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A La Carte (May 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books and a couple of Bibles.

Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church…

“I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed ‘miracle’ ministry of Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, and Jesus Culture in Redding California. Many of these emails are from well meaning friends and family who have a loved one ‘immersed’ in Bethel culture who won’t respond to their basic appeals for biblical clarity. Interestingly, time and again these lost sheep influenced by Bethel provide the same response to inquisitors. ‘We don’t put God in a box.’”

How Can I Overcome My Anger? (Video)

Dr. Jim Newheiser offers some brief pointers.

The Mysterious Death of the Namesake of the Douglas Fir

Atlas Obscura finds the most interesting little stories from history.

Don’t Hide Those Gray Hairs

“A multibillion dollar beauty industry keeps the charade going, all the while showing little-to-no respect for the elderly. When it comes to getting older, our culture offers three options: delay, disguise, or despise.”

My Family’s Slave

“She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.”

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

Randy Alcorn and Joni Eareckson Tada answer.

Crying “Wolf!”

“What are the fruits – or the attitudes and behaviors they exhibit – that we are to know them by? Because these wolves can be very clever, appear to be nice in certain settings, and often act very zealous for the kingdom of God, they can easily fool the flock. Here then are five primary traits they have.”

Flashback: Why I am Not Atheist

This was the first post in a series called “Why I Am Not.” This series was provoked by the question of how I came by my religious beliefs. I wanted to begin with the broadest question of all and tell why I am not an atheist.

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

—A.W. Tozer

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    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

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    A La Carte (February 20)

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

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