A La Carte (March 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books that may be worth adding to your collection.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Are You Godly Enough to Watch Smut?)

A week from today I’ll be doing an EPIC evening in London. If you are in the area I would love to see you there!

Your Body is a Temple, Not an Idol

Melissa writes for women: “Let’s be brutally honest. At the heart of an obsession with our bodies is the desire to make women jealous and men lustful. I know we don’t want to hear it, but that is the basic truth of the situation. We want to be admired and adored and honored and we want the head seat at the banquet table, and isn’t that what all sin really comes down to? A desire to steal as much glory as we can? It began with the very first sin in the garden, when Eve realized that what she really wanted was to be God’s equal.”

To Great Things That Never Came

“Although we serve an all-powerful, all-good God, some great things never come. Maybe a naked ring finger reminds you of this; you’ve sought the Lord patiently for decades waiting for a spouse that never came. Maybe a new cradle lies in the middle of a freshly painted room, empty. With every new day picking at the wound, how can we begin to hope again?”

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50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome (Video)

This fun “carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, ‘A Thousand Years.'”

How a Virus Spreads Through an Airplane Cabin

Since I’m spending so much time in planes this year: “Traveling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it’s not uncommon to come down with a nasty illness after we return from a vacation or business trip. But is flying the culprit? The latest research suggests the answer is no—but much of it depends on where we sit.”

How Ticks Dig In With a Mouth Full of Hooks (Video)

This is nothing short of horrifying. “Why can’t you just flick a tick? Because it attaches to you with a mouth covered in hooks, while it fattens up on your blood. For days.”

Singapore and Paris Top World’s Most Expensive Cities

“Singapore is the world’s most expensive city for the fifth straight year in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Worldwide Cost of Living report, with Paris and Zurich tied for second place. Asia Pacific and European destinations dominated the ranks of costliest cities identified in the report released this week. Tokyo and Osaka were conspicuous in their absence from the top 10, edged out by low inflation. The EIU survey is designed to help companies calculate cost-of-living allowances and build compensation packages for expatriates and business travelers.”

Flashback: 8 Ways God Turns Temptations to Blessings

Just as a tree which is blown by the wind is settled and rooted deeper into the ground, the coming of a temptation simply settles the Christian deeper into divine grace.

There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. —C.H. Spurgeon