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A La Carte (June 12)

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Westminster Books is offering a discount on a new book for kids that is part of what they say is one of their all-time favorite series. In fact, the whole series is on sale.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of interesting titles. And, as always, I will check again first thing in the morning.

Does Bach’s Music Prove the Existence of God?

Trevin Wax considers the argument for the existence of God that goes like this: “There is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Therefore there must be a God.”

Living From Approval, Not for Approval

“Let me ask you a question: What do you think God feels about you right now?” Dave Harvey wants you to remember that you live from approval, not for approval.

Love (All) Your Neighbors: A Surprising Test of True Faith

“If you want to see someone’s spiritual sincerity … don’t mainly watch him in church. Watch him with his children. Watch him at work. Watch him in traffic. Watch him when offended. For you will know him by his neighbor-love.”

Do You Have the Support You Need to Grow?

Casey borrows the imagery of a trellis and vine and applies it helpfully. “I’m convinced that individual Christians need both trellis and vine work … We need to construct structures in our lives that maximize the potential for spiritual fruit. We need to implement habits and practices in our lives that maximize the potential for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to grow.”

Who Was the ‘Black Spurgeon’?

I enjoyed this brief biography of the man who, in his time, was known as the black Spurgeon.

Preaching Really Is the Answer

“I often get asked how we are reaching so many people or what we are doing differently at Malvern Hill–especially as it relates to reaching children and teenagers. Interestingly, many people don’t believe my answer. They assume we must have uncovered some secret growth trick, some special program, or a new discipleship method. The truth is simple and difficult.”

Flashback: When Sin Looks Delicious

The Christian life is a lifelong obedience of replacing ungodly patterns and habits with godly ones. We continually put off the old man and put on the new.

Tears are the safety-valve of grief, and often keep an agonized heart from bursting; let them flow.

—Theodore Cuyler

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 17)

    A La Carte: Every place is a place to talk about Jehovah / A precious mystery / How marriage shows the beauty and poetry of the gospel / What should we learn from the immensity of the heavens? / Should we call church a family? / Commentary sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 16)

    A La Carte: All we have left undone / What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? / How America’s premier theologian interpreted God’s providence after Lincoln’s assassination / Will God judge people for being born Muslim? / Theological discernment is for moms too / Prime Days / and more.

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…