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A La Carte (July 14)

Be a Church With Small Groups, Not a Church of Small Groups

Here’s an important distinction. “Small groups should not become a replacement for the main church meeting. If your small group becomes your church, you are missing out.”

Matt Chandler’s Challenge to Men

Randy Alcorn: “One of my deepest concerns is to see men, young men in particular, who have become increasingly content with doing little in life, sometimes resulting in their wives becoming their caregiver and provider and, effectively, the sole parent of their children.”

The Heart of Hospitality

There are many people who feel this way. “The truth is, for a long time hospitality was hard for me. I often thought that hospitality was something you only did when you were prepared and had all your ducks in a row. I thought that my home needed to be a certain size and my cooking skills up to a certain level.”

Young Pastors & Fighting From Falling

There are lots of good points in this article, but I think number 2 stands out: We all need to be perfectly content to remain unknown if God’s will is for us to be unknown. “Obscurity is not a danger to faithfulness. On the contrary, obscurity may be essential to a faithful ministry. We ought to beware of wanting to matter.”

Russia Enacts Laws to Restrict Religious Freedom

Joe Carter explains the situation in Russia where the government has just passed laws that will greatly reduce religious freedom.

Expectant Prayer for the Nations

This seems like an appropriate follow-up to the previous article. As we pray for other nations, we can and should pray with faith and confidence.

This Day in 1575. 441 years ago today, reformer and Bible translator Richard Taverner, died in England. *

Obergefell One Year Later

Writing as and for Millennials, these authors say, “For our generation, addressing Obergefell in a compelling manner requires understanding its emotionally subjective nature.”

Flashback: The Narrowest Religion in the World

“The Christian religion is at once the broadest and the narrowest in the world. It is a faith that admits every possible kind of person. But it admits them in only one way.”

Sunday

The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.

—Billy Sunday

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    A La Carte (July 24)

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    A La Carte (July 23)

    A La Carte: Connection and commitment / When your mind gets stuck / Prayer postures in the Bible / Fading with age / Does God care about how I work? / 7 essential things to know about God’s holiness / and more.

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Matthias Media. Does your evangelistic passion match the New Testament call to proclaim Christ’s name to all people? God calls on us to partner with him in “hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet 3:12) by laboring to make people ready for that day, having…

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    A La Carte (July 22)

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