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A La Carte (June 26)

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The Lord bless you and keep you on this fine day.

Self-Control and Scandals

“Self-control is a Fruit of the Spirit, which means that we depend upon God’s grace to receive it, but we can’t be passive. Self-control is a discipline, too. It is a muscle we exercise or we don’t. We each have an obligation to mortify our flesh and resist sinful temptation in all forms. Given the powerful currents of our society, we must be intentional about practicing self-denial.”

Afraid of the Wrong Thing

Betty-Anne Van Rees points out that when we are afraid we are often afraid of the wrong thing. “One mystifying aspect of the spiritual battles we face as followers of Jesus is the almost universal tendency to be afraid of the things that are helpful for us and unafraid of those that are harmful.”

Pause (Psalm 54) 

Selah means pause. Reflect. Meditate. Consider. Take a breath. See God for who he is. Can you feel the weight lifted from David’s shoulders? Do you feel your own heartbeat slowing down at this beautiful change in his perspective? Yes, Saul was still pursuing him, and he and his men would need to move camp again. But they could handle these things with the confidence of faith in their God. (Sponsored)

7 Things to Remember When Tempted to Sin

Doug will help reaffirm in your mind just how dumb it is to sin.

Kid Noises

This article is a celebration of sorts—a celebration of the various kid noises you tend to hear on a Sunday morning.

Consider the Public

“Unbelievers, even though their hearts and minds are opposed to God’s truth, sometimes have more spiritual insight than we give them credit for.” Let Robert Rothwell explain what he means and why it matters.

Three Reasons the Saint’s Death is Precious in the Sight of The Lord

We know the death of a saint is precious in the eyes of the Lord. But do we know why? Jim McCarthy offers three good reasons.

Flashback: She Died Too Soon

Of all the mysteries in this universe, few are more perplexing than the mystery of God’s sovereignty over life and death…Why does God call some early to heaven who surely could have done so much good on earth? Why God, we ask? Why?

God’s eternal, heavenly story doesn’t obliterate my earthly, painful story; it gives it meaning.

—Robert Kellemen

  • What We Cannot Escape

    What We Cannot Escape

    We all long for lives that are easy. We pray for roads that are smooth, seas that are calm, flights that are untroubled by turbulence. Yet our experience of life is so very different. The road is often narrow and winding, the seas often stormy, the skies often bumpy. And we wonder why—why doesn’t God…

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    A La Carte (June 26)

    A La Carte: Self-control and scandals / Afraid of the wrong thing / Kid noises / 7 things to remember when tempted to sin / Consider the public / Precious in the sight of the Lord / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 25)

    A La Carte: Principles for leading an effective meeting / Longing for home with C.S. Lewis and Tyler Childers / The uncategorizable suffering / How (and how not) to wait / Things too marvelous / Eat this, not that / Books on sale / and more.

  • Dirty Feet: Our Filth, His Joy

    This post is sponsored by Burke Care and is written by Cameron Woodall . Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around…

  • The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    It was one of those little pieces of information that helped clarify so much in my mind, that described through data what I had seen with my own eyes and experienced in my own ministry. It is a piece of information we all ought to be aware of and one we all ought to consider.…

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.