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A La Carte (10/23)

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Being Better Bereans – Kevin DeYoung has begun a three-part series titled “How To Be Better Bereans.” It’s off to a good start with part one.

Why Is Faith Not a Work? – “Why is faith not a work? If we are obligated to have faith before righteousness can be credited to us (Romans 4), how is faith not a work? I recognize that Paul tells us in Ephesians 2 that we are saved by faith not through works, but I don’t quite understand how to reconcile faith not being a work if we are required to have it in order to be saved.” Matthew Barrett answers.

My House Just Burned Down – “Joel Hollier is a student at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He and his family lost their family home this week in the bushfires raging through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. He posted this moving reflection on Facebook, and has given us permission to publish it here.”

Bouncing the Eyes – Men are taught to fight lust by bouncing their eyes. Mike Leake says, “That was the gist of how I was taught (and in turn taught others) to battle lust and pornography. While I do believe there is some warrant to this teaching, I believe now that it is largely incomplete.”

G3 Conference – This will be of interest to you if you’re thinking of attending the G3 Conference in Atlanta this January (Speakers: Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, Conrad Mbewe, myself and others). They are offering a special deal on October 31 where, for that day only, registration will be 2 for 1!

Russell Moore in WSJ – The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Russell Moore.

Packer Quote

To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints.

—J.I. Packer

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