"The noblest conquest of all is to rule your own spirit... To be content in any condition of life is challenging--it is a holy valor deliverable only by the Holy Spirit. To be calm and patient in a changing and dangerous world is worthy of a garland of honor...[and] to be content while denying yourself is sacred."
- Thomas Watson, 17th-century Puritan pastor, from his book The Art of Divine Contentment
(Painting: "Fortitude," Wallfahrtskirche Frauenberg, Deckengemälde im Herbergstrakt; photo by Fb78, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.