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A La Carte (July 12)


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A “Good Christian Boy” Meets the Savior

“Warren Wiersbe, one of the preeminent Bible teachers and writers of our day, recently had his heavenly homegoing at the age of eighty-nine. A number of the obituaries written about Wiersbe noted that he had come to saving faith in Jesus Christ at a Youth for Christ rally where Billy Graham was the featured evangelist. Here is some more of the instructive story of Wiersbe’s Christian conversion.”

Archeologists Unearth 3,000-Year-Old City that Likely Harbored King David From Saul

This is neat: “An ancient refuge that famously hid David from King Saul has itself been hidden for years to scholars—until now.”

The Strange Political Silence On Elder Care

There’s a lot of politics in this, but I appreciated it as a look at some of the coming issues with an aging population. “Baden-Mayer is one of about thirty-four million Americans providing unpaid care to an older adult, often a family member. Most of these caregivers are middle-aged, and most are women. They are individually bearing most of the burden of one of America’s most pressing societal challenges: how to care for a population of frail elders that is ballooning in size.”

Some Things Are Worth Doing Poorly

Indeed. “If you want to do something well, the best way to start is by doing it poorly.”

Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs?

Smithsonian answers this and a few other questions.

Prodigal, Part 1

This is a moving reflection about a beloved prodigal.

The Lord is Building This House

“I wonder how often God has brought someone to my mind, only to watch me push the thought away because I was too distracted by my phone or a child or my own problems? The Bible tells us to encourage each other and build each other up, but I fear that we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we sometimes miss opportunities to do so. I know that I do.”

Flashback: Are You in the Dangerous Time In Between?

Could I be oblivious to the reality that I am living in the time between the first blush of God’s gracious blessing and the crushing blow of his just discipline?

Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.

—D.L. Moody

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    A La Carte (June 12)

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    A La Carte (June 11)

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