Coffee break (July 25)

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We’re Clay Pots

God Still Uses Clay Pots is a wonderful excerpt from Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching. God does not choose the wise, the prominent, the notable. He chooses the foolish, the lowly, the nobodies. While John MacArthur is addressing pastors in this text, any person who is in the body of Christ will no doubt be encouraged and edified. I love this quote, “If you want to be used mightily by God, get yourself out of the way. Learn to see yourself as a garbage pail, or, in the words of Peter, to clothe yourself with humility (1 Peter 5:5). It’s not about you; it’s not your personality, it’s the Word of God. God doesn’t need the intellectuals. He doesn’t need great people, fancy people, or famous people. The people aren’t the power. The power is the message! He puts the treasure in clay pots so that “the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7b).”

Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Bad Books

This is not a new article from Aimee Byrd, but she re-shared it on Twitter today. I’m so thankful I saw it in my feed because I found some fresh help! I particularly enjoyed the “Don’t Tell Them How to Think” section because discernment is a skill we should all be honing. Love this: “We want to encourage one another to think critically and to read for understanding, which means we want our friends to actually think for themselves. When we notice a lack of discernment, it is easy to want to “fix the problem” and start downloading all the essentials of the faith that this friend has apparently missed all her life and install alarm bells that will help her recognize when an author has left the station. But most of us did not become discerning because we were offered a crash course in the grocery store.”

Thirteen percent

Another one from Tim Challies. This was convicting. Wanting It Enough “Most of us can think of a long list of dreams and goals we haven’t ever reached and desires we haven’t ever realized. Sometimes circumstances intervened to keep us from them, but more often than not, an honest assessment shows we simply didn’t want those things enough to put in the effort to have them.”

The Gospel is Like an Old Hymn

I love when ministries and blogs post excerpts from books. Here is a beautiful excerpt from Jared Wilson’s The Imperfect Disciple. I’m not even going to share a quote because I really want you to click the link and read the whole thing. It will bless you!

For the Car Ride

Anxiety-Free Living, Part 1 “How do you avoid worry when money is tight, health is poor, or a relationship is strained? See how to put away worry, whatever you may face, in John MacArthur’s study Anxiety-Free Living.” (29 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.