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A La Carte (April 4)


Today’s Kindle deals include a really good and diverse collection of books. Have at it!

(Yesterday on the blog: What the Lord’s Day Is)

When You’re Dissatisfied and Restless Regarding Your Purpose

Christine Hoover: “I still find it terribly exciting that every single one of us is vital to the work of God in this world and in his Church. Even more wondrous to me, the Holy Spirit initiates the specific work God has planned for us, empowers us to do it, and then brings fruit from our work. Who are we that God would allow us to cooperate in his kingdom work?”

When It Doesn’t Look Like It Should

“Today, my son turned ten, but it doesn’t look the way it should. He should be riding his new bike around the block, having a sleep-over at his cousin’s house, and eating chocolate and cake and falling exhausted into bed at night. He should have taken cupcakes to school and shared them with his classmates, or enjoyed playing down at the park with minimal supervision. That’s the way it was supposed to look, that’s the way most people expect it to look. But it doesn’t.”

Sin Can Grow

Sin ought to sober us all. “Sin can grow. …like a vine that starts small but smothers an entire wall—sin can grow. …like a cute cub that becomes a lion—sin can grow. …like a tapeworm that starts microscopic but can ruin a body—sin can grow.”

Abortion Rates Are Going Down

It’s rather a surprise to see this at Vox, of all places. “Our modern-day willingness to settle for sex apart from commitment, to accept the dereliction of duty by men who impregnate women (for men are the primary beneficiaries of liberal abortion laws), and to uphold the systematic suppression of sex’s creative energy and function are practices that people of other ages would have considered bizarre.”

1000 Sermons Will Change Your Life

Trevin Wax has encouragement for preachers: “Do not downplay the long-term, cumulative effect of your preaching. Preaching is formative in ways that go beyond mere information retention. Every time a pastor opens up the Word and preaches the gospel, he is showing his church how to approach the Bible. Pastors who elevate the Scriptures week after week, sermon after sermon, lead their people to approach the Bible in the same way.”

Ripken Family’s Easter Sorrow Gave Rise to Global Impact

This seems newsworthy: “The Ripkens, known for their extensive research into Christian persecution, have said they’re retiring in March 2020 after 35 years of service with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.”

3 Rules for Using Commentaries

I suppose Logos isn’t a disinterested party on this, but it’s still a good article. “Ideally, anyone digging into a biblical text wants to understand what God is revealing about Himself. The truths will be big, so they must be studied slowly and from every angle. Here’s how to use commentaries as tools for discovery, rather than shortcuts to answers.”

Flashback: How To Grow in Self-Confidence

Make God’s wisdom your wisdom, shape your words by his words, let his confidence be your confidence. When you feel those waves of self-doubt rising, remind yourself that even though you’ve got nothing to say and no wisdom to offer, God most certainly does.

What an almost infinite field there is for mercies negative! We cannot even imagine all that God has allowed us not to do, not to be.

—Frances Ridley Havergal

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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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