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A La Carte (June 4)

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

If you’re looking for something to help with devotions or Bible study, Westminster Books has the Reformed Expository Bible Study series on sale.

I have added a few Kindle deals to the list.

The Wait of the World

I am pretty sure you’ll be encouraged by this dispatch from far away. “The goal of the trip was to connect with a few isolated church leaders in the district. There are very few Christians in this region and Bob and Pastor S wanted meet with the leaders who are working there to discuss ways in which we can come alongside existing leaders and churches in discipleship and ongoing outreach projects. Along the way they stayed in small tea houses run by local families. It was in one of those tea houses the group discovered God’s purpose for the trip…”

Chasing Rest

“Sometimes, my friend, the most faithful thing you can do is crawl into bed at the end of the day, close your eyes, and sleep. This is my mantra for today, this week, this month, and this summer.”

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Shadows In TheSky (Video)

This short video includes some mesmerizing footage of storm clouds.

Be Careful About Calling Somebody a Heretic

Darryl Dash is exactly right in this. “We can’t afford to lose the category of heresy. Ironically, that means being careful not to call something a heresy when it’s not, or calling someone a heretic who’s wrong on a secondary or tertiary issue.”

In Defense of Agabus

“Recently, I was listening to an online discussion regarding prophecy in the Old Testament versus the New Testament. During the discussion, the statement was made in defense of errant prophecy today, concluding Agabus as inaccurate in the prophecy ministered to the apostle Paul in Acts 21. Now I am by no means a Bible scholar or a theologian. But as a lay person, I have to candidly say that the statement bothered me when I heard it.” It bothers me too…

The Great Sheep Panic of 1888

Here’s a bizarre little piece of history that might just make a good sermon illustration! “Sheep are notoriously timid and nervous animal, and can get startled easily. But what mysterious provocation could have caused thousands of sheep to lose their mind at once has baffled scientists for years.”

The New Culture War Battleground Is You

Carl Trueman: “Public policy is increasingly driven by the assumption that private psychological states or feelings are the basic foundation for personal identity — for who we think we are. The idea that bodies can contain the wrong mind and that bodies ought to be fashioned to our inner will and feelings is now widespread.”

Flashback: The Space Between Courting and Hooking Up

Courtship and hooking up are two very different approaches for a relationship, but they share a common consequence: They put too much weight on too weak a relationship.

Sinful years put thorns in the pillow on which the head of old age rests.

—J.R. Miller

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