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A La Carte (December 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include several short guides to the Bible and doctrine as well as Scotty Smith’s prayer book Everyday Prayers.

Spiritual Depression is Coming for You

“If you’ve been a Christian believer for any amount of time, you’re familiar with the feeling: It’s like you’re … off. Foggy. You’re not connecting with God, even after you’ve asked Him to search your heart and reveal to you any unconfessed or secret sin.”

4 Christian Principles For Making New Year’s Resolutions

Burk Parsons: “The Word of God gives us not only permission to make resolutions, it gives us good reasons for doing so. Various biblical passages seem to provide us with reasons for resolutions and examples of men of God who resolved to live for Him in a particular manner for a particular reason. As such, in considering how to glorify God in all that we do in our particular circumstances and callings, we would be wise to resolve to make particular resolutions to assist us in our sanctification.”

The Apocalypse That Never Happened

Remember Y2K? Here are “lessons of the Y2K panic, a worldwide digital apocalypse that never happened.”

The Legacy of Luther

Today only, download the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther edited by Stephen Nichols and R.C. Sproul for free. (This offer comes from Ligonier Ministries, this week’s sponsor.)

The Beauty of Norway (Video)

Here’s a beautiful video displaying just some of the beauty of Norway. It’s yet another country I’d love to visit!

Do More Than Admit Your Sin

J.A. Medders: “Biblical confession involves more than admitting our sin. Sometimes we think fessing up to our sins is enough. ‘Alright, I’ll say what I’ve done, get my grace ticket, and go on my way.’ That’s a confession booth. That’s not biblical Christianity.”

This Day in 2002. 15 years ago today Islamic militants killed and maimed American missionaries working at a Baptist-run hospital in Yemen including William Koehn, Kathleen Gariety and Martha Myers. *

The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing

The New York Times profiles Bart Campolo, son of Tony, and tells about his abandonment of the Christian faith.

When Your Phone Uses You

This is a short, wise reflection from Seth Godin.

Flashback: Strength = Good, Weakness = Bad

This is our formula, right? But is it the Lord’s?

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Far be it from us to seek a crown of honor where our Lord found only a crown of thorns.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    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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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.