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A La Carte (February 19)


Good morning! The Lord be with you today…

This week’s deal from Westminster Books is the ESV Economy Bible which is ideal for mass distribution. I’d also draw your attention to a neat new resource from some Canadian pastors titled Christ’s Psalms, Our Psalms.

I was able to track down just a couple of Kindle deals this morning.

Seeing Kingdom Light in Cultural Dark

“After a year of COVID, restrictions on worship, racial protests, a contested election and high-profile scandals among Christian leaders, it’s easy to see more darkness in American culture than light. It’s easy to cast ourselves and our faith as persecuted victims in an anti-Christian culture.” Yet there is light to be seen if only we will look for it!

‘Adieu, Adieu, My Brother’

Here’s the moving story of some Reformation-era martyrs.


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Burn Long Not Just Hot

Erik Raymond’s encouragement here is an important one. “Passion for Christ is not exclusively burning hot; it’s also burning long. The endurance of a long, warm flame is a virtue too easily undervalued. We tend to prioritize zeal while under-esteeming endurance. I think this is unbalanced and unhealthy.”

Keep Your Soul Diligently

I really appreciate the way Kristin consistently wraps her lessons in story and biography. It’s an effective technique and one I’d love to see more bloggers explore.

How to Pastor When Sanctification Becomes Illegal

Writing for 9Marks, Murray Campbell explains how home state of Victoria, Australia, has made some aspects of sanctification illegal.

Why Do We, Like, Hesitate When We, Um, Speak? (Video)

This little video explains why we use filler words like “like” and “um.”

Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services Amid Pandemic Restrictions

Tré Goins-Phillips of Faithwire covers the recent arrest of a Canadian pastor for continuing to hold church services amid pandemic restrictions.

Flashback: An Unexpected, Overlooked Benefit of Friendships

There are many good reasons to make friends and to pursue meaningful, close friendships…I can love my family better by loving, and being loved by, a friend.

A house-going minister makes a church-going people.

—Thomas Chalmers

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • 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…