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Phil Vischer’s “What's in the Bible?” DVDs

What's in the  Bible?While on a recent family vacation I pulled out an advance DVD of the first episodes of Phil Vischer’s “What’s in the Bible” (whatsinthebible.com). I asked my five-year-old grandson Matthew Franklin if he wanted to watch something by the guy who created VeggieTales. Of course he did. So we watched it together, and watched it again the next day and the next, bonus features and all, until the day we had to leave. Matthew is now a devoted fan of Buck Denver and the other characters who are part of this new series which I believe has great potential.

Planned Neglect: Saying No to Good Things So We Can Say Yes to the Best

scalesI've recently been overwhelmed with seemingly endless opportunities to do good things. I've been weighing what to say yes to and what to say no to. Seems like every year of my life I have to say no to more good things.

 

Planned Parenthood Accepts Funds to Abort Black Children

I've become aware of something that has to be heard to be believed: actual recordings of an actor calling various Planned Parenthood offices, pretending to want to donate money exclusively to abort black babies. Prepared to be blown away by the responses you hear. (After you listen you may want to read on to see how this fits with the history of Planned Parenthood and the beliefs of its founder Margaret Sanger.)

Planned Parenthood's Self-Description, and Unwanted Children

Planned ParenthoodA friend of ours was recently job hunting and came across an advertised opening at Planned Parenthood. Though she wasn't interested in the job there, she was interested in the terminology used in Planned Parenthood's self-description that follows

Planning Your New Year and Making God’s Word a Priority

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Colossians 3:16) / Planning Your Year and Time in God's WordLooking to make a New Year’s resolution? A great place to start is with what Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Holy habits such as meditation, prayer, and church should be determined commitments. Our choices show what we value most: TV, internet, sports, hobbies or God’s Word? “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

A Playful Dog and an Uncooperative Stranger

In this video, a playful dog wants a stranger to throw him his stick. But the stranger won’t cooperate.

The Poison of Ingratitude

One Thousand GiftsI’ve mentioned before my appreciation for Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. This passage from her book was one of many that stuck out to me.

 

Pondering God’s Giving Heart This Christmas

Christmas giftOne of the things I love most about Christmas is that it’s all about giving—with the ultimate gifts being Christ’s incarnation and His atonement. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

 

Popularity vs. Pleasing God

Pleasing ChristIn Galatians 1:10 Paul says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Paul makes it clear that God is the One we’re supposed to please.

The Power of Brief Words of Encouragement

Patty familyAwhile back I ran across this blog post from one of our friends, Kristi Patty. I’m so proud of Kristyiand Josh and their amazing family, who God has used in wonderful ways. I am humbled that God used me in some small way in their lives, and I’m aware of how God has used the words of many others in my life.

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