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Bill Gates: My Plan to Fix the World’s Biggest Problems
Nothing a tape measure, calculator, and spreadsheet won’t fix.

Revolution hits the Universities
I share Friedman’s excitement. And from the Harvard Business Review, Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Education

Another “Last Lecture”
Not quite, but here is the Natasha Turner’s chapel address to Southern Christian High School in Michigan. Natasha, a guidance counselor at the school, died last Friday after a 6-year battle with cancer. The first part of the posting is her obituary, but if you scroll down a bit, there’s a transcript of a chapel message she gave in September last year. It’s such a powerful presentation of the gospel in affliction.

Brooks, Baseball, and Battles among believers
“Perhaps it is not the Puritans with their endlessly annotated outlines but we, with our theological soundbites and snippets, who have unnecessarily complicated Christianity.  Perhaps the Puritans, for all their fastidiousness, show us a simpler and more Christ-centered way.”

Best Commentaries on Matthew
Also check the comments for further recommendations.

Business as Ministry
Good to see more Christians writing on this neglected subject.

“If that’s Christianity, you can keep it!”

If you ask most people why they don’t go to church, or why they don’t want to become Christians, one of the most common answers is, “Christians are a bunch of hypocrites!”

Those who have left the church often give the same answer. Both groups have encountered Christians, experienced their inconsistencies, and decided, “If that’s Christianity, you can keep it.”

Even those of us who remain in the church are often deeply disappointed and discouraged by the failings and double standards of some fellow-Christians. Of course, some are Christians only in name, but not in reality. However, even the best Christians have blind spots and inconsistencies that baffle and upset us.

Fallen angels
We might not see them at the beginning when we are first converted. In the first bloom of Christian love, we might even think that some Christians and preachers belong to angelic ranks. But, before too long, our initial impressions are discovered to be initial illusions and we might even wonder if it’s the fallen angels we’ve fallen in with!

Sometimes we too are tempted to give up and withdraw from our churches in angry disgust, but usually we just keep going along, inwardly seething or perhaps loudly criticizing the failings of others.

Satanic strategy
At the root of this disillusionment is the successful satanic strategy of turning our attention away from Christ and towards Christians. The more the devil can keep people thinking and talking about Christians, the less people will be thinking and talking about Jesus. And the more people think and talk about Christians instead of Christ, the more dismayed and downcast we will become. When negatives outweigh positives, there’s only one way to go, and that’s down.

I’ve certainly fallen into this soul-sapping habit at various points in my life, and I’m sure most of us succumb to it to some degree or another. Tomorrow I want to outline strategies that will shift our attention away from the double-standards and the no-standards of some Christians, and to lift our eyes and hearts upwards to the soul-elevating Christ.

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Confessions of a new Mom’s Devotional Life
If you’re a new Mom you’ll be encouraged. If you’re an expectant Mom you’ll be prepared. If you’re neither, you’ll be more prayerful and supportive for those who are.

13 Reasons Christians Don’t Need to Fear
So needed! Thank you.

Pastor, how are you on Facebook so much?
You may not have said it. But have you thought it? Ron Edmondson explains his social media strategy with four words.

A Christian walks into Barnes & Noble
Tony Reinke shares a superb quote from Herman Bavinck. This could change the whole way you look at the world.

Conquering the lonely grave
Mike Leake writes a moving Christ-centered post about his encounter with depression.

When the elders say No
Paul Levy’s takeaway from a remarkable and rare incident: “I’ve said it many times but we all need people who can get in our face and say no. The longer a man is in a pastorate the harder that is going to be. The need for us all to realise we are accountable men, to God and to others is absolutely vital. We must keep our best men in the local church, preaching, teaching, leading sessions, being tied to one local body of believers. There’s no work like the work of the Church.”

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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.