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A La Carte (April 17)

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Logos users, you’ve got a couple of weeks left to save on new or upgraded packages. If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to start with the Reformed packages. Also, be sure to grab Jerry Bridge’s The Bookends of the Christian Life and John Stott’s God’s Word for Today’s World, both of which are free. Finally, take a look at the monthly deals and remember that the Reformed Expository Commentary series is discounted through April.

Meanwhile, Westminster Books is offering half-price on a unique resource on the Gospel of Mark—one that can be used for personal growth or for sermon preparation.

And yes, there are some Kindle deals as well.

Gen Z and the Draw to Serious Faith

“Young people want to be courted by the church, welcomed into fellowship, entrusted with responsibility, and shown they matter. But more than anything, they want to be ushered into splendor, not superficiality. They’re looking for an antidote to the shallow life of swiping and scrolling through endless entertainment.” In other words, stop making church trite and silly.

Your Faith Is Secondhand

Have you ever thought about this before, that each of us has a secondhand or hand-me-down faith?

It’s Just a Distraction

This is absolutely true and important to consider, especially during opportunities to evangelize. “The devil loves to get us talking about good things, so long as we are not sharing the best thing.”

You Don’t Need a Bucket List

This is a reality I have considered a lot. “You don’t really need a bucket list. Or maybe, you need a different kind of bucket list: one that stretches into eternity. You will have endless time to enjoy all of God’s renewed creation along with the best of every culture. There will be so much to explore. Who cares if you can’t fit it into our brief lives here?”

The Story We Keep Telling

Andrea tells and celebrates the best of all stories.

Before Cancer, Death Was Just Other People’s Reality. Not Anymore.

“Seasons of suffering do not aways produce our clearest and most logical thoughts. The coming together of things like shock, sadness, anger, and confusion can sometimes lead to some wildly unhealthy and even irrational conclusions and decisions. And yet, I would argue that those difficult seasons of our lives can also end up being the moments when we see things with a surprising amount of clarity.”

Flashback: Why Should We Try To Add One Stitch To a Finished Garment?

…despite the sufficiency of Christ’s work, we can so easily slip back into an old mindset in which we become convinced there is still something left for us to do.

Sooner let us have an honest death than a counterfeit life.

—Charles Spurgeon

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  • Parents Need to Act Now

    This week the blog is sponsored by Harvest USA. Today, more than ever, parents need to take a proactive approach in preparing their children for a world bombarding them with false messages about sex, gender, and identity. If parents abdicate their God-given responsibility to equip and train their children with a biblical foundation for understanding…

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    A La Carte: Without this, your marriage won’t make it / God moves behind the scenes / Why are there so many denominations? / No suffering is unseen / when self-centeredness sets in / Our skewed view of wealth / Kindle deals / and more.