A Great Book on The Power of Mercy: God Impulse
This book is part of our Pastor’s Book Club for this month. It describes the kind of person I want to be!
For Jesus, truth and mercy went hand in hand. Where he preached he also healed. He didn’t outsource one or the other to biblical scholars or nonprofit ministries. He presented the truth of the gospel through his words and his actions, and he did it all in a hands-on, relational way. And the reaction was the same wherever he went–people were amazed.
Today we seem to have lost this powerful pattern of self-giving love, focusing on truth at the expense of mercy or on mercy at the expense of truth, and often failing to build genuine, lasting relationships with the people around us.
In The God Impulse, Jack Alexander helps us recover Jesus’s model, showing through biblical and modern real-life stories that God’s first impulse toward us is mercy. He then sets forth a pattern for us to follow–to see, go, do, and endure–that not only spreads truth and love to those around us who are suffering but also causes them to gasp in amazement and consider the claims of the gospel for themselves.
A Great Carry-on Bag – The Filson Dryden Bag
I love travel bags. I’ve traveled almost exclusively with Filson gear for nearly 20 years. The bags are extremely well-made and are what I would consider heirloom quality. They look better with age!
This is my first Dryden bag — most of my bags are made of rugged twill with bridle leader straps and handles. The Dryden bag is made of nylon, so it’s lighter and this particular bag fits in smaller comparments.
Here are some of my favorite Filson bags:
Filson Medium Rugged Duffle
Filson Drydent Two-Wheel Carry-On
Filson 24 Hour Tin Cloth Briefcase
An Airport Travel Hack: Global Entry
If you fly frequently, you’ve probably seen the signs for TSA PreCheck. If you’re not familiar with it, TSA PreCheck allows you to you can speed through security and don’t need to remove your: shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.. The lines are typically short and fast. TSA PreCheck definitely removes some of the friction and frustration with air travel.
Now here’s a hack. Instead of signing up for TSA PreCheck, I opted to pay a few more dollars to sign-up for Global Entry. Why? With Global Entry, you receive the TSA PreCheck perks PLUS a quicker re-entry from an international trip. I think it’s a better value. While it does cost $100 and takes a few steps to get initially approved, it is good for 5-years. To me, 5-years of less travel friction is worth it!
Do you have any travel hacks?
A Quote I’m Thinking About
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation.” – C. S. Lewis
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