Coffee Break (July 17)

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Cheesecake, Anyone?

My Messy Life Isn’t The Point (Even If It Means You’ll Have Cheesecake With Me) If you haven’t heard of DebbieLynn, The Outspoken Tulip, you’ve been missing out on a solid and edifying blog. In this article DebbieLynn reflects on blogging and asks a question all us gals on social media should consider, Am I sacrificing God’s glory on my own altar of “authenticity?” This is a good read.

Interview with Marty Machowski

Writing Great Books for Kids (and Reading Great Books To Kids) I was so excited to see and read this interview from Tim Challies tonight! If you have kids (or even if you don’t), and don’t yet know the literature of Marty Machowski, click here too.

Biblical Self-Counseling

How To Do Biblical Self-Counseling “I can be far too dependent upon others for growth and change. When a problem, question, decision, or sin becomes apparent in my life, my first step is to run to the comfort of others and seek their help. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this; believers within the body of Christ are meant to support and build one another up. Galatians 6:1-2 says, ‘Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ’ (NASB).

However, the book of Galatians doesn’t end there. If we keep reading, we find an interesting exhortation: ‘For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load.’ (vv. 3-6).”

A Competitive Spirit

What Does the Bible Say about Competition? “Competition is a prevalent activity around the world today. When people think of competition, it is usually in the context of a sporting event; however, competition takes many other forms as well. Competition takes place in both the physical and spiritual realms. Competition is important for the believer if he is to have spiritual victory and faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Jesus competed against Satan in the wilderness, and He defeated Satan with the Word of God (Matthew 4:1–11). As believers, we fight for the souls of lost people by sharing the gospel with them, and we must compete with alternate worldviews to defeat false truth claims.”

For the Car Ride

WWUTT 475 Q&A Exegetical Thoughts Around Earth? “Responding to questions from listeners related to the difference between exegesis and eisegesis, when a thought becomes sinful, and a round earth.” (26 minutes)

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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.