Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation – Good tips. Use these then have a
- Walk to the front of the room, your body filled with purpose.
- Arrange your materials with concentrated and silent grace.
- Take up your position, stand still with your weight on both feet, and gaze intently at the audience.
- Let the silence become the blank canvas on which you will paint your masterpiece.
- Pick a listener in the back of the room, look that individual in the eye, and deliver your opening line with confidence to that individual.
How Close Are You to a Farmers Market? – We found one fairly close by. Great produce.
Pyromaniacs: The Pastoral “Call,” and how there isn’t one.—Great reminder about a mistake made by people who should know better.
What verse in the Bible talks about a pastor’s “call”?
The answer, of course, is no verse. Not one.
“But what about Jeremiah, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Amos, and all the rest?” What about them? We must at least say this: they all have the same two things in common —
- They all are prophets.
- They all are not pastors of Christian churches.
. . . “Then how does a man know whether he’s ca… whether he’s supposed to be a pastor?”
Well, you tell me.
Do you believe in the sufficiency of Scripture? Really? Then it should have an in-context, sufficient answer, shouldn’t it?
What does it say? When you closely study and reflect on passages that expressly address the issue of pastoral qualification (1 Tim. 3:1ff.; Titus 1:6ff.), what do you see? Can you discern anything that is better expressed in terms of a “call”? Do they overwhelm you with internal, mystical, privately-revelatory elements? Or are they not rather almost shocking in their relative matter-of-factness?
Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border—Ignoring this is not just incompetence, it is treason.
UK NHS creates taxpayer-funded sperm bank for lesbians and single mothers – Stunningly foolish and evil.
Women are persuading doctors to perform free cosmetic surgery on the NHS by exaggerating their unhappiness with their looks.
New research reveals that surgeons are being cajoled into offering patients thousands of pounds worth of treatment they do not need. It exposes the lengths to which some women go to persuade surgeons to operate on them for nothing – using ploys such as unflattering make-up and clothing.
Among the operations being offered free are tummy tucks, breast implants and nose jobs.
Today surgeons claim the soaring demand for cosmetic surgery on the NHS is putting a huge strain on resources. They say many patients are placing doctors in an impossible position by refusing to accept they cannot have free surgery.
[…]Top 10 operations
Most requested cosmetic surgery on the NHS:
1: Tummy tucks
2: Mole removal
3: Breast enhancement
4: Scar removal
5: Nose job
6: Breast reduction
7: Acne scar removal
8: Correcting breast asymmetry
9: Ear pinned back
10: Removal of bags under eyes
Why is this happening? Because when government takes over areas of the private economy, it becomes about buying votes from voters want free goodies paid for by their neighbors. It’s not just cosmetic surgery – abortions are taxpayer-funded in the NHS as well. And not just one abortion, but multiple abortions. It’s perfect and there are no losers. Except for the people being aborted, the people who pay into the system and die waiting for surgery, the men who have to pay taxes and force their wives to work to make ends meet and the fatherless children raised by lesbians and single mothers. Oh, and of course sex-change operations are free in the UK, as are sex-selection abortions. This is what socialized “medicine” really looks like. As you can tell, the social programs seem to be especially targeted to women voters. It especially rewards those who are irresponsible and reckless.
Do you favor government taking over health care in the United States? Then you better know what you are asking for.
Frigidity is ugly — It is sad that too many Christian leaders actually encourage women to try to control men with sex and/or encourage men to be controlled by it. There is a better way.
Commenter Jen reminds us that miserliness isn’t the only option for a wife:
Honestly, if a woman loves her husband, even if she’s NOT in the mood, she’ll be more than happy to acquiesce simply out of her love for and desire to please him & make him happy (which ought to, by default, make her even happier she said yes). And this is not “duty sex” or “Oh, FINE” sex, but “All right, Sweetheart!” and happily off the couple goes. IMO there is no room for the “duty” or grudging sex in marriage, because the woman is only “giving” grudgingly, and that is not giving at all, and may be just as cruel as denying. I wouldn’t like it if my husband acted that way. (God loves a cheerful giver! Perhaps that ought to be embroidered onto bedsheets…)
Many have grown so accustomed to the miserly perspective of feminism, where even love for family is subject to a penny pinching curmudgeonly attitude, that they forget that it doesn’t have to be this way. Feminism is ugly because it teaches women to be misers with love, and frigidity is all about being miserly with love. This feminist obsession with miserliness has caused large numbers of women to scorn what is beautiful to God; what could be uglier than that?
9 Things You Should Know About Hamas – Short version: They are the re
ally bad guys.
The Link Between Birth-Control Pills and Breast Cancer – Hopefully the “comprehensive” sex-ed classes will mention this.
