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A La Carte (December 31)


Once again, the selection of Kindle deals isn’t quite what I’d like. We’ll hope for better things next year…

Feeble Words in Prayer

I’m so thankful that our prayers aren’t heard only for their eloquence. “‘Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.’ We’ve all been there. If we say we haven’t, we are lying or self-deceived. It’s something that we will deal with until we see the Lord in glory. What am I talking about? I am talking about how, too often, we cannot find the right words in prayer.”

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2020

I always enjoy these year-end roundups. “There was no shortage of biblical archaeology news in 2020, despite COVID-19 restrictions that canceled almost all of Israel’s scheduled excavations. Some limited digs still took place in Israel and surrounding countries, and research on previous excavations continued, resulting in some major announcements. Here are 2020’s biggest stories about archaeology connecting us with the biblical world…”

Books: 10 Ideas

In this article Peter Mead offers 10 simple ideas related to books. “This week is a great time to pay some attention to your books. Whether you have books for ministry or for personal benefit, it doesn’t matter. Here are 10 quick ideas about books that might be helpful if you get an hour or two to consider your books (and your reading in the coming months!).”

In This We Rejoice

“I love reading books and I am so thankful for those that write them and impart wisdom to us as they teach us what they have first been taught by God. There are so many paths God takes His children down for His glory and their sanctification…and yet, at some point, we walk the same roads and greatly benefit from the exhortation and encouragement they provide, having gone before us. What a gift it is to live in this day and age of easy access to writers, both old and new!”

2020 Bashing

Lisa LaGeorge: “How many ways have you grumped about 2020? We have been creative about it, sure. Not outright complaining, right? A local public radio station here launched a ‘Drive to end 2020.’ Yes, it’s a year-end fundraising effort, but the announcer always says ‘end’ with a bit of menace.”

All We Cannot See

Susan Lafferty also offers some poetic reflections on the year that is about to end.

What Does Deuteronomy 3:16 Mean?

Crossway’s “What Does It Mean” series looks at this text: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Flashback: The Best Way to Begin a New Year

If you have turned to Christ in repentance and faith, you are free and clear. You are free of all the burden of the sins you’ve committed, clear of all record of wrongdoing.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.

—J.C. Ryle

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

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