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Honeybees trained in Croatia to find landmines
Don’t tell the TSA.

Ask RC: Should Christians obey Old Testament law?
“Not only do I not understand why someone would feel the need to toss one use of the law (telling us what God requires of us) in order to protect a second use (showing us our need for Christ) but I don’t see how one can even be preserved without the other.”

5 Awesome Ways Evernote Makes a Pastor’s Life Easier
I agree, Evernote is a fantastic App.

If King Solomon gave a Commencement Address
“Solomon had all the attributes we look for in a commencement speaker. He wasfabulously wealthy, accomplished (his biography as well as three of his written works are included in the best-selling book of all time), worldly-wise (“I have seen everything that is done under the sun. . .”), and able to provide suitably aphoristic advice for young people (he even wrote a wildly popular advice book).”

Gospel-centered University
With ”Professor” David Moser ; )

Public Responses to Allegations of Wrongdoing by Your Friends
Excellent advice from someone who’s clearly felt the pain of victims and their families.

Advice to Christians and Churches involved in the Boy Scouts
Rick Phillips with wise words.

Children’s 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 year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Jason Henry, a missionary in Mongolia, has very kindly collated and produced the second year of morning and evening readings 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.

Apple Worship?

The world is the theater of God’s glory. But it’s not just beautiful natural landscapes that motivate our worship, but beautiful work as well, even when done by unbelievers.

Who can look at an apple and not worship God? Who can look at an Apple and not worship God?

Yes, the simplest natural product and the most sophisticated digital product both provoke and promote worship. As we’re more used to the idea of nature inciting us to worship God, let me give you five ways technology can help us to worship Him:

  • Technology makes us worship God’s wisdom: It’s God’s mind that conceived of silicon, radio waves, fiber-optics, light, electricity, magnetism, space travel, rocket fuel, etc.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s creativity: Behind every good invention and ingenious design is The Inventor and The Designer.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s goodness: How thankful we should be that we are living in an age of such life-saving and life-enhancing technology.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s power: It’s mind-blowing to think of the amount of energy that technology uses every day – hundreds of billions of kilowatts – and yet that’s just a little part of God’s great power.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s patience: What incredible patience and longsuffering that sees such good gifts taken, abused and turned against the Creator and His creatures, and yet He still spares us and our world.

Wherever we turn – the workshop, the operating theater, the garage, the studio, etc., we gaze on the glory of God’s attributes in the daily work of His creatures and what they create.

Are you a Maximizer or Satisficer?

You’d think that with our increased mobility and online shopping increasing our buying options, consumers would be much more grateful for their purchases. Instead, the excessive range of choices is making it harder and harder for people to find pleasure in their purchases. The reasons for this are:

  • The abundance of choice escalates our expectations of what we buy.
  • We feel sure that there’s some better deal out there that we didn’t discover.
  • If something we buy is not perfect, we ruminate on all the advantages of the alternatives.
  • We anticipate the regret that we’ll experience when we will see the same thing in a few weeks at a lower price

Psychologists such as Jessica Colman call such agitated consumers “Maximizers.” They “strive to make the absolute best decision, ‘I must find the perfect…’ They are always looking for the next best thing, and spend a great deal of time and energy making choices. Maximizers also tend to have more depression, regret, and anxiety.” Maximizers maximize the deal but minimize satisfaction in it.

In contrast, “Satisficers” maximize satisfaction. They don’t strive for the best possible deal but can accept something as “good enough.”

While someone who maximizes might obtain an objectively better outcome, they will be subjectively worse off, and less satisfied with their choice. By embracing and appreciating satisficing, and attempting to intentionally cultivate it, people have less regret and more peace of mind.

Practical Tips
To become a better “satisficer” Julia Colman recommends:

  • Setting deadlines for decisions.
  • Limiting the number of shops or websites you will research.
  • Making decisions non-reversible.
  • Focusing on the good elements of the decision.
  • Accepting a degree of buyer’s remorse.
  • Limiting comparison with others.

Just like yesterday, some helpful practical tips to help us learn “in whatever state I am, to be content,” (Phil 4:11) and “in every thing to give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:18).

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How does a church decide what to pay a pastor?
“There are often several factors considered: (1) full-time vs. part time, (2) level of education, (3) location of church in the country, i.e. local economy, (4) average income of the membership, (5) level of responsibility, (6) cost of replacement of personnel.”

R.C.Sproul’s Crucial Question’s eBooks now Free
Here’s a great college preparation course for teens. Good for the rest of us too.

An Open Letter to the Church of Scotland
Which has just said that everyone should drive on the right side of the road…unless someone wants to drive on the left side. Or something like that.

SAP in Autism Recruitment Drive
German software company SAP says it hopes to recruit hundreds of people with autism, saying they have a unique talent for information technology….SAP executive Luisa Delgado said the company believed that “innovation comes from the edges”. She added: “Only by employing people who think differently and spark innovation will SAP be prepared to handle the challenges of the 21st Century.”

How far can we go?
“How far can we go… and still be seen to obey the law?” This is the Pharisaic question that is asked by every teenager at the youth group ‘Sex and Relationships’ talk. It is not a Christian question. The Christian asks, “How far can we go… in applying the good law of God in our lives?”

The Songs of the Son Seeing
Nick Batzig helps us to see Christ in the Psalms.