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A La Carte (December 22)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

I’ve added a collection of Kindle deals that includes some general market historical titles—perhaps a good option for some holiday reading.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Collected Best Books of 2022)

Christmas Music: A Witness For Us or Against Us

This is a thought-provoking reflection on Christmas music. “While this music is everywhere during this season, how many people realize that the words on their lips are serving as a witness against them?”

The Crushing Obligation to Keep Doing More and More

Kevin DeYoung: “Surely there are many Christians who are terribly busy because they sincerely want to be obedient to God. We hear sermons that convict us for not praying more. We read books that convince us to do more for global hunger. We talk to friends who inspire us to give more and read more and witness more. The needs seem so urgent. The workers seem so few. If we don’t do something, who will? We want to be involved. We want to make a difference. We want to do what’s expected of us. But there just doesn’t seem to be the time.”

The Counterintuitive Christ

“Everything about the circumstances of the coming of Christ into the world was counterintuitive. We tend to pride ourselves on the fact that we know this. However, the more we bring the pieces together into focus, the more astonishing it all becomes. Consider…”

Does Jesus Still Sympathize with Sinners? The Compassion of the Risen Christ

Mark Jones considers Jesus’ compassion and whether he still sympathizes with us.

The Rightful Place of Suffering in the Life of the Christian

“There is a rightful place for suffering in the lives of those whom God loves. Expect it, prepare yourself for it, and be faithful through it” says Amy Hall.

Andrew Thorburn Vindicated (and before Jesus returns too!)

“If there’s one thing we know as Christians is that we won’t always get vindicated in this age.” And yet occasionally…

Flashback: No Low Too Low

He came to serve, and there is no service that was too low for him to do. His birth would provide a glimpse of his entire life, and a fitting introduction to the kind of life he would lead.

God’s silences are His answers. If we only take as answers those that are visible to our senses, we are in a very elementary condition of grace.

—Oswald Chambers

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    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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