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A La Carte (December 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include just two books, but both are solid. Be sure to check out Faker for your teens.

Westminster Books is selling and discounting the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. Even if you’re not a KJV user it’s a good study Bible from a conservative Dutch Reformed perspective. Meanwhile, Christian Audio has about a dozen Bibles for sale in audio at just $7.49 each.

Is the Virgin Birth Essential?

You probably know the answer, but may do well to read why it’s so important. Kevin DeYoung explains.

It Came to Pass in Second Grade

I quite enjoyed this tale, this memory. “Once upon a time, long long ago, before people knew better than to celebrate Christmas in schools, when the principal could still haul a student to the office for a whopping, a second grade teacher formed a choir.”

7 Privileges of Being a Child of God

“Feeling weary today? Distant from God? Anxious? Uncertain? In this article Tim Keller warms our hearts with seven breathtaking privileges of being a child of God set out by Paul in Romans 8:14-17…”

A Brief History of France (Video)

Here’s a neat, animated history of France in about 5 minutes.

Their Tube

Parents would do well to read and consider this one. It asks, when every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood?

This Day in 1608. 408 years ago today John Milton was born. Beyond writing his most famous work, ‘Paradise Lost,’ Milton authored an exposition of Christian doctrine, a plan for Christian education and political works. *

5 Ways We Stunt Our Spiritual Growth

I always enjoy reading what Christel Humfrey writes.

Why Are We Still Paying Baggage Fees (Video)?

Airlines instituted baggage fees when fuel prices spiked. Fuel has gone back down, but the fees have remained. Why? And is there any benefit to the consumer?

Seekest Thou Great Things for Thyself?

D.A. Carson: “Probably it’s a sign of my advancing years, but not infrequently a young pastor or a theological student asks me the question, ‘What choices did you make to get to where you are today?’ I fear I always have to disabuse the questioner. No one is more surprised than I am at the turns my life has taken.”

Flashback: 3 Marks of Righteous Anger

Anger can be righteous or unrighteousness, sinless or sinful. Here are 3 marks of righteous anger.

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A child can have no greater inheritance than the godly teaching and example of his parents.

—John MacArthur

  • 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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.