My Picks for Tuesday 7-5-2016

Picks Tuesday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Juno’s Triumphant NightAdrienne LaFrance
“We just did the hardest thing NASA’s ever done,” Rick Nybakken, Juno’s project manager, could be heard telling his colleagues amid cheers in the moments after the spacecraft completed its task…

…Even before tonight, however, Juno had already made history. It is the fastest human-made object ever built; at a speed of 165,000 miles per hour, it’s five times faster than New Horizons, seven times faster than Apollo 11, and 122 times faster than the Concorde. In January, Juno broke the record to become humanity’s most distant solar-powered envoy.

You may also find this recording fascinating. I did! This was recorded as Juno passed out of the Sun’s magnetic field and into Jupiter’s…


Christians Who Feel Marginalized Should “Go Local”
Trevin Wax
Main_Street_Bldg_Chesterton_IN_2012Christians must not withdraw from politics but redirect their energy toward local communities. It’s a shift away from Washington, D.C. toward your neighborhood, city, and state.

“Focusing on your own near-at-hand community does not involve a withdrawal from contemporary America, but an increased attentiveness to it.” (178)

Levin is on to something here. How many of us are so focused on national elections and the 24-hour cable news talking heads that we fail to notice what is going on right around us? Surely “loving our neighbors” should mean our actual neighbors, not just following the latest developments within the Beltway.

Levin does not encourage retreat or withdrawal. Instead, he urges Christians to fight for the heart and soul of America on another front.

The goal is to reengage our local communities and strengthen our local churches so that both become quietly subversive – strong enough to withstand the hostility from the common culture that no longer shares the same values.


The Love Of Christ For Spiritual LosersMark Altrogge
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When you join a church, you aren’t joining a group of perfect saints. You’re joining a bunch of spiritual losers who are now new creations in Christ, whom Jesus is making into his own likeness more and more each day. But none of us have arrived yet. We are all at different places. Some of us are immature. Some of us are pretty weak. Some of us have real struggles in overcoming sin. Some of us don’t see our sin. Some of us have followed Jesus for years; others barely know what that means.

When you join a church, you aren’t joining a group of people with similar personalities, interests, or convictions. Some of us are outgoing; others are introverts. We have different takes on how to educate our kids. In other words, you are joining a group of people who are different than you. And though you may think you are lovable, you won’t find everyone in the church easy to love. But Jesus commands us to love one another, as he loved us and gave himself up for us. This doesn’t mean we just TOLERATE each other, we are to ACTIVELY LOVE one another, and have a BROTHERLY AFFECTION for each other – the affection of Christ Jesus.


Catch Phrases Heard On the Way to the Finish Line
Ron Edmondson
Runner feet running on road closeup on shoe. woman fitness sunriI’ve never met a runner, who crossed the finish line, who didn’t receive the thrill of victory – even if it was only after they threw up in a trashcan nearby.

The completion of a dream – a goal – a challenge – feels great after crossing the finish line.

Have you been ready to give up a dream?

Are you fearing the next steps?

Do you feel in over your head?

Are you afraid? In pain? Having to stretch yourself simply to keep going?

Often you simply need a little motivation – a little push. I’ve experienced one brief prayer give me the strength to keep going. Whatever it takes – don’t quit too soon! You don’t want to miss the thrill of crossing the finish line. No one can take that thrill away from you.


Consider ReconsideringSeth Godin

Is there any other form of freedom that comes at such a low cost?

The freedom to change a habit, to change your mind, to change your expectations.

It takes guts and humility to change your mind. Fortunately, you have the freedom and the courage to do so.


A Trump University graduate at work…

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Click image for a larger view. Source: Non Sequitur

 

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