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A La Carte (March 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include some stuff you’ll probably want to check out if you’re an avid collector or are just building a library.

(Yesterday on the blog: Message To My Older Self)

The Blessing of a Good Example

David Qaoud writes, “‘You are a hardcore student of the Word,’ he told me. I didn’t think much about it. I just took it as a compliment and moved on. People say these sorts of things to me from time to time. But after thinking about my passion for God’s Word, I remember that it didn’t start with me. I can’t take the credit. The story starts with two college roommates.”

Some Simple Advice For Figuring Out How Much Screen Time To Give Your Child (Video)

“NPR’s Anya Kamenetz offers three simple rules to help foster an environment that allows for technological creativity without shutting off the outside world.” It’s sensible advice.

The Burning of the Wooden Shoes

This strong article warns certain Reformed denominations against going down paths that will necessarily lead to destruction. “The pressures being laid upon Reformed churches are many. As a pastor, I have felt the pressure to conform to the American way of church. Among the evangelicals in our community, our Reformed church is pegged as the strict church in town doing things that nobody else does. Downgrading those Reformed practices that are the most off putting is assumed to be the best path forward to reach a broader base of potential churchgoer.”

Doing Church Biblically Can Be Messy

Doing church biblically is doing church right even when it’s difficult.

The Incredible Reality Of Who We Are Now Because Of Jesus

“One of the incredible results of Jesus’ resurrection is that God makes believers into completely brand new creations. The Bible says we are completely new creations – we aren’t simply reformed or refurbished. We’re brand new. We aren’t just the same old people who have now made resolutions to change or improve. It’s not like Jesus bought an old piece of beat up dirty furniture in a junkyard, washed it off, and is now beginning to sand it and polish it up.”

The Final Week of Jesus

Each day this week Justin Taylor is posting a video on what happened during the original Easter week.

Laziness is Idolatry

“Laziness is idolatry. It is closely related to its opposite—workaholism. Both the sins of laziness and workaholism are sins of self-worship. The behavior looks different, but the root idolatry is the same. And the problem we face is that the law cannot do for either of these sins what grace does.” As you may have guessed, this is Jared Wilson.

Flashback: The Particular Temptations of Young Men

What God means to accomplish in young men are rarely great deeds that are visible to the public, but the invisible construction of a foundation of godly character that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

Our deeds are not the basis of our salvation, they are the evidence of our salvation. They are not foundation, they are demonstration.

—John Piper

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  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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