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Perinatal Hospice
What an amazing idea! (And what a great alternative to abortion) “Perinatal hospice honors life. The woman carrying the disabled child receives extensive counseling and birth preparation involving the combined efforts of MFM specialists, OB/GYN doctors, neonatologists, anesthesia services, chaplains, pastors, social workers, labor and delivery nurses, and neonatal nurses. She carries the pregnancy to its natural conclusion.”


Learn to Put up With a Few Things
Here is some good advice from Mary Kassian’s mom as she looks forward to celebrating her 60th(!) wedding anniversary. “If you’re going to be married for 60 years, you have to learn to put up with a few things!”


Happier Talking Online
This article ought to concern parents of the MySpace generation. “Young people are taking refuge from reality in cyberspace, with more than a third feeling better able to talk about themselves online, new research indicates. A survey of British MySpace users aged 14 to 21 found that 36 per cent found it easier to talk about themselves online than in the real world and thought their online friends knew more about them than their off-line ones.”


How Fail Went From Verb to Interjection
The NY Times, in a pop culture primer, tells how the word “Fail!” went from being a verb to being an interjection as in “A conservative blog posts an image of a United States-Russian diplomatic agreement with the president’s name spelled ‘Barak Obama’ and calls it “White House Spellcheck FAIL.”


Fetus Models
Take a look at the photos of this new technology which allows the “printing” of 3-dimensional models of a fetus.


America’s Credit Card Mess
I’m mostly linking to this article because of the final paragraph which gave me a chuckle: “During the Roman Empire, the first anti-usury law–and I think this says it all–was found in the Council of Nicea in the 4th century. It states that no clergyman could practice usury, so you can get a pretty good idea of what was going on then–lending to the flock. The odd part is, the Council of Nicea was also the council that confirmed the concept of the Trinity. Those are probably two of the most unlikely pieces of legislation you could find in the same piece of canon law.”


Deal of the Day: Vision Video
Vision Video is clearing out some DVDs and there are a few good deals to be had.


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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…