Can I go ahead and call this the one blog post you need to read this week?
I read this week that the average age of marriage is now close to 30 years old. We, as a society, are delaying marriage. And while some of the reasons why are legitimate, I for one would offer a counterpoint to those arguments, for there are some great things in our own experience about having married at a young age. Here are three of them.
Tim Challies goes open letter style on a controversial issue.
Ray Ortlund: “When I preach through the Ten Commandments, each sermon has four points, because each commandment does four things at once.”
This tendency to get discouraged and chuck the process creeps into my ministry thinking also. I tend to want results overnight. I want people to make the jump to light-speed after a short period. But it usually doesn’t work like this. We can’t microwave people into maturity. They need to be marinated and often slow-roasted in the truth. After all, Jesus used the mustard seed to talk about the kingdom advancing. I’m not a botanist, but I know enough to know that you don’t throw a seed in the ground and then take a nap and then “presto” a redwood is growing out of nowhere.
It takes time. It takes patience. It takes persistence. It takes prayer.
I’m glad to see this.
How a leader begins the day impacts the entire day. If a leader begins a day in chaos, the entire day will likely be chaotic. If a leader begins the day without looking to the Lord, the day will likely be lived apart from His power. Instead, a leader should begin the day with his/her affections set on the Lord and with the mind focused on what is most important. With that in mind, here are 3 mistakes leaders make when they wake up.
A favorite from the archives:
“Well, how about we pray right now?” My wife looks at me with a stunned expression as these words come forth. We’re in the car, discussing whether or not it would be possible for us all to go to an event at the end of August, one that is a 14 hour drive away. This, naturally, means a long time in the car, overnights in hotels, and, of course, money. So, right there, in the car, at a stop light, we prayed and asked the Lord to provide the means for us to go to this particular event as a family if it were to be his will.