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A La Carte (August 13)


Grace and peace to you on this fine Friday.

Westminster Books is holding a nice little back-to-school sale that has lots of deals.

Today’s Kindle deals include the whole collection of 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series, plus a couple of good biographies.

5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit

“If you are a Christian, you battle with sin. I do not need to list examples of the struggles with the flesh you may have. The minute you read the title of this post, you most likely had a specific battle in mind. You have within you both flesh and Spirit, and the two are contrary to one another. However, knowing this does not mean the fight will be easy or that you have it all under control. Here are five truths about your battle with sin you hate to admit, followed by three points of encouragement.”

Josh Harris’s Message Remains the Same

Carl Trueman: “[Josh] Harris’s merchandise is no more than the spirit of the age, packaged and sold to benighted customers willing to pay good money for it. Unless, that is, your life happened to be damaged by Harris in the past—in which case he will give it to you for free. A man with a greater sense of self-doubt, not to say appropriate shame, might have decided that someone else would be better qualified to apply the balm of Gilead to the wounds of his earlier victims.”

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Fettered Desire

“We all intrinsically feel that we should live in a way that fulfils us, that gives us what we want. We all intrinsically know that what it means to be most authentically ourselves is to have our wants and longings met. That’s the story we live in.”

The Miracle of Life

This is a neat reflection on life. “Truly, even before considering the precious souls we have, every human body is an anatomical miracle of divine creative genius. We are, in the words of David ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’”

Do You Love the People of God?

Jason Allen asks whether you love–really love–God’s people. “Imagine giving your life to a task you do not love—or worse, to a people you don’t love. Ministry service is glorious, but it can also be uniquely taxing, and only those propelled by a love for Christ and His church survive the long haul.”

He’s The Love: How God Rescued Lilly Million (Video)

I enjoyed hearing how the Lord rescued Lilly Million. (And what a voice!)

Do Not Feed the Alligators

“It was as dark as pitch that morning, as the street lamp closest to me had burnt out. Fast-walking on the grass, I remained one step inside of the sidewalk, attempting to assuage tender shin splints as I circled the lake. Suddenly, my foot hit a boulder. Hard. Before I could even yelp in pain, the boulder hissed and lunged. A scream stuck in my throat. I had kicked an alligator.”

Flashback: Accept Your Leadership

As we consider together what it means to live a life that honors God, we come to an indispensable truth: If you are going to run to win, you need to accept your leadership.

It is the way of God to bring all good out of evil, not only to overcome the evil, but to make the evil work toward the good.

—Jeremiah Burroughs

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  • 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

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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