Week In Links 04.18.14

April 18, 2014 — 4 Comments

WeekInLinks

The “Week In Links” is a weekly post showcasing my posts for the week and a complete list of the links I found interesting this week.

31Kings Posts

Music

I Feel Good – James Brown Cover  –  Pomplamoose 
This is good and makes me feel good.

Videos

No Rings  –  Foot Locker
This is funny.

News

Blogs

Twitter

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Every year I set goals for the year and some of those goals involve particular things I want to teach my kids.

Last year I set a goal to create a board game with my kids. Our family really enjoys playing games, especially games like 7 Wonders, Ticket To Ride, Settlers of Catan, Bohnanza, and Qwirkle (just to name a few). Many of our family nights are spent playing a game while eating large quantities of popcorn.

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The vast majority of people spend their lives consuming, enjoying, and purchasing what a small minority create.

And most people would probably say that there’s one main thing that separates consumers from creators: talent.

And certainly, in some cases, this is true. But I would venture to believe that it’s not the biggest thing that separates them.

I believe that the two main reasons the majority of people are consumers while the minority of people are creators is that most people don’t believe they can create something useful, fun, or great, and of the few that do, most don’t have the discipline, drive, or perseverance to see their good ideas through to completion.

I believe there’s an incredible amount of untapped potential and talent bound up in the heart of every human created in the image of God.

Most of it has not been tried and found wanting, but rather wanted and not tried.

I don’t want my kids growing up in the consumer majority. I want them to grow up believing they can create great things. And I want them to possess what it takes to see their ideas through to completion.

That’s why I’m creating a board game with my kids.

I want them to see with their own eyes that it’s possible, so that they can believe that much bigger things that they can’t see are possible to create as well.

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WeekInLinks

The “Week In Links” is a weekly post showcasing my posts for the week and a complete list of the links I found interesting this week.

31Kings Posts

Videos

Rich Mullins – A Ragamuffin’s Legacy
Rich Mullins had a profound impact on me early in my Christian walk. This documentary consists of research footage taken by film producer David Leo Schultz when he and a small crew traveled the country to interview the family and friends of Rich Mullins in preparation for the movie, “RAGAMUFFIN.

Preach the Gospel to Yourself  –  Paul Tripp 
Good stuff.

Music

Lighthome: Live at Studios 301  –  Matt Corby 

Blogs

News

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worthlessman

Reading through the life of David, I came across an interesting verse:

“Now the sons of Eli were worthless men.” 1 Samuel 2:12

Worthless men? Sounds pretty harsh, doesn’t it? And yet this is what the bible called them.

Is there really such a thing as a worthless man?

According to the bible, yes.

The dictionary defines worthless as “without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing”.

If the bible describes some men as worthless, I want to find out what makes a man worthless and make sure that man is not me.

So what does the bible say made these men worthless?

“Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord.“ 1 Samuel 2:12

Men use all kinds of standards to determine their worth, but the word of God determines a man’s worth by whether or not he “knows the Lord”. It doesn’t matter how smart or educated you are, how strong or athletic you are, how wealthy or business savvy you are.

Do you understand and know the Lord?

“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”” Jeremiah 9:23-24

Knowing Jesus has a worth that surpasses every other counterfeit offer:

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” Phil 3:8-11

Be a man. Be a man with worth; of use, importance, and value; good-for-something.

Be a man that knows and understands God.

(Image adapted from: El Alvicc)

31Kings_Podcast

This is the 3rd message in a series on finances I’m doing.

The message is on honoring God with the money we give. It answers the following questions?

  • What?
  • How much?
  • How often?
  • What if I’m in debt?
  • Where? Who?
  • Why?


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WeekInLinks

The “Week In Links” is a weekly post showcasing my posts for the week and a complete list of the links I found interesting this week.

31Kings Posts

Music

Where Were You  –  Ghost Ship
Great song on one of my favorite sections of scripture.

Morning Sheets  –  Patrick Watson
Beautiful song.

Brother (Radio Edit)  –  Matt Corby

Videos

Star Wars Featurette: The Birth of the Lightsaber

Blogs

Noahic Clickbait  –  Doug Wilson
This is a really interesting post on the Nephilim.

Twitter

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Here’s a playlist highlighting some of the music I’ve been into lately.

**NOTE TO THE HATERS:

I like music because I like it, regardless of whether it’s cool to like it or not. :)

Let me know in the comments if you discovered anything new and it caught your ear.

WeekInLinks

The “Week In Links” is a weekly post showcasing my posts for the week and a complete list of the links I found interesting this week.

31Kings Posts

Music

The Piano & Strings Sessions  –  Future of Forestry
Beautiful album.

News

Videos

Nick Young Celebrates Too Early  –  ESPN
Hahaha


Tyler Inman’s Dunks at the NAIA All-Star Dunk Contest
Are you serious?

Blogs

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wrongedforgood

Recently I’ve been struck with a particular view of God that David pretty consistently spoke of in the bible, regarding God being for him. The fact that David is referred to by God as “a man after His own heart” (Acts 13:22, 1 Sam 13:14) makes me all the more eager to discover what David believed about God, in hopes that I too might be a man after God’s own heart.

I recently wrote about this particular view of God that David possessed in a post titled “David And Two Little Words“. As I’ve been studying David and what he believed about God I was again struck by another scene from his life in 2 Samuel 16:5-14.

The backdrop for this scene is a conspiracy by David’s son Absalom to take the throne. David catches wind of it and flees Jerusalem to the wilderness. While David is on his way, “a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei” came out and cursed David continually, throwing stones at David and his mighty men saying, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”

One of David’s mighty men offers to take off Shimei’s head.

David’s response is pretty fascinating:

“If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.”

What?!?

“It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.”

So in other words, David basically is saying, “Could it be that perhaps this cursing is the means by which God will bless me?”

Who thinks like that?!?

David. A man after God’s own heart.

What a liberating way to live.

Do we focus on the pain and weariness that being cursed and wronged is causing or the possible good that God might be bringing?

David believed what Paul would later write: “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

David had a firm belief in the goodness of God being directed toward him, even in the worst of circumstances, even in the midst of cursing. And he believed it at a time of great loss and personal pain. He believed it when the kingdom he had waited for so long to receive was being taken from him from his very own son. Insult being added to injury didn’t cause him to waiver in believing that God was for him and that surely, goodness and mercy would follow him all the days of his life (Ps 23:6).

“So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself.”

I want a heart like David.

(Image adapted from: Patrickcc)

31Kings_Podcast

This is the 2nd message in a series on “Finances”.

Our generosity flows out of revelation of God’s generosity.

  • Gen 22:14 God’s name is Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Who Provides
  • Deut 8:18 Power to get wealth
  • Deut 28:11-13 Blessing for prosperity
  • Matt 7:11 Your Father gives good gifts
  • John 3:34 Gives the Spirit without measure
  • Tit 3:6 Pours out the Holy Spirit richly
  • Rom 8:31-32 Gave his son, how much more all things
  • Rom 10:12 Bestowing riches
  • 2 Cor 8:9 Was rich, became poor so we could become rich
  • Eph 1:7-9 Riches of his grace
  • Eph 2:4-7 Immeasurable riches
  • Eph 3:8,16 Unsearchable riches
  • Phil 4:19 Supplying every need with his riches
  • 1 Tim 6:17 Richly provides everything for our enjoyment
  • James 1:5 Gives wisdom generously


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