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A La Carte (February 1)

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Today—the first day of a new month—is an ideal opportunity to pause for just a moment to consider: That right now, at this very second, God is reigning from his throne. All will be well.

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of books that will be on sale until the end of the month. (I should have those listed on my site by 6:30 AM EST or so.)

(Yesterday on the blog: When God Gives Us a Platform)

Honor Marriage

“Marriage has fallen on hard times in our society. Apparently, things weren’t all that different for the original audience of Hebrews in the 1st century, but writing in the 21st, I feel like this command was given especially for us. Everywhere we turn today, marriage is, in one way or another, slammed, insulted, or otherwise maligned. A simple way for followers of Christ to swim against the cultural current is simply to obey this command to honor marriage. Here are a few ideas on how to do that.”

Texas’ Friday Night Lights Through the Lens of Photographer Nash Pils

I really enjoyed this ESPN article about a special photographer. “The football team’s leadership group called Nash Pils, a 17-year-old junior with Down syndrome, to the gym floor. A naturally gifted photographer, Nash has become the documentarian of a small town’s sports programs, and in turn, the football team has become his champion.”

To Senior Pastors – What I Want You to Know About My Generation

Rosia Li, a college student, has a letter to her senior pastor that is meant to help him understand her generation. “I would like to suggest a crucial role that the church can play in helping Gen Z rise above this digital domination. This relational problem requires a relational solution. Contrary to popular belief, my generation is actually incredibly eager to glean wisdom from those who have lived a little (to many more) years than us. It’s just that at times, we are just a little shy to make the first move.”

“How Can the Church Remain Faithful in This Current Cultural Climate?” (Video)

Ligon Duncan offers a few thoughts about remaining faithful in the current cultural climate.

Q&A With Rob Ventura (Expository Outlines & Observations Commentary Series)

Rob Ventura has an interview about a book that has turned into a series—the Expository Outlines and Observations Commentary. (Sponsored)

Three Lessons From Joni Eareckson Tada on Resilient Joy In Pain

“Early on in my paralysis — and almost by accident — I unearthed an unexpected treasure. I opened the word of God and discovered a mine shaft. I dug my paralyzed fingers into a weight of incomprehensible glory, a sweetness with Jesus that made my paralysis pale in comparison. In my great joy, I went out and sold everything, trading in my resentment and self-pity to buy the ugly field nobody else would want. And I struck gold.”

Vetting Kids’ Entertainment Isn’t a One-and-Done

Wisely, Brett McCracken warns parents that vetting their kids’ entertainment isn’t a one-and-done task.

Flashback: Run! Run Away!

…you always need to respect the power and deceptiveness of sin, and you always need to acknowledge your weakness and proneness to depravity. For your soul to survive and thrive in this world, you need to learn to flee.

The real you is worth letting out if the real you is dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus.

—Kevin DeYoung

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