Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most by Charles Moore

I came across a very nice Christmas story, titled, Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most. It is written by Charles Moore.

Here is an Audio Recording of the story. (.m4a file) (On an iPad, you may need to download it.)

The text of the story can be found at:

http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/christmas-readings/christmas-presence

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I know this is a message I need to remember.

Missions Is Worth the Mess

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/missions-is-worth-the-mess

Quotes: 

Because we believe in the “already,” we can more readily and joyfully accept the messiness of the “not yet.”

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The Scriptures tell me that:

  • I have to lose my life in order to find it. (Matthew 16:25)
  • I have to count the cost of serving him. (Luke 14:25–33)
  • Success isn’t always what we think it is, and seed-sewing is just as important as watering and branch-pruning. (1 Corinthians 3:6–9)
  • Pain is temporary, and is nothing compared to glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)
  • God’s word will not return to him void, but always does its work. (Isaiah 55:11)

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I’m thankful to be a member of a healthy church that will remind my family and me of that truth. As Christians, the presence of the body is crucial during times like these.

We need to be hugged, cried with, preached to, and resourced to help us start over again. This is why Christianity is not a journey to be taken alone. 

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We need to be hugged, cried with, preached to, and resourced to help us start over again. This is why Christianity is not a journey to be taken alone. This is why Jesus saves us as part of his bride.
The more the church cares for my family, the deeper the grief we feel for the peoples of the Upper Amazon Basin who still don’t have one. But the more we look into God’s word, the more confidence we have that God’s mission will still be completed, even though we now know that that means that this particular initiative will be completed without us.

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The Already/Not Yet of Missions:

The “already” is there [here], and it’s glorious. The “not yet,” however, is typically much messier. 

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Because we believe in the “already,” we can more readily and joyfully accept the messiness of the “not yet.”

66 Books of the Bible – using symmetry to memorize

I’d like to eventually memorize the names of all 66 books of the Bible.

(Update: I have now memorized the names. Additional mnemonics and memory devices are listed in the PDF below.)

Here’s the structure:

Old Testament: 17 + 5 + 17 (the 5 in the middle being the 5 poetry books)

To break it down further: 5+12 + 5 + 5+12.  The first 5 is the Law/Pentateuch.  The last 5+12 are the Prophets, major (5) and minor (12).

New Testament: After the Gospels and Acts it is 9 + 4 + 9.

9 Pauline letters to churches; 4 Pauline letters to people; 9 other letters (not by Paul)

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Mnemonics (in a PDF)

MemorizingBooksNotes <<click to open PDF (if not fully visible below)

Three Myths about *Finding a Spouse*

I’m not sure where I first heard this, and I can’t find it, so I’m restating it here.

Myths about Finding a Spouse and Marriage

  1. There is a perfect spouse out there for you. (You should look for that perfect spouse.)
  2. Your spouse will fulfill your needs and your married life will be great.
  3. If #1 and #2 don’t work (you must not have picked the perfect spouse), then start over with step #1.

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Good article at http://www.boundless.org/relationships/2009/myths-about-soul-mates

It summarizes the three myths in this statement.

Believing that “the one” is out there, waiting to “complete you,” inevitably leads to discontentment and maybe even divorce.

What I posted on https://www.ideapod.com/idea/The-Sad-Tragic-Truth-About-Our-Relationships/5631886668f605b36187ef32

“The Sad Tragic Truth About Our Relationships” needs to become “The Realistic Truth About Our Relationships.”  Hollywood ‘relationships’ showing two people with faces inches from each other in ecstasy, make good entertainment, but are not the model for a realistic long-term relationship (geez, or even marriage). Once we understand this realistic truth, then perhaps we have a chance (at a lasting relationship).

We need to learn the Power of Commitment and how to have a active, lifelong love relationship (which will have some, but not non-stop, ecstasy).  Part of the power that comes from commitment is, ironically, joy.
This is all (well, at least mostly) learned and not a hormonal (physical) feeling/sensation.

The cool thing is, that one this is learned (the Power of Commitment) then the hormonal/physical feelings can kick in — in a lasting way.

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Scott Stanley’s wrote a book, The Power of Commitment: A Guide to Active, Lifelong Love. I have not read it, but I like the message in the title.