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A La Carte (December 20)

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Good morning, my friends. I expect many of you will be scaling back your internet use during the holidays. Just so you know, I intend to keep up with articles except between Christmas and New Years when I’ll probably post only the daily A La Carte articles.

Christianbook.com has a number of items deeply discounted: ESV Study Bible in burgundy leather, What Is Saving Faith? by John Piper, In Search of Ancient Roots by Kenneth Stewart, Blind Spots by Collin Hansen, and so on.

It’s a good idea to keep tabs on the Kindle deals page since deals often come and go in 24 hours. I usually update in the evenings and then again at around 7 AM.

Fight the Christmas Letdown

Kati Lynn Davis considers the letdown that can follow the Christmas season (or any other season in life). “The hard truth is that even the best things in this life are temporary. We wait months or even years for moments that pass in the blink of an eye. And no matter how wonderful that moment is—whether it’s the first kiss as husband and wife, the first look into a newborn’s eyes, or a childhood Christmas that feels like magic—it won’t put our insatiable hearts at rest.”

Finding Romance in Your Marriage

“So, what about that little thing called romance? Where does it go after many years in a relationship have transpired?” Erica Chase writes very honestly about romance in a marriage that is no longer in its earliest years.

Practicing Faith in a Post-Faith World

“Some observers remain optimistic and argue that things are not as bad as they seem; others think they are a good deal worse. Some argue the church needs a radical change in strategy; others claim the challenge is not really a methodological one at all, and the church should essentially hunker down, get used to life on the margins, prepare to suffer for what she believes, pray, and trust that the God who brings life to the dead will do something new.” Andrew Wilson writes about practicing our faith in a very different world than the one we may be accustomed to.

You Are Not Your Accomplishments

“There are some areas where we feel pretty great about ourselves. There are also some where we are consumed with how far we fell short. And for most of us, that latter group can become all-consuming.” Aaron wants to remind you that you are not your accomplishments (or lack thereof).

Don’t Ruin Good Content: Proficient Pulpit Rhetoric

Preachers or anyone else involved in public speaking will benefit from this look at six Ps for proficient vocal delivery.

Christmas Songs: The Angel’s Song

“It seems God gets particular satisfaction in pouring out his breathtaking beauty in the unlikeliest places. Consider the absurd beauty of the Aurora Borealis, which only a tiny fraction of the world’s population has ever beheld. Consider places of remote and stunning beauty that only a few humans have ever witnessed: caves, Antarctica, the Amazon rainforest, and the ocean.”

Flashback: Christmas Bitter and Christmas Sweet

There is no grief where there has not been love and no love that comes without risk of grief. They weep because they have loved and because they love still. 

Better is that sin which humbles me, than that duty which makes me proud.

—Thomas Watson

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    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…