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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

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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