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A La Carte (December 22)

Good morning. I write today from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We drove 824 rainy miles yesterday (with only 3 brief stops) to come down here and celebrate Christmas with family. We are glad to be in the South!

Our Relatives and Friends Without Christ

Jim Elliff has a helpful little article on your inevitable times together with unbelieving friends and family.

Stopping Before You Start

Melissa Kruger continues to encourage people to read the entire Bible in 2016. In this article she answers a series of objections.

It Was Not a Silent Night

Here’s a narrative retelling of the nativity story.

If God Is Happy, Why Does He Seem Bad-Tempered?

Randy Alcorn takes on this question.

Dear God, I Don’t Want to Serve You This Way

“Let me honor You by becoming a world-famous author! How about that? Let me do something big and impressive in my church. Let me put this college degree to use … You will be so glorified, I promise!”

This Day in 1899. 116 years ago today, D.L. Moody died. He had famously said, “Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now.” *

Seeing One’s Need for the Savior

Vance Christie shares an interesting and life-shaping little anecdote from the life of William Carey.

The Beatles in HD

This is kind of fun–the official Beatles YouTube channel has been uploading HD videos of some of their vintage performances (though I suppose all of their performances are vintage, aren’t they?).


Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep.

—D.A. Carson

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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