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A La Carte (August 9)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you today and in the week ahead.

I listed just a few Kindle deals that may be of interest today.

The Great Revival That M’Cheyne Missed

This is such an interesting and important little anecdote from church history.

God Talk 101

It’s simple stuff, this, but still a good reminder that simplest is often best. “I want to suggest a simple God-talk phrase that every Christian can use in conversation with non-Christian work colleagues, friends and family…”

Don’t Be ‘Authentic’

Mark Loughridge: “Obviously I believe in being honest and genuine, but often ‘authenticity’ is less about being honest and more a justification for doing what we want despite the needs of others around us. It is the great whitewash agent of the 21st century, used to excuse much.”

Our Family Worship Time

Sometimes the best way to learn how to do family devotions, or to learn how to freshen it up, is by imitation. “Even though family worship is not always often a portrait of tranquility, and even though we haven’t mastered the art of making sure we meet every single day for it, family worship is a regular part of our family’s life together. I thought I would give a peek into our times together—not to provide a template to replicate, but to give some ideas if you are looking to begin or tweak your own family’s habit of gathering to worship together regularly.”

Does God Really Protect Us From Evil?

“Does God really protect us from evil? As believers in the God of the Bible, we love the blessings of protection given in Scripture. We make bookmarks, fridge magnets and even bumper stickers out of them.” Yet sometimes we do wonder…

Spiritual Weariness and Chasing a Feeling

“I did what they told me to do. I left my phone lying around forgotten, I read more, I tried to be present, I took naps. But at the end of vacation, my eyes were wet with tears as I poured out my heart to my sweet husband. I was both longing for the normalcy of home and dreading it. I didn’t feel inspired or ready to get back to work. I’m still burnt out.”

Typos, Tricks And Misprints

How did the English language come to be so weird and so inconsistent? This article explains.

Flashback: Why Satan Is So Skillful at Tempting Us to Sin

Satan is a formidable foe. He opposes all those who are created in the image of God and is bent on their complete and utter destruction.

The world today needs nothing more than true Christ-likeness in those who bear Christ’s name…

—J.R. Miller

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 17)

    A La Carte: Every place is a place to talk about Jehovah / A precious mystery / How marriage shows the beauty and poetry of the gospel / What should we learn from the immensity of the heavens? / Should we call church a family? / Commentary sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 16)

    A La Carte: All we have left undone / What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? / How America’s premier theologian interpreted God’s providence after Lincoln’s assassination / Will God judge people for being born Muslim? / Theological discernment is for moms too / Prime Days / and more.

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…