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From Jeremiah Burroughs’ Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment,
chapter 11 (“The Excuses of a Discontented Heart”):
Perhaps God sees it is better for you to live in a continual dependence upon him,
and not to know what your condition shall be on the morrow,
than for you to have a more settled condition in terms of the creature…
Joann Sfar, French comic and creator of The Rabbi's Cat. More on him here. This comic appeared on his twitter and instagram accounts, @joannsfar . Credit to James R. White for sharing the image.
I offer this addendum to my call for prayer for the people of France as well as Muslims worldwide. Here is evidence of the great need for Jesus Christ in the world, especially at this time when many will be exhorting their friends and family to "stand strong" and ignore those silly religionists. May the power and mercy of God be known.
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be deceived . . . Wake up from your drunken stupor.
(1 Corinthians 15:32b-34a ESV)
un temps pour pleurer . . . un temps pour se lamenter . . . Ecclésiaste 3: 4
People with no hope, no freedom, no grace, no forgiveness, doing the only thing they know to do: use violence and terror to impose the same brokenness on others. They are brutal and merciless, but what they are not is outlaws. They are following a law, the law of moralism as dictated in their religious and civil code. And according to the system set up to interpret that code, all infidels are to be put to death at the command of the high priest.
One of the most promising adherents of this ruthless interpretation of the code was Saul of Tarsus. Oh, did you think I was talking about other violent terrorists?
Two things to expect from the red cups fiasco.
1. We will see people who love attention and who love manipulating others emerge out of the woodwork. They will come bearing important revelations: viral videos or posts that make preposterous claims about this company's war on Christmas or that celebrity's hatred of Christians based entirely upon superficial, specious or nonexistent evidence.
Twenty years ago, after a two month, long-distance courtship and a three month, long-distance engagement, two rather ordinary people said, "I do."
There were doubters in the room. How could two people who hardly knew one another, who had spent very little time together over just a few months, possibly have any form of a foundation in place to sustain the trials and tribulation of marriage?
Do you know everything about his past?
How do you know he's not a serial killer?
Maybe he squeezes the toothpaste tube in the middle!
An AMBER Alert with a satisfying ending turned up in newsfeeds last week. Photos of an adorable Brooklynne Enix flashed across TV screens and social media, and in particular, in Ohio, a description of the 2-year-old was read on the radio, along with details about her disappearance in Tennessee the day before and the car she may be in.
Steve Adams listened as he drove along in Morrow County and realized the child in the back seat of the car in front of him, waving at him, fit the description, as did the vehicle she was in. He called 9-1-1, kept the vehicle in view until the police pulled it over, and stayed until the little girl was safely taken into care.
"Of the entire experience, Adams said 'God put him in the right place at the right time.' He had a doctors appointment that got rescheduled last Thursday, took a different road, heading toward his father's house, heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and minutes later, saw the missing car in front of him."
How often do we see such satisfying endings in this life? Amidst trauma and sadness, anxiety and distress, it's no wonder we latch on to feel-good stories of dogs rescued, soldiers who overcome severe physical trauma, and strangers who reach out to the lonely and neglected. On some days, when I am feeling particularly discouraged about the world and my doubts fling arrows of distrust against faith in a good, powerful and personal God, I spend way too much time browsing and clicking links to stories and videos about times when things do work out right.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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