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A La Carte (March 1)

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Good morning! Grace and peace to you today.

Today’s list of Kindle deals turned into a pretty good one.

Help! I Don’t Like the Music at My Church

Matt Merker offers help to those who struggle with their church’s music. “Too loud. Too soft. Too rhythmic. Too classical. Not relevant enough. Not transcendent enough. Not polished, creative, innovative, interesting, or powerful enough. Not good enough—at least not for me. How do you feel about the music at your church? Are you ever disappointed by it? Why?”

On Conspiracy Theories and Why Christians SHOULD Be Interested in Them

This is very long but includes lots of interesting insights about conspiracy theories and why they should be of interest to Christians. “Being interested in conspiracy theories is not the same as believing them. It is possible to be knowledgeable of conspiracy claims, but not obsessed. Open, but not blinded by them. In many cases, the safest ground is the middle ground — Agnosticism.”

Then I Will Never Follow Him

Here’s an interesting experience from the mission field. “‘If you follow Jesus,’ I explained to him, ‘He will ask you to love your worst enemies and no longer to hate them.’ ‘What?!’ He responded. ‘Even them? Do you know what they did to my people?’ He was alluding to one of the dominant regional people groups that had historically oppressed and committed genocide against his minority group.”

Food-Delivery Apps vs. Restaurants: The Covid Divide

It seems inevitable that the pandemic will forever change the restaurant industry. This video from WSJ explains how it has impacted it via food-delivery apps.

Slime Mold—Mindless Mapmakers

Answers in Genesis: “Food-gathering slime molds can build a complex network as efficient as Tokyo’s rail system in just 24 hours, without giving it a second thought! How do they do it?”

An American Passport Won’t Get You Into Heaven

I found this article from TGC Africa in better understanding what it means for many people to emigrate from African nations to Europe or North America. “In matters of citizenship, the prize for Nigerians – as in many other countries in the Global South – is very often seen as a passport, or naturalised status, from a developed country. Indeed, in the same way that the American Dream has something to do with baseball and apple pies, ‘the Nigerian Dream is to miss home from abroad,’ as someone keenly surmised.”

Turning Water to Wine

Why was Jesus’s first miracle turning water into wine? Here’s an explanation of the significance.

Flashback: Two Ways To Ruin Your Relationship with the Giver

Our love for Jesus and his world is not a zero sum game. Attention given to creation is not stolen from its Creator. The more we enjoy God’s gifts for their own sake, the more we can appreciate him.

Time is given us to spend in usefulness, not in idleness. Money lost may be regained, but a moment never.

—Charles Ebert Orr

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…