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A La Carte (June 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles, but one of them will also get you a free audiobook.

Westminster Books has some good deals this week, including a couple of important titles on suffering.

Diagnosing & Mortifying the Sin of Complaining

“The corruption of complaining is that it is a very sly assault and it is a frontal attack on the goodness of God. Complaining is a sin where the sinful heart of man rises up against God and draws the weapon and aims it at the goodness of His Person and at the wisdom of His plan and at the sovereignty of His rule. O may God deliver us from this monster of complaining!”

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People? (Video)

This is a solid answer to a common question.

Recognize An Idol Before It Rules Your Life

“What is an idol? How do you know if you are worshipping something as an idol?” This is a good look at the topic.

Life Lessons from the Laundry Room

There’s joy and beauty in the mundane, as long as we don’t consider ourselves too good for it.

Why Perpetual Motion Machines Never Work (Video)

“Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. There’s just one problem: they don’t work. Why not? Netta Schramm describes the pitfalls of perpetual motion machines.”

Your Short-Term Trips Have Not Prepared You For Long-Term Missions

From Amy Medina: “This is not a post about the good or the bad of short-term missions (STM), or how to do them well. This is a post about the limits of STM trips as preparation for long-term missions.”

The Number One Reason Missionaries Go Home

Speaking of missions, here’s the number one reason missionaries head home.

Flashback: The Things You Think You Can Handle On Your Own

The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own.

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.

—Anne Bradstreet

  • 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…