Home Team Huddle--Last week, I shared a link from Clint Archer on doing family devotions. He wrote again about some of the specifics about how to make this work. Admittedly, ours does not look just like this, but I do agree with keeping it short and interactive.
Was Paul Married?--Denny Burk makes an interesting case for the possibility that the apostle Paul was married. A few months ago, he provided 7 reasons to think that Paul might have been married, and now widowed. Today, he added one more reason. Truthfully, we know little about the lives of the apostles because they were rightly focused upon Christ and, secondarily, Christian living. .
The Devil's Playbook--Ray Ortlund has a good post on the strategies of the devil over at the Gospel Coalition. According to Ortlund, the devil seeks to defeat us with: 1) a judgmental attitude, 2) normal human instincts, 3) a spirit of accusation, and 4) lying in order to win.
A Heavenly Focus--Randy Alcorn writes of the importance of Christians focusing on heaven, challenging the frequently heard, "don't be so heavenly minded that you're of no earthly good." I particularly liked this quote from CS Lewis, "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for
the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The
Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire,
the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals
who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely
because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians
have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so
ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”:
aim at earth and you will get neither."