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Saturday Selections – August 13, 2022

Fantastic fireflies! (8 min)

Most everyone would say fireflies are super cool, but we really have no idea. God has crafted a creature that has a near 100% efficiency in turning the energy they produce into light. Compare that to an incandescent bulb that might well be just 10% efficient.

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A biblical case for limited government (15-min read)

J.P. Moreland offers up his 7-point argument for why Christians should want, and so far as they are able should promote, limits on government.

Pastor, what are your 30-year goals?

This is directed at pastors, but relevant to us all. It’s said “man makes plans, and God laughs” but that’s not a discouragement to making plans, but to making arrogant plans – it’s in line with what Jesus said about a fellow building his “farming empire” who gave no thought to how God could call him to account that very night (Luke 12:16-21). For God’s people, prayerfully setting off in a deliberate direction is about trying to best use the talents God has given you (Matt. 25:14-30).

On job satisfaction

Some are blessed with many job opportunities, particularly early on in their lives, so if they don’t like what they have, the possibility exists for seeking out something more enjoyable. But what if you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, and there aren’t options for anything better? Tim Bayly offers some insights and encouragement…

5 guidelines for dating without regret

Tim Challies weighs in with some helpful direction…

China’s social credit system (6 min)

A refugee from China warns us of the oppressive government monitoring system he fled. What he describes happening there is not simply technologically possible here, but is becoming ideologically so, as more and more are demanding government manage ever-increasing portions of their lives.


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Saturday Selections - August 6, 2022

The Great Escape? (8 min) Might God be using technological innovations to grant His people freedom from government tyranny? That's not quite how this fellow puts it, but that is the interesting possibility he's presenting. While this is a libertarian, rather than Christian perspective, we share in common with libertarians the understanding that Man is limited and fallible. That gives us both every reason to oppose centralized government proposals, predicated as they are on those at the top having near-omniscient powers to know what's best for everyone else. Christians know world leaders aren't God, and don't have His omniscience, and thus they shouldn't put themselves in a position that requires them to be god-like. To that insight, Christians can add our awareness of Man's sinful nature, and Lord Acton's adage that power corrupts. So, like this libertarian, we should want government powers to be limited. 5 things you might not know about Eve Did you know that Eve wasn't her real name? Only the rich can "afford" to be godless It's no secret that certain Christian values, like stable marriage, sex within marriage, and abstaining from drug abuse, "strongly correspond to long term success." So why do so many of the richest hold to more "progressive" views on marriage and sex? It might be, because they can afford to. They can use their money to pay the price for their unwise lifestyles. But for the millions of others who admire and imitate them, they are not able to afford these "luxury beliefs." When are you really dead? Though this seems a Roman Catholic writer, he brings insight to an issue that is of growing importance "as doctors’ ability to transplant organs grows." Do we die when our heart stops, or when our brain function seizes? This article doesn't raise the issue of euthanasia, but in the context of transplants, the importance of knowing when a person dies becomes all the more important in a society that has no ethical objection to killing patients. Deut 22:5 is a help to confused Christians  Genesis 1:27 should have been enough, with God declaring that He "assigns" our gender, and no one else. But to His Church, knowing how easily we are influenced by the world, He has also given us Deut 22:5. Everybody loves Jesus until they understand who He really is (1 minute) When the Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses come knocking the way to get to the heart of it is to ask them what they think about Jesus. ...


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