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A La Carte (April 14)

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Grace and peace to you today!

If the Church Will Have Glory, It Must Come from God

Jared Wilson: “We take God lightly. We treat him flippantly. We are too busy saying ‘whee’ in church when we should be saying ‘woe is me.’ The weightiness, the gravity, the all-encompassing and awe-inspiring glory of the Creator God, the Great I AM, is woefully neglected in far too many places where something resembling worship takes place.”

4 Predictions for the Post-Pandemic Church

Justin Poythress offers some predictions for the post-pandemic church. “The tide of the pandemic has now receded to the point where can see more of the ground in front of us again. Now is the time to prudently reckon with which trend lines are rising and which are disappearing. I offer four predictions of what American church will look like in a post-pandemic age.”

Watch Mark Dever & Ian Hamilton On The Value Of Radius International

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Ignore the Noise and Shepherd the Flock Among You

“I’m a shepherd of a particular flock. God has given me, along with other elders, oversight of that congregation. That’s my charge. I don’t need to get involved with every issue out there. I need to care for the people entrusted to me. Sometimes the best thing we can do is turn off social media and news sites and serve the people God’s given to us.”

I Just Can’t

Here’s a sweet and meaningful anecdote from Susan Lafferty. “Critical moments of truth. Turning points on the faith journey. They stand out. And impact the rest of our lives. For me, one of those began with, ‘I just can’t.’”

It’s Time

Andrea Sanborn: “If we listen and learn from Him, we will emerge from this pandemic with a strength of character and depth of conviction that eluded us before. Now that our illusions of safety and prosperity have been shattered, we can move forward with the courage of those whose lives are rooted in heaven instead of on earth.”

Jesus Is Not There

Jordan Standridge explains how “one of the clearest differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants is their belief about the Lord’s Supper.”

Flashback: The Power of a Persevering Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Before God could save Christopher, he would save Angela and, through her, display the power of a persevering mother.

The greatest threat to our hope for a better world is not the natural environment but the various evils that continually spring from the human heart.

—Tim Keller

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