Weekly Wisdom [12.07.18]

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

Verse of the Week

God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it [Num. 23:19]?

Book of the Week

Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

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.

We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner–and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt wants readers to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, he thinks that this is the year readers can finally close the gap between reality and their dreams.

Podcast of the Week

Five Common Ways Pastors Overcome Sermon Blocks – Rainer on Leadership

Sunday comes every week for a pastor. And that means a sermon needed nearly every week. Today, we discuss how to combat sermon block if and when that happens.

Quote of the Week

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

-A.W. Tozer

Song of the Week

“Peace on Earth” by Chris Rice

Post of the Week

Kentucky Girl Receives Christmas Gift She Always Wanted – a Family of Her Own

Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.

For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.

Tip of the Week

Bring the Year in for a Landing

As we being December, it’s time to start revisting what you accomplished this year and also what you failed to accomplish.  A good review of your personal, family, spiritual, vocational, and relational progress is a great place to start.  Get honest about what worked and what didn’t this year so you can prepare for the next.

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.