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A La Carte (May 16)

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The Lord be with you and bless you today. 

There are some new Kindle deals today, including a popular title by Jen Wilkin.

When Intrusive Thoughts Come

“Our minds are factories of thoughts—some intentional, some not. We strategize, reflect, and ruminate. And sometimes uninvited thoughts pop into our minds.” If you’ve ever battled intrusive thoughts, this article offers help.

Decisive Moments:  How a Horse Saved Orthodoxy

Wes tells how a horse unexpectedly saved orthodoxy.

The Brevity of Life

This article discusses the importance of living with the awareness that life is short and unpredictable.

Does John’s Last Supper Chronology Differ From the Other Gospels?

“Close readers of the Gospels understand that John’s timeline of the Last Supper seems to differ from the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).” Thomas Brewer addresses and resolves what can seem to be a contradiction.

Bad Therapy

This writer is concerned about a form of parenting that is therapeutic and entirely non-confrontational. “We need to warn the churches of the direction of therapy culture for the good of children, families and churches. Tough love has its place.”

Acts of Kindness Aren’t Random

“Kindness is one fruit of the Spirit that we can’t practice in isolation. We might experience peace in our own hearts and minds or exercise self-control when we’re alone, but we demonstrate kindness in relationship.” This is important to keep in mind!

Flashback: Fathers (and Mothers), Do Not Provoke Your Children!

Do not beat down, but raise up. Do not provoke with impatience and injustice, but instead shepherd with nurture and tenderness, and do this through discipline and instruction.

God’s promises match our best, highest, and innermost desires.

—Mike Leake

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    A La Carte (May 16)

    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

    A La Carte: My pastor made me wait to enter ministry and I’m grateful / How could a good God… / How should a wife respond to her husband’s bad authority? / Sing your heart out, Christian / Does Jesus’ view of grace offend you? / Preaching the Psalms as a book / and more.

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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…