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A La Carte (January 12)

I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle Kindle deals today, but I guess you can always catch up on past days!

Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found

Here’s why the Ark of the Covenant will never be found. (Also, the scene from Indiana Jones where they found it and lifted the lid caused me lie awake in fear many nights when I was a child!)

Raw Tears and Holy Fury

Dai Hankey discusses human trafficking and the real-life story that made him aware of it. “Indeed it propelled me onto a gut-wrenching, faith-stretching journey of discovery. It is a journey that, as I have been confronted by the brutal realities of human trafficking, has been marked by raw tears and holy fury.”

Colorado 2016 (Video)

Colorado 2016 is a stunning video of Colorado. It will make you want to visit (or, if you already live there, to head outdoors). It’s even got a nice bit of Scripture woven in.

An Appeal to the Church to Resist ‘Death With Dignity’

Also from Colorado is this appeal to Christians to resist the “death with dignity” movement.

The Rise of Reformed Christianity in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

“Though Christians compose only 10 percent of Indonesia’s population, the nation is so populous that roughly 25 million Christians live there. About one-third are Catholic, while the Protestants are typically either Pentecostal or Reformed—as in, really Reformed.”

This Day in 1822. 195 years ago today a young George Müller was released after 36 days in jail for theft. He would migrate to England where he would become a leader in British faith ministries. *

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Christianity Today: “For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism.”

How to Get Your Prayer To Work

H.B. Charles Jr. says, “There are two fundamental reasons why you should pray. First of all, you should pray because the word of God commands it. Secondly, you should pray because it works!”

The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King

If you’re up for a longer read, you may enjoy reading this one. “Former drug addict Mike Lindell’s multimillion-dollar idea came to him in a dream.”

Flashback: On Being an Ordinary Christian

It’s one thing to consider yourself ordinary, but a very different thing to learn others consider you ordinary.

Since I know Jesus bled for little sins, I cannot wound his heart by indulging in them.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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.