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A La Carte (January 26)


Good morning! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you today…

Today’s Kindle deals include a kind of hodgepodge!

(Yesterday on the blog: Shedding Tears Over Sorrows That May Never Come)

Rejoice Always

I have been considering First Thessalonians 5:16–18 a fair bit lately: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” In this article, H.B. Charles Jr. calls these words “the standing orders of the gospel” since “these exhortations apply to all Christians in every place and every situation.”

What Are We Willing To Pray?

Our prayers are both spoken, and unspoken, and these days more privately than corporately. While perhaps spoken in secret, our prayers reveal what we will ask for, or offer to the Lord. If we look back on our prayer life these last few months, what has it been like?”

Before Homeschooling, Let’s Think Like Christians

We’re probably not the only ones who have been considering educational choices through this pandemic. In this article, Rebecca VanDoodewaard offers counsel for prospective homeschoolers. “Homeschooling is not just an educational choice. It is a way of life that effects every individual in the household. It changes a family’s relationships, priorities, schedule—and, yes, there will be books and papers everywhere. So as Christians, we need to have things clear in our minds before we try and make them work out practically.”

Why Does It Seem Like the Smartest People Are the Ones Who Reject Christianity?

Michael Kruger answers the question in this brief video.

When Fear Is Sinful

In this one Mike Reeves distinguishes between two types of fear. “The first type of fear of God is condemned by Scripture. I have been tempted to call it ‘wrong fear,’ but there is a sense in which it is quite right for unbelievers to be afraid of God. The holy God is terrible to those who are far from him. Instead, I am calling it ‘sinful fear,’ since it is a fear of God that flows from sin.”

Two Warnings for Christians (Video)

“There are troubles facing Christians both in the world and in the church. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason shares what form these troubles take, and why Christians need to be alert and equipped with the truth.”

How Salvation is Ultimately About God

“Salvation is for us, of course—God doesn’t need it—but it’s not mainly about us. It is mainly about God. How so?” Jared Wilson explains.

Flashback: Do Children Have a Financial Obligation Toward Their Parents?

There are financial obligations that extend from parents to children and, later, from children to parents. And, like all obligations, this one is made joyful, not burdensome, by the gospel.

It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.

—Thomas Brooks

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

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  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…