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A La Carte (December 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a series of short biographies, a couple of studies by Paul Washer, and several other picks.

If you’re looking for a daily devotional to guide you through next year, Westminster Books has a selection of them on sale.

Logos users will want to continue to keep an eye on the 12 Days of Logos sale. There are some really good deals there.

VidAngel Shut Down

Family-friendly video service VidAngel has been ordered to shut down. This isn’t a great surprise as their solution was a very creative workaround to copyright laws. VidAngel is appealing the decision.

Worth Every Second (Video)

Be sure to watch Desiring God’s profile of Vaneetha Rendall Risner.

Time to Quit Social Media?

This is a good bit of analysis and application by Thomas Kidd. “There’s no doubt that active social media is not for everyone. If it causes you non-stop angst and frustration, you should consider dropping it.” But there’s more to the story…

Bring Back Visual Comedy (Video)

This interesting video argues that we need to bring back visual comedy (as opposed to comedy based on two SNL characters talking back and forth).

Even If He Doesn’t

Melissa has an important reflection today: “It is possible to grieve the end of our plans while still maintaining hope for the future. It’s possible to beg God for one outcome, and still praise Him in the middle of a different outcome. It’s possible to love and trust God when He doesn’t choose to rescue us or a loved one. It’s completely possible to be living through the most horrific hell we can imagine on this earth and still love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

This Day in 1853. 163 years ago today Wesleyan abolitionists founded the Illinois Institute. This school would later become Wheaton College after Warren Wheaton, a local landowner, made a sizeable property donation. *

Report: How Abortion Clinics Endanger Women

“A new report documents how the unsafe conditions and practices at abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood are a public health crisis that endangers women.” Joe Carter summarizes and interprets it.

The Funeral of Helen Roseveare (Video)

Here’s the video from yesterday’s funeral of Helen Roseveare.

A Tip for Husbands

Erik’s tip won’t be a great fit for everyone (love languages and all that) but in general we husbands need all the help we can get!

Flashback: Just Hold On!

I want the blessing and the joy that comes with obedience, with conformity to Christ. The question is, do I want it enough to endure temptation for it?

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Every generation of Christian has to learn that whining is an affront against God’s sovereignty and goodness.

—D.A. Carson

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…