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Prata Potpourri: Thinking, unmet expectations, poetry, smiley emoji, more

By Elizabeth Prata

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The above is preferred. Today, instead of the legion of demons inhabiting the Gadarene who were sent into the pigs, we have today a Legion of Feminists sent on the wings of unholy spirits to flood pulpits, making irruptions into God’s churches and turning pulpits into synagogues of satan. That’s all. I just wanted to (again) express my distaste for unchaste women prancing about in pulpits, making a shameful display of themselves and besmirching the name of Jesus. Here, TableTalk magazine offers some perspective on women preaching.

Here is a handy dandy list of ministries of the Holy Spirit. It’s incredible what He does for us, and in His role as pointer-to-Christ. Our Triune God is perfectly unified, yet He separately have His own personality and functions. It’s a mystery how this works, but I’m grateful that it does! The list is a screen shot from the MacArthur Daily Bible.

Sam Chan says the smiley emoji no longer means what it used to mean. He explains Why you can’t use the smiley emoji any more.

I saw this on Twitter from Dr. Jack Hughes, @DrJackHughes. He is Pastor of Anchor Bible Church, expository preacher, Teacher, author, and @MastersSeminary grad.

I don’t know if he made this himself or obtained it from another source, but since I so often urge women to THINK, here is a super easy chart of how to do just that. He wrote, “A glorious, comprehensive text, that scans our souls to reveal if our thoughts and attitudes are glorifying to God or not. Let the spectrometer of the Word of God scan you and confess and repent of any of those sinful thoughts and attitudes that do not glorify the Lord.”

Dr. Jack Hughes is married to Lisa Hughes, who has a website you can check out:, “Where you’ll find in-depth, inductive, expository Bible studies designed to keep you in the Word regularly, blogs to strengthen your walk, and more!” This past spring, Lisa a conversation with the hosts of Women’s Hope podcast (Kimberly Cummings and Dr. Shelbi Cullen) on Special Interview With Lisa Hughes, Author of ‘Unmet Expectations: Reshaping Our Thinking in Disappointments, Trials, and Delays’. It is Episode 132.

If you like scriptural poetry, Susan Lafferty is your woman. Her posts are short, lyrical, and interesting. Like this one (at the site it’s accompanied by a photo):

Faithfulness. My parents just celebrated a milestone. Their 66th wedding anniversary. 
Sixty-six years traveling together across oceans. Living in tropical urban centers and American towns.
A journey marked by great joys. Victories.
And deeply painful losses. Hurts. Dark nights.
The thread running through it all? Faithfulness.

Darryl Dash at Dash House has some thoughts on Deliver Us From Evil (Matthew 6:13). “There are six petitions in the Lord’s Prayer. The one that I find the most confusing is the last one: ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’

A lot of people are hurting right now. Let’s be kind. Songs of Suffering: A Short Film Featuring Joni Eareckson Tada.

Thomas Coutouzis with a good word from Twitter on how satan baits us. I put into the Thread Reader Unroll so it would be in one segment instead of multiple tweets. It begins this way:

When Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife he resisted every time. With James 1:13-14 in mind we know that Satan tempts people with specific bait to get them to fall.

Seth Lewis reminds us that “Knowledge is not a Bank“. “Now that my children are getting older, it has come to my attention that I have lost access to some of my own knowledge. I learned algebra in school, for example, but now that my son has taken it, I find that the lessons I had all those years ago seem to have slipped through a crack into some inaccessibly cloudy region of my skull.” Oh, yes, I can identify with this!

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3 thoughts on “Prata Potpourri: Thinking, unmet expectations, poetry, smiley emoji, more

  1. I may be days late and many dollars short, but this posting is so timely for me!! Thank you Elizabeth dear!!


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