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A La Carte (March 15)

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The God of love and peace be with you today.

Over at you’ll find a Bible clearance sale with lots of good deals on ESVs and other translations. Meanwhile, at 10ofThose you’ll find great deals on case quantities of the kind of resources you’d want to distribute widely. Then at Westminster Books you’ll find deals on a church history series for teens as well as the new Ask Pastor John. And, of course, at Amazon the Kindle deals continue as well.

Why Are Christian Workers So Often Workaholics?

That’s a good question with a solid answer behind it. “We know that we serve a master who gave up everything for us, and we can easily feel that nothing we do is ever enough to please him in return. Deep down we think that he is hard to please. We try to justify ourselves to him by repaying him for his grace. The very fact that the Lord instituted the Sabbath as a principle ought to be a reminder to us that he does not demand that we work all the hours he sends.”

Through the Valley of Miscarriage

Tanner Swanson offers comfort to those passing through the valley of miscarriage.

How Then Shall We Live?

“I often see in my own heart a sense of entitlement to an easy and comfortable life; and when hard times come, I can so quickly start to resent God. Why is this? It is caused by wrong expectations.”

God Never Needs Updating

“‘It needs an update,’ my husband says. He wasn’t talking about me, which is a good thing. For us both. Phones, computers, thermostats, security systems, clocks, TV’s, GPS systems. I mean really? Have you noticed how many things need updating? ‘They aren’t talking,’ he sighs, with a kind of long extended tire-flattening sound.”

Things Unseen (Video)

In case you haven’t heard, Ligonier is now offering a brief daily audio devotional from Sinclair Ferguson (“Things Unseen”). You can listen to them all at YouTube and elsewhere.

One Downside of Listening to Online Preaching

“While I would commend making a habit of listening to sermons, I want to highlight one downside of listening to online preaching.” This is probably worth thinking about.

Flashback: How To Ruin a Perfectly Good Friendship

We speak to God through praise and prayer and God speaks to us through Scripture and Spirit. It’s a wondrous and beautiful privilege we enjoy.

If heaven is ready for Christ’s redeemed people—then surely they should be making ready for heaven.

—Theodore Cuyler

  • It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    A La Carte: Living counterculturally during election season / Borrowing a death / The many ministries of godly women / When we lose loved ones and have regrets / Ethnicity and race and the colorblindness question / The case for children’s worship services / and more.

  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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    A La Carte (April 19)

    A La Carte: The gateway drug to post-Christian paganism / You and I probably would have been nazis / Be doers of my preference / God can work through anyone and everything / the Bible does not say God is trans / Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 18)

    A La Carte: Good cop bad cop in the home / What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? / The sacrifices of virtual church / A neglected discipleship tool / A NT passage that’s older than the NT / Quite … able to communicate / and more.

  • a One-Talent Christian

    It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian

    It is for good reason that we have both the concept and the word average. To be average is to be typical, to be—when measured against points of comparison—rather unremarkable. It’s a truism that most of us are, in most ways, average. The average one of us is of average ability, has average looks, will…