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A La Carte (May 5)

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Grace and peace to you!

I scoured the Internet yesterday, as I usually do, and found some links I thought you’d enjoy. Here they are…

(Yesterday on the blog: Grownups Aren’t Afraid of Shadows)

An Interview with Paul on What’s Wrong with Us

Justin Taylor looks to Romans 1 to put together an interview with the Apostle Paul.

God Saves to Make Much of Himself — Doesn’t That Lessen His Love?

John Piper: “God’s love for you, which makes much of you for his glory, is a greater love for you than if he ended by making much of you. If he just made much of you as your greatest treasure rather than him as your greatest treasure, if he did everything he could do to help you feel like a treasure rather than helping you feel like he’s the greatest treasure, he would not love you so much.”

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

So why does John’s chronology of the Last Supper differ from the accounts of the other gospels? This article answers.

Persistence in Unanswered Prayer

Prayer is a great privilege of the Christian, yet it also “presents some of the greatest challenges for the believer, especially the challenge of many seemingly unanswered prayers. Thus faithful Christians often wonder, Why isn’t God answering me? Why does it seem like my prayers are hitting the ceiling and bouncing back down to me? Is there a sin in my life that I am unaware of and could that be the reason God is withholding an answer?”

Growing Up To Be Mom

“Little hands on mighty hips, my seven-year-old face-offed with her teacher. The innocent question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ torched the classroom. It seems out of the entire class only my daughter thought the response, ‘I want to be a Mom,’ worth defending. Like a ninja warrior.”

To Do: Look Up and Rejoice!

I really enjoyed this one from TGC Australia: “As I drove down my street, I was surprised to see a bunch of what looked like pre-schoolers—kids aged around 3 to 4—lying on the ground, looking up at a tree on the nature strip outside my house. I very carefully pulled into my driveway, turned my car off and jumped out, blurting out ‘is everything ok?’ rather loudly.”

Flashback: We Always Glean Among the Sheaves

In our most difficult times, God gives us abundant promises to claim, abundant mercy to appeal for, abundant grace to sustain us. His Word is full of hope, full of light, full of life.

Do you complain of a hard heart? The sight of a broken Christ will break your heart, or nothing will.

—William Bridge

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