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A La Carte (January 4)

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It is Monday, January 4. And right now, at this very moment, God is on his throne. Don’t we all need to be reminded of that from time to time?

In case you missed it over the weekend… Logos users will want to be sure to take a look at this month’s free and heavily-discounted books. The freebie this month is a new, theologically-sound commentary on Galatians.

The highlight of today’s Kindle deals is the Crossway Short Classics series.

No One Loved Himself Like Jesus

I appreciate some of the careful distinctions Mark Jones makes in this article about Jesus’ self-love. “Some of the greatest gifts God gave to humanity have been skewed horribly with the entrance of sin. The love of self after the fall is a complex idea for us as Christians to understand. We are inundated constantly with unbelieving philosophies of self-advancement, self-esteem, self-fulfillment, self-actualization, self-gratification, self-esteem, and more, and we often run in the opposite direction. But we have to be careful.”

The Riches of the Cross for the Poorest of the City

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Insects in Flight (Slow Motion)

This is a really neat video of different insects flying in super slow motion. God is extremely creative!

2020 Hindsight: The Astronomy Year in Review

From insects to stars! Here, from Answers in Genesis, is a roundup of some of the interesting astronomical news from 2020.

Grace Gives Us a New Way to Live

Paul Tripp: “You will never understand your struggle with sin unless you grasp that, at its very bottom, sin is a heart problem. It’s not first a problem of bad behavior, although it always goes there. It’s not first an external temptation problem, although it causes us to give in to temptation’s draw. It’s not first a location or situation problem, although it expresses itself there. Sin is a matter of the heart. Let me explain what this means.”

Will 2021 Be A Year of Victory? It Depends What You Desire…

Though this article is written within a Ghanaian context, its lessons apply far more widely.

Hang in There, Pastors! You Are Needed Now More Than Ever!

This may be encouraging to pastors who are struggling through these difficult days.

Flashback: Reveling in Wrath

As we look at a society that is demanding the right to practice every evil deed, a society that is rejoicing in what the Bible describes as the darkest evil, we see evidence that God is loosening his grip, pushing the boat away from shore.

When life feels out of control, it’s good to celebrate God’s authority.

—Mark Vroegop

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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.