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A La Carte (August 17)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

There are a few Kindle deals I dug up today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Success Beyond What We Can Handle)

Return of the Taliban

Mindy Belz’s article from WORLD is now a few days old, and hence somewhat out-of-date, but does explain some of the context to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Afghan Pastors Ask for Prayer

And speaking of Afghanistan, here are prayer requests from Christians within the country. “As Taliban forces have swallowed up Afghanistan and even now the capital city of Kabul, pastors in the country have been emailing and messaging me over the last few days, even hours, anxious for prayer.” (See also: Pray for Afghanistan by Lisa LaGeorge)

Archaeologists Find Evidence of Biblical Earthquake

Aaron Earls: “For the first time, archaeologists have unearthed evidence for an earthquake Old Testament prophets mentioned and compared to end times events.”

Don’t Trust Your Feelings, Even Your Worst Duffer Sermons Bring Glory To God

Stephen Kneale says “we shouldn’t assume that our feelings give us any real insight into what the Lord might be doing. Instead, we should preach the Word with confidence – even the ones we feel are right duffers.” Which reminds me, the British have the best slang, rivaled perhaps only by the Aussies.

Why Obedience in Small Things Means Everything

“Don’t do something great for God; do something small. Be committed to faithfully following Jesus in the little things that will prove to be significant in the end.”

The Suspicion of Science

I have been thinking a fair bit about the suspicion of science among Christians and what we can do about it. This article from TGC Australia has some ideas. “To begin, remember one of our basic assumptions about the world; God both created the universe and wrote the Scriptures, so there should be no conflict between the truth about creation and God’s word in the Bible.”

Watch Some of the Best Video Microscopy in the World (Video)

There is a whole world to be discovered beneath high-powered microscopes and high definition video (as Scientific American displays here).

Flashback: It’s Only Money

Our convictions about money will influence some of the expenses we choose to take on, but it won’t make our bills go away and won’t do much to mitigate the fact that life is just plain costly.

We must never be silent when we ought to speak. We must never speak when we ought to be silent.

—J.R. Miller

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