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Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: 3 Practical Steps for Reaching the Mission Field in Your Neighborhood Three practical steps will help you reach the mission field in your backyard. 6 Lessons for Tending Your Time What can us schedulers learn from farmers and gardeners? Yes, You Need to Talk to the Manager When strivings for justice lose hope, they become weaker, not stronger. How Charles Spurgeon Promoted Meaningful Membership How did Spurgeon practice meaningful m...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Ontario, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Ed Stetzer, Arnold Dallimore


What Was on Jesus’ Mind at Christmas?

Hebrews 10:5-7 is a different kind of Christmas passage. It says: Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,but a body have you prepared for me;in burnt offerings and sin offeringsyou have taken no pleasure.Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’ ” The writer to the Hebrews is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8, a Davidic psalm. Saul went through the motions in serving G...
Tags: Featured, Life, David, Jesus, God, Christ, Saul, Spurgeon, Christian Living, David David, Hebrews Jesus


Delightful God

I used to fear that God would send me to Africa. I knew that I’d signed on unconditionally. God has the right to do whatever he wants with my life. That meant, I understood, that God could send me anywhere he wanted and I had to go. So when I attended missions conferences, I felt afraid. What if God sent me somewhere where I’d be miserable? What if God overruled the desires of my heart? Two Sides of Desire I don’t know why I was so afraid. Looking back, it would have been a privile...
Tags: Featured, Life, Africa, Spurgeon, Christian Living, Chad Africa


Bring Back Foxe’s

There’s nothing like reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs as a teenager. Want an easy life? Foxe’s will cure you of that expectation. Beginning with Stephen, and continuing for some 2,500 pages, you will learn that following Jesus will may include suffering or worse. The descriptions are stark. The pictures are worse. Historian Douglass Campbell writes, “Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Jesus, Christ, Stephen, Timothy, PAUL, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Christian Living, Sabina Wurmbrand, Paul Philippians, Foxe, Douglass Campbell, Voice of the Martyrs Christians


Godless Productivity: A Believer’s Guide to Redeeming Time

Get proper sleep. Organize your day. Get exercise. Watch your diet. Limit distractors. Draw boundaries. Get outside. Keep a calendar. Review each day. Set attainable goals. Say “no” to good things. Detach from screens. So run secular productivity and self-help books. What lacks in this advice is to ask if God has anything to say on the subject. Natural revelation, not special revelation, is consulted. Principles may abound, but are the most important realities missing? You receive no ...
Tags: Religion, Christ, PAUL, Schindler, Spurgeon


2021 GET ON! Adv Fest: The Alternative Sturgis Adventure Motorcycle Rally

I’m always ready to be first in line to try new things, especially if it involves motorcycles. An invitation to attend the FIRST Adventure Motorcycle Rally (that I’m aware of) in Sturgis, South Dakota came from our friend Anthony Silvotti at Revzilla about a month and a half ago. It teased a raft of alluring riding opportunities and recreational activities: Meeting and riding with the Revzilla team personalities Spurgeon Dunbar, Jen Dunstan, and Brandon Wise, among others. Camping at the famous...
Tags: Montana, US, America, David, Canada, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, Motorcycles, Arizona, Brian, Michelin, Bmw, Honda, Ryan Reynolds, Alberta


A Father’s Day Pastoral Prayer

This past Sunday at my church I had the privilege of leading the church in our pastoral prayer. Before we planted Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville almost 9 years ago, I had never been a part of a church whose Sunday meeting included a pastoral prayer. It wasn’t long before we realized how much we had been missing. In his Lectures to My Students, the renowned pastor/preacher Charles Spurgeon said: It is my solemn conviction that the prayer is one of the most weighty, usef...
Tags: Lifestyle, Spirit, Jesus, John, Christ, Matthew, Louisville, Jesus Christ, —leading A Congregation, —liturgy, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Christ Jesus, Malachi, Savior, —Prayer


Let’s Face It Head On

“I’m sick of always feeling like my kids don’t cut it. We need to create a ‘Let’s Face It Book’ app where we forget all the special moments and celebrations and only post the hard truths of parenting that are happening behind the scenes. We need to ‘Face It’ head on,” One of my besties declared. Our friend group chuckled at this ingenious idea because, unfortunately, misery loves company. Brainstorm funny marketing strategies, drop a few bombshells, allow for anonymous posting, and it would be a...
Tags: Friendship, Inspiration, Accountability, Power, Community, Jesus, Christ, Loneliness, Peter, Spurgeon, Discipleship


