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A La Carte (August 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include titles by Joel and Mary Beeke (with whom I shared a delightful dinner just two days ago, as it happens).

(Yesterday on the blog: The Sofa Salesperson Who Did Everything Wrong)

How to Fall … Again

Here’s Jared Wilson being wise again. “If you’re a restored church leader — or simply a church member walking in repentance after a fall — you may have some obvious boundaries in place to keep you from the explicit routes back to your old sins. But there are some ways your new life might make you vulnerable to new sins. The devil is cunning and is perfectly willing to cut you in the left side while you protect your right. How might this happen? What are some ways you might fall again? Here are four…”

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

This is a sweet reflection.

Does Your Healthiness Aid Your Pursuit of Holiness?

Brad Hambrick: “I’m not sure why, but it seems to me that the ideas of pursuing healthiness and pursuing holiness have become conceptual rivals.”

Why Did Jesus Institute the Lord’s Supper on the Passover?

Keith Mathison takes on an important question.

Your Ambition Might be Satanic

This is worth thinking about. “We adore ambition and the ambitious. It’s here that the Bible gives us a serious word of caution. Not all ambition is good. In fact, there are some kinds of ambition that are really evil. There is such a thing as satanic ambition.”

The Blessing of Heaven as a Near Reality

Melissa writes, “Their ages: 94 and 84. They have been friends, Sunday school members, and sisters in the faith for years. And now they were saying goodbye.”

Famous Christians Are Losing Their Faith…and So Should You If Your Faith Is in Them

Much has been said lately about people losing their faith, but Randy Alcorn is still worth reading on the subject. “If I could share just one message in light of the high-profile Christians who have recently made public announcements renouncing their faith, it would be this: you should lose your faith…if it is in anyone other than Jesus. And you should forsake and reject any worldview, no matter how attractive and seductive and popular and affirming, that is not in concert with the worldview of God’s Word.”

Flashback: One Way To Make Sure You’re Preaching a Sermon, Not Leading a Bible Study

I’ve observed that some sermons are actually Bible studies and some Bible studies are actually sermons…I find it helpful to force myself to distinguish between them, especially when I am asked to lead one or the other.

A stranger to the fear of God is a stranger to the living God himself.

—Albert Martin

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