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Having made you aware of all the books I read in 2019, I thought I would also share with you a few of the books which caught me by surprise. It’s not that I expect to read bad books; in fact, I do all in my power to not read bad books. Nevertheless, the books I’m going to mention were either unheralded or unheard of (to me) and thus
First posted January 17, 2009:Football is a game of territory, of field position. So much preparation and planning focuses on the lines. Running plays, pass routes, defensive drops. They all take the lines on the field and the distances they demarcate as crucial to successful performance. And we all should know the games are won and lost on THE
Another years has flown by and in its wake are a fewer books read than I had hoped but a good pile of books nonetheless. At the beginning of each year for 10 years I have blogged about the reading I did the previous year. You can read those other posts
First posted January 13, 2009:I get the opportunity to do a fair bit of motivational speaking. I feel privileged to use the platform I have to try and share something positive with other people. Jerry Bridges shares some interesting things about motivation in his book The Pursuit of Holiness. In the chapter Holiness and Our Wills Bridges has

TBT@ITT: The Pursuit of Holiness

First posted January 11, 2009:I am currently reading The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. When people talk about "classics" in Christian living, this book is often mentioned. Though only a third of the way through this book, I'd thought I'd share from gleanings from an outstanding chapter. Even in "classic" books, sometimes a particular

Christmas Means a Little Bit More

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?It came without ribbons. It came without tags.It came without packages, boxes or bags.And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't
First posted January 3, 2009: Here is a verse most of you will be familiar with: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV) From his chapter entitled The Christian's Assurance in his book Comfort For Christians, Pink writes: "All things work together." The

Initiation. Consummation. Anticipation

Our Christmas sermon series this year is entitled Anticipation: Expectation, Hope, and Christmas. It is looking at Christmas through the lens of anticipation. Anticipation is defined as a state of expectancy and hope. The motto for the series, which I have already received a fair amount of ribbing for, is: Christmas is the initiation of the
Originally posted January 6, 2009: 1 Corinthians 4:7 - For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? Those are 3 good questions to start the day off with. Who sees anything different in you? There is a sense in which we are unique,