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A La Carte (June 18)

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If you’re a Logos user, be sure to take a look at this month’s free and almost free books. Also, lots of great resources from Zondervan are on sale (which includes the excellent Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Collection). It’s also worth taking a look at the monthly sales page.

(Yesterday on the blog: Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents)

The Pursuit of (Which) Happiness?

Andrew Wilson writes about the many different forms of happiness. “The question of which kind of happiness we’re looking for comes to us all the time: in the daily trade-offs between time and money; in the soul-searching of a bored married man whose younger coworker is showing an interest in him; in the ordinary budgeting issues of spending and saving, buying now and paying later; in the choice between taking a more stimulating job or having more time with the children; in the amount of time we spend on a screen.”

Don’t Hastily Choose Elders

Mitch Chase warns against the folly of choosing elders hastily. “A patient and thorough examination of elder candidates will mean that certain people (whom you initially thought would qualify) will be excluded, while others (whom you might not have considered at first) will be an excellent fit.”

The Evangelistic Awe of Nature

You will enjoy this celebration of God’s evangelistic revelation in nature.

What You Read Builds Who You Are

Randy Alcorn: “Isn’t there room in life for movies and TV and kicking back and enjoying a lightweight novel? Sure, I enjoy these things myself … But I believe in an era dominated by superficial popular culture, there’s real value in expanding our thinking to God’s glory, and not just going broad but going deep.”

Till He Was Strong

This article reminds us of God’s counter-intuitive ways of thinking about weakness and strength.

A Father’s Threads of Living Faith

Ashley Anthony shares a sweet tribute to the faith of her father. These words stand out: “When I was young, I was convinced he lacked fear. Now I know it’s that he possessed courage about all the right things.”

Flashback: It’s All Chocolate

We will experience sweet providence and bitter providence, yet it is all providence, it all flows in some way from the God whose mind is vast, whose heart is kind, whose arm is strong, whose love is true, and whose purpose is good.

Reading gives us breadth, but study gives us depth.

—Jerry Bridges

  • 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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  • 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…

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    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…