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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?).

Carson

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

—D.A. Carson

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