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A La Carte (December 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting titles. Also note that Amazon has a big selection of deals across all categories today, including some general market Kindle deals.

Please continue to pray for R.C. Sproul. I have heard from those within the ministry that he remains in critical condition. Also, be sure to watch this stirring video of Dr. Sproul preaching the gospel through the years.

The Grace of Confessing Sin

“The Scriptures explicitly teach that the confession of sin is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life. Nevertheless, in our day, it is often one of the most misunderstood and overly neglected aspects of the process of growth in grace.”

Introducing the New Logos Mobile App

I’m excited about this new app rollout from Logos (since I use it every morning for my devotions!).

Angels in the Bible: What Do We Actually Know About Them?

Wayne Grudem summarizes what we know. “For centuries, artists have portrayed angels as beautiful humans with wings and glowing light, complete with halos, harps, and flowing white gowns (or perfectly sculpted bodies). But is that really what angels look like? Angels have inspired all sorts of imaginative stories and depictions, but what’s left when we separate fact from fiction? In order to know the truth, we have to ask, what does the Bible say about angels?”

Do Christians have to Obey the Old Testament Laws? (Video)

Dr. Thomas Schreiner answers this question, “Do all Old Testament commands apply today? How do we choose which commands in the Law to obey and which ones to disregard?”

Alvin York, Christian Soldier

Alvin York, arguably the most celebrated American soldier in World War I, was born on December 13, 1887, in a log cabin near Pall Mall, Tennessee. York was devout, having experienced conversion through a Church of Christ in 1914. Here are a few short clips about his life.

3 Tips for Capturing the Magic of Christmas Morning

Here’s one for those photography enthusiasts out there. “As a kid, Christmas morning is an event you look forward to months in advance, with excitement and anticipation building to a climax Christmas Eve making it difficult to sleep. But once morning comes, all that anticipation turns to joy and amazement as the presents under the tree are surveyed. Following are a few tips for maximizing your Christmas morning photography.”

How Can I Best Support My Pastor? (Video)

Dr. Ligon Duncan gives some great advice on how best to support your pastor.

Flashback: Jesus Isn’t Threatened by Your Christmas Gifts

Jesus isn’t threatened by Christmas gifts. He doesn’t get better when we diminish or downplay them

Jesus isn’t threatened by Christmas gifts. He doesn’t get better when we diminish or downplay them, either by eschewing them altogether or by contenting ourselves with gifts that are frugal, that cost us nearly nothing and really aren’t that good.

There is no plateau in the Christian life. We are either growing closer to Christ’s likeness or we are falling away.

The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God.

—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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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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