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From Make College Count:

College Advice from J. Mark Bertrand

What college students should do to make college count:

Embrace your discipline. Take a professional interest in your major. Stop worrying about passing the test and start thinking about teaching the class.

Do more than the assigned reading. Outside reading is a way to bootstrap yourself ahead of the learning curve. Ask your teacher for recommendations.

Don’t waste your electives. Choose classes that open up other disciplines and possibilities, rather than settling for easy As.

Keep a journal. You’re taking notes already, so it may seem redundant. But a journal of your questions and thought processes is a helpful way to make connections.

Study out loud. Spend time with other students, talking about what you’re studying. Make the subject a part of your life, not something you cram for at the last minute.

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World (Crossway, 2007), Beguiled (with Deeanne Gist), and Back on Murder, the first in a series featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. Pattern of Wounds, the next March novel, will be published in Summer 2011.

Read my interview with Mark about Rethinking Worldview.

Read my review of Back on Murder. (I loved it!)

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"Lust is wanting something right now," said one of my seminary professors. The celibate season is a time to cultivate patience, especially in the sexual arena. Patience grows from trust — believing that God will allow even our sexual lives to unfold in His time, in His way.

Part of the problem with lust is that it assumes that we need to have sexual experiences immediately because we may miss the opportunity. Although some people never marry, the vast majority of people — more than 80% — eventually do marry. When we realize that these experiences are most likely ahead of us, but are reserved for a different season — in which they will be beautiful and right — rushing becomes unnecessary.

Lustful thoughts, however, will come. We may be especially vulnerable when we are trying to pray against them. Instead of getting caught in a cycle of praying against lust only to have a fresh onslaught, we can shift our focus. "Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train," Anne Lamott wrote. "You don't drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor's yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper."

When our minds wander in unfortunate directions our job is to bring them back to those things that are good, true and lovely (unless of course, a lovely person is what got us into trouble in the first place). We may have an especially hard time redirecting our minds when we're alone with our thoughts. When we're feeling really tempted, we may be able to break the cycle by doing something as simple as getting up to get a glass of water or better yet, picking up the phone to call a trusted friend.

"A Season of Celibacy" – Jenny Schrodel (http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0002348.cfm)

If You Haven’t Already Seen This…

then you should see it.  The newest David Crowder Band YouTube video launched this week.  Lite Brite, a love story, and lots of pizza (not in the video – just during production).  All glory to God!

Off to Homecoming 2010 – Rock This Town!

Management as Art as God’s Design

From Matt at What's Best Next:

This is a very good insight, from The Essential Drucker:

Management is deeply involved in moral concerns—the nature of man, good and evil. Management is thus what tradition used to call a liberal art. Managers draw on all the knowledge and insights of the humanities and the social sciences—on psychology and philosophy, on economics and history, on ethics—as well as on the physical sciences. But they have to focus this knowledge on effectiveness and results—on healing a sick patient, teaching a student, building a bridge, designing and selling a user friendly software program. For these reasons, management will increasingly be the discipline and the practice through which the humanities will again acquire recognition, impact, and relevance.

N.T. Wright is such a resource of Biblical wisdom.  Listen to a short talk on Ephesians at Wheaton.

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   Q – How are you right with GodA – Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is to accept this gift of God with a believing heart.” (16th Century, Heidelberg Catechism – Question 60).

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”  And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. Hebrews 10:17-18

(from http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/ – read it now, read it daily)

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Check out this article written by Reverend Tom Steller: Keeping the Men in Mentoring. It's on John Piper's Desiring God blog.

If you're in Springfield or Joplin, Tom Steller will be at the first lesson of Perspectives on the World Christian Movement January 17 and 18.  Join us as we seek to learn more about God's heart for the nations of the world!

A Open Letter to My Muslim Friends Re: FLA Church Qu’ran Burning on 9/11

First, if you haven't read about this story, go to it at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11223457

I am deeply troubled by this action by the Dove World Outreach Center.  To burn the book most holy to the religion of Islam does nothing but promote hatred and lacks compassion and truth (which are the attributes found in Jesus). I grieve with you that someone calling himself a Christian would make a statement intended strictly to draw attention to his church.  The Jesus we follow teaches that we speak the truth in love, and that His kingdom will be made known through the loving actions of His followers – not pure hate such as this.  While this pastor and I agree that Jesus is Lord incarnate, we certainly do not agree on the method of "teaching."

My heart sympathizes for you as you seek the truth, especially during Ramadan.  I pray that as you read about our King Jesus that you would see the way He is loving, forgiving, and seeking – not burning books or harshly criticizing those that seek truth wholeheartedly.

Follower of Jesus,
Christopher Lynn