Weekend Picks ~ 4-7-2017

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

This seems like an appropriate prayer for today…

Perfect Peace in a Perfectly Peace-less WorldScotty Smith
Image result for peaceMost kind and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, conflict-empty life. You offer us no formulas for decreasing the probability of upsetting things happening around us or disillusioning things happening to us. But you have promised something that transcends chaos and fear, wars in our world and wars in our hearts.

You’ve promised to give us your peace, no matter what’s going on…


Lay Aside the Weight of PassivityJon Bloom
So, the Holy Spirit speaking in 2 Timothy 2:3–7 wants us to have a soldier’s mind-set, which is very different from a civilian’s. A soldier expects to suffer the rigors and dangers of war; a civilian does not.

The Spirit wants us to have an athlete’s mind-set, which is very different from a spectator’s. “Every athlete [expects to exercise] self-control in all things” in order to win the prize; a spectator does not (1 Corinthians 9:25).

And the Spirit wants us to have a farmer’s mind-set, which is very different from an average customer’s. A farmer expects to work hard for long hours, over long months, in all kinds of weather, to realize a harvest; a customer does not.

Civilians are passive during war; spectators are passive during competition; an average customer is passive during the growing season. As Christians, we are not called to easy passivity, but to rigorous activity.


There’s an important balance to be maintained here…

Being Professional in MinistryNicholas T. Batzig
John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is one of the books that pastors in the Western world would do well to read annually. In that work, Piper puts his finger on the gaping wound of a corporate mindset that has plagued the church in North America for far too long…

Nevertheless, I have often thought that a complementary volume–bearing the title, Brothers, We Could Be a Little More Professional–might be in order for some. After all, there is proper use of the word professional (i.e. “to exercise mature competency and skillfulness in one’s vocation”) that should characterize the lives, preaching and pastoral care of ministers. All ministers should seek to be as professional as possible in those things in which God has called them. Here are a few areas that I have in mind…


This is a crucial insight for church leaders…

The Danger of RestlessnessDan Reiland
Leaders in very large churches tend to be driven and get restless when the church isn’t growing as fast as experienced in recent years or even just months…

This restlessness causes high capacity driven leaders to divert their primary and creative energies from core activities to launch new endeavors within their churches…

The irony is that this investment of leadership energy is often the very thing that slows or prevents the primary mission, to reach more people for Christ and help them mature in their faith.

The better investment of leadership energy is to dig deep into the basics and stay focused there.


Speaking of being professional, would you want this job? Mike Rowe should feature this one on his show

It Was Once Someone’s Job to Chat With the King While He Used the ToiletNatalie Zarrelli
King William III and his mid-17th century "close stool," which is on display at Hampton Court.In the 1500s, the King of England’s toilet was luxurious: a velvet-cushioned, portable seat called a close-stool, below which sat a pewter chamber pot enclosed in a wooden box. Even the king had one duty that needed attending to every day, of course, but you can bet he wasn’t going to do it on his own. From the 1500s into the 1700s, British kings appointed lucky nobles the strangely prestigious chance to perform the king’s most private task of the day, as the Groom of the Stool.


Moms know best…
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