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An Olympic Sized Question: Do Christians in China Still Suffer Persecution?

China OlympicsThe protests of China as host of the Olympics come from a wide variety of people from many countries, on a variety of issues, ranging from Tibet to supplying arms to the corrupt government of Sudan in its genocidal war on Darfur (see previous post), to religious liberty.

 

“Openness” and “In Prayer” from Valley of Vision

ValleyNanci and I often read The Valley of Vision, or listen to it (Max Maclean does an excellent audio version).  These are brief and profound Puritan prayers. We find them powerful and penetrating, prompting us to pray in ways that this culture, and even most of our church cultures, don’t prompt us toward. Here are two out of the many I’ve appreciated.

Opera at Macy’s

Someone sent Nanci and me a link to this video, and we loved it. May our hearts be drawn to the Christ of the Christmas season, who is the Christ of all seasons.

Oregon’s Natural Beauty Reflects Its Creator’s Magnificence

Oregon, Mt Hood / photo credit: bretvogel via photopin ccI was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Gresham, Oregon, where I live today. I think the rugged beauty of Oregon's coastline (where I've gone often on vacation, to speak and to write), and the rural green trees and hillsides that have always surrounded me have made me alert to the beauty of God's creation.

The beautiful 4-minute time lapse video in this blog uses footage shot in Oregon.

Orphanages Can Be Used Greatly by God

My friend Doug Nichols, founder and international director emeritus of ACTION International Ministries, wrote this article about the importance of orphanages, and why we can't just leave street children on the street. He writes:

It is very discouraging to read articles which are basically negative in regards to caring for orphans and street children in orphanages. Of course, a loving home is better than an orphanage, but does that mean we should give up on orphanages altogether? We do realize that there are some unacceptable orphanages in the world, but creating more loving, God-centered orphanages could bring glory to ...

Os Guinness on the Vocation of a Man’s Life

Os GuinnessI’m continuing to post videos this week for The Game Plan for Life Volume 2 study. (See my blog post from Monday for more about the study.) Today’s video is from Os Guinness, author of the chapter on vocation in The Game Plan for Life.

Oswald Chambers: You Are Not Your Own

Oswald ChambersI appreciated this writing by Oswald Chambers, a Scottish minister and teacher whose teachings were compiled in the classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Our Call to Care for Orphans

True, not every family is called to adopt or to provide foster care. But should the people of God as a whole be challenged to get involved and support other people in the body of Christ who are? I would say they absolutely should support not only those in their own church who wish to adopt or foster, but also those in other churches and other places.

Our Perspective and God’s Perspective

Mountain viewPrayerful examination of the deep questions of God’s sovereignty and our choices ought to humble us, especially when it seems mysterious and we can’t see how everything fits together.

Overcoming Temptation by Looking Past It—and Looking Up

Overcoming Temptation / Road at Sunset / photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin ccTemptations always look good—otherwise they wouldn't be temptations. In this video from Desiring God, Ben Stuart offers advice for overcoming temptation: looking down stream to anticipate where the temptation leads, and looking upstream to God.

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