug?’”

“Yes, Mam, I am.”

“The little old lady turned to me and said: ‘I just want to thank you. Before I started taking this I didn’t have a life. I couldn’t go anywhere. I couldn’t travel. Now I can go and visit my grandchildren, I can get down on the floor and play with them.’”

This high-powered corporate sales rep started crying, “I think about her every day and that’s my purpose.”

Despite being initially focused on lots of other technical data and stats, Macleod was sure she’d stumbled on the magic ingredient. She went back through hundreds of interviews, and found seven reps who all alluded to a sense of purpose.

At the end of the study, the pharmaceutical company asked her to identify the top reps. “These seven,” she said. And she was 100% correct. “And I know your top performer too!” Right again. The Phoenix saleswoman as the company’s top sales rep three years in a row in the entire country.

Noble Purpose
Mcleod’s conclusion was that the way to increase revenue was not so much behavioral – train reps to write better letters, make more phone calls, do better presentations. It was much more about motivation and attitude. Sales people who had a sense of noble purpose, who truly wanted to make a difference for their customers, drove more revenue than sales people that are focused on quota. 

It’s that sense of noble purpose – how can I make a difference to my customers – that can make selling a glorious and God-glorifying Christian vocation.

But that’s equally true of all vocations, including pastoring, preaching, blogging, etc. We can tell when someone is blogging just to increase their page views. We can tell when a pastor is motivated numbers in the pew or dollars in the bank. We can tell when a preacher is just out for his own glory.

But we can also tell when a pastor, a blogger, a sales person, a home-maker, a painter, etc., is motivated by service, is energized by making a beneficial difference to others’ lives. And that’s not only noble. It’s beautiful.

What’s your noble purpose in your daily work?

Selling by Serving, An Entreleadership Podcast.

Selling with Noble Purpose, book by Lisa Erle Mcleod


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50 Years Later and Still Dreaming
Wow! What a post. Let’s dream on. The vision is so, so bright. And here’s Jemar with his eloquent dream.

A new kind of librarian
“Bloggers who do book reviews are a new kind of librarian.” Aimee says that with the decline of physical bookstores, online reviewers are playing an increasingly important role in helping people select books. And Aaron Armstrong has some good advice on book reviewing here.

10 Healthy Brain Essentials
“Many bright and intelligent people put themselves at a disadvantage every day because they make choices that limit the functioning of their brain. The following ten things have been shown to enhance brain functioning and can help anyone live up to their full intellectual potential.”

Why bother with Wisdom?
Colin Adams gives us five reasons to preach from Wisdom literature.

One Hug at a Time
A non-huggy person learns how to hug…and it becomes contagious.

50 Things Replaced by Technology [Infographic]
View this if you want to feel old.