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A La Carte (December 2)

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I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with Warren Cole Smith and on Revive Our Hearts’ Grounded show. And I am thankful for this review of Seasons of Sorrow from Clarissa Moll published at TGC.

Logos has a Christmas Sale underway with some good deals. They also have 40% off Zondervan collections and commentaries.

How to Get Through a Spiritual Slump

Glenna Marshall wants you to know that “going through the motions doesn’t have to be a legalistic process. Going through the motions can be an act of faith and obedience—delighting in God’s Word when your heart just isn’t in it. When you persevere in prayer and reading the Bible, you are teaching your heart to delight in Him. This is how you learn perseverance: by pressing forward when you don’t want to. You won’t learn it any other way.”

Evangelicalism’s Hezekiah Problem

“Why are God’s leaders so quick to count and boast about what God has given them? That is an interesting question. More interesting, however, is the following question: Why does God hate this so much?”

What is revival? Should we expect it today?

In Revival: The Work of God, you will see what it looks like when the Lord pours out His Spirit to save sinners. Join Jeremy Walker, Geoff Thomas, Ian Hamilton, Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, and many more as they remind us of that God continues to build His Church. (Sponsored Link)

The Glory of Church Graveyards

I have often wished our church had a graveyard. This article explains why. “Every couple of months, I go for a walk around our church graveyard. I have called it a cemetery for the longest time, but it’s actually a graveyard. Graveyards are connected to a church. Cemeteries are not.”

The Deconversion of Saruman: Five Lessons to Learn

Michael Kruger looks beyond Joshua Harris, Rob Bell, and others to find another fascinating example of apostasy.

A Very Important Reason to Keep Preaching Hell to Mature Believers!

“It can be tempting for pastors and elders, who serve gathered congregations of saints, to be misled into thinking that we no longer need to reflect on the excruciating sorrows of the damned. Such weakening resolution can be diminished even further by comments from the pews (or indeed other pulpits) that the people need more grace – more of the sugar, none of the vinegar.”

We enjoy our heavenly Father’s constant attention to our prayers, for he’s never sleepy or forgetful, never grumpy or uninterested, never powerless to help or unsure of what to do.

—Richard Coekin

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