Links To Go (July 20, 2018)

What Ever Happened to Evangelism?

Every other issue will be easier. You dig wells, the world will pat you on the back, you feed the hungry, the world will say “good job.” But if you proclaim Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation from sin and hell, you will face opposition. Naturally, we want to take on easier challenges.

Understanding gives way to compassion

In the Church, we are tempted to think that our unity is from shared life experiences: we all feel the same way about how short a woman’s skirt should be, which political figure to support, or whether homeschooling is bad or not. But those experiences are not what truly give us unity in the body. The most significant experience which we have in common is being baptized into the body of Christ; in being made to drink of one Spirit. That unity may foster shared opinions, but then again, it may not.

From the Ears to the Brain to the Heart

So what is the right way to listen to a sermon? With a soul that is prepared, a mind that is alert, a Bible that is open, a heart that is receptive, and a life that is ready to spring into action.

Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time.

Being a parent will always involve juggling competing demands and responsibilities. It’s neither possible nor desirable to give our children undivided attention all day. But let’s plan to give our children all of our attention some of the time, and let’s see our necessary distractions as opportunities for our children to learn skills for real life in God’s world.

Texas shrimp industry crippled by immigrant visa cap

Hance says lacking 750 people from Mexico or Central America is crippling the Texas seafood industry.
She says the industry will lose $1 million a day because the government won’t allow these workers into the country.

Doing it completely and totally wrong

It’s possible to do everything wrong and do very well. In fact, sometimes that’s the only way to do very well.

When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity

Both 23andMe and AncestryDNA have warnings about uncovering unanticipated information about family in their terms of service. They also allow users to opt in or out of finding genetic matches, and 23andMe has another warning in the opt-in screen.

“We don’t tip terrorists” – Texas restaurant receipt goes viral after racist customer remark

Even though he acknowledges the racially charged note, he says his faith in Jesus Christ is encouraging him to move forward despite his negative experience.
“I just had to think…what would Jesus do in this situation,” he said.

Saints lineman helped save man trapped in car that fell from New Orleans parking garage

Loewen said that the driver, who was alone in the car, had his legs pinned and was completely stuck in the front passenger seat. He quickly realized he wouldn’t be able to drag the man out, so he gathered about 10 other people and got the car flipped upright with the man inside.
Loewen then ripped the door off its hinges and started speaking with the man, who they helped “sit up comfortably” while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
“He didn’t say much, he was just thanking us all. I hugged him and told him he was going to be OK, and then I prayed with him,” Loewen told the Times-Picayune. “I couldn’t tell how bad his injuries were, but there was a lot of blood and broken glass.”

A storm ruined her beach wedding. Then a total stranger saved the day

As Gonzalez looked at her ruined wedding decorations, a woman appeared outside her car, soaking wet from the rain. Though a complete stranger, she offered to host the wedding in her beachfront home.
“She said, ‘just give me 10 minutes and I’ll have everything set up,'” Gonzalez recalled. “So we started telling all of our family and friends to go into this woman’s driveway, even though we had no idea who she was.”

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