Paul and Jill Miller have written a great curriculum to help special needs adults understand the compassion of Jesus!
Compassion is at the very center of Jesus’ being—it is the main way that he relates to people. Jesus shows compassion by incarnating, by stepping into other people’s shoes. It is an entirely different way of approaching people—one that begins by looking.
In this 19-session study, students will learn:
- How Jesus sees people and shows compassion
- How our hearts can prevent us from showing compassion
- How to share Jesus’ compassion with others
Come see the beauty of how Jesus looks, sees, and moves toward people like you and me.
Additional resources can be found at seeJesus.net.
For those Narnians out there, here’s a great resource to listen to the series online. Unfortunately you cannot directly download the audio, but you can live-stream it for free or download it via itunes podcast.
Link: The Chronicles of Narnia AUDIO
Free AudioBook: “Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God” (Packer)
Each month, ChristianAudio provides a free download for those who subscribe to their email newsletter (sent only occasionally).
This month the free audiobook is J.I. Packer’s Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God. It’s one of the best resources on the topic of evangelism, and as you might assume, holds a high view of God’s sovereign grace as the initiator of salvation and man’s gospel proclamation as the means that God often uses to bring sinners to faith and repentance. Check it out… after all, it’s free!
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve written on this blog. After a necessary reprieve, I’m planning to start writing again. But, as an initial start, I wanted to share a blog post that totally made my day! Enjoy…
Backstory: On Twitter, I follow a lady who writes quippy little posts about her toddler’s life, from his perspective. It’s almost always hilarious. Here’s an “open letter” from her toddler to another child that he punched on the playground. It’s worth your time… Read it as if the Toddler is writing it and you’ll be laughing:
Peter’s letter contains one of the most quoted and loved verses on anxiety “Cast all your anxieties (burdens) on him, for he cares for you.”
This is wonderful good news to the person who is anxious and worrying but the Word of God does not start with that thought. Instead we find strongly worded command to “humble yourselves, therefore, before the mighty hand of God.” This is key to helping combat worry and anxiety. It is the lesson learned by Job and it is here summed up: humble yourself before the mighty God.
This is the rock solid assurance for our souls, that there is a mighty Creator, a Lord of heaven and earth, bigger and stronger than all of the creation. He is exalted and glorious wonder, seated on a throne, surrounded by thousands of angels and creatures declaring and singing his praises.
When we begin here, at the throne of God, we will be humbled before him. When we recall the deeds and character of God we will bow in humiliation. And it is here that our sorrows, anxieties, and burdens are cast at his feet. The same mighty God who spoke the universe into being is the one who cares for us. Cares so much that he “has called us to eternal glory in Christ” and chosen us of all the created things to be his beloved.
This will begin to spread the light of the Gospel hope into your burdens and anxieties. This will be a lasting cure for the sinful tendency to worry and fret. The God of the universe, enthroned in light, has redeemed you. Rest in him and be well.
“Waiting Here for You” by Christy Nockels
“Lord I Need You” by Chris Tomlin
Here’s a convicting thought:
If God should have no more mercy on us than we have charity to one another, what would become of us? —Thomas Fuller
Mark 11:20-25 “As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Ordinary Faithful Pastors: Here are a few thoughts from Ray Ortlund, Jr. on his late father, a faithful, ordinary pastor.
Growth in Christ: Spiritual growth is inevitable, sometimes slow and imperceptible, but it’s a certainty for anyone who is in Christ because the Master Builder completes everything that He begins.
Personal Purgatory: Praise God that He does not treat us this way, and that He removes the condemning guilt of our sin.
Ge0-Tracer: An entertaining Google Maps game.
Having a Servant’s Heart: A story from the life of D.L. Moody.