Great prayer reminders: 1. Be specific in your asking. 2. You must pray in faith. 3. Fight distractions that keep you from prayer. 4. Focus on abiding in Christ for more fruit in prayer. 5. Pray the promises of God. 6. Don’t give up in prayer—keep praying. 7. If you struggle getting started in prayer, read the Bible first and respond to what God says. 8. Regularly confess your sins. 9. Don’t worry about praying eloquent prayers. 10. When we don’t feel like praying, pray for help. 11. Pray humbly. 12. Dedicate yourself to prayer for a deeper spiritual life and more useful ministry. 13. Pray without ceasing. 14. Pray big prayers. 15. Cultivate a grateful heart. http://www.kevinhalloran.net/spurgeons-15-tips-for-a-deep-and-effective-prayer-life/ (Spurgeon’s 15 Tips for a Deep and Effective Prayer Life)
Advertising Makes Us Unhappy — I love capitalism, but the title is true. I used to do an exercise with Junior Achievement students to demonstrate how advertising slogans had completely permeated their brains. They thought they were clever in remembering them, until I explained why they knew them. Yes, every ad is designed to tell you one thing: You should not be content because you don’t have _______.
The solutions are to avoid advertising as much as possible (TV is the worst!) and to consciously analyze the ads you do see for the lies they are selling (“Drinking lots of this beer will make sexy women want me, and it definitely won’t make me fat and unproductive and lead to lots of bad decisions!”).
The Sin of Prioritizing Purity above Marriage – “Christian” woman allegedly wounded by purity culture has lots of sex outside marriage and now teaches others to “break free” — and Gloria Steinem agrees with her approach. Uh, sure. She should have married younger instead of making a lifetime commitment to mock God’s plan.
Money for Flint Water Crisis Was Diverted – The Leftist government caused the problem, blamed the Right, then squandered the money that wasn’t even needed.
British Police Failed to Stop Muslim Grooming Gang Due to Fears Over “Community Tensions” — Political correctness is perverse and deadly.
Pro-abort feminist Renee Bracey Sherman says she’s taught her 5-year-old niece ‘that kids are a handful’ and ‘her life is made possible because of abortion’ — The Molech-worshiping Left loves abortion.
Quick Thought: The Bible Doesn’t Promote Consent? — Excellent points!
Max Lucado’s Endorsement of Jen Hatmaker: What it Means and Why it Matters — Hatmaker is a wolf. Lucado is an naive, ignorant fool and/or a wolf. Look who Hatmaker endorses and hangs with:
Sarah Bessey, Rachel Held Evans, Pete Enns, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Richard Rohr, Jeff Chu, Mike McHargue (“Science Mike”), Barbara Brown Taylor, Austin Channing Brown, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rachel Hollis, and Glennon Doyle
What a bunch of wolves! The blogger makes a great point about not being afraid to be “divisive.”
But we would do good to remember that the Bible places the blame for divisions on the ones bringing in the false doctrine, not on those who call it out. Paul writes in Romans 16:17: “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” Notice that it was the false teachers who Paul criticizes for being divisive, not the believers.
Best of the Bee
Love it! I make it a point not to try and make money off of friends.
Molech-worshiping ghoul update
And the Left — including the “Christian” Left — cheered her for it.