Happy Monday

The weekend is over.  You’ve been in church all weekend and/or watched too much football.  The fridge is full of left-overs.  Monday morning means back to the grindstone for many, so here is some encouragement to help push you along.  God looked at what he had made and declared that it was good; that includes Monday!

I am a big fan of the Our Daily Bread devotional from RBC Ministries.  I have them e-mailed just in case I get too busy one morning or else forget to look at it.  Check out this little gem, which seems to oddly correspond to the beginning of football season:

I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. —Nehemiah 1:4

I loved Malcom’s prayer at church the other day. Only 7 years old, he stood in front of 100 other kids and prayed: “Jesus, thank You that some of us get to play football and go to church, and for safety on the ride here, and for forgiveness of our sins, and for eternal life. We love You, Jesus. Please don’t ever forget how much we love You!”    Continue reading at Our Daily Bread.   Continue reading

The Read and Share File

Another busy week for me, resulting in a rather thin Read & Share File.

Have you ever thought about what we can learn from Barabbas?  Michael McKinley has: The Gospel of Barabbas at 9Marks.

Never allow the extraordinary to be thought of as ordinary, Bill Crowder reminds us at Our Daily Bread.

Jesus Is Not Our Boyfriend, an observation made by James Pruch while listening to Contemporary Christian Music.

Tall Skinny Kiwi is back to blogging, recently returning from Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany.  Catch up and see what’s he’s doing next.

Just a reminder: what used to be My Other Blog is now SMILE :- D God Loves You. It might be just what you need to make it through the day; like 5 Hour Energy without the annoying $4 price tag.

The graphic below and many others available from Tim Challies.  see http://www.challies.com/resources/visual-theology-to-the-glory-of-god for more.

The Read and Share File

Let me begin Read and Share File #4 with a couple of site recommendations.  

I got a request a few months ago to write on the side for the Christian Post.  I’m busy enough doing my own stuff, and honestly did not feel well enough informed to offer a significant contribution.  I have been reading Christian Post on a regular basis, however, and find it an excellent source of current events relating to Christian culture.  You can always find them in the blog roll.

I begin each day listening to Our Daily Bread.  They are in the blog roll under “Useful Links” but I just wanted to say again how this short devotion, along with my first cup of coffee, help me get on the good foot.

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

On Saturday (March 10) Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury will meet together for prayer.  Some are looking for the two leaders to find common ground and possibly resolve tensions between Anglicans and the RCC.  Read the full story at the Christian Post.

Sexual Sin in the Ministry, written by Harry Schaumburg at Desiring God.  Less about pornography and sexual sins than about the real problem, dealing with the mind and heart.

The 9Marks blog has a post on The Beauty of Conversion.

And finally in the news of the bizarre category: Lithuania may build the suicide roller coaster.  Several European countries have legal euthanasia, but this ride is designed to give one last thrill… before it kills you.

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional magazine and the signature product of RBC Ministries.  A few years ago I was a daily reader.  I will skip all the details, but it’s suffice to say that it’s been a while.  I’ve thought about subscribing again a couple of times.  Just a few minutes ago I searched Google for Our Daily Bread and was pleasantly surprised.

At odb.org you can read the text of each devotion, or click the player to hear the mp3.  Our Daily Bread is still available in print format, or you can subscribe to email or RSS feeds.  They are also on iTunes and I just liked their Facebook page.  As a fan of social media and a blogger, I don’t know why it never occurred to me that Our Daily Bread would have made the update to the Information Age.

This daily devotion can be read in under five minutes, but I found it a great way to put myself in the right frame of mind to face the day.  I’ve also packed it in my lunch and took just a few minutes in the middle of the day to recenter.  These are not the hard sayings of Jesus and there will not be any emotionally charged reviews of Mark Driscoll’s new book on sex.  It’s a few minutes in God’s word and a little bit of encouragement each day.  And I’m looking forward to it.