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A La Carte (9/2)

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Logos users will want to grab George Muller’s Jehovah Magnified which is free for the month. If you are into audiobooks, you may want to grab The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson; it is free this month from ChristianAudio. And finally, check out the free desktop wallpapers I shared on Saturday.

Selection Day – Ali, who works on a hospital ship, shares some photos and reflections from a recent “selection day,” where they select the people who will receive surgery. It’s incredible.

Ordinary: The New Radical – It’s kind of trendy to poke at “radical” Christianity today, but do read this article from Michael Horton. “In many ways, it’s more fun to be part of movements than churches. We can express our own individuality, pick our favorite leaders, and be swept off our feet at conferences. We can be anonymous. Although encouraged by like-minded believers, we are not bound up with them so that we should feel compelled to bear their burdens or suffer their rebukes.”

Is Jesus Enough for Drug Addicts? – Mez McConnell: “Every morning in Niddrie, without fail, we will see a steady stream of pale, (many) toothless, shuffling, hopeless humanity trudging, zombie like, to their local chemist to pick up their ‘script’. It is a depressing sight to see.” He asks if and how the gospel speaks to drug addiction.

Coming to a Town Near You – You should check out Carl Trueman’s short article on a couple of his former students. Then read the condescending news reports. Then consider how you and your church might react when you are faced with a similar situation.

Is there Hope for My Marriage? – I enjoyed this article from Jani Ortlund. She and her husband went overseas to answer this invitation: “We are first generation Christians, and we don’t know what it looks like to build a Christian marriage or raise our children as Christians. Please come help us.” She shares feedback from those who were, for the first time, shown how the gospel impacts marriage. Let it encourage you!

Men are religious beings. Religion can’t be got rid of by seeking to ignore it.

—A.A. Hodge

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…