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A La Carte (May 17)

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Grace, mercy and peace to you, my friends.

My week of vacation is drawing to an end. Normal articles will resume on Monday.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on a whole series of books for young readers.

And, of course, the Kindle deals continue. Today they include Robert Wolgmuth’s Gun Lap.

Who Can Understand Sin? Deep Mercy for Our Dark Insanity

“At various points in my Christian life, I’ve felt my cheeks burn with shame as I’ve faced my sin. I’ve felt humiliated, disappointed, and sometimes disgusted with what I’ve done. … As Christians, we have all looked at ourselves and felt sorrow over sin. But have we ever deeply considered why we do it in the first place? Why do we sin?” Zach Howard explains.

The Rock

Jacob marvels at the metaphor for God that is the rock.

God Will Give Us More Than We Can Handle—but Not More Than He Can

Randy Alcorn: “There’s a common saying: ‘God won’t give you more than you can handle” or “…more than you can bear.’ Certainly, God gives us things which we can’t handle by ourselves. But He also promises that He is sufficient and able to sustain and strengthen us.”

When Cynicism Sets In

Jimmy tells how he has learned to identify and battle the rise of cynicism.

The Judgement of Getting Exactly What We Want

“I am convinced that there are times God gives us exactly what we want, not because it is a good thing for us, but because he is giving us over to that thing as a judgement.” That’s an intimidating thought, isn’t it?

Why We Named CABU Theological Library After Pastor Paul Kasonga

You probably haven’t heard of Paul Kasonga, but perhaps you should. This article explains why there is a library named after him.

Flashback: The Ministry of Sorrow

We should not long to suffer, but we should be willing to. We should not desire loss, but we should consent to bow the head, to bow the heart, to bow the knee, and to be a blessing to God’s people in whatever sorrows God ordains for us. 

When tragedy strikes, we enter a crisis of faith. We either move toward God or away from God.

—Bob Kellemen

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.

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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.