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A La Carte (March 31)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you today.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Her Weakness Is Her Strength)

Dying Is But Going Home

Randy Alcorn: “Nanci is and always will be an inspiration to me. I have spent the last two days with family and friends, thanking God for His grace and the promises of Jesus that we will live with Him forever in a world without the Curse, and He will wipe away all the tears and all the reasons for the tears. All God’s children really will live happily ever after. This is not a fairytale; it is the blood-bought promise of Jesus.”

Challenge of Charity

“Perhaps it goes without saying, but not all giving is good. It doesn’t take much travel around the world to find problems with Christian charity.” Elliot Clark reflects on some of the challenges that come when Christians attempt to distribute charity.

How to Pray Like Jabez

“Perhaps you’ve heard of Jabez. If not, maybe it’s time for his story.” David Mathis fills us in on the story of Jabez and, along the way, the infamous book The Prayer of Jabez.

How to Offer Correction

Guy Richard answers a good question: “Why are we as Christians so poor at giving healthy, constructive criticism to others?”

What does it mean that Jesus “descended into Hell”?

In the Apostle’s Creed we confess that Jesus “descended into hell?” Did he actually do so and, if not, what does the creed mean? Guy Waters answers in this short video.

“Well, THAT was magic!”

“I don’t believe for a moment that our wonder at the world we’re in should shrivel and shrink as our knowledge grows. That makes no sense to me at all.” I very much agree!

Flashback: We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Pastors

Our phones…know about our backsliding or even our heresy long before the pastor does.

A Christian without meditation is like a soldier without weapons, or a workman without tools.

—Thomas Watson

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    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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  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    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…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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