Showing posts from April, 2013

Miscellaneous Sightings from the Web -- April 29, 2013

National Day of Prayer -- Thursday, May 2
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One Lane Bridge by Don Reid -- Free on Kindle for a limited time!
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Antidote to Poison
I was haunted by failure to the edge of suicide—and then came life.
Ravi Zacharias' testimony 

The book Ravi Zacharias mentions in his testimony that he still has:
St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans by W. H. Griffith Thomas

League of Church Members Extraordinary by Joe McKeever
Great ide…

RC Sproul, Jr. Demonstrates that It's Okay to Be Sad When Mourning Loss (Even Over Time)

The story behind this post:
He lost his wife to cancer and his daughter with disabilities less than a year apart.

His wife Denise died of cancer on Dec. 18, 2011.  
Daughter Shannon died October 3, 2012 at the age of 15.  She was born with a condition called Lissencephaly, a condition that left her disabled.  Lissencephaly, literally meaning smooth brain, is a rare birth abnormality of the brain that results in profound mental retardation and severe seizures.

R.C. Sproul, Jr. Demonstrates that It's Okay to Be Sad When Mourning Loss

It's okay to be sad and lonesome months and even years after your loved one's passing.  This is what a fellow traveler in that pain had to say.  It's from someone who believes in God's sovereignty and His purposes even in our earthly struggles.

It’s the Little Things; OK, It’s the Big Things Too  from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 27, 2013

Joni Earekson Tada's program featured Shannon and the family.

When Disability Hits Home — Shannon Sproul f…

The Power of a Grandmother

As I was surfing the net this morning I came across this lovely story:  Granny's $8 Gift To Cash-Strapped Granddaughter Goes Viral

It provoked in me the following:

I don't remember any of my grandparents but I had a spiritual grandmom, to be sure, in Anne Sayre.  She used to send my wife and me a nice note and $5 from time to time.  Mrs. Sayre was the first one to bring me to a knowledge of God when I was 5, prayed for my biological family and me for all of my years since then, was cheering me on and praying for me as I went to college, graduated, participated in the Persian Gulf War, as I married and began a family, when I was ordained, began ministry as a pastor and on and on.  She went home to be with the Lord but those notes and $5 bills will always be a treasured memory. 

How will you and I be remembered?  Let's not forget the power of small kindnesses and remembering those we love over the long haul.  I leave you with this verse:

Even when I am old and gray, do not fors…

No Need to Be at Your Whit’s End When It Comes to Family Devotions


Miscellaneous Web-sightings for April 20, 2013

The Man in the Cowboy Hat: A Hero’s Story Emerges from the Boston Marathon Massacre

(Charles Krupa/AP photo, as found at: )
There he was in a cowboy hat on the sidelines, handing out American flags. Carlos Arredondo was waiting at the finish line for those who were running for fallen soldiers, one of which was his own son. Rewind to 2004 when Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, died in battle half a world away in Najaf, Iraq. It was Carlos’ 44th birthday when Marines pulled up to bring the news. Distraught, he grabbed a can of gasoline and something to light it with from his garage, got inside the van, doused it and set it on fire, severely burning himself as well. The Marines got him out and put out the flames on his body while suffering no injuries to themselves. (Read about that here)
(Alexander and Brian before Alexander's death in Iraq)
That was not the end of his personal tragedies. …

I am sure many are praying for the wounded and the families impacted by the evil perpetrated in Boston today

Joni Eareckson Tada has a great little tract online for helping children process suffering and death
Why Bad Things Happen

For teens and adults: 
Randy Alcorn's If God is Good, chapter 4 

Why Doesn't God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering? (also by Alcorn)

Why Is There Death and Suffering? by Ken Ham and Mark Looy

Ultimately, how do we make sense of the senseless?  All we can do is mourn with those who mourn, pray with and for those who hurt, spend more time with our loved ones and look to God for a future with Him without suffering and death.


A person briefed on the Boston Marathon investigation says the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags.

The person says the explosives were placed on the ground and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The person says law enforcement officials have some of the bomb components but did not yet kn…

Firsthand Faith Versus Secondhand Religion: A Review of Firsthand

Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook confront the crisis of secondhand religion.  It is a "faith" that is passed down and ill-equipped to deal with life.  The answer, the brothers believe, is to do what they did by arriving at a firsthand faith.

Have doubts?  So did they.  Made some bad choices?  They did as well.  Have you become a critic of the church?  Become disenchanted?  Check and check again.  Josh and Ryan explain where they've been and how they came to revitalize and awaken their faith and how you can too.

A unique feature of this book is an accompanying website that has web pages with video supplements and the ability to interact with others over Firsthand.  There are also ways to link with the brothers on Facebook and Twitter.  

Free First Chapter

Philadelphia Abortion Doc Left Uninspected for Years Is Tried for the Murders of a Woman and Seven Born Alive Babies

Focus on the Family's Citizen Link provides these crucial details from Michael Geer of PA Family Institute:

The trouble, Geer said, started when pro-life Gov. Bob Casey, a Democrat, was succeeded by two abortion-rights supporters: Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, and Ed Rendell, a Democrat. Between them, they occupied the governor’s mansion for most of the years between 1995 and 2011.

“In 15 years, not a single abortion clinic was inspected by the state,” Geer told Citizen. “That was a decision made at the highest levels of the Ridge and Rendell administrations.”

The grand jury report backs Geer up. It tells of how the health department under Ridge “decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all,” holding that “inspections would be ‘putting up a barrier to women’ seeking abortions.”

Likewise, the department’s senior counsel told the grand jury of a 1999 meeting where high-level officials refused to reinstate clinic inspections. “There was a concern that if…

Miscellaneous Items Worth Seeing

Many of the bloggers that I admire have a miscellaneous posting that they do of things that come across their desks via the internet.  Here is my attempt of enriching you through such links.