1. I think Jesus was saying a lot of things when he told Satan, “man doesn’t live on bread (an “essential”) alone but on every word from God’s mouth.” One thing he was certainly saying is that Matt can do without his beloved record player console because he has the Scriptures.

2. Someone mentioned the “circle of life” the other day and I assumed they were talking about pizza.

3. There were parts I liked about the new Star Wars, but there was something about it leaving me empty, with a need to fill up that space. I don’t know how else to explain it.

4. I wish I could hear Rich Mullins’ “Jesus Demos” on vinyl.

5. Our culture is infatuated with all that is gross and disturbing. Our commercials, conversations and entertainment. I have two boys I would like to go the the Philippians 4:8 direction. But that feels impossible.

6.  Thad Cockrell singing “To Be Loved”

7. I hate the snobbery rising up in me when I go to Wal-Mart. I have a “People of Wal-Mart” heart that looks nothing like Jesus’ heart for the least of these.

8. Last night we ate turnip green soup and cornbread and it was great because I’m old.

9. You know that quick moment as a parent when you have to decide whether to laugh or scold and you choose to laugh and your child’s face lights up in joy? That’s probably an echo of the grace of God we enjoy.

10. I think that as we grow in our faith, the good things we love about life change how we look at life after death. The temptation is to enjoy the things of now so much we can hardly bear the thought of losing them in death. Usually, times have to be hard for us to look forward to what is coming. But as we grow in faith and hope, all we enjoy now slowly, quietly, makes us long for the making of all things new.

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