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A La Carte (March 21)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

(Yesterday on the blog: Immediate Gain, Great Gain, Everlasting Gain)

Back to the Hospital: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

What a neat account of how one believer used a difficult situation to serve the Lord! “Hello, everyone! You might have noticed I took some time off the blog after my January post about mental health. That’s because I was hospitalized in February for thirteen days after my schizoaffective disorder got worse.”

Levirate Marriage: Why Tamar is More Righteous than Judah in Genesis 38

Here’s an interesting account of how Tamar was more righteous than Judah (even though she was the one who acted like a prostitute).

Dive Deeper Into Worship With Keith & Kristyn Getty

Paul reminds us in 1 Cor. 12:14 that “the body does not consist of one member but of many.” The Holy Spirit gives each of us gifts to employ in his service—skills that we hone when we are gathered together! This September, join thousands of believers from around the world for three days of congregational singing, deep theology, and 50+ practical breakout sessions led by the Gettys, Joni Eareckson Tada, John MacArthur, D. A. Carson, Paul David Tripp, Sandra McCracken Shai & Blair Linne, and more at the Sing! Worship Conference in Nashville, TN! EXCLUSIVE: Use code ‘CHALLIES’ to save 20% on registration before April 1. (Sponsored Link)

Rescuing Ukrainians with Disabilities—It’s Now or Never

Joni Eareckson Tada reminds us that the horrors of the war in Ukraine extends to those who are disabled. “Galyna just led a fourth caravan—57 people total, including people with disabilities and their caregivers—to safety across the Polish border. Last week, a caravan rescued 47 people from Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Kryvyj Rig, and Volyn.”

The Manna is Always There

Glenna Marshall: “I don’t know for sure why God withholds healing when He could easily dispense it. He must have something for me in suffering. Anything that keeps us on our faces before the Lord day and night must be something He is using for our good.”

99% of Productivity is Prioritizing

“Most people think productivity means doing lots of things. As if busyness and productivity were synonyms. But that is entirely untrue.” Reagan Rose explains.

Consider the Small Churches

Here’s a good reason to prioritize small churches over larger ones. “Not that there aren’t big churches with godly leadership. There are. I know some. There are also tons of small churches with proud pastors. I know some (I often am one!). But the problem is this: if you can’t get close enough to the pastor to see that, you will never know if they are humble or arrogant.”

Flashback: Are You Godly Enough to Watch Smut?

Today it is considered a sign of spiritual maturity to watch scenes of nudity and sexuality and a sign of spiritual weakness to refrain. It is considered virtuous to feel no pangs of conscience as we watch other people disrobe and do their utmost to convince us they are having sex.

When the world slew Jesus Christ, it showed what it would do with the eternal God, if it could get its hands on him.

—De Witt Talmage

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