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A La Carte (March 18)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include some choice titles from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: God Takes Us Into His Confidence)

God Is Good and Does Good—Even in Our Pain

Garrett Kell: “We don’t often question God’s goodness in days of ease. We easily see his benevolence when the sun shines and flowers bloom. But when wintry woes blow in, God’s goodness seems extinct. Dark clouds turn everything to gray. Cold winds of affliction bite and sting us. Our souls become numb in ways that tempt us to give up and withdraw from everyone, including God. The good news is that even when we doubt, our God holds us fast.”

Dear Bride and Groom: A Look to Grace for Newlyweds

Vanessa Le offers some challenging and encouraging words to newlyweds (and not-so-newlyweds).

Sin Won’t Comfort You: How Satan Tempts the Hurting

Marshall Segal considers that “Satan knows how prone we can be to turn to sin in our suffering — and he preys on that weakness.” He does not fight fair!

Worthy of the Gospel

The Bible tells us to be “worthy of the gospel.” But what does this mean and is it really possible? Marli Scarborough answers well.

From Self-Sufficiency to Trusting God’s People

Writing for TGC India, Sravanthi Penmetcha tells how trusting Jesus is the first step to trusting people—the path from self-sufficiency to trusting and relying upon God’s people.

The Gods Fight for Our Devotion

“What are the gods that already have a grip of your devotion? Where would you be most defensive if a loved one were to prod? What do you lean to as an emotional prop? What have you stopped fighting against because you’ve failed too many times?”

Flashback: Look! Look To Your Baptism!

When a church takes baptism seriously, this baptism becomes a pillar or monument the Christian can look back on later in life. When times are difficult, when assurance is lacking, when faith is wavering, we can encourage that person to “Look! Look back to your baptism!”

No matter how intense or long-standing the struggle, it is the work of Jesus Christ to set people free from such sin.

—Heath Lambert

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