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A La Carte (March 6)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent books from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Poetry of Redemption)

The Clay-Pot Conspiracy

Dave Harvey: “One year ago, we lost our youngest daughter to her longstanding battle against addiction. Walking alongside her in this multiyear struggle sank us into parts of this broken world we never dreamed we would inhabit. Dark places with desperate people became familiar terrain. We fought for life. Death won. Now our precious daughter is gone. Each morning I stare into the eyes of her 2-year-old son, now entrusted to us.”

Ed Sheeran, the MCG, and Jesus

I enjoyed this reflection. “Embedded in Melbourne’s memory is the largest crowd ever to gather at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Last night Ed Sheeran lit up the G for 105,000 people. What a number! And he’s repeating the feat tonight with another 100,000 fans singing along to the pop star and his acoustic guitar.”

World Nature Photography Awards

Such beauty.

The Problem with Proverbs

“What a unique treasure we have in the book of Proverbs! No other book of the Bible is as intensely practical as Proverbs. No other book presents such tremendous hope in the mundane parts of life. And no other book presents its material in quite the jumbled mess Proverbs appears to be.” It also offers some unique difficulties.

Tips for Getting Out of a Devotional Rut

“We know reading God’s Word and talking with Him in prayer are precious privileges. What can we do when they seem just part of the day’s routine?” Here are some ideas from Barbara.

Get Into God’s Word

And, in a similar vein, here are some tips on getting into God’s Word.

Flashback: When Parents Feel Like We Are Mostly Failing Most of the Time

I’m convinced the great majority of us feel like we are failing most of the time. We’ve got this deep gut feeling that our kids are spending way too much of their childhoods tapping on glowing glass rectangles.

The gospel of Jesus does not just free us from hell someday; it can also free us from sin today… . We are not who we used to be, so we do not have to do what we used to do.

—Garrett Kell

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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