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A La Carte (June 29)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some old stuff, some new stuff, and some stuff that fits nicely between.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why You Won’t Make It Without Armor)

Three People Who Through Suffering Became Extraordinary

“Seeing positive outcomes of some suffering should lead us to trust that God can bring good from all suffering.” Randy Alcorn provides three examples.

Hudson Taylor’s Great Faith and God’s Mighty Work

“When God calls us to carry out some faith-stretching ministry for Him, He supplies us with the faith to do so. And when we follow His lead with marked faith, He blesses in significant or even incredible ways. Hudson Taylor serves as a tremendous example of these principles.”

Should I Let Go and Let God? (Video)

R.C. Sproul answers a common question.

12,000 Tons of Plastic Cleared From Indian Beach (Video)

Volunteers have removed an astonishing 12 million kilograms (nearly 12,000 tons) of plastic from a short stretch of a Mumbai beach. What an incredible challenge (perhaps even an impossible one) they’ve got ahead of them.

The Anxiety of Idolatry

This is worth considering for those who struggle with anxiety. “Lately, I’ve been wondering if we’ve given adequate consideration to the relationship that exists between idolatry and anxiety. Many rightly cite reasons to separate the one from the other (i.e. physiological problems, mental problems etc.); but in our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 6, he clearly links certain forms anxiety to idolatry.”

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air

Yes, we seem to have reached (or neared) peak screen. That doesn’t mean we are going to unwire ourselves, though.

Parents, Don’t Waste Your Lazy Summer Days

“Summertime. The blissful time of year when the crazy schedules stop and kids can sleep in, stay up late around the bonfire, delve into good books, and enjoy lemonade stands by the side of the road. Yet as the end of the school year drew near, I was hit with a dose of the parental panic many of us feel. Would my kids be bored this summer if I didn’t have them enrolled in ten different activities? ‘What camps are your kids doing? What kinds of lessons are they taking?’ are questions that moms are often asking each other. The pressure to keep our kids’ schedules filled to the brim can diminish the possibility of a summer respite. But is it really such a bad thing to have wide open spaces in our planners? Might this be the very thing we need in order to refocus our priorities and make the most of the short season of time we’re given with our children?”

Flashback: How Much Television Do You Actually Watch? Way Too Much!

Our great commitment to entertainment proves beyond doubt that we have no excuse for prayerlessness, no excuse for ignorance, no excuse for any failure to carry out God’s Great Commission.

In their (futile) search for a perfect church, a lot of people never get to pause and enjoy a good one.

—Josh Howerton

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…