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A La Carte (April 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little collection that even has a couple for the scholars or pastors.

Plans

Andrea says “It’s time to dust off my planner. To seek new ways to enrich my life and be a blessing to others. The world is changing. Will I stubbornly insist that it return to the old ways, or be open to something new?”

What Are Common Misconceptions about Roman Catholicism? (Video)

Leonardo de Chirico is the right man to ask.

The Christian Faith Is Not Based on the Evidence for the Resurrection

This is a key distinction. “In considering the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, it is important to avoid giving the impression that the Christian faith is based on the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection. It is not based on the evidence for the resurrection.”

More and More

I expect you can identify with Glenna in this. “This is what God desires for every believer: to become more and more like Jesus. And this is what He will accomplish.It’s slow-going, though, isn’t it? Sometimes I turn out the light at the end of the day, pull the comforter up to my chin, and think, ‘Today felt like less and less like Jesus, not more and more.’”

Why Do We Confess If Our Sins Are Already Forgiven?

John Piper answers the very common question of why we would need to confess if we’ve already been forgiven.

Stray Thoughts from Isolation

Barbara Harper: “How often I have wished for a cleared schedule in order to get more done. But, somehow, I wasn’t getting much done besides the bare everyday tasks. Over the weeks I’ve seen people mention a strange lethargy, malaise, ennui, brain fog. Many of us are having trouble getting our minds in gear for long or for anything deep. I think this state of mind is probably due to several things.”

Fjords (Video)

If you need a brief escape, enjoy this film which highlights Norway’s fjords. (In theory, I am supposed to visit Norway this fall! I am very hopeful that trip will still work out.)

Flashback: We Are All Theologians

We can’t truly know God or live for God until we know the facts God gives us about himself. Which is to say, we can’t truly know God as he is or live for God as he desires as long as we reject or downplay theology.

My prayers—whether I pray, how much I pray, about what I pray—reveal my priorities. And they reveal how much I really think I need God, or whether I am, deep down, in fact self-assured and self-righteous.

—Alistair Begg

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of