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A La Carte (August 17)

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Logos users will want to make a habit of visiting their deals page where you’ll often find some pretty good discounts. Then, of course, they also offer some free and nearly-free books every month.

God’s Strong Safety Net

It is so good to be in Christ! “A true believer’s salvation is secure from everything Satan and self can do to them. True believers can know they’re saved by seeing in their life growth of the fruit of repentance and a deepening desire to please their Savior. The tragedy is that those left behind are left with little assurance of the fate of their deceased loved one.”

Life After Death on Wikipedia

It’s interesting the role Wikipedia plays in life and death. “More than 1,300 notable people died in the past three years, according to Wikipedia. Here are 84 who got over half a million pageviews in the first 48 hours after their deaths.”

Does Creedal Orthodoxy Require Traditional Sexual Ethics?

Alastair Roberts writes, “The Davenant Institute have just released a booklet written by me, on the relationship between sexual ethics and Christian orthodoxy.”

What Does the Pastor Do?

“What is the measure of the Word and Prayer work? It is seen in the fruit of the ministry. It is seen in the healthy diet which people feed upon. It is seen in the Spirit’s illumination of people to understand God’s word better, to be helped by God’s truth, to glorify God’s ways.”

Revoice, The Culture War, and the Friend/Enemy Distinction

This is quite a long read, but an interesting and important one.

The Encouragement of Congregational Singing

“What a gift the gathered church is to a discouraged soul! Every week we come in from our different lives and gather to, among other things, sing the glory and power of the gospel.”

A New Q&A Video Library

This is an announcement from Ligonier Ministries. “We’re building a new collection of short Q&A video clips from our live events that you can watch online, anytime. Each clip answers a single question, making it easy for you to refer to them during Bible studies and in your conversations with others.”

Flashback: Today, More than Ever, Read Beyond the Headlines

Today, more than ever, we cannot allow our opinions to be formed by mere headlines. Until you read the article, don’t believe the headline!

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

—John Bunyan

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