Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

My cat is perfect, except for his one besetting sin.

I recently added a window bird feeder to my back window. As you can imagine, this is pure bliss for a cat. My furry guy has taken it upon himself to not simply watch the birds, but to try to catch them through the glass. I feel bad that the poor birds are terrorized by this. I also feel bad that I sometimes laugh when I see it happen. Watching my cat lunge at the window is pretty funny.

True to the doctrine of progressive sanctification though, my kitty is gradually losing interest in this feeder. He no longer awakens early to sit and wait for the blinds to be lifted, and I haven’t seen or heard him in attack mode for several days. He is growing. He is being sanctified.

Okay, we all know this is a bit in jest. Cats don’t experience sanctification (especially mine because he actually is perfect). I hope it’s an amusing illustration, though, of the reality of progressive sanctification. If we have been saved, we are being sanctified. Each year we can hopefully look back and see the progress we have made in our Christian walk not strictly by our own power, but by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. I think it’s safe to say that sanctification is a work of grace. Praise God that He saves us wherever we are, but doesn’t ever leave us there!

Well, it’s that time again! Time to sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • I like this picture of God as the Great Builder.
  • I find this blog very helpful and really appreciated this post examining Scripture to see what it actually says about women working (or not working) outside the home.
  • This thing looks so cuddly, but looks can be deceiving!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I appreciated this post. In many ways, setting aside the specific issue of the Founders documentary (about which I have similar sentiments), the opening paragraphs are echoes of my own experience.
  • We need more lighthearted and interesting stories like this in the news. Who doesn’t love Lassie?
  • This is a great sermon for today.
  • Nothing like using the weekly roundup to point you to another weekly roundup, but it looks like Rebecca Stark has some interesting links in this post.

Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.

Jerry Bridges
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