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A La Carte (June 8)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include some devotionals and some books for parents.

(Yesterday on the blog: Accomplishments as High as Heaven, Character as Low as Hell)

Matters Too Important for Social Media

So much of today’s discord comes down to this: “Some matters are so weighty or so important that they are hindered by being batted around on social media.” It’s worth considering this…

The Existence of Love Means God is Real

Jared Wilson: “It’s in religion generally that we learn that love comes from somewhere. Not from the right firing of the chemical lightning in the goop of our genes, not from the conditioned response to social attachments and the furtherance of the species, but from a kind of outer space, from outside of ourselves, from a place like heaven, actually.”

Resources for Memorizing Scripture

This is a thorough collection of resources meant to help you memorize Scripture.

What If?

“Several years ago, in the upheaval of an unexpected move to a different country, I’m struggling. Questions speak loud. Wake me in the night. What if it’s the wrong place? What if it doesn’t work? What if we can’t get permission to stay? What if…?”

10 Fun Facts About Aramaic

I’m not sure that these facts qualify as “fun,” but I definitely found them interesting.

Blindness to Kindness

I’ve only dabbled in John Piper’s Providence, but very much enjoyed this excerpt. “The world and even thousands of Christians give no praise and thanks to God for millions of daily, life-sustaining providences because they do not see the world as the theater of God’s wonders.”

Flashback: What If Marriage Isn’t Making Me As Holy As I Had Hoped?

What if marriage isn’t making me as holy as I had hoped? And what if marriage isn’t making her as holy as I had hoped? If marriage is designed to make us holy, why are we still so unholy?

Unceasing, incessant prayer is essential to the vitality of a believer’s relationship to the Lord and his ability to function in the world.

—John MacArthur

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.