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Finding Joy in Serving Children – Caroly McCulley shares a guest post by Emily Rimshaw. Carolyn says, “Her story of sacrificial investment as a 21-year-old caring for someone else’s children really struck me. So I asked her to send her testimony to me so I could share it with you all. My point in doing so is to help us all think outside of our expectations and cultural norms in order to offer creative and compassionate James 1:27-inspired solutions when such needs arise.”

Generous JusticeGenerous Justice is the title of Tim Keller’s next book, available now for pre-order, shipping in a couple of months. In it “Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Here is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide as well as those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.”

Breaking Up via Facebook – This is an interesting glimpse at a new reality–the role of social media in relationships. “’Facebook official’ has emerged as a new stage in a relationship, Gershon says, but the meaning can differ from one person to the next. Gershon says that some people will claim that a breakup isn’t official until it is Facebook official, while others point out that changes in Facebook status may just be a sign of trouble; in many cases it’s unclear whether the breakup will take.”

Six Hundred – Ali shares another poignant moment from her hospital ship in West Africa. “Six hundred pink sheets. They were the ones we turned away. The ones who were too sick or not sick enough. The ones who missed their surgery dates and couldn’t be rescheduled because there were hundreds more to take their places. The ones we tried to call but couldn’t reach.”

It’s Prophesied – A song that will make clear the End Times and Barack Obama’s role in it. (HT:Z)

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

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