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A La Carte (February 17)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new title from GLH Publishing which is discounted for the first week. You’ll find a couple of other interesting titles as well.

Westminster Books has deals this week on Reformed confessions and a few other noteworthy works.

Why Joel Osteen Is So Appealing

Nautilus asks this: “What is it that makes Osteen different from the rest of us? What is the source of his magical magnetism?”

Surprising Advice From Two Older Saints

Darryl Dash: “I’m fascinated by the advice that older saints give near the end of their lives, particularly when the advice isn’t what you’d expect. I came across two pieces of advice this week from J.I. Packer and John Stott. Both seem to go together. Both are helpful reminders for me, and I’m hoping you find them helpful too.”

God Did It (Video)

It’s worth watching this short video to see Al Mohler give glory to God for what He has done.

Health, Wealth, And Not Much Else

Andrea Burke recalls the events that almost destroyed her and the discovery that restored her.

Serving Children with Autism, ADHD, and Attachment Disorders

This is important: “Recently, our church launched a program dedicated to serving children with behavioral diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, and attachment disorders (common with adoption). Your mileage will most certainly vary, but I wanted to share some possible steps toward serving what seems to be an under-served community in our churches.”

Stop Memorizing Your Passwords (Video)

There are various strategies for keeping your information safe online. Not memorizing passwords is a good one.

A Free Seminary-Level Course on the Reformation

Justin Taylor: “Thanks to the generosity and permission of Carl Trueman and The Master’s Seminary, you can basically take Professor Trueman’s course online for free.” You can find the details and the videos at the link.

Washington Florist Loses Discrimination Case

This is concerning on a number of different levels. From WORLD: “State high court rules Barronelle Stutzman violated anti-bias laws by refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding.” (Also read David French.)

Flashback: An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians

This is the ministry of burden-bearing. It is a vocation that will earn you very few accolades. It will gain you very few awards. The majority of what you do will be unnoticed by others and forgotten even by those who benefit most.

Happy is the man who is happy in his wife.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…

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    A La Carte (February 16)

    A La Carte: What does the Bible say about dealing with divisive people? / How local churches can bridge a widening gender divide / Never preach to one person / Five pictures of the church / Two ways, two ends / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 15)

    A La Carte: This is what courage looks like / An important ministry skill no one talks about / Why you can’t get to heaven through the Mormon faith / Questions a pastor doesn’t want to ask / Christian displays of affection / Help! I don’t enjoy the Old Testament / and more.