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A La Carte (December 5)

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Grace and peace to you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of excellent devotionals from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Would You Consider Becoming a Patron?)

On Spiritual Dreams

I have read a number of different perspectives on Christians and “spiritual dreams.” This one, which I read over the weekend (and which is from a source I admire), was quite interesting to me.

An Open Letter to the Brothers I Went to Seminary With

I appreciated this open letter from a woman who attended seminary and who reflects on the men who attended with her.

If Christmas is just cultural, celebrate (or don’t) however you want

This is a good reminder that Christians don’t have to celebrate Christmas.

Brightest and Best (Video)

This great rendition of “Brightest and Best” features the Gettys and Ricky Skaggs.

Dealing with Difficult Decembers

“We spend so much time enjoying the nativity and celebrating the miracle of our Saviour’s birth, that we often forget to get excited and expectant once again for our Lord to come back.”

Chipping Away Our Confidence in Christ

Doug Eaton: “In the Christian life, there are times of rest and times of struggle, and what we do when the sun is shining will often determine how well we will fare when the rains fall and the winds blow. It is usually the pleasant times when self-confidence becomes exaggerated that many professing Christians tend to chip away at the rock upon which they stand.”

Flashback: Lost Is Her Treasure But Where Is Her Trust?

Let her not cling to him, Striving to fling from him, Death’s chilly hand, With its firm, frozen hold. Death has not made the choice, ’Tis but the Shepherd’s voice, Calling the little lamb, Back to its fold.

It’s pastoral malpractice to prescribe the law to penitent sinners as the source of a God-pleasing life. The law can direct and guide, but it cannot motivate or empower. The only legitimate motivation for the life of faith is not the law, but the gospel.

—Harold Senkbeil

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