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“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.

The Evidence Doesn’t Lie: The Unborn are Children (this post includes a special note to pastors and church leaders)

handprintLast year I did a phone interview for a film called The Life Project, produced by Verite Studios. Our office recently got an email from Timothy Eaton, the director, in which he wrote:

Pastors know that roughly one out of five women in their congregations have had an abortion.  Many pastors have had abortions in their families.  Many pastors may not have counseled unwed pregnant women strongly enough against aborting their babies.  It is a subject fraught with pain for any congregation.

A Gospel Animation

Do you have five minutes to sit back and listen to a song and watch an animation about the gospel? I’ve listened to it a couple times and it moved me to worship our God of grace.

A Prayer from the First Continental Congress

PrayerIn light of the 112th Congress opening today, here is the prayer that opened the First Continental Congress on September 7, 1774.  May we be encouraged to pray that our leaders will have the same dependence upon God as these men did during very difficult times.

Sustained through Gratitude

Corrie Ten BoomGratitude never comes from avoiding difficulty, but from finding yourself sustained through it. The degree of joy rises to the degree of gratitude, and the level of gratitude corresponds to the level of God’s grace experienced in our suffering. God’s sustaining providence brings relief, even when life becomes unspeakably difficult.

The Word of God Entering a Tribe’s Language in 2010

ScriptureMy friend Tim Challies recently placed a ten minute video on his blog, documenting what happened earlier in 2010: the receiving of the completed translated New Testament by the Kimyal Tribe in Papua, Indonesia.

It’s No Accident You Live in This Time and Place

WalletWhen the following was posted last month on the Desiring God blog, written by Michael Oh, I was very touched by it. Read it, ponder it, pray over it. In case God speaks to your heart about giving, I’ve included a few ministries you may wish to invest in, an investment which will pay off for eternity.

Logos Scholar’s Library, and a 20% Discount at Logos.com

LogosI love the Logos Scholar’s Library. It’s been great for years, and it’s improving  all the time. It’s easy to use, and all the better if you get some training, watch the instructional videos, and take the time to try out features.

Christmas Celebrations and Our Longing for Heaven

ChristmasEnjoy this guest post by writer Ruth Wood, editor of Comfort Café.

The Secret Longings of Christmas

“Bah Humbug!” you say. “I may love Jesus, but you can have these commercial Christmases. And if I hear one more sappy rendition of Frosty the Snowman, I’m going to lose my mind!”

Should We Expect Doctors to Be More Ethical As They Kill Children?

UltrasoundRead this remarkable Associated Press Report, printed last week in the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Then see my comments that follow.

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