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A La Carte (December 16)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

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We Should Trust God—But For What?

This is a good one from Cass Watson. “I cannot trust God to answer every prayer exactly how I want them answered. I cannot trust him to orchestrate my life so there is no suffering, toil, or disappointment. I cannot trust him to give me everything I want. I cannot trust him to stick to the timeline I had planned for my life.”

All of Our Nightmares Will Become Untrue

I remember these days well. “This past year, my seven-year-old son has been plagued by nightmares. Though he had experienced them many times before, they increased in regularity and we noticed him becoming anxious as bedtime approached.”

Please be gentle

“Gentleness is underrated and undervalued in the world and in the church. We prize power and authority and charisma. We want leaders who sound like TED talk speakers and who can capture our attention and hold it, leaders who are magnetic and whom we want to follow, who will impress our friends and family. Leaders who could do any number of jobs well and be recognised as leaders in their field. We also want to be that. We want all that because we have a Corinthian complex.”

Read And Then Judge

I hadn’t heard of Marie Dentière until reading this article, but she seems to have been a fascinating individual. “‘Read, and then judge’ – this was the title page of The War for and Deliverance of Geneva by Marie Dentière, published in 1536. For Marie Dentière, this was not just a sound piece of advice; it was a plea to her readers to judge the following words based on their content, and not the gender of their writer. Sadly, her advice often went unheeded.”

The Shortcomings of Scientism

Jimmy Wallace: “Scientism can be defined as ‘the view that the hard sciences alone have the intellectual authority to give us knowledge of reality,’ and that ‘at some stage in the future, science will be able to explain everything, and answer all our needs.’ Essentially, scientism is the belief that science is the beginning and ending of knowledge. However, there are several critical problems with this belief.”

Red Runs White (Video)

I’ve been really enjoying this song from Sow and Tether—a celebration of being in Christ.

Flashback: The Visionary Worrywart

The worrier takes upon himself a kind of prophetic role and allows his occasional successes in accurately predicting that awful future to establish his reputation as a person who understands what others miss.

God does sometimes keep us waiting for an answer to other prayers, but He never keeps us waiting one single second for an answer to our prayer for forgiveness.

—F.B. Meyer

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