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A La Carte (11/30)

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Christians Are Not Totally Depraved – Where the blogosphere is often at its best is in kind interaction about controversial ideas. Here Rick Phillips responds to Tullian Tchividjian who says that total depravity describes Christians as much as unbelievers. Phillips disagrees and thanks God that it is not true.

A Day in the Life – I thoroughly enjoyed reading Joel Beeke’s “A Day in the Life” blog post.

National Geographic Photo Contest – There are some stunning photos in this collection.

Kosher JesusThe Atlantic has a long article about Messianic Jews in Israel. Sarah Posner goes “inside the small community of Christ-following Jews who’ve allied with American evangelicals to redeem Israel … from its Jewishness.”

Cheetahs on the Edge – This video may go on a little bit long, but it’s just amazing. It uses high-definition, 1200-frame per second cameras to show Cheetah’s running. Be sure to keep an eye on the clock in the upper-left of the screen during the first couple of minutes to see how little time is actually elapsing.

We spend our years with sighing; it is a valley of tears; but death is the funeral of all our sorrows.

—Thomas Adams

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…