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Round the Sphere Again: Summer Food and Drink

Iced Tea
We’ve been having wonderful weather, so I’ve been making our favorite summer drink. I make iced tea like this, except I use only 1/2 cup sugar. Lately I’ve been using Earl Grey tea, but any kind of tea will work—black, green or herbal. And I slice a lemon into each pitcher before I chill. My son sometimes mixed his half and half with whatever juice we have on hand.

Pasta Salads
We love them. Today I made Darlene’s Tuna Salad, and a few days ago, I threw together a grilled chicken pasta salad with honey mustard dressing. Sorry, no recipe for that because I made it up as I went along with whatever we had on hand. I used tri-colored spirals, grilled chicken cubes, diced celery, shredded carrots, onions and frozen peas, all tossed together with a bottle of honey mustard dressing.

What is your favorite pasta salad? Do you have a recipe? A link?


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part II: Questions about The Ten Commandments

36. Q. What do the first four commandments teach?
       A. Our duty to God.

(Click through to read scriptural proof.)

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Sunday's Hymn

Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.


Round the Sphere Again: Extra-light Edition

Who Owned It?
Another mental_floss quiz: Given a country and a year, name the country that controlled it, whether through colonization or military occupation. I’d have done better if I’d paid more attention to the year. (If the answer seems too easy, you might be wrong.) How’d you do?

Who Will Make Me One of These?
You bring the pie and I’ll put on a pot of coffee (Mennonite Girls Can Cook). 

Sounds fair to me.


Round the Sphere Again: The Gospel 

What It’s Not
Russell Moore:  

What We Need
Yep, more books on the gospel (Dane Ortland at Crossway Blog).

And the priority of this gospel, the functional need of the gospel, the contesting of the gospel, the retaining of the gospel, the constant sidelining of the gospel, and the unified biblical testimony to the gospel all unite to say—yes, we need more books on this gospel.

Power to Perform
Don Carson, commenting on 1 John 5:

The truth is that Jesus’ commands “are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3), for in the new birth God has given us the power to perform what Jesus commands, the ability to overcome “the world” (1 John 5:4–5; cf. 2:15–17). Who, then, has this power to overcome the world? Those who are born again, those who have genuine faith, of course—and genuine faith is defined in terms of faith’s object, namely the truth that Jesus truly is the Son of God. 

Read more to see how confession of the truth and transformed living go together (For the Love of God).

And Alzheimer’s
Karyn Heath at Radical Womanhood:

I believe that we fail to see the fullest scope of God’s plan when we do not actively encourage one another to think rightly about God’s sovereignty over the last days of our lives.  Perhaps, I exaggerate, but it seems that we envision that each godly Christian is entitled the perfect death scenario. We want be in our right minds, surrounded by loving family and friends in graceful dignity or otherwise slip away to heaven gently in our sleep. An extended illness we might face with fortitude, but certainly not one that might steal away our memories or personalities on its way.  Yet in the very loss of self that terrifies us when facing Alzheimer’s or similar diseases is there not an unparalleled opportunity for seeing the transforming power of the Gospel?

Read the whole piece.