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A La Carte (June 26)

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I love a good loyalty program, and Westminster Books has just launched one. It’s worth a look!

Today’s Kindle deals include some good resources from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Faithful Mother’s Love)

Christian Friendship is the Sweetest of all Connections

Michael Haykin has a sweet reflection here on Christian friendship.

Should Pastors Preach on Political Issues? (Video)

I appreciate Burk Parsons’ handling of a tricky issue in this Q&A.

The Prodigal Swine

“We all have a prodigal inside us, an embarrassing drive to satisfy ourselves, even at the expense of those who love us most. And so we leave others behind. We leave God behind. And we put ourselves first. That path leads to the trough, the lowest of lows, where we beg for what others consider garbage.”

A Theological College Principal’s Pastoral Wisdom and Prophetic Prayer

Mikey Lynch remembers the principal of a theological college who had some prescient wisdom at the beginning of the Young, Restless, Reformed movement.

When God Woke Up Wales

“The work in Wales was manifestly a work of mercy and grace. Little in the country at the time commended it.” Jeremy Walker recounts God’s work in Wales at a time of revival.

Finding My Place in the Battle

“My mom was very formative in teaching me how to manage my fears and anxiety. She knew that the enemy was the source of that fear, that sin and brokenness in this world were a result of the fall, and she gave me my armor and dressed me for the fight…”

Flashback: Tell God the Unvarnished Story

…if we are to confess our sins before him, we need to confess them all, for he knows them anyway. These words from F.B. Meyer encourage you to tell him the truth—the unvarnished truth.

The happiest and holiest children…are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God.

—John Piper

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