Tuesday Picks ~ 2-7-2017

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

Maybe you need this today…

Encouragement for Discouraged PastorsJay Sanders
encouragement thumbs upEncouragement. It sometimes seems ministry is all discouragement and no encouragement. Darkness falls on pastors of large churches with tremendous influence as well as pastors of small, rural churches that are just struggling to keep the doors open. Devotion, faithfulness and obedience are wonderful things but they do not grant immunity from hard times. Discouragement is inevitable, continually living in it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few practical steps you can take that may help you see the light of encouragement at the end of the tunnel…

I think he is absolutely correct…

3 Reasons Your Worry Problem Might Be a Worship ProblemMichael Kelley
I want to be careful in what I say next because I truly believe that there is a significant different between someone who finds themselves being anxious, and someone who has a diagnosable condition of anxiety. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing, and can and should be used in cases of the latter. But…

If worship and worry originate in the heart, and if they then both reveal what we value, then perhaps one of the ways we combat worry is through worship. More specifically, it is through asking the very simple question when we find ourselves in the throws of anxiety:

What am I worshipping right now?

A little something for all you hip-hop theology nerds.
Could this could be the next

The Council of Nicea Rap BattleMichael F. BirdAlexander:
I’m in a dog fight with Eusebius of Nicomedia
It’s like scuffing with a guy who’s a walking encyclopedia
I can’t take him on, I can’t do it alone
C’mon peeps throw this poor doggy a bone

[Athanasius approaches and interrupts]

Excuse me sir, I couldn’t help but over hear
I have some suggestions and a couple of ideas

Sorry son but I’m a very busy man

But boss I believe that I can lend you a hand

Who are you son, exactly who is speaking?

My name is Athanasius, and I’m your deacon.

Okay son, you can have a minute of my time

I can prove that the son is totes divine

That’s easy son, but you need to go farther
And prove he’s divine in the same way as the Father

Boss, I have arguments that are totally sound,
even Eusebius himself can’t confound,
get comfy bish while I break it all down…

Spoiler alert…
Wrong Hands – Click image for a larger view.

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