Jonathon Van Maren provides an eye opening warning for all users of the ever so popular social media platform, Instagram. He writes, “Searching for terms like “nude,” “babes” or “sexy” or variations thereof or the name of any porn star in the site’s search bar will quickly uncover accounts that flout the site’s ban on nudity and aren’t filtered to prevent minors from seeing them. #Sexy has more than 57 million posts, many of which are clips from porn videos while #porngirls has more than 300,000 of them.” This is a helpful article that sounds a warning when trying to help our youth (and ourselves) sort though a world that is saturated with sexual bear traps.
David Platt will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming G3 Conference on the Mission of God. Pastor Platt delivered a soul stirring sermon on missions at the T4G Conference in 2012 that has had a lasting impact on many. He starts out by making this statement, “I have one overarching truth . . . A high view of God’s sovereignty fuels death-defying devotions to global missions.” For the next hour he lays out the truth with passion and scripture. It is the best sermon that I have ever heard on missions, and one that I believe would benefit your soul when thinking about the mission of God for His church. I would encourage you to take the time to soak it in and worship our sovereign Lord through it.
The Getty’s have released the newest children’s CD, and it is excellent. This time they have recorded many of the churches most cherished hymns sung by children. If you would like to have your children learn some of the hymns of the faith in a fun way, I would encourage you to check out this new album. They have recorded songs such as, “All Creatures of our God and King,” “Jesus Paid it All,” and “Power in the Blood.” They have also added some newer hymns as well like, “His Mercy is More,” “In Christ Alone,” and “He Will Hold Me Fast.” It would be a great album to own as a family and enjoy these hymns of the faith playing in your home and car.
Would you like to do something special for the up and coming Christmas season with your family? This is a way to “share God’s best gift with your family this year and start a lifetime of traditions with this gospel-focused . . . family devotional. Each week includes Bible readings, fun Christmas activities, songs, and an original Christmas story.” This is set up to start on the Monday after Thanksgiving, so secure your copy now. I truly believe it will be a blessing to your family as it will point all the fun of Christmas to our wonderful and sovereign Savior.
A few years back I asked the question of where we place our love when it comes to our family. Do you love your spouse more or your child? I wrote that,“Children are a blessing. Children are a gift from God. We are to love them. We are to train them. We are to thank God for them. However, they should never consistently come before your spouse. Marriage, not parenthood, is a picture of Christ and the Church. Marriage is a life-long covenant by design. While parenthood is life-long as well, the meat of it is only brief.” It is a question that I challenge you to ponder on today. I hope this article will help you to think through this question.
This is one of the more challenging books that I have read in the past several years. It was both extremely convicting, yet extremely practical. “Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us — for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, to avoid the various pitfalls, and to wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.” If you want to be challenged in your daily Smartphone habits, this is the book to do it. If you would like listen to a 30 minute podcast with an interview with Tony Reinke on the book, you can also check that out here.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell