Coffee Break (July 14)

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Hymns of Grace

7 Reasons I love Hymns of Grace “I’ve been using the new Hymns of Grace (HoG) ever since receiving it at the T4G conference last year. I’ve used in my family’s devotional time, and I’ve used it in our church’s evening worship service. The more I’ve used it, the more I’ve learned about it, and the more I see what an exceptional hymnal it is.”

Nothing Strategy

Satan’s “Nothing” Strategy “What I am coming to understand is that this impulse to pull the lever of a random slot machine of viral content is the age-old tactic of Satan. C. S. Lewis called it the ‘Nothing’ strategy in his Screwtape Letters. It is the strategy that eventually leaves a man at the end of his life looking back in lament: ‘I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.’

This ‘Nothing’ strategy is ‘very strong: strong enough to steal away a man’s best years, not in sweet sins, but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them . . . or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off.’

A Little Faith and A Lot of Doubt

Waves of Doubt “As you listen to the pastor preaching, or read the Bible, doubt screams in your ear, ‘Do you really believe that?’ When trial has overtaken your family again, doubt always asks, ‘Does God even care?’ For the millionth time, it seems, you have failed and you cannot help but wonder, ‘Does God still love me?’

Doubt is overwhelming, but it is not abnormal. Spurgeon once noted, ‘The heart that hath never doubted has not yet learned to believe. As the farmers say, ‘The land that will not grow a thistle will not grow wheat.’ “

Radical Differences

The Radical Difference between Believers and Unbelievers “So too, then, are believers and unbelievers, because the rule of life that governs the unbeliever is the rule of lawlessness—the rule of rebellion to the law of God (1 John 3:4). You may say, ‘But I know plenty of unbelievers and they don’t seem lawless to me. They actually seem like nice people!’ But what is the greatest commandment in the law of God? ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ Well that is impossible to do apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ, because ‘Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father’ (1 John 2:23) and, ‘The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son’ (1 John 5:10). However outwardly moral and polite they may seem, those who do not trust in Christ alone for salvation do not love God; they show contempt for God every moment of their lives by calling Him a liar concerning the testimony He’s given concerning His Son, and so their lives are characterized by rebellion, governed by lawlessness.”

For the Car Ride

Women’s Hope: Ep, 48: Encouraging Your Pastor’s Wife (and other women) Well “Encouragement is of vital importance to those serving in church leadership. Pastor’s wives are often given many demands for their service, yet sadly overlooked as those who need to be ministered to. Biblically, what does it mean to encourage others? How can we better serve our fellow sisters in Christ in the area of encouragement?”

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.