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A La Carte (August 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a nice collection of deals that spans several genres and publishers. Have at it!

(Yesterday on the blog: On Preparing Your Hands for Church)

I am a False Prophet

Me too! “I am a false prophet. I am constantly predicting things that don’t come true.” There’s lots of insight on worrying here.

Why In-N-Out Isn’t Coming to a City Near You (Video)

I rather enjoyed this video on In-N-Out and why they’ve been so deliberate to grow slowly.

Gratitude Leads to Joy

If gratitude leads to joy, it means joy is never out of our reach!

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones came to Westminster Theological Seminary and delivered addresses on Preaching and Preachers that mobilized and molded a whole generation of pastors to preach the Word. This year Westminster’s conference on preaching and preachers is honored to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of those addresses by dedicating our conference on preaching to celebrating the legacy of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. We invite you to join us on Westminster’s campus from Oct. 22-23, 2019, for an event that will refresh and re-equip you in the priority, practice, and power of preaching. Speakers include Kevin DeYoung, Stafford Carson, Jason Meyer, and Harry Reeder.

The Rhythm of the Christian Life: How Life Alone and Christian Community Go Together

“The moment we hear the word ‘rhythm’ related to our spiritual life, we probably think about balancing work and rest, maintaining certain tempos in life, or perhaps liturgical practices. We think about balancing two compartmentalized aspects of the Christian life instead of infusing each aspect with the other. While all of those things are good to consider, there is still a more basic need for us to understand and take seriously: the rhythm of the Christian life.”

How to Pray in Spiritual Warfare

Iain Duguid explains how to pray in times of spiritual warfare. Of course, “According to Paul in Ephesians 6, all of life is spiritual warfare. In that conflict, he reminds the Ephesians that—important though it is—the Christian armor is not enough. You and I also need to be in constant contact with God, and the means by which we stay in contact is by prayer.”

Obey God Rather Than Man

“Peer Pressure is not something that only middle and high school kids face. Adults are still facing the choice of obeying God rather than men in several areas of life.” It’s so true.

Paris: The Biggest Tourist Scams in Paris (Video)

I have never been to Paris, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen each of these scams in at least one other major city. (I’m mostly looking at you, Rome!)

Flashback: What Will Be the Cost to the Church?

What do we, as Christians, stand to lose if so many of our young men continue to spend their teens and twenties in the pursuit of pornographic pleasure?

In the judgment day, the inquiry will be made not into our opinions or professions alone, but into our deeds, as proving the correctness of our faith and the sincerity of our professions.

—George Washington Bethune

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