A new study finds that pills with a high level of estrogen increase breast-cancer risk significantly. But that still might not mean you should change your prescription.
How to keep the spark alive – Interesting analysis of sex and successful marriages.
Why do married couples have sex? And how can they ensure that they keep enjoying the sexual relationship throughout their marriage? This weekend I read through a pair of recent studies from the University of Toronto that offer some intriguing, though not shocking answers.
A study called “Keeping the Spark Alive,” begins with the distinction between communal and exchange relationships. In communal relationships a spouse is motivated to meet the needs of the other partner, giving benefits of various kinds without demanding anything in return. In contrast, exchange relationships are built on the expectation that when benefits are given, other benefits will be returned. Not surprisingly, researchers have long found that communal relationships tend to be healthiest. They use “communal strength” as a measure of how much a person is willing to give for the sake of the other, so that the woman who is willing to uproot her life for the sake of her husband’s career is said to have a very high communal strength. Research shows that higher communal strength predicts greater satisfaction and longer-lasting relationships.
Keep that communal-exchange distinction in your mind. I suspect that your marriage is largely communal, at least when you are at your best. In fact, the Bible demands this kind of relationship when it describes a marriage in which a wife joyfully submits to her husband’s leadership while he joyfully imitates Christ through other-focused, self-sacrificing servant-leadership.
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What is the big takeaway? Not all motives are equal. Most married couples continue to have sex, but the most satisfied couples have sex for the most satisfying reason. Husbands or wives who pursue their spouse’s sexual satisfaction are the most sexually satisfied and bring an extra measure of stability to their relationship. Wife: Pursue your husband for his benefit. Husband: Pursue your wife for her benefit. If sex is integral to a marriage (which it is, according to 1 Corinthians 7) then we can best enjoy the gift and obey the command by pursuing one another for the best and highest of motives.
Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Murdered by Illegals Who Had Been Deported Repeatedly – Sad but preventable.
Detroit Public Schools: A Case Study for School Choice – Good news. Hopefully they will learn from this and do the right thing for the students.
IRS Agrees to Target and Monitor Churches, Because Angry Atheists Demanded It? – OK, of course this violates the Constitution and is just another example of how the Obama administration is indescribably corrupt, but don’t you like the idea of atheists and IRS employees having to hear the Gospel over and over?
One can only image how a Lois Lerner, the former senior IRS official at the center of the IRS targeting scandal who called conservatives “a**holes,” “TeRrorists” (capitalizing the “R” to emphasize the point), and “crazies,” would implement the targeting of churches and which churches she would choose to monitor.
NAACP Leader: Right to Abortion Same as Right to Eat at Lunch Counter – Abortion kills blacks at a rate three times that of whites, and the Democrats’ platform calling for taxpayer-funded abortions will increase that.
We believe the right to reproductive freedom is as basic as the right to eat at the lunch counter.
Friendly reminder: “Reproductive freedom/rights/health/etc.” are false, Orwellian terms. They apply to birth control, not abortion, because abortion destroys a human being who has already been reproduced. That is a scientific fact confirmed by any mainstream embryology textbook and basic logic. It is a deadly and evil phrase. Yes, they have a right to reproduce, but no, they shouldn’t have the right to kill human beings who have already been reproduced.
Yes, the border crisis began after Obama started messing around with executive amnesties – Those pushing the DREAM Act and such are responsible for this. They should have known it would encourage smugglers to bring more people over.
Washington Post Getting Closer to Accusing the SBA of Fraud – I detest crony capitalism. This is something that both Leftists and Tea Partiers should be able to agree on, but even the media is afraid to expose the Democrat and Republican leaders that make this happen. The solution is smaller government. More money to spend inevitably leads to more lobbying and corruption. But the Left views government as god so they don’t want to shrink it.
J.D. has seen the federal investigations that found large businesses are committing felony federal contracting fraud by making “false certifications”, “improper certifications” and by engaging in “vendor deception”.
J.D. knows not only has the SBA refused to adopt any legislation or policies to stop the rampant fraud and abuse in federal small business contracting programs, they are actually taking public comment on a new policy to encourage and protect fraud by creating a “safe harbor from fraud penalties” for firms that commit felony federal contracting law. (Why don’t you do a story of that J.D.?)
Liberal Jonathan Alter: America needs to mandate corporate loyalty oaths – I think Leftist is a more accurate term than Liberal, but the points against Alter are valid. The idea is creepy for starters, and it would be ineffective anyway (as if multi-billion $ corporations wouldn’t find a way around them!). Sadly, the obvious solution never occurs to the Leftists: Maybe if you made it better to incorporate here than elsewhere then people would stay.