With family here this week, I haven’t been at the computer as much as usual. But here are a few good reads I discovered.
The Appropriate Blessing. “We are each sons and daughters of God, our Father. We are each unique and different from one another. Our personalities, quirks, talents, and purposes are as varied as the colored crayons in a 64 Crayola box of crayons.”
Our Understanding of Earth and Our Assumptions of Heaven. “Jesus told us to be like little children, not like great celebrities. He didn’t tell us to be famous, but to be faithful, not to revel in the applause of men but to long for the affirmation of God. Our responsibility is to exercise the gifts and embrace the duties God has given us, no matter what they are, no matter how public, no matter how visible.”
Healthy Distrust of Self. “Paul was not self-focused; he didn’t spend his days beating himself up mentally for his failures and shortcomings. But he did have a healthy distrust of his own inclinations, and he saw to it that the circumstantial doors to those inclinations were kept closed.”
Don’t Let “Discernment” Give Doctrine a Bad Name, HT to Challies. “I get frustrated sometimes by the lack of discernment I see from people who fly the ‘discernment’ banner. Isn’t the whole point of discernment to be able to discern truth from error? To see clearly what is good and right as opposed to what is bad and wrong?”
Steps of Assurance Counseling. “Just like the check engine light on my truck might be caused by any number of issues, doubts as to one’s salvation may be caused by any number of spiritual issues. Because of that, it is very important when counseling someone who is struggling with assurance to properly diagnose the problem.”
Home Library Management: Weed Out the M.U.S.T.Y. Titles, HT to the Story Warren. “Deacquisition. Um, yes…this is also known as ‘culling’ or ‘weeding.’ A painful subject for booklovers, but it is true that some books outlive their usefulness to you. The purpose of weeding is to cultivate the quality of your collection.” Megan shares an acronym to help make those decisions.
I hyperventilate when I think of weeding through my books! I’ve done it a few times, especially when I prepared for my move to TN and found I had put a couple books in my “discard pile” that didn’t belong there. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover that fact until months later when I was looking for one of them. At least – I think that’s what happened to them! I’ve done it again recently to make room on my shelves for other books I want.
I’ll read the link on discernment. It can be a fine line with that. Sometimes, the right or wrong of it is obvious. Other times, things I read have made me simply ask if the author is just not agreeing with a subject rather than the subject being wrong. Either way, in these days of error, it’s important to always have your Bible open so you can compare.
I appreciate the Home Library Management’s approach to clearing off shelves. It’s something I definitely need to take care of it again soon.