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A La Carte (May 25)

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The God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting items.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Jesus Does Not Pray)

I’ve Sinned…Again. Will God Forgive Me?

“If you’re struggling with that one sin that never seems to go away, the one that has a perfect record when facing off against you in the ring, that’s when you need the good news of the inexhaustible grace and love of Jesus more than ever. Why? Because when we’re low we’re more likely to believe that devilish lie that God’s love is contingent on our performance.”

In a World of Narratives, Be Radically Committed to Reality

There is something here to make everyone content and (almost) everyone mad. But it’s all well worth considering. “Too many of us are too committed to partisan narratives, and not committed enough to reality. It’s tragic that this is true even within the church—where Christians’ politics often shapes how they interpret and apply the Bible. In a world of competing and ultimately subjective narratives, we need more people radically committed to reality. And Christians are well positioned to be such people.”

Your Neighbor Is Not a Virus

Here’s another good one for those of us who have been locked down for a long, long time. “Just as the new practices were controversial and often divisive at the beginning of this pandemic, when wearing a mask was necessary to avoid spreading a lethal virus and keeping away from friends and loved ones was the prudent way to protect them from harm, so it will be controversial and divisive to peel back habits we’ve developed for more than a year.”

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Faithful Application of the Word of God

Jared Wilson: “I have had an uneasy relationship with the way application is typically communicated in evangelical preaching ever since the days I was drowning in depression and suicidal thoughts in the midst of the wreckage of my life and I had a notebook full of helpful steps and action points from years of Sunday sermons that when they mattered most helped the least.”

Is Jesus Knocking at the Heart of the Unbeliever?

Here’s a short, simple, and thoroughly Reformed answer from R.C. Sproul.

Delicious Despair

“Grieving is not passive. Suffering isn’t something that just happens to you and then you ride a wave of emotions until the circumstances quell. Suffering is like school, and grieving is how we accomplish the coursework. It’s not the kind of education anyone willingly signs up for. But, when devastation enters our lives, we are automatically enrolled into the seminar on suffering. And, just as we would prepare for any class, we must download the syllabus and begin to faithfully complete the assignments.”

Prayerlessness Springs From Pride

Ryan explains the connection between prayerlessness and pride.

Flashback: 5 Warnings to Those Who Merely Pretend To Be Godly

The hypocrite may labor hard in this life, but as soon as he dies he will lose absolutely everything. The only reward he will be able to enjoy will be in this life since he will certainly be condemned in death.

Worldly tears fall to the earth, but godly tears are kept in a bottle.

—Thomas Watson

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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  • 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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