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A La Carte (May 14)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Here are some new links that I trust you’ll enjoy.

When God Takes His Time

Glenna Marshall: “Like most Christians, I have long wondered why God operates the way he does. Like the psalmist (and again, most Christians), I’ve cried out more than once ‘How long, O Lord?’ I’ve heard all the sayings offered when one questions God’s timing or his ‘no’ regarding your long-prayed prayers for relief, deliverance, or change: ‘If you could see all that God sees, you’d choose God’s way, too.’ Or, ‘God’s ways are higher than our ways.” And the ever faithful, ‘Be patient! God works all things together for good!’”

Biblical Priorities

This article from the Biblical Counseling Coalition offers guidance on biblical priorities. “People are busier than ever these days. There seem to be so many tasks to be done and opportunities to take advantage of that it’s hard to determine what is best in a world of good and better. When we haven’t determined our priorities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.”

God Is Doing Something

“Many years ago, I remember somebody at our church saying – on a week that had felt particularly encouraging and we received a number of new visitors making the room feel relatively full – ‘God is doing something’. I don’t doubt that he was doing something. I don’t doubt that he was building something. But what he was doing and what he was building may not have been what we might expect.”

Broken Pieces

Donna Evans writes about the way God uses the broken pieces of our lives. “None of us will ever know this side of heaven how God chooses to use and multiply what we are willing to gather and give Him. God is God and we are not. We do ourselves a great disservice by putting God in a box and attempting to limit what He uses and how He uses it. Our job is simply to gather our broken pieces and give them to God.”

Loosening My Grip

“Little by little, finger by finger, God gave grace to open my hand and ‘let goods and kindred go’ to move halfway around the world with my husband and baby. That was more than 17 years ago, and I have to say there have been many times when I realized I was holding on to some temporal, transient thing I did not want God to take.”

Since God’s Call Is Effectual, How Can Someone Be a False Convert? (Video)

Stephen Nichols offers a brief but helpful explanation.

Flashback: The Path to Glory

As we make our pilgrimage from our many cities of destruction to our one great home in heaven, we endure much pain and much grief. The path is strewn with thorns and the winds sometimes blow strong and cold. 

If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    A La Carte (May 14)

    A La Carte: When God takes his time / Biblical priorities / God is doing something / Broken pieces / Loosening my grip / Since God’s call is effectual, how can someone be a false convert? / and more.

  • Parents Need to Act Now

    This week the blog is sponsored by Harvest USA. Today, more than ever, parents need to take a proactive approach in preparing their children for a world bombarding them with false messages about sex, gender, and identity. If parents abdicate their God-given responsibility to equip and train their children with a biblical foundation for understanding…

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    A La Carte (May 13)

    A La Carte: Without this, your marriage won’t make it / God moves behind the scenes / Why are there so many denominations? / No suffering is unseen / when self-centeredness sets in / Our skewed view of wealth / Kindle deals / and more.

  • God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God initiates his grace in our lives by his Holy Spirit and invites us to cooperate with it as we grow in our relationship with him. But what is that grace meant to accomplish in our lives? And how do we sustain a relationship with a Being we cannot see and with whom we cannot…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 11)

    A La Carte: You are what you pay attention to / 6 reasons why Christians behave badly / The distortion of vulnerability / I ask God to tell him he is loved / Young men must find their voice / Navigating the crises / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (The Good Book Company)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by The Good Book Company. They are giving away a bundle of books for ministry leaders. The Bundle Includes…. Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. When you enter, you permit The Good Book Company to send you marketing emails which you may unsubscribe from at any time.…