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Five for Friday

Drat. Missed the end of Friday. But, I’m just going to pretend that I’m writing this from Fairbanks, Alaska where it still is Friday. If I can pretend, then so can you. Get your parkas and wool hats, and read what I’ve been reading this week…

Can Jesus Heal Mental Illness?  This is part one of what is (so far) a 4-part series by Heath Lambert of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. The remainder of the series is worth your attention as well.

Expressing our emotions. Another series of posts. The one I have linked to is the 6th (and final) post of a large series on emotions by Dr. Bob Kellemen on his RPM Ministries site. This post has all of the links to the previous posts, so you’ll be able to get caught up. Dr. Kellemen helps us to understand our emotions biblically. If you have emotions of any type, give these a good, long look.

40 Joys through Jesus. When your heart needs some cheering up. I really appreciate folks who do the research I typically avoid! This is devotional material here folks. You could read through it quickly, but I’d encourage you to take it in slowly.

Millenials and the False Gospel of Nice. “There is anecdotal evidence that seems to indicate a robustly orthodox evangelicalism is growing among the young.” A counter-argument to the narrative that orthodoxy is causing young evangelicals to leave the church.

The importance of the right running shoes, and proper fit. This is a slideshow of what can happen if you make a mistake on either. Not pretty. Downright ugly, if not nasty. If you have a weak stomach, maybe skip this one.

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Looking for God’s pleasure

Mentally preparing to soon begin training for another marathon (my poor training means in actuality it will be a half-marathon), I often think of the Eric Liddell quote “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” As soon as that thought bubble dissipates, the next one to appear is my own quote, “On this issue, Eric Liddell was an idiot.”

I enjoy running. But I don’t think I have ever described it as “pleasure.” I wish I had the perspective of Eric Liddell. I would even settle for the perspective of my dog Fledge, who usually has a “HEY LOOK! I’M RUNNING!!! WHEEEEEEEEE!!!” expression on his face.

I do admire Eric’s enjoyment of running. It is a commentary on my own character, and not his, that I do not share his thoughts. But he was exactly right. Not just about running either. He was right about God’s pleasure. This may not have been what he intended, but he was still very much correct. From the above quote, replace the word “run.”

-When I pray, I feel God’s pleasure.

-When I give, I feel God’s pleasure.

-When I sing praises to Him, I feel God’s pleasure.

-When I show love to others, I feel God’s pleasure.

-When I’m doing a good deed, I feel God’s pleasure.

Not too difficult to figure out how God’s pleasure is at work in those instances. What about these?

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