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A La Carte (June 6)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

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

(Yesterday on the blog: Husbands in Flirtation)

Grief, but Not Without Hope, from Ames, Iowa

“‘Sometimes there are weeks when the news comes faster than your heart can keep up.’ That’s what Cornerstone Church lead pastor Mark Vance told those gathered at a prayer meeting this morning for two young women shot and killed in the church parking lot Thursday night.”

The House By The Roadside

This is a great little article on hospitality. “We are not instructed to be given to entertaining, but to hospitality. Entertainment wants to impress; but hospitality serves. Entertainment puts things first; but hospitality puts people first. Entertainment communicates ‘this is my home’; but hospitality conveys, ‘this home is the Lord’s’.”

Truth on Fire (Free ebook!)

The Good Book Company is giving away a free ebook of Truth on Fire by Adam Ramsey. In the book, Adam encourages readers to know God truly and experience him deeply. (Sponsored Link)

The Lord Is Their Shepherd

“These fears tug at the heart of all parents no matter if their children have an illness or not. We wonder what obstacles our children will face in their future, what suffering will come their way, what doubts will sink in, and what temptations will overtake them that we can’t foresee. We know the Lord is our shepherd who will navigate us through whatever trials our children may experience, but we often have a harder time remembering the Lord is also their shepherd.”

What is Over-Realized Eschatology?

You’ve probably heard the term “over-realized eschatology.” This article explains what that is.

Pastor, What Are Your 30-Year Goals?

“In my early years of pastoring, I remember reading books and articles on pastoral ministry and leadership that emphasized the importance of vision and mission and 1-year goals and 5-year goals. Those may have their place. But what if real results and fruitfulness are not short-term, immediate results, but long-term?” That’s a question worth asking.

The Queen’s Hope

Ruth Clemence: “As many celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign this weekend, I thought it fitting to write about her hope and faith in Jesus Christ.”

Flashback: Isn’t This Just The Carpenter Guy?

They thought so little of him, or thought of him so little, that they were offended when he took it upon himself to teach them. They were shocked when they realized he taught with authority.

What the destruction of the sun in the natural heavens would be to our physical earth, the destruction of Christianity would be to the moral world. The sun turned into darkness!

—De Witt Talmage

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