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A La Carte (August 10)

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Good morning from Kentucky! We are about to make the final bit of our drive to Boyce College where we will be getting Michaela all set up for her freshman year. Exciting times…

Westminster Books has collected some new and noteworthy books for August and discounted them up to 50%.

(Yesterday on the blog: My Coldest Night and Warmest Truth)

What Did Jesus Teach about Giving Generously?

John Piper: “The more sacrificially generous you are on earth, the greater will be your enjoyment of heaven. Therefore, since Jesus loves us and summons us to maximize our eternal joy in heaven, he demands radical freedom from the love of money and radical generosity, especially toward the poor.”

Wisdom to Bolster Writers

I was asked to answer some questions about writing by Gospel-Centered Discipleship.

IT Professionals Make Great Missionaries

You may think that a career in missions means you would need to serve as a church planter or evangelist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. (Sponsored Link)

Handling Behemoths, Leviathans, and Those Other Monsters of Life

“I knew the story well, or so I thought. Job lost everything he possessed, one after another, cut from his life, until finally even his ten children were taken. Ten. Then Job himself suffered a terrible health crisis. I mean, who really needs to read that in the depths of a catastrophic illness and grief, I thought? Well, for sure, I did.”

Almost Saved: Four Reasons to Examine Yourself

Greg Morse looks at four biblical examples of people who were “almost saved.” “The Almost Christian. He was almost saved. He almost escaped the wrath of God. He almost found joy forevermore in the God who was almost his God. Almost.”

Pray the Directory

I very much agree with this, whether you’re a pastor or a church member. “One of the practical things you can do to ensure that you pray for all of the people in your church is to pray through your church directory.”

Be Still, My Soul: Old Lyrics with Timeless Truths

This is a helpful little exposition of a tremendous hymn.

Flashback: Meatless, Cheeseless, Crustless Pizza and the Evangelical Church

The simple and sad fact is that many churches offer far too little of the Bible, and as they do that, they offer the equivalent of meatless, cheeseless, crustless pizza—they offer worship that is missing one of the key elements of worship.

The church and its worshippers are collecting praises of successive generations for the final Hallelujah celebration.

—Martin Geier

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