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One of God's little ones living in Brazil since 1984. Main blog is a must-visit.

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So said the architect of London's "walkie-talkie" skyscraper, in concave form which focuses the sun's rays to very high temps:

In an interview with The Guardian, Viñoly said that horizontal louvre windows on the south side that had been intended to prevent this problem were removed at some point during the planning process. While he conceded that there had been "a lot of mistakes" with the building, he agreed with the building's developers that the sun was too high in the sky on that particular day. "[I] didn't realise it was going to be so hot," he said, suggesting that global warming was at fault. "When I first came to London years ago, it wasn't like this ... Now you have all these sunny days."[41]

Not my fault, he says. The phrase of our age.

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One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means.

The same can be said for church growth. Many people write about it. Few have done it. Some have produced something that looks like church growth, but which is in fact a swelling of people or a selling of a product. Those who have done it may not be able to explain the true reasons for it. Some write from a biblical standpoint, and it is to scripture that we must go for the causes and contributions to church growth. But even then is it legitimate to write about what one has never done and does not plan to do, by obeying the Lord's mandate?

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love - Brain Pickings

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This statement saddens me deeply:

There have been more buildings erected to the honor and service of Jesus Christ in the United States of America alone during the last decade only than were previously erected all over the world in honor of all the kings and rulers who ever lived.

When we use the erection of church buildings as a measure of the church, things have gone terribly wrong.

It is noteworthy that the building the author erected in Manhattan at great expense is now occupied by a group so progressive that he would not recognize it nor have fellowship with it.

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In today's article, "Jesus' covenant is better," Jon Galloway continues to survey Scripture as a part of his congregation's Bible reading program.

You can almost hear those who first heard this begin to question: why do we need another covenant? God established his covenant with us on Mount Sinai. What could be better than that?

I've been working a lot lately on the covenants. My studies with Paulo and the emphasis on not taking practices from the OT have led me to it.

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"If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. —Florence Nightingale

The end of the first sentence seems like something is missing, but the thought is there.

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Blogger Cory Collins asked for suggestions on how to keep faith alive:

How can we avoid – or recover from – a stale, dry, and weak spiritual life? What works for you that may help others of us? What does the Word of God tell us about refreshment?

Here's my answer:

One of the best ways to keep faith from growing stale and to stay alive in the Lord is through teaching the Good News to others. There are few experiences more satisfying, more invigorating, than to be a part of someone's conversion, to look anew at the faith through the eyes of someone who is just now discovering it. Being on the front line of the gospel keeps us sharp spiritually, helps us deal with the real life issues that others are facing, and helps us to give the proper value to the precious blood which purchased our salvation at so great a cost.

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God calls the weak in order to demonstrate his power. He does not, yea, cannot, use those who believe all is done with their own resources and efforts. Like Joshua at Ai, he will work so that the victory is obviously his. His is the glory.

God creates situations and uses those chance moments that appear when man's powers are insufficient, so that observers must confess that it was he who acted. He looks for men and women who will allow him this freedom.

The great issue of the day is, will I allow him such freedom to act in my life — will I make myself weak, thereby creating space for his power to operate?