From The New Normal: Always Keep Growing


We just finished our study of Song of Solomon and now we’re moving into a real change of pace – 2 Peter. I can’t help but look at Peter in the Gospels and compare him to his letters and marvel at the transformation from a young man of big talk and little action to a man of true wisdom.

In his opening statements of his second letter, Peter urges his readers to continuously grow, increasing the yield of fruit in their lives over and over again. He reminds his audience that God has already provided them with all they need to foster that kind of sustainable growth…

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From PJ Lifestyle: Walt Disney’s 7 Most Radical Ideas From His Last Decade on Earth


By the time the 1960s rolled around, Walt Disney appeared to have done it all. He had elevated the cartoon from an opening-act short to a feature-film art form. He had conquered live-action movies and embraced television, and he even revolutionized the theme-park experience. But Walt wasn’t done — in fact, it looks like he saved his most radical and powerful ideas for the last years of his life. And here are seven examples to prove it.

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From PJ Lifestyle: 14 Fascinating Inventors And Innovators From The South

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After my post a few weeks ago debunking myths about the South, the idea came to me to look into different inventors from Dixie.

I found that, as with many regions of the country, most Southern inventors came up with products we don’t use anymore or don’t really think about. But some really fascinating inventions and innovations originated in the minds of Southern men and women.

From agricultural advances to technological breakthroughs to revolutionary beverages, the South can claim quite a few innovations. Here are fourteen of them…

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From PJ Lifestyle: The 10 Best Summer Songs You Probably Haven’t Thought Of


This time of year, everybody comes out with their list of the best songs of summer, and it seems like most every list boasts the same songs every year. But there’s nothing like discovering new music, especially this time of year. So, here’s your alternative summer playlist.

A quick note: not all of the songs specifically mention summer or take place in summer, but they have a summertime sound or feel. Here we go…

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From PJ Lifestyle: Jack’s Back! 5 Reasons To Get Excited About 24: Live Another Day


For eight seasons, 24 kept viewers on the edge of their seats as counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) saved the world one day at a time with the help of a cast of terrific characters including computer analyst Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub). The real time, 24 hours-a-season format kept us on the edge of our seats and made for innovative television. In 2010, Sutherland and the producers mutually agreed to end the series after its eighth year, but like nearly all good things, 24 came back – this time as a limited, 12 episode season called 24: Live Another Day.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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This Week’s Guest Post At The New Normal: Triumphant Mercy


Last week, I wrote about how God was willing to subject His vineyard to judgment because the vines (i.e. the Israelites) refused to produce fruitin keeping with obedience. This week we’re looking at God’s prophecies against Israel’s enemies.

The Lord promised destruction to Israel’s enemies, with some encouraging promises embedded in the prophecies for His people.

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This Week’s Guest Post At The New Normal: Sour Grapes

black_rot-grapeThe first part of chapter 5 of Isaiah is a parable that uses an agricultural metaphor to describe both God’s high hopes for His people and Israel’s rebellion:

1 I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. 2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.

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From PJ Lifestyle: Satanists Want A Monument In Oklahoma Alongside 10 Commandments


Jews and Christians have this crazy tendency to make themselves lighting rods for criticism and attack when they make their beliefs public. People really take offense to dangerous values like “Don’t murder” and “Don’t steal.” The Left never tires of making a reality of Jesus’ warning that the world would hate His followers.

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