Christian Carnival CVIII

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity

Today is Wednesday, so Christian Carnival CVII is up, hosted by Part-Time Pundit. This week's theme: "the uncreative order of receipt."


Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Reflections has been added to the OYB blogroll. Welcome!

Street Preacher

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Street Preacher has been added to the OYB blogroll. Welcome!

REVIEW: Texas Roast Organic Mexican Chiapas

Filed in ReviewsTags: Coffee

The FedEx delivery man brought me a very good package over the weekend: the Organic Mexican Chiapas beans I ordered from Texas Roast, which the company describes as follows:

This is a simple and bright coffee with a rustic aroma. You can almost hear the Mexican music playing in the background for a Cinqo de Mayo clebration as you enjoy this lively cup. It's a perfect coffee to start the day!

That description is pretty accurate. Upon opening the bag, the aroma almost immediately sent me south of the border. (I already have a fondness for Mexican varietal beans, and this one does not disappoint!) The brew tasted darker than the roast appears, but for my tastes I found it to be well-balanced - and I lean more toward darker roasts in general, so I've enjoyed every cup brewed so far from this bag. Nice, medium body, with a hint of brightness in the acidity.

So far, based on this bag, I am impressed with what Texas Roast has to offer!

OYB February 8

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 28
NT: Matthew 25:36-46, Matthew 26:1-13
Ps: Psalm 31:9-18
Pr: Proverbs 8:12-13

Today´s notable verse:

The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

There it is - the heart of "religion" from the Author and Perfecter of our faith: to give, to serve, to love. Christ-like "religion" is not about outward appearances, or rituals, or even sacraments; it is about maintaining a humble spirit and a selfless, Christ- and other-centered attitude, through which we serve those in need.

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Back to Psalm 31 verse 10 above - this past year I read C.S. Lewis' book "A Grief Observed". Has anyone read this? ...Let me know reviews in the Comments section below if you've read A Grief Observed, or know others who have? Has it been consoling for you during a time of loss? Do you have any other book recommendations for people who might be going through grief? Books that were helpful to you when you went through a time of grief?

I've not read it. I would write more, but a short lunch break today demands a brief post...