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Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane – A Review

ldworry_mediumborder.hjog6xdm752qmagw2ebqmrohfru27xedLiving Without Worry (Good Book Company, 2014) by Timothy Lane is a helpful, concise, and accessible treatment about the roots of anxiety and methods of dealing with it. While recognising different degrees of anxiety and various physiological conditions that may contribute to, or arise from, extreme situations, Lane offers basic principles to try navigate the circumstances of worry in a positive manner.
Identifying causes of worry that arise from past (actions done by the individual, or to the individual), the future (situations that may arise), the present (what is happening now); Lane goes on to unfold a pattern by which the individual identifies how these circumstances supplant or distort focus on God and then cultivate a perspective that expresses trust in God.
Scripture is skilfully used to both provide the pattern of the counsel as well as the context for trusting it. Helpful questions practically unfold the process and an important section contextualises the process in terms of recognising that circumstances in life will provide opportunities to give in to worry and fear, but these are used by God to grow the faith of his people.
Personally, as a long-standing worrier who is inclined to periods of melancholy, Lane’s analysis rings true and his counsel resonates as being a constructive pattern to dealing with the various situations in life that can easily lead to anxiety. Even as I read it for this review I found current situations causing apprehension giving way to a sense of God’s power and purpose that brings peace.

The .mobi edition of Living Without Worry upon which this review is based was provided by Cross Focussed Reviews as part of a Living Without Worry blog tour. A positive review was not required as a condition of its provision.


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The Growth Of The American Home

This post tracks the growth in size of homes in the USA over the last forty years, identifying that homes are now 56% larger than those of four decades ago. It uses a cute video to do so.
It’s probably the same here in Australia, or even more so.
All new homes here seem to have ensuite master bedrooms and most would have either a fourth bedroom or another living space. The forty-year mark was about when open plan design came to popularity as well, making for larger open spaces.
Of contrasting interest would be a study of how much time people spend in these larger homes.
My guess is probably less.
Go here and check it out.
This copy of the video may not last long, but if it does you can watch it here.


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Seven Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want Their Churches To Grow (via Thom Rainer)

Master list producer Thom Rainer provides seven reasons some church members don’t want their churches to grow.
It’s important to know that people who love Jesus as Lord and Saviour and who want others to be saved can fall into these patterns.
They need to be sensitively identified and addressed from the perspective of finding satisfaction in Jesus and the growth of the Kingdom.

From the post:

Obedience to the Great Commission often results in growth in the church. But growth in the church is not always received well by some members. Some of these members have an attitude that the church is there to serve them and to cater to their needs. Healthy church members understand they are to be giving and sacrificial members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12).
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  1. Loss of familiarity. When a church is growing, it becomes a different church over time. The difference is not necessarily good or bad, but it’s not the same as it was in earlier years. Some church members grieve when they see their churches change. They miss “the good old days.”
  2. Loss of memories. I recently heard a poignant story from a lady whose church was demolishing the old worship center to build a new one to accommodate growth. She and her husband were married in the old worship center. She understandably grieved at the loss of that physical reminder of their wedding.
  3. Loss of comfort. Growth can mean that the closest parking spots are no longer available. Growth can mean that the traffic flow in the parking lot is more difficult. Church members can feel that their creature comforts are compromised by growth.
  4. Loss of power. New people in a church can mean that power bases are diluted. The growth can result in new influencers in the church. Some of the longer-tenured influencers may not like that.
  5. Loss of perceived intimacy. It’s a common response: “I used to know everyone in this church. I just don’t feel as close to members as I once did.” Indeed, growth can mean that all the members may not know each other as they did when the church was smaller.
  6. Loss of worship style. New members and attendees might have different worship style preferences. They often influence church leaders to make changes. Existing members may resent these changes. They might also start worship wars.
  7. Loss of worship time. Growth in the church may necessitate adding worship services or changing times of worship services. Some members may be frustrated that they have lost “their” worship time.


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What’s Your Starbucks Name?

Mass coffee chain Starbucks are apparently famous for mistaking the names their customers provide when placing orders.
What’s Your Starbucks Name takes your name and churns out likely Starbucks mishearings.
It’s a minute or two of amusement on a day that could use such things.


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Songs inspired by Micah 6:8

A post about songs based on Micah 6:8 that includes a track from Australia’s Trevor Hodge that’s been recorded on both his own album and EMU’s album Undivided.

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Micah 6:8

Here is a list of songs inspired by the text in Micah 6:8
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Micah 6:8 (ESV)

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?


Greg Scheer – Living Justly

Charlie Hall – Micah 6:8 | chart

Maranatha – Micah 6-8

Thomlin, Baloche – You Have Shown Us
mp3 | chart | youtube

James Ward – Micah 6:8
mp3 | chart | Words

Trevor Hodge (aus.) – Micah Song
mp3 | chart

Related:

Sandra McCracken – Justice Will Roll Down
mp3 | chart | youtube

Sojourn – Let Justice Roll
mp3 | chart

Liturgy

Let Justice Roll: Worship Planning Resources with a Justice Theme (RW Magazine)

Micah 6:8 Call to Worship

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Sesame Street: The Aveggies – Age of Bon Bon (Avengers Parody)

I’m not a huge fan of Sesame Street parodies of non-child oriented productions.
However, this one is based on the Avengers, so it’s close enough.
And it’s amusing too: lots of puns, a great riff on the ‘That’s my secret…’ line, and Hawkeye gets a hard time.


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Shame, Interrupted by Ed Welch Kindle Edition Free For Limited Time

Shame-Interrupted-199x300I got Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch from the Australian Amazon Kindle store for free.
It will only be available for a couple of days.
The blurb:
No More Hiding
Shame controls far too many of us. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure…it all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like. The way out, however, is harder to find. Time doesn’t help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done. But the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are willing, God’s beautiful words break through.
Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people. God cares for the shamed. Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed.