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A La Carte (April 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from Christian Focus that are good at any time of year, but especially appropriate around Easter.

Benjamin Franklin’s Misplaced Hope of Resurrection

Vance Christie: “Franklin died doubting that Christ Jesus is God the Son, much less trusting in Jesus as his Savior from sin and the source of eternal life. Any hope that Franklin ever entertained of being resurrected ‘in a new and more elegant edition’ by God did not materialize.”

Missing the Maker in the Majesty

I, too, really enjoyed Planet Earth II, but made these same observations. “There’s almost religious reverence and wonder spilling from every scene, as if the producers themselves know that a greater purpose lies behind the beauty of the things they see—as if they know that all of this living magnificence is more than the result of time, chance, and natural selection, but have no One else to credit.”

Why Airlines Sell More Seats Than They Have (Video)

Now that overselling is in the news, Wendover Productions explains why this is standard practice among airlines. Also, overselling wasn’t actually a factor in United Airline’s recent problem, which should remind us how often the earliest news reports are inaccurate. (It was actually about needing to seat an extra flight crew on the flight.)

Praying for Families in Your Local Church

“The Lord calls all believers to pray at all times in the Spirit … and to be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Eph 6.18). What a privilege. But it may appear to be daunting and a bit impossible to pray for everyone in your local church. Where do you begin? How do you start? What could be a helpful guide to aid you in praying for your local church?” Here are some suggestions.

Dads, Be Tender With Your Children

“This was discipleship, in its most Christ-like form. My dad has always had a big, friendly, lovable personality and plenty of opinions of his own. But, in those moments, he was meek and mild, yet filled with godly wisdom. He discerned what I needed to hear and how I needed to hear it. He sought to know me, and he listened when I talked. He was tender with me. Never hard or harsh or impatient.”

How Google Book Search Got Lost

Google certainly doesn’t lack in vision, but they do sometimes bite off more than they can chew. Sadly, Google Books may be one of those things.

God’s Choice, Not Ours: The Joys of Unexpected Friendship

What a sweet article on friendship. “It didn’t take long to realize we had a special friendship as women but also as couples and families. Our families continued to grow through birth, adoption, and foster care. And somewhere along the way, as friends and families, we unofficially committed to being in each others’ lives for as long as the Lord allowed.”

Flashback: The Seed of Divorce

The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage, and each of those enemies brings its own evil seeds. The question is not whether those seeds are or will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.

It is never humble to be hesitant where God has been clear.

—Mark Dever

  • The Night Is Far Gone

    The Night Is Far Gone

    There are few things in life more shameful than sleeping when you ought to be working, or slacking off when you ought to be diligent. When your calling is to be active, it is inappropriate and even sinful to remain passive. This is especially true when it comes to contexts that are of the highest…

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    A La Carte (April 15)

    A La Carte: Personal reflections on the 2024 eclipse / New earth books / 7 questions that teens need to answer / Was there really no death before the fall? / How to be humble instead of looking humble / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    General revelation serves exactly the purpose God intended for it—it reveals his power and divine nature. But, its message, while important, is insufficient—insufficient by design. Though general revelation tells us about the existence of God, it does not tell us about how to be reconciled to God.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 13)

    A La Carte: The pain of being single; the love that holds me fast / The Christian response to cultural catastrophe / The reduction of public Bible reading / All Things (a new song) / Why should I go to church? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers, who also sponsored the blog last week with Overflowing Mercies. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by…

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    How Should We Then Die?

    Euthanasia makes a lot of sense. At least in our culture at this time, it makes intuitive sense that those who are ill without hope for a cure or those who are in pain without likelihood of relief ought to be able to choose to end their own lives. Our culture assumes there are few…