Weekly Wisdom [11.30.18]

Need some Weekly Wisdom?  Here are my favorite resources of the week.

Verse of the Week

For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. [Col. 1:29].

Book of the Week

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.

As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”

This unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.

Podcast of the Week

Trends in the Number of Weekends a Pastor Preaches Each Year – Rainer on Leadership

Preaching trends are changing in churches. Today, we look at why many preachers are preaching less every year and why that’s a good thing.

Quote of the Week

To have found God and still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.

-A.W. Tozer

Song of the Week

Colony House performs “Waiting For My Time To Come” live at Someday Studios in Franklin, TN.

Post of the Week

He Was Made for Another World – Desiring God

According to Peter Kreeft, “Clive Staples Lewis was not a man: he was a world” (C.S. Lewis: A Critical Essay, 4).

That is the kind of accolade you read again and again in books about C.S. Lewis. Which means there must have been something extraordinary about the man. Indeed, there was.

Tip of the Week

Provide Sneak Peeks into Your Church Through Your Website

Even if you don’t have superior technology, attempt to provide opportunities to see, hear, or feel what it would feel like to gather with your church.  Most people who end up joining our church are those who have watched numerous services online before ever attending in person.  Is your church website a front window in good shape in which people could take a peek?

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.