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Prata Potpourri: Christmas, Everest, Fear, Names, Whispers, Election, More!

By Elizabeth Prata

How has your week been? It is a topsy-turvy world and getting more so, isn’t it. But some things remain the same- Christmas carols are great, Christmas lights on houses after dark are pretty, gift giving is fun, and the Christ child who was born grew in wisdom and stature, died, was resurrected, and ministers to you and me from heaven is the reason for the season.

I’ve read some interesting things this week and seen some interesting videos. I pass these along to you for your edification should you choose to click.

I enjoy Everest stories. I was captivated by Jon Krakauer’s book ‘Into Thin Air’. This story is just as captivating…and tragic, if not more. Would that man plans, strives, and works just as hard to get to know the God who made the mountain as they do trying to climb it.

“The crowd seemed incredible—like a bag of Skittles had been scattered down the slope…” Read more about Chaos at the Top of the World.

Photo by Nepali climber named Nirmal Purja

In this moving essay, Abner Chou looks at the immense patience and care of Christ. Read more at Pleading to Jesus

Does naming names of false teachers cause division, or are the false teachers themselves causing division? In this essay, John MacArthur answers that question. Biblically, of course. Naming Names.

I really like Alan at Polite Leader. He is calm, wise, and delivers biblical discernment with care and truth. Here, Alan speaks of the penchant of Bible teachers who claim to hear directly from God. It’s 9 minutes and also offers recommendations of Justin Peters and Jim Osman’s discussion of and Osman’s book God Doesn’t Whisper. Polite Leader’s series also continues with looking at Priscilla Shirer’s claims of hearing the voice of God.

Josh Buice asks the question at G3 Ministries “As we watch the world respond to COVID-19 out of fear—how should the church of Jesus Christ respond?” He writes as he, his wife, and 2 of his children has contracted the virus. He is in the trenches and not in an ivory tower.

Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis writes that the US election isn’t over, but also that “Election battles are a part of the spiritual battle that’s been raging for six thousand years since the temptation and Adam’s rebellion.” So, where do we go from here?

My school break starts this afternoon. I am looking forward to catching up on my reading. I’m currently in “The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs” by Andrew Gant, The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory, and The Christmas We Didn’t Expect by David Mathis. I better hurry and finish those, Christmas will be here and gone before you know it! Merry Christmas Everyone!


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.