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A La Carte (December 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include a book by Michael Horton, a book on family worship, and a few other selections.

Westminster Books is selling the ESV Bible Atlas at 50% off.

This always makes me happy: There is always one day before Christmas that Amazon puts board games on sale. Today’s the day! There are lots of great options for you there.

Low Expectations

Nick Batzig brings some of the best of Packer: “Low expectations become self-fulfilling. Where little is expected from sermons, little is received. Many moderns have never been taught to expect sermons to matter much, and so their habit at sermon time is to relax, settle back and wait to see if anything the preacher says will catch their interest.”

Gathering in Spite of Scattering

There is good analysis here as well as good suggestions for the Christmas season. “This is the situation of the modern churchgoer. He is under the confluence of less time and more responsibility. He lives farther from work, church and family than he ever has and his responsibilities and asks vie for his time in a way unlike before. It is no wonder church life and the need to gather is so strained.”

The Problem of Public Profanity

You don’t have to be a prude to be troubled with all the public profanity you hear today.

Being Isolated and Allergic to Everything

Johanna Watkins writes about her strange medical condition which makes her allergic to almost everything, including her own husband. “If it weren’t for God, I’d have given up long ago. But while I’ve been broken and empty, God has been faithful and strong. He has borne every grief. Never have I been alone.”

This Day in 374. 1,642 years ago today Early Church father Ambrose was consecrated Bishop of Milan. His influential works made Ambrose (alongside Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great) one of the “four doctors” of the Western Church. *

Ryrie’s Bibles and Manuscripts

Daniel Wallace provides a fascinating account of the auction of Charles Ryrie’s incredible collection of Bibles and manuscripts.

What Makes a Good Alarm Clock Sound?

Here’s an interesting question: What makes a good alarm clock sound?

Husband, Pray For Your Wife

“Husband, do you pray for your wife? Not just a few words here or there. But do you really pour out your soul to God in desperate pleadings, fervent cries, and intercessory petitions on behalf of your most treasured possession on earth, your bride?’

Flashback: He Has No Claim

Satan has a legitimate claim to my soul and yours. Satan can recount endless lists of offenses against God. We should be very, very afraid!

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If we love our children too much to require them to do what is right, then we have not really loved them enough.

—Bryan Chapell

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