Ducks lose to Wild in retiring goalie Ryan Miller’s final NHL game

Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller waves to the crowd during a standing ovation after it was announced that this would be his last NHL hockey game, against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig) Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot, left, stops a shot by Anaheim Ducks right wing Troy Terry, center, as Wild defenseman Matt Dumba watches during overtime of an NHL hockey game Saturday, May 8, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 4-3. (AP Photo/Craig La...
Tags: Minnesota, Sports, Sport, Ap, Soccer, United States, AHL, NHL, Ducks, Hall of Fame, Anaheim-ducks, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Miller, Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Miller


Ducks lose to Wild in retiring goalie Ryan Miller’s final game in the NHL

When it was done, when the Ducks had lost 4-3 to the Wild in overtime Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota, goaltenders Ryan Miller and John Gibson embraced and spoke a few words to each other. It was not difficult to imagine the torch being passed from one generation to the next. Miller, 40, played the 796th and final game of his Hall of Fame-worthy career, retiring with 391 victories over 18 seasons, the most by a United States-born goalie. Gibson, 27, has 148 wins, which puts him 17th on the all-t...
Tags: Minnesota, Sports, Sport, Soccer, United States, AHL, NHL, Ducks, Hall of Fame, Anaheim-ducks, New Jersey Devils, Miller, Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Miller, Team USA, St Paul Minnesota


Ignore the Noise and Shepherd the Flock Among You

I need this reminder as much as anyone. I’m finding it easy to get distracted with the news and controversy. Never before in history have we had so much information available to us, and most of it is unhelpful. A lot of it is downright dangerous. Last weekend, I came across another controversy and felt myself getting sucked in. I needed the reminder of 1 Peter 5:2: “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you.” I’m a shepherd of a particular flock. God has given me, along with other eld...
Tags: Featured, Life, Ephesus, Spurgeon, Philippi, Thessalonica, Pastoring, Lystra


Wild Weekly: Wild Struggle Mightily in 2 Games Against Avalanche

Welcome to this week’s installment of Minnesota Wild Weekly, which will take a look at the past week of Wild hockey. It will include notes, the biggest takeaways, and, of course, the review of the week. Week in Review We got to witness two very different versions of the Minnesota Wild this week. On Tuesday, the Wild had a dominating performance in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Kaapo Kähkönen made 31 saves for his second career shutout to lead the Wild to their third straight v...
Tags: Column, Minnesota, Sport, West, Hockey, NHL, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Coyotes, Marcus Johansson, Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes, Cam Talbot, Spurgeon, Garland, Jared Spurgeon


Wild Getting Leadership, But Not Points, From Captain Spurgeon

The Minnesota Wild have been having quite a bit of success so far this season, with a record of 18-10-1 for 37 points in 29 games and tied for third place in the Honda West Division as of Saturday evening. Much of that success has come from forwards Kirill Kaprizov, Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Fiala, and of course the goaltending tandem of Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot. A chunk of that success also goes to players who don’t get many scoring opportunities — rather they’re the ones trying to prevent...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Top Stories, Hockey, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Cam Talbot, Talbot, Suter, Calder Trophy, Spurgeon, Parise, Marcus Foligno, Jared Spurgeon, Koivu, Kaapo Kahkonen


Spiritual Alexander, J. A.: The Gospel of Mark, v1. 26 Feb 2021`

This is J. Addison Alexander's commentary on the Gospel of Mark. Dr. Alexander was on the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary in the USA during the 19th century. This is the 1864 edition published by Charles Scribner and Sons. The ebook has been developed from a plain text file on the Internet Archive, and proof-read against the print edition. Scanning errors have been corrected and Scripture references checked throughout, but the ebook does not contain the Hebrew and Greek quotations incl...
Tags: Books, Usa, ePub Books, Matthew, Alexander, Mark, Charles Scribner, Spurgeon, Princeton Theological Seminary, Alexander J, J Addison Alexander, Mark Dr Alexander


Spiritual Alexander J. A. : Acts of the Apostles 13-28

The second volume of J. Addison Alexander's two-volume commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. Alexander was on the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary in the USA during the 19th century. This is the third edition published in 1860 by Charles Scribner. The ebook has been developed from a plain text file on the Internet Archive, and proof-read against the print edition. Scanning errors have been corrected and Scripture references checked throughout, but the ebook does not contain the Hebrew...
Tags: Books, Usa, ePub Books, Alexander, Spurgeon, Princeton Theological Seminary, Alexander J, Addison Alexander


Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald Expecting Fourth Child Following Pregnancy Loss: 'We're Overjoyed'

The Counting On stars also share sons Spurgeon, 5, and Henry, 4, as well as daughter Ivy, who will turn 2 in May
Tags: Jessa Duggar, Henry, Spurgeon, Ben Seewald


A Message to Weary Pastors

We just entered the second lockdown this year here in Toronto. We can’t have more than 10 people gather for worship. Churches are weighing how to respond, but this move certainly limits our options. It feels a lot like March 15 again. You may not be in lockdown as we are, but I know you’re dealing with the pandemic too. And it’s tiring. Thom Rainer has written, “The vast majority of pastors with whom our team communicates are saying they are considering quitting their churches.” I don’t co...
Tags: Featured, Life, Toronto, Jesus, Spurgeon, Thom Rainer, Pastoring, Lament, Mark Vroegop Vroegop


Paul, Timothy, and Podcasts

This sponsored post invites you to enjoy lively discussions with the most respected teachers from Westminster’s new MinistryNetwork. Paul and Timothy enjoyed a special relationship. In 2 Timothy 1:4, Paul writes:  “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.” Paul didn’t just teach Timothy. He embraced his young spiritual son with care, honesty, and vulnerability. Timothy knew what made Paul, Paul. That’s true mentorship—a gift that many peop...
Tags: Sponsored, Blogging, Westminster, Timothy, PAUL, Spurgeon, Rosaria Butterfield, Paul Washer, Nassar, Steven Lawson, Paul Paul, Rachael Denhollander, Timothy He, Paul Timothy, MinistryNetwork Paul, Timothy 1:4 Paul


USPS says it will freeze collection box removal until after election following backlash

As the controversy over the state of the United States Postal Service grows, the agency on Friday night said it will stop removing letter collection boxes in at least several states after facing backlash from lawmakers.Photos of the removal of collection boxes began circulating online Friday, prompting critics of the Trump administration to add the action to their list of examples, which include potential mailing delays and reduced post office operating hours, of why they believe the president m...
Tags: News, Nbc News, America, Cnn, Usps, Trump, Midwest, United States Postal Service, Spurgeon, Gretchen Whitmer, Kim Frum, Rod Spurgeon, Trump s Post Office


‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Debuts a New Ghostly Short with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig [Comic-Con 2020]

Looney Tunes Cartoons surprised longtime fans of the classic Warner Bros. animated shorts that used to grace the big screen. The new iterations of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Wile. E. Coyote, The Road Runner, and more are all back in a big way on HBO Max, and the masterminds behind the triumphant return of Looney Tunes got together for a Comic-Con at Home panel to talk about what goes into the series that captures the spirit of the classic cart...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Television, Movies, Animation, Warner Bros, Comic-Con, Spurgeon, Looney Tunes, Kirwan, Daffy Duck, Featured Stories Sidebar, HBO Max, Pete Browngardt, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Browngardt


Dustin Brown hat trick leads Kings to 5th win in a row

If tanking for top-ranked prospect Alexis Lafreniere was the goal, apparently no one relayed that message to Staples Center. The Kings won their season-high fifth consecutive game, part of a stint in which they have won 8 of 11 overall, as they defeated the Minnesota Wild 7-3 at Saturday afternoon at home. Right wing Dustin Brown exploded for a hat trick and added an assist. Center Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists. Left wing Trevor Moore, center Gabe Vilardi and center Blake Lizotte, a Mi...
Tags: Minnesota, California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Kings, NHL, Dustin Brown, Minnesota Wild, Los-angeles-kings, Petersen, Maple Leafs, Brown, Mats Zuccarello, Moore, Anze Kopitar


Who Will Heal Our Sorrows?

I’m waiting for a package in the mail. It’s a batch of fancy body lotion — a gift to myself. Sure, I could use grocery store lotion or even Vaseline in a jar. (Some of you know what I mean.) But during a recent stay at a city hotel, the courtesy kit on the sink included a creamy smell-good lotion. So back at home, I ordered some, and I’m excited for it to arrive. It’s the soothing factor — isn’t that what we so desire? When life turns hard, we need comfort. Thus, the smell-good lotion is on its ...
Tags: Colorado, Inspiration, Kobe Bryant, Christ, Peter, Charles Spurgeon, J Lo, Spurgeon, Jeremiah, Jordan River, Gilead, NIV, Philpot, John Pilch, Baylor University s Center for Christian Ethics


Sing Your Loved Ones Home

I can’t remember richer times of worship than at the bedside of my dying grandfather. I am not usually given to singing (especially solo), but I surprised myself when, in the rollercoaster of the few days leading up to his departure, I could not sing enough to him. My family shared many precious (and very hard) moments together as he lay dying. Through tears, we spoke with him while we could, reminding him of our great appreciation and love for him, reminding him of his great hope, his gre...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Jordan, Christ, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, Spurgeon, Michael Reeves, John 5:39


Weekend A La Carte (February 22)

The best of the bunch in today’s Kindle deals is William VanDoodewaard’s excellent The Quest for the Historical Adam. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Looking for Something Good To Read?) The Most Frightening Three Words Kimberly Wagner writes about the most frightening words for those who are suffering from chronic pain. “I’ve learned that it is best to patiently and gently approach those who are traumatized by their pain and be willing to wait. Let the sufferer know you are ...
Tags: Articles, America, Blogging, Canada, John Adams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, PAUL, Spurgeon, Ed Welch, Kimberly Wagner, William VanDoodewaard


The Buzzer: Red Wings eliminated before trade deadline; Spurgeon’s surge

Three Stars Spurgeon also collected a hat trick on Friday. It was the first hat trick of his career, making him the second Wild defenseman to pull off such a feat after Ryan Suter. Spurgeon enjoyed a tremendous all-around performance, managing six shots on goal, a +3 rating, three blocked shots, and one hit in 21:55 TOI.
Tags: Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Red Wings, Spurgeon, Ryan Suter Spurgeon


MacKinnon Scores 32nd Goal; Avalanche Beat Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nathan MacKinnon scored his 32nd goal of the season, Pavel Francouz made 34 saves and the Colorado Avalanche ended their road trip with four wins in five games, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado, which has won seven of the past eight games and is second in the league behind Washington with 18 road wins this season. Jared Spurgeon and Kevin Fiala scored for Minnesota, which lost for the f...
Tags: Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Sport, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Ottawa, Minnesota Wild, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Dubnyk, Devan Dubnyk, Alex Stalock, Spurgeon, Gabriel Landeskog


On Obstacles and the Weight of Leadership

It’s a passage that’s bothered, even troubled me for years. When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” (Joshua 5:13-14) I would have expected the man — the commander of the LORD’s army — to answer, “Of course I’m on your side!” After...
Tags: Featured, Life, Israel, Jesus, God, Matthew, Peter, Jericho, Joshua, Spurgeon, Pastoring, Robert Alter, Israel Joshua


Last Chance for 4 Powerhouse CSB Resources under $22

Through the end of January, get the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) and companion CSB Study Notes free. (Here are four reasons why .) But you may not want to stop there since you can get a powerhouse collection of CSB resources for under $22 . Here’s how: 1. Save 75% on the CSB Audio Bible For $4.99, add the CSB Audio Bible to your Logos library and listen to it during your commute, walking the dog, or doing the laundry. For about the cost of your average cappucino, y...
Tags: Religion, Spurgeon, CSB, Apologetics, Christian Standard Bible CSB, Featured Books, Bible Nerd, Ravi Zacharias Norman Geisler Josh McDowell


Stalock Shuts out Stars, Wild Win 7-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alex Stalock posted his second shutout of the season, and Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists for the Minnesota Wild in a 7-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Stalock, playing his second straight game in place of Devan Dubnyk, made 27 saves for Minnesota, which has won back-to-back games to start a season-long, seven-game homestand. Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist. Jared Spurgeon, Carson Soucy, Ryan Donato and Zach Parise also s...
Tags: Florida, Minnesota, Sport, Stars, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay, Devan Dubnyk, Ben Bishop, All Star, Ryan Suter, Alex Stalock, Zucker


What Can the Senators Get for Borowiecki at the Deadline?

For all of their similarities, Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau are quite different. At least the circumstances surrounding them both as the trade deadline approaches are, anyway. Borowiecki vs. Pageau Both Borowiecki and Pageau are career-long Senators, each originally hailing from the Ottawa area. Hell, they both technically play forward, with Borowiecki having suited up as one in the past. Most significantly though, they’re each scheduled to h...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Sport, Hockey, Ottawa, Ottawa Senators, Spurgeon, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Michael Del Zotto, Jared Spurgeon, Mark Borowiecki, Pierre Dorion, Nathan Beaulieu, Borowiecki, Pageau, Top Story