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A La Carte (January 7)

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There’s a nice little collection of Kindle deals to browse through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Is God Present in Our Pain?)

Dads, Your Children Need Both Quality and Quantity Time with You

Randy Alcorn challenges dads to focus on both quality and quantity time with their kids.

The Long Obedience

This is a sweet one from Susan Lafferty.

How Do I Respond to Sexual Dreams?

I’m including this one largely because, of the thousands of submissions to Ask Pastor John, this question is apparently one of the most common. I’m surprised that the question is so common, but there it is.

Should I Practice Silence and Solitude? (Video)

Donald Whitney provides a thorough answer. And he’s just the guy you’d want to hear from on this topic!

Quoting Scripture Contrary to Its Purpose is Devilish

While we sometimes inadvertently quote Scripture in ways contrary to its purpose, we do need to be aware that there is something devilish about misusing God’s Word.

How to Fall … Again

Jared Wilson: “If you’re a restored church leader—or simply a church member walking in repentance after a fall—you may have some obvious boundaries in place to keep you from the explicit routes back to your old sins. But there are some ways your new life might make you vulnerable to new sins. The Devil is cunning and is perfectly willing to cut you in the left side while you protect your right. How might this happen? What are some ways you might fall again? Here are four…”

10 Things You Should Know about the Priesthood of Believers

Ed Welch explains the priesthood of believers.

Flashback: When Your Goodness Goes Splat

When we think about our own goodness, we always compare ourselves to others. It’s not that we are good by any objective standard; we are good compared to the parent, the neighbor, the stranger, the criminal. We choose our comparisons carefully.

The question we must always ask of suffering is this: What could possibly be worth it? Jesus’s flabbergasting claim is that he is.

—Rebecca McLaughlin

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    We Who Are So Ordinary

    A couple of years ago I listened to an interview with a critic of Christianity. He was a person who claimed to love Christ, yet who seemed to have little use for Christ’s church and little good to say about Christ’s people. There was one critique that especially stood out to me

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    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    Any time we consider the spiritual disciplines, or means of grace, it is crucial that we remember not only the great purpose of these habits but also the great blessing they represent. We were made to know God and to be known by God. We were made in the image of God to have a…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    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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