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Growing in Grace- Links 11/3

From the blog this week: Who Cares About the Reformation?; The Reformation: A Return to the Gospel; The Reformation: A Return to Scripture

The Evolution of Divorce

“The divorce revolution’s collective consequences for children are striking. Taking into account both divorce and non-marital childbearing, sociologist Paul Amato estimates that if the United States enjoyed the same level of family stability today as it did in 1960, the nation would have 750,000 fewer children repeating grades, 1.2 million fewer school suspensions, approximately 500,000 fewer acts of teenage delinquency, about 600,000 fewer kids receiving therapy, and approximately 70,000 fewer suicide attempts every year.”

Window on the World

A helpful resource for kids (and adults) that provides information on nations and people groups and specific ways to pray for them. It’s a great way to model to your children God’s heart for the nations and a desire to carry out the Great Commission.

Jerks for Jesus

“Isn’t it possible — just possible, even if not in your mind probable — that because of the deception in our own hearts, that we may be more harsh than we ought to be? That in fact, what we think is Christlike behavior doesn’t strike many as genuinely favoring the aroma of Christ?”

You Don’t Have to Be Busy to Belong

“We need trumpet calls and wake-up calls. We need to say no to the things that lead us away from the story of God and lead us to follow a story of the suburbs. The suburbs keep us busy because we think the more we move, the more we work, the more valuable we will be. If we hope to nurture a life of faith, we’ve got to stop moving long enough to hear God’s voice.”

The Stand That Saved My Soul

“On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment at Virginia Tech. I was 20 years old and was in the wildest season of my life. I had three girl roommates, a live-in girlfriend, and I spent most of my spare time smoking weed, doing lines of cocaine, and drinking.”

But God….

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