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A La Carte (December 28)

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May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today is an especially good day for Kindle deals and there’s a wide variety to choose from.

A Tale of Two Dogs

You’ll benefit from reading this analogy about two dogs.

In the Darkest Night: Draw Near, Hold Fast, Consider Others

Leah Farish: “In the darkest season of my life, I was lifted decisively out of the pit by a passage in the book of Hebrews. The three simple commands embedded in it made all the difference.”

Quebec’s radical rejection of Catholicism behind support for Bill 21

You may, or may not, have heard of Quebec’s Bill 21 which bans wearing any religious symbols (e.g. crosses, hijabs, etc) by public sector employees. This interesting article explains how Quebec went from extremely Catholic to so very secular.

The Crosses at the Cradle

This is some very skillful writing. It begins this way: “On the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul live a fisherman and his family. They are here mostly alone, away from the village and the other houses, owning a sizable stretch of land that juts out into the water as a peninsula. The weeds grow high in their yard, and the dog they own is chained up and barking. But their garden is well kept, and they’ve added a new patio for evening meals that includes a vivid mountain view.”

Old Paths for a New Year

Jeremy Writebol has a suggestion for your quiet time in 2022. “Every year I feel the question bearing down on me as the month of December comes to a close. With the conclusion of one year and the beginning of another, I often spend a good deal of time hunting—not out in the woods, sitting in a tree stand, rifle in hand, deer hunting. No, I’m assessing every innovation that has sprung up in the last year or so to improve what is often referred to these days as ‘The Quiet Time.’ “

Flashback: The Half-Trained Dog

God does not call us to bruise our sin, or injure it, or slap it around a little. God calls us to put our sin to death, and that is a hard business.

The godly are more thankful for the least favours than worldly men for the greatest.

—Richard Sibbes

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