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A La Carte (August 1)

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Grace and peace to you today, my friends.

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of interesting books, several of which I’ve never seen on sale before.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Most Important Part of Every Prayer)

Walking Through the Valley

“Have you ever been to the beach on a day when the red flags were flying and tried to swim in the surf only to be knocked down by the first wave that came along and, before you could get up, adjust your swimsuit, and wipe the salt water from your eyes, you were knocked down again by the next wave? If so, then you will know what the Christian life can so often feel like for many of God’s people.”

Civil Duties

“Civil discourse has degenerated to the point where opponents shout at each other with megaphones and even march to lay siege to families in their homes. There is no calm conversation but only provocative volume, vocabulary, slogans and images. We are too quick to speak and too slow to listen.” Too true!

What does “propitiation” mean?

Sinclair Ferguson answers.

Why It’s Right for God to Seek and Demand Glory

“When someone goes on and on about their accomplishments because they want to be praised, Christians regard that as prideful. It’s selfish. We call such a person a ‘glory-hound.’ Yet Christians seem to give God a pass when he does exactly the same thing.” Wes explains why this is.

Overcoming Sinful Anger

“The lawless soul is ever in danger of being led into path of unrighteousness on account of the multitude of lawless voices and sites online. The self-righteous soul is in danger of a far more subtle form of rebellion, namely, responding in sinful anger to sin in others that we do not personally commit out of a faux sense of moral superiority.” Uh oh…

Deny Yourself and Attend Your Church’s Prayer Meeting

“Prayer meetings often require a measure of self-denial. Attending prayer meetings is not particularly difficult in most cases. Yet prayer meetings are the worst attended meeting in most local churches. However, they are by no means an optional ministry of the church.” Are you willing to deny yourself to attend this meeting?

Flashback: Two Different Ways to Think About Sex in Marriage

God’s body, God’s way. God created my body and I will only ever use it in ways consistent with his will.


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