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A La Carte (March 28)

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Grace and peace to you today.

There are a few Kindle deals to look at today, as well as a number of them from the weekend.

Does ‘Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin’ Still Work?

Some mantras we used in former days may no longer do much in the current days. “Love the sinner, hate the sin” may be one of them.

A Book Held Safely: God’s Sovereignty in Motherhood

Abigail shares some of what she has learned in the early days of motherhood. “Certainly, motherhood is a steep learning curve, with hormones and normal concerns. But I hope to share how God’s Word encouraged me and established truths a little tighter in my heart in those newborn days.”

If You Don’t Catechize Your Kids, the World Will (Podcast)

The question is not whether our children are being catechized or not. It’s whether we are going to catechize them ourselves, or if we are going to let the world do it. Even if you homeschool your kids or send them to a Christian school, they’re getting the world’s catechesis. So we need to be intentional about catechizing them with what is truly good, truly beautiful, truly life-changing, and life-saving, and God-glorifying. (Sponsored Link)

Body Image and a Better Understanding of Beauty

Grace Pike: “Regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status, women around the world and throughout time have faced (and still do) incessant attacks on their souls through lies propagated by the Enemy about beauty and value.”

An open spiritual door

This article from WORLD explains some of the open doors in Eastern Europe.

Theology without Affection

I think we all need to reminded with some frequency that good theology without affection doesn’t do anyone any good.

Resisting the Politics of Fear

“Over the past two years, we’ve seen fear dominate our political discourse. In the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic, many reacted with understandable fear, demanding governments take action to protect them and their loved ones. Others responded with fear—again understandable—that government overreach would destroy their way of life. During the ugliest election of our lifetimes, partisans on both sides mobilized voters with shrill warnings about what might happen if the other side won.”

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.

The groan of Calvary is mightier than the thunder of Sinai.

—De Witt Talmage

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    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…