A La Carte (July 29)

Good morning. May the Lord bless and keep you today. Logos users may want to check out the new deal on books by Zondervan. Many great resources are deeply discounted. Today’s Kindle deals include lots of good books from Crossway, most of them geared to teens and young adults. (Yesterday on the blog: Settlers in the Land of Love) Recommended Samuel James shares a not-so-hypothetical short story. When I Lived In A Barn Seth Lewis includes a couple of great …

Settlers in the Land of Love

An old story tells of a settler who traveled from east to west, from lands that were settled to lands that were still unknown. Having grown weary of city living and having begun to crave wide-open spaces, he spent all he had on a vast but speculative parcel of land in the far-off territories. When springtime arrived, he sold his home, gathered his family, loaded his wagons, and traveled briskly westward, eager to see the property that was now his. …

A La Carte (July 28)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. This week at Westminster Books you’ll find a special on The Generosity Project, a new book from Tony Payne and Geoff Robson. Some related resources are on sale as well. Stitch by Stitch Andrea: “‘You knit me together in my mother’s womb,’ David marveled. ‘I have been fearfully and wonderfully made.’ I glance over at Ben, Down Syndrome evident in his features. Did God miss a few stitches? …

A La Carte (July 27)

May the God of love and peace be with you today. I wanted to prove another reminder that my forthcoming devotional book Knowing and Enjoying God is now available for pre-order. Like all publishers these days, Harvest House is very eager to have people pre-order it since that helps gain the interest of Amazon and other booksellers. So thanks for considering it! There are a few Kindle deals to look at this morning. (Yesterday on the blog: I Miss My Son Today) …

The #1 Key to the Christian Life!

This article is written by Max Anders is sponsored by Thomas Nelson. Max is the author of 30 Days to Growing in Your Faith and 30 Days to Understanding the Bible. Knowledge isn’t everything, but everything rests on knowledge. You can’t believe something until you know it. You won’t live it until you believe it. You won’t impact others until you live it. So, no, knowledge isn’t everything. But everything rests on knowledge. Jesus said, “you shall know the truth, …

I Miss My Son Today

I miss my son today. That goes without saying, I suppose, since I miss him every day. But on this day the pain is particularly sharp, the ache especially deep. I miss my friend, I miss my brother, I miss my protégé. I miss the son of my youth, the delight of my heart. I miss seeing him and hugging him, I miss teaching him and learning from him, I miss the sound of his voice and the cackle of …

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A La Carte (July 26)

Good morning. May grace and peace be with you today and in the week ahead. Even the Sparrow “Birds don’t build nests in dangerous places. They take time to find places that are hidden and secure from harm. As they gather the tiny twigs, bits of grass, and pine needles for their nests, they are preparing a place where they will lay their eggs, where they will sit patiently for their defenseless young to emerge. Those little ones won’t be …

You Want to Be a Spiritual Hero?

There is a longing in all of us—or most of us at least—to rise above obscurity and to be known for our greatness. Even Christians can long to be among the great. This is the subject of this little excerpt from Matthew Redmond’s The God of the Mundane. There are two kinds of pastors, in the main: those who speak at conferences with green rooms* (I’m not kidding; they have green rooms—with spring water, I guess) and those who want …

Weekend A La Carte (July 24)

May the Lord of peace bless you richly as you serve him and worship him this weekend. I’d like to express my gratitude to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week with news of some of their biblical, relevant, and accessible resources. I found a good number of Kindle deals for today. (Yesterday on the blog: The Touch) Why Does God Allow the Righteous to Suffer? “Suffering is universal. Whether it is a debilitating disease, the loss of income, fleeing …

Free Stuff Fridays (The Good Book Company)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by The Good Book Company, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away five packages of five books, plus a one year subscription to Explore Bible notes. Those who do not win and agree to receive emails from The Good Book Company will receive an email with the option to download a free e-copy of Galatians: Gospel matters, a Good Book Guide by Timothy Keller.   Explore – 1 Year …

The Touch

Some of the most stirring but also the most tragic images the Bible gives us are of great crowds surging toward Jesus so they could be healed. At a time when humanity had only the most basic knowledge of the human body and knew of only the most rudimentary medical treatments, there were always many who suffered constantly and grievously. Thus we can picture in our minds people covered in sores limping toward him, people who could not walk crawling …

A La Carte (July 23)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Spirituality of Quitting “Most of us are very uncomfortable with quitting. We hear a lot about going after your dreams, achieving big things, and unleashing the untapped talents within—and this is the kind language that comes from some pulpits. But even if you aren’t in a church that harps on catalyzing your calling, you know the word ‘quit’ feels like one of those infamous four …

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A La Carte (July 22)

I wanted to again thank all those who donated to the Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship. The first scholarships will be awarded to 10 Boyce College or Southern Seminary students beginning in the coming semester. The fund remains open for those who would like to continue donating to it. There is a little list of Kindle deals for the collectors. (Yesterday on the blog: Have You Tasted Heaven?) Call it Racism, Not ‘White Supremacy’ Samuel James says that with “All variables equal, I …

Have You Tasted Heaven?

A touching story from long ago tells of a young boy who lived in the distant reaches of the vast Canadian prairies. His family was impoverished, and parents and children alike had to labor day and night to prove their homestead claim. There was little time for anything beyond work, little money for anything beyond the barest essentials. They lived a harsh, rugged, hand-to-mouth existence. A day came when that boy’s father dispatched him to town to fetch supplies, so …

A La Carte (July 21)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. On sale this week at Westminster Books is the excellent “The Gospel in the Old Testament” series. It’s a helpful resource for better understanding and applying the OT. Trusting God in the Midst of Tragedy Aileen and I have been blessed to become friends with Jamie and Vanessa Strickland as our families have endured similar tragedies. In this article Jamie reflects on a psalm that has been especially …

A La Carte (July 20)

May the God of love and peace be with you today. Just a reminder that my forthcoming devotional book Knowing and Enjoying God is now available for pre-order. Like all publishers these days, Harvest House is very eager to have people pre-order it since that helps gain the interest of Amazon and other booksellers. So thanks for considering it! There is a small number of Kindle deals to go through today. (Yesterday on the blog: Scepters, Crowns, Thrones) The Illusion …

How Bible Reading Habits Have Changed Throughout History

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company, who publish biblical, relevant, and accessible resources like those recommended below. For many of us who grew up in the evangelical world, it is taken for granted that Christians have a daily “Quiet time” — a few minutes put aside, usually at the beginning of the day, to read the Bible and pray in preparation for what comes next. And yet, historically, that is a relatively new practice. How …

Scepters, Crowns, Thrones

My travels have led me through many castles in many kingdoms, my journey through many palaces in many places. I have seen the grandest edifices ever designed by the mind of men to display the value, the worth, the grandeur of their inhabitants. I have seen throne rooms devised to dazzle the eyes and overwhelm the senses. I have seen scepters and crowns carefully composed to symbolize the power, the authority, and the majesty of pontiffs and potentates alike. In …

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Do More Better

I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. It will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God. Read More