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A La Carte (April 10)

monday

Good morning. Grace and peace to you on this fine day.

Today’s Kindle deals include some great titles from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Prayer for Our Pastors)

5 Lessons from the Japanese American Internment

What an interesting article. It shares some lessons from the Japanese American internment during the Second World War, focusing on the Christians who were in the camps.

A Sexular Society

“We used to live in a religious world, where your religious belief defined who you were—it was where you got your identity from. Religion flavoured every aspect of life from the cradle to the grave, taking in education, community, family, even work. But things have changed, now we live in a secular world—one, in a sense, stripped of religious input.”

How to make the most of the Parental Settings on your Child’s Phone

There is some valuable help here for parents.

What do you do when you are spiritually dry?

“Do you ever think, ‘I want to desire God more,’ but for whatever reason, you’re just spiritually dry? The things that you know should thrill your soul feel commonplace. Maybe your desire for God’s word, your desire to pray, or your desire for holiness is cold. It’s a miserable thing to know how you ought to feel, and realize that you’re not there. So what do you do? What do you do when you are spiritually dry?”

When We Fear the Worst

This one is for moms in particular, but can apply to us all. “Friend, I don’t know what fears and worries weigh on your soul today. But I do know that they can feel heavy—sometimes debilitatingly so. They can nag at you and trip you up and keep you discouraged and despairing. But there is a sure foundation we stand on, a God who holds us fast even while the winds and waves beat down. And he will not let us go. Not now. Not ever.”

Were Later Versions of Christianity Radically Different than Earlier Ones?

Some false claims get made again and again, don’t they?

Flashback: Rule #5: Ponder the Brevity of Life (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

Only God knows whether we have decades remaining or mere moments…With such thoughts fixed firmly in our minds, we must not allow ourselves to waste a moment or to indulge a single sin.

If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain. Your faith in Him would be pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of a spiritual life.

—John MacArthur

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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