Five @ Free Flow Friday!

Happy Black Friday Everybody!

Whether you are waiting in line in a store (you’re crazy), sitting in a deer stand or duck blind (you’re crazy too), still in a turkey induced coma from yesterday (you’re a glutton, or a Baptist – but more on the normal side), angry at the lights on the tree that don’t work from last year (you’re pretty normal), or pacing around the house anxiously waiting for the Iron Bowl to start (completely normal!) – here are some articles for your weekend reading pleasure. . .

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#1.Thanksgiving Through The Eyes of IMB Missionaries by Commission Stories

While you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please take time to remember those who have sacrificed time with family and friends in the United States to serve around the world for the sake of the Gospel.

We asked just a few of our nearly 5,000 missionaries what they do for Thanksgiving, what they miss most about Thanksgiving in the U.S. and how you can pray for them during the holidays.

Please read about and pray for these amazing people serving King Jesus around the world. 

 

#2. 8 Things Never to Say at Thanksgiving Dinner by Shannon Rouss

“‘Do you know what they do to the turkey before it’s slaughtered?’

We’re not saying that you don’t have a valid point to make, but bringing this up just as Dad’s about to carve the turkey might ruffle some feathers.”

Hope you didn’t commit any of these yesterday!!

 

#3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Alissa Wilkinson from Christianity Today

I think the reason the books resonated so much with teenagers is that they know, all too keenly, the importance of performing—high school often resembling the arena more than we might like. But let’s not miss the larger critique: ‘performing well’ is what we demand from our celebrities and political figures (and our celebrity pastors, too). The presidency was irrevocably changed after the first televised debates between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960; how you look is now just about as important to the average person, if not more, than what you actually think or do.

This is an incredibly insightful article based on the book series known as ‘The Hunger Games.’

 

#4. Black Friday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader by Tim Challies

If you own a Kindle, you know this is a good time to be a reader of Christian books. Publishers continue to spoil us with great deals on books new and old. There will be a lot of deals coming our way over the Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday) weekend. I am going to keep an eye out for the ones you may be most interested in and list them right here. Check back throughout the weekend as the list will be changing a lot, I’m sure. (I will soon have a second list for Black Friday deals on printed books and other material.)

Have any of you found any other, cheap or freebies? If so, comment below!!!

#5. How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions by Russell Moore

Jesus never, not once, seeks to prove he is right, and he was accused of being everything from a wino to a demoniac. He rejects Satan’s temptation to force a visible vindication, waiting instead for God to vindicate him at the empty tomb.

Often Christians veer toward Satanism at holiday time because we, deep down, pride ourselves on knowing the truth of the gospel. The rage you feel when Uncle Happy says why ‘many roads lead to God’ might be more about the fact that you want to be right than that you want him to be resurrected.

Plus, we often forget just how it is that we came to be in Christ in the first place. This wasn’t some act of brilliance, like being accepted into Harvard or some exertion of the will, like learning to put a Rubik’s cube together in 20 seconds. ‘What do you have that you did not receive,’ the Apostle Paul asks us, ‘And if you received it, then why do you boast as though you didn’t receive it?’ (1 Cor. 4:6-7)

Remarkably real issues coupled with tremendous counsel. Great article. Sorry for those of you who wish I had linked to this on Wednesday!

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One thought on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    When we walked out of the movie “The Hunger Games”, Jayne turned to me and I have never forgotten what she said. (She had not read the book whereas I had either already read all 3 or was waiting on the 3rd for a little perspective.). She said to me, “What a depressing movie (bear in mind the heroine had prevailed).” I then asked her why and she said, “there is no hope because there is no a God.” To which I replied that the same is true of all the books in the series. Being the liberty lover I am, I was drawn to the theme of the books, but after Jayne’s comment and my response I no longer enjoy it as well. We will go see the 2nd movie, but Jayne’s comment will keep it in proper perspective; without God there is no hope.

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