Weekend Reading: 5/27

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by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

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The Persecution of David Dalieden and Anti-Abortion Activists

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by John Ellis

David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress again find themselves the targets of leftist persecution. By exposing the wickedness of Planned Parenthood and seeking to defend and protect babies, Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress has transgressed leftist ethics. For progressivism, righteousness is of no concern when it threatens the leftist agenda, and those who righteously challenge that agenda must be punished and silenced. Make no mistake, just because Daleiden doesn’t have to worry about being used as a human torch to illuminate Nero’s orgies, that doesn’t mean that he and his organization aren’t being persecuted for the sake of righteousness.

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Faith Will Move a Mountain


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by John Ellis

Several weeks into my new life as a follower of Jesus, something went wrong with my car’s brakes. Over the previous decade or so, I had changed the brake pads and rotors on cars many times. But whatever was wrong this time eluded my limited capabilities as a mechanic. I also didn’t have any money. I did have Matthew 17:20, though.

Matthew 17:20 is the famous and oft-quoted passage in which Jesus tells his disciples, “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”[1]

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Praise God for Nails in Tires

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by John Ellis

Since today is the 24th, I prayed through Psalm 24 this morning, by God’s grace. While praying, the Holy Spirit confronted me with my spirit of discontentment, impatience, and overall sense of entitlement.

Earlier, while taking my kids to school, a light on the dash signaled low air pressure in one of the tires. At the school, I hopped out and did a quick visual inspection. The tires appeared fine, so I felt secure driving the two miles back to my house. At home, I checked the air pressure, discovered that one of the tires was indeed low, but I was unable to locate a nail that would explain the low air pressure.

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Christian Hospitality

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by John Ellis

Note: this article was originally written for and published in my church’s newsletter.

One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible is found at the beginning of John 13. Prior to relating the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, the Apostle John tells the readers that “Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”[1]

Faced with his own imminent death, which was the ultimate act of love, Jesus’ thoughts and concerns were for his disciples. Jesus loved them. And throughout his life, Jesus demonstrated that love by caring for their spiritual and physical needs. To be clear, Philip Ryken explains that, “when John says that Jesus loved his own to the very end, he was talking about the love that he showed in the full work of his salvation. Yet there is also a more immediate context for John’s statement.”[2]

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