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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

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    We Who Are So Ordinary

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    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

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    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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