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A La Carte (January 11)
January 11, 2016
Today’s Kindle deals include 4 from The Gospel Coalition priced at $2.99 each: Here Is Our God, The Scriptures Testify About Me, His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, and God’s Love Compels Us. You may also be interested in Jesus Outside the Lines by Scott Sauls ($2.99) and ‘Til We Meet Again by Ray & Betty Whipps ($2.99).
R.C. Sproul draws an important distinction. “Spirituality and piety are not ends in themselves. In fact they are worthless unless they are means to a higher goal. The goal must go beyond spirituality to righteousness.”
There are a few interesting takeaways from this article. The first is the sheer marketing manipulation that goes on to encourage people to play the lottery. The second is how much more compelling it is to speak in the Christian language of heart idolatries than in the language of evolution when we explain the lottery fixation. (Also, try this Powerball simulator.)
“Faithfulness in drudgery is what faithfulness is all about. Most of life is drudgery, isn’t it? The messes, the commute, the weeds that keep growing, the bellies that need feeding, the clothes that need washing.” Yup. Most of us live most of life right there.
“How much money did you send your bank this year when you used your credit card? Did you notice that you paid a $400 fee—one of the highest in the world?”
Justin Taylor offers encouragement and assistance.
This Day in 1946. 70 years ago today, John Piper was born. You can wish Pastor John a happy 70th birthday on Twitter!
A friend linked to this article which I read and thoroughly enjoyed. There are some great drawings and watercolors there to boot.
Here’s a brief video on the history of all these fancy coffees we’re drinking today.
If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you. —C.H. Spurgeon