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A La Carte (May 29)

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Longer Than

This isn’t just one of the best blog articles I found yesterday, but possibly a contender for one of the best blog articles I’ve ever read.

The Difference between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and Why It Matters

“Lutherans and Baptists are basically the same. Wrong, and both groups would likely agree on that point. Neither is it true that all Muslims are the same. Of the over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, around 85 percent of them are a sect called Sunni and 15 percent of them are a sect called Shia.” This article helps you better understand the differences and similarities.

The Night That Took My Wife: How Grief Imprisoned Us to Grace

Reid Karr: “If I could have known somehow that the Lord would call my wife, Kyra, home to be with him, I would have begged him to take me instead. Our girls were only six, four, and two. What hope did I have of raising them alone? The thought was unthinkable. It simply didn’t make sense.”

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Praying for the Dead

If this is actually happening, it’s rather concerning. “I’ve noticed a somewhat perplexing trend of late. An individual dies and social media is flooded with calls to pray for the deceased and their family members.”

Trevor, The Loneliest Duck

Poor lonely Trevor! “On an island far far away, there once lived a duck named Trevor. Nobody knew where he came from, because until his arrival there was no duck on the island. He had appeared mysteriously on this remote rocky island after one violent storm.”

Pursue Integrity Relentlessly

John MacArthur explains why it’s so important to pursue integrity. “Ethical integrity is one of the indispensable attributes of Christlike character. As vital as it is to be sound in doctrine and faithful in teaching the truth of Scripture, it is by no means less crucial for Christians to be upright in heart and consistent in our obedience to the moral and ethical principles of God’s law.”

FactChecker: Could U.S. Churches Solve the Orphan Crisis?

Joe Carter does some fact checking. “Over the past few decades Christians in America have become increasingly vocal in promoting adoption and orphan care. One particular claim that is commonly cited is that, If every church in the U.S. adopted one child, we would solve the world’s orphan crisis.’” Is this true?

Flashback: It’s Submission, Not Subjection

We hate to submit to people because we hate to submit to God. Just as submission to people is a facet of our submission to God, rebellion against people is a facet of our rebellion against God.

All the temptations that befall the saints shall be sanctified to them by a hand of love.

—Thomas Brooks

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