Happy Monday! I know. What is there to be happy about? The weekend is over and it’s time to hit the grindstone once again. Never fear, I have come with aid. Welcome to another Monday Musings. Your weekly shot in the arm of whatever it is I feel like putting in the syringe. Sorry, that sounded very dark. Let’s just move on. I hope you can find some resources here that will help you through your week. These are some things that I have found to help me.

Weekly Resources:

“The Greatest Showman” In Theaters Now - If you haven’t seen it yet, try to get out to do so. The music was great, Hugh Jackman was fantastic, as he usually is, and the story was well done. It was a great, family friendly, feel-good movie. Worth the ticket to see at least once if not more. I even came away liking Zac Efron, which is something I thought I would never hear myself say. (By the way, if you want to be able to do what I do and know the content of a movie before you see it, check out pluggedin.com. It has saved me from getting my eyes or ears burned on multiple occasions.)

“Make War” by Tedashii - I’m not usually into rap, but this song gets me “hyped” like nothing else. It speaks about the Christian’s never ending battle with sin and how too many Christians simply feel sorry for themselves and feel defeated because of it. The song displays the truth that we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us and we have the ability and duty to make war with our sin and put it to the death. It's also got a cool intro from John Piper. This song is definitely worth getting on your phone or iPod. Click on the title to hear the song.

“Faith Alone” by R.C. Sproul - R.C. Sproul, true to form, gives an excellent description of the doctrine of Faith Alone. Our faith is important and it is important what we put our faith into. If you would like to understand one of the core doctrines of Christianity better, this is the book for you. Pick yourself up a copy by clicking on the title.

Quote Of The Week:

“God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise before patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hands as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.” - George Muller

Verse Of The Week:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Thought Of The Week:

We like our comfort don’t we? We like it when things go our way. When things don’t and our comfort is disturbed and the norm is fractured, we feel lost and frustrated. Even more so, when our world is turned upside down by tragedy or pain, everything can seem to fall apart and fear can set in. We want to control the situation, but we can’t. We’re helpless. As horrible as this feels to us, there is actually no better place to be. God’s power and sovereignty are displayed the clearest when we have lost all hope in ourselves. Live this week looking through the lens of faith, not what is right in front of you. Remember that, however scary or stressful your situation seems, God desires us to put our faith in Him and His plan. Don’t let yourself get stressed before you turn to God, make Him the first and primary source of your strength. Through Him, our perspective becomes clear and we can begin to boast in our weakness because it means that God’s strength is being made perfect in us. We are at our strongest when we are at our weakest.