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A La Carte (June 30)

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With 2023 already half over, I thought I’d put together a list of my top books from 2023 (so far). 10ofThose is offering a 40% discount on all of them. Use coupon code 40CHALLIES23.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of good picks.

Heresy at the Heart of Derek Webb’s ‘Boys Will Be Girls’

“Watching the music video for the new song ‘Boys Will Be Girls’ by former Caedmon’s Call lead singer Derek Webb, I experienced a strange mixture of disgust, pity, and clarity about the appeal of his message.” I did too.

Why Elisabeth Elliot Changed Her Beliefs about Finding God’s Will

I found this article (which is actually an excerpt from a new book) really, really interesting.

Follow Spurgeon’s example; give yourself to mercy ministry.

“Read Spurgeon and the Poor and see how the gospel Spurgeon preached fired his heart with loving zeal for the poor and needy in his own day.”—Conrad Mbewe (Sponsored Link)

Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist revealed

There are some stunning photos in this collection.

Celebrating Good Times When Life is Hard

“But (let’s face it), life isn’t always a party, and we don’t always feel like celebrating. Most days are full of routine, even drudgery, with conflicts, irritations, and frustrations sprinkled throughout like ugly confetti. Even worse are the unbearable days or seasons when we wish life were just routine and drudgery.”

How Do I Face the Deaths of Others?

This is a very helpful article that helps instruct Christians in facing the death of those they love.

Rethinking Hospitality in Our Churches

“Hospitality helps discipleship to flourish simply because it requires letting go of our expectations and control. It requires laying aside our agenda and allowing others into our space. Whether it’s our home, sharing a meal, or changing our schedules, it requires putting aside our needs and welcoming the newcomers. It is sacrificial.”

Because Jesus has covered all of our offenses, we can be among the least offensive and least offended people in the world. This is the way of the gentle answer.

—Scott Sauls

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    The Three Greatest Enemies of Marriage

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