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A La Carte (May 9)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include Paul Tripp’s devotional 40 Days of Grace.

(Yesterday on the blog: My Epic Documentary Series Is Now Free to Watch)

Cling to the Light: How to Cope When Suffering with Depression

Kathryn Butler has a compassionate letter to those who suffer with depression. “Dear friend, if you’re among those who cry out to God and yearn for his comfort, know you’re not alone. Your walk in the darkness cannot hide you from the Light of the World. Even when you can’t feel his presence, Jesus remains with you until the end of the age, and nothing—not your shame, your despair, or the agony of depression—can separate you from his love. Though every hour may seem hopeless and every day a painful ordeal, healing is possible.”

How Can I Be a Godly Mom?

Emily Van Dixhoorn offers twelve biblical principles on holiness.

Am I Out of Asks?

“My sin and skepticism got the best of me, and I thought, Am I out of asks? ‘Oh, but God,’ I muttered, ‘Please hear this one.’ I have experienced the Lord not answering my prayer in the way I hoped, so fear unexpectedly gripped my heart as I prayed, pleaded, doubted, and as I wondered whether I had used up my asks of God.”

You Can’t Outsmart Smartphones with Teenagers

This is true: You just can’t outsmart smartphones with your teenagers. “The problem with so many of the strategies we use to limit the negative effects (e.g., massive increases in anxiety, depression, suicidality, sleeplessness, loneliness) of social media and smartphones on teenagers is that they ignore the structure of the medium.”

Zeal for Your House Has (Not Always) Consumed Me

“I’ve found myself recently convicted, rebuked, and also encouraged to recover a little more zeal. It seems I have, perhaps, become slothful in it. Now that doesn’t mean fake it till you make it. I don’t want to do that, but I find myself praying for more ‘ardour, flame, gusto, sparkle, verve, warmth’ but at the same time I’m praying for meekness and humility so I can embrace zeal and hopefully avoid zealotry.”

Family Is for Our Humility

“None of us have perfect families. Many of us have family histories filled with trauma and horrific secrets. But even in more healthy, supportive families, I think God intends to use our families to keep us grounded.”

Flashback: The Parable of the Acorn

God has said that he will sanctify us completely so that our whole spirit and soul and body will be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has said that he will fulfill his every purpose for us.

The hypocrite deceives others while he lives, but deceives himself when he dies.

—Thomas Watson

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    A La Carte (May 9)

    A La Carte: How to cope when suffering with depression / How can I be a godly mom? / Am I out of asks? / You can’t outsmart smartphones with teenagers / Zeal for your house has (not always) consumed me / Family is for our humility / and more.

  • Epic

    My Epic Documentary Series Is Now Free to Watch

    In 2020 I teamed up with Zondervan to release Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History. This is a two-part product that takes the form of an illustrated book and a ten-part documentary video series. Epic is ideal for group studies, homeschool curriculum, and enjoying either alone or with the whole family. I am pleased…

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    A La Carte (May 8)

    A La Carte: Slouching toward Saul / Did the Jews kill Jesus? / The growing boredom toward movies / Expecting temptation before it comes / 5 things prayer has the power to do / A good neighbor / Book sