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A La Carte (February 15)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Westminster Books has a sale on some of the new and notable books released this winter.

Consider Suffering Joy?

This is a helpful take on the Biblical directive that we find joy even in suffering.

William Borden, “The Millionaire Missionary”

I always love considering the story of young William Borden’s life. “Borden’s tremendous wealth did not deflect him in the least from his whole-hearted consecration to Jesus. Instead, he remained wholly devoted to serving Christ and His Kingdom with his time, talents, energy, intellect and treasure.”

A Brief Guide to Disciple Making Movements (DMM)

There is a missions methodology that has caught the imagination of sending agencies, churches, and missions candidates throughout the world. The influence of this movement among sending organizations supporting this methodology seems nearly ubiquitous. This missions methodology is called “Disciple Making Movements”. (Sponsored Link)

When You Don’t Feel Like Having Sex with Your Spouse

Lauren Washer: “Like many Christian girls raised in the 1990s under ‘True Love Waits’ campaigns, I was fiercely committed to remaining a virgin until my wedding night. But I was also convinced sex would be a daily—and delightful—part of married life. If sex had been built up by so many as an experience well worth the wait then it must be amazing. I was right and wrong. Married sex is wonderful. But it’s also far more complicated than I ever imagined.”

How Can We Make Decisions and Know God’s Will?

“When I completed seminary and first began pastoring, I expected the pastorate to be composed predominately with preaching, theological discussions, and hospital visits. One area of ministry I was grossly unprepared for was helping Christians make decisions.”

He doesn’t want your hand, He wants your heart

This is a call to take sin seriously.

Dear Small Church: A Word of Encouragement

Here’s some encouragement for pastors of smaller churches.

Flashback: Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today?

How can we be sure that God’s Word has remained God’s Word from the time it was first written to this present day?

Confessing to God brings us face to face with the one who knows us fully, yet forgives us completely.

—Garrett Kell

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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