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A La Carte (August 9)


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

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