Pastor Steve shares these links to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts…

Why Things Cost What They Cost … No spiritual challenge here, just an interesting article from the marketplace. Danny Lenihan writes: “Every time a cheap copy is purchased, pressure mounts on manufacturers to produce goods for less money, and make them more widely appealing and competitive. Product quality slips as the price goes down. Then the copies start coming down in price, until it gets to the point when stores don’t want to stock it any more, because they can no longer sell it competitively, and manufacturers don’t want to make it anymore, because it’s no longer economically or commercially viable. Then, investment into innovation stops, and as new cameras are developed, there’s nobody around to make supporting accessories, because nobody wants to sink $100k of investment into a product that’ll be ripped off in 5 minutes. Once that happens, it’s all over. The industry gets smaller, less jobs, less profit and less products. It should be obvious to see what happens next. And it’s not just about photography. This is happening everywhere.” You can read the rest HERE.

The Same Amount of Faithful … Here is a profound truth expressed through the real trials and challenges of life: God is always faithful. Biblical Woman Blog writes: “It is God’s exquisite mercy that asks us to drink the cup of suffering. As we drink, with only our present circumstances in view, God is right there, faithful and at work, with all of eternity in view. While everything else in our world changed, the Truth we found in God’s Word did not change. He did not change. From the foundation of the world, one thing Did. Not. Change.” You should read the rest HERE.

When a Child Says, “I Don’t Know” … Here are some helpful insights for parents and grandparents who have learned that kids can be effective at ‘not engaging’; sometimes with a simple phrase. The folks at CCEF write: “The book of Proverbs reminds us that we are to disciple our children (Prov. 1:8). But to do that—to be good disciplers—we need relationships with our kids that are honest and open. We need to know what is really going on with them so we can help encourage godly thinking. But kids don’t always cooperate. Sometimes they don’t want to talk with us and, at a surprisingly young age, children learn they can avoid engaging in thoughtful discussion by giving the notorious “I don’t know” response to our questions.” You can read the rest HERE.