>Fearfully and Wonderfully Wired!

>“Presented with a word’s image on the retina, average readers of English can, within a few 10ths of a second, match it with one of 50,000 or more words stored in their mental dictionaries, comprehend its meaning in context and proceed seamlessly to the next word.”

Susan Okie, in her review of Reading in the Brain,by Stanislas Dehaene (Viking, 2009) published in The Washington Post, Sunday Nov. 29, 2009, page B6.

>What is the Good News?

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Just a reminder:

“The good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in His image to know Him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him.

In His great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in Him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted.

He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness.

If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.”

Mark Dever, “The Gospel & Personal Evangelism”
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>Alphabetical Thanksgiving

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Sometimes, while riding the bike or jogging, I just run through the alphabet thanking the Lord for things or people…surely not a sanctified thing, but just an exercise that helps me to “in everything give thanks…” Thought I’d close out the thanksgiving holiday by typing:
A – Aaron Dolan; an old-school Youth For Christ club sponsor and bus driver who has been used of God to introduce hundreds to the Savior. Aaron now resides in the Cameron, Mo Veteran’s home
B – My brother, Bob, who is still outside the family of God, but being prayed for!
C – Chinese food!
D – Duty. A simple, but loaded word. Sometimes I do things out of duty, and that is okay.
E – Enthusiasm. Or, better, enthusiastic people that are contagious.
F – Faith. I’ll let wise theologians argue about faith; I’m simply thankful the Lord has given me a measure.
G – God in His Triune Being; truly awe – some
H – Howard Hendricks; an author who continues to impact me
I – Ice, to crunch.
J – Jesus, Jane, Josiah, Joel, Janelle, Jacob
K – Knowledge…though I have not much, I desire to “grow in the grace AND knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
L – Love…in both noun and verb form
M – Marsupials
N – Non-negotiables. Thankful God has given me some…and that they are so few in comparison to most people
O – Oxymorons
P – Priorities, and the desire to discern proper, Biblical priorities as opposed to trendy “Christian” priorities; both in positive and negative sense
Q – Quizzing, as in Bible quizzing. After three decades of watching teenagers participate, still incredibly impressed by both the competition and the ministry
R – Reading, the ability and desire to so do in a wide variety of subjects
S – Salvation, and the increasingly firm conviction that, in its entirety, “salvation is of the Lord”
T – Truth…that, contrary to cultural “thinking,” there is such a thing; and that it trumps trendy “Christianity”
U – Utility infielders…and the reminder that I desire to be a “utility Christian”
V – Vision. Even when it’s cloudy; physically (since my July eye injury) or cloudy as related to the future (as in now)
W – The opportunity to “Wait on the Lord,” both as in “waiting” for a period of time, and “waiting” as in serving
X – X-rays; and the reminder that only God knows the intentions of the hearts
Y – youthful thinking, and that it is not only for young people
Z – Zoos – just to be reminded at the awesome work of the Creator

>Thankful Thanksgiving Thanks

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Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
–Psalm 100

>Parenting Particulars

>This remains challenging, convicting, and comforting, from RUTH”S blog

10 Things To Remember When Your Child Is Disobedient

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Here are 10 Things I had to remind myself today when the job of correcting my children felt especially difficult…

1. You disobey the Lord…and He is the perfect Father.

2. His kindness leads us to repentance.

3. God disciplines those He loves.

4. Your child’s disobedience does not measure your value any more than his obedience showcases your achievement.

5. Your child’s disobedience teaches you dependence on God.

6. And sometimes it’s more than dependence He’s after, it’s complete desperation for Him.

7. Your child is clearly a sinner, and needs to hear the truth of the Gospel, and see it lived out through you.

8. Times of correction serve to remind, or establish within your child, his own sense of need for a Savior.

9. It’s not good behavior you really desire…you want his heart.

10. Your child is a person, not a project.

>Handling Criticism

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Carl Trueman’s thoughts on how Christian’s should respond if they are criticized or defamed (specifically on the web):

The answer is simple: for myself, I do not believe that it is appropriate that I spend my time defending my name. My name is nothing—who really cares about it? And I am not called to waste precious hours and energy in fighting off every person with a laptop who wants to have a pop at me. As a Christian, I am not meant to engage in self-justification any more than self-promotion; I am called rather to defend the name of Christ; and, to be honest, I have yet to see a criticism of me, true or untrue, to which I could justifiably respond on the grounds that it was Christ’s honour, and not simply my ego, which was being damaged. I am called to spend my time in being a husband, a father, a minister in my denomination, a member of my church, a good friend to those around me, and a conscientious employee. These things, these people, these locations and contexts, are to shape my priorities and my allocation of time. Hitting back in anger at those who, justly or unjustly, do not like me and for some reason think the world needs to know what they think of me is no part of my God-given vocation. God will look after my reputation if needs be; He has given me other work to do.

>Was Our Lord Just Having Fun?

>Colossians1.16 declares, “For by Him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him.”

Pictured is a transparent sea cucumber captured 1.7 miles beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Yikes?

Jesus created this? Yup. Why? Beats me. But I wonder if He had a grin as He molded this together….