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A La Carte (January 15)

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May the God of peace be with you today as you live in his world for his glory.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on a new book for young children.

Today’s Kindle deals include the rest of the John Stott Bible Studies series, along with a few other good choices.

Ministry With, Not Merely To

This is an important point: “The church ministers with, not merely to, people with developmental disabilities. People with such disabilities also minister with, not merely to, the rest of the body.”

Locked Down for 38 Years

I loved learning about Marie Durand and visiting some of the key locations from her life during my EPIC travels. For that reason and others I enjoyed this little article about her.

Charismatics Are At War With Each Other

I was fascinated to learn that many charismatics are at war with one another over failed prophecies of a Trump victory. “Privately and on social media, these prophets and their thousands of followers are slugging it out in an orgy of self-blame, recriminations and fantastical hopes that somehow before Jan. 20, God will bring about a victory for Trump.”

How Counting Can Ruin a Ministry

Indeed, it can and very often does.

No Strings Attached

“There is simple kindness, among few, in the art of gift-giving. An offering presented with joy and weightlessness; a smile of anticipation in the knowing of the goodness to be shared.”

Obeying God without Compromise

You may enjoy this brief biographical sketch of William Booth (or, at least, of one important anecdote from his life).

An Open Letter to a Discouraged Saint

Mike Emlet: “You see, what is most true, most real, most compelling, (and most long-lasting) about your life are not the multiple places of suffering, nor your two-steps-forward, one-step-back battle against particular sins. What is most foundationally true is that you are a beloved child of the Father, a co-heir with Jesus Christ. You are a saint! Yes, it’s true!”

Flashback: The Easiest Sin to Justify

The responsibility for your unrighteous anger does not fall on anyone but you. There is no excuse for this sin or any other. Thankfully–praise God–there is forgiveness for those who confess and repent.

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.

—John Calvin

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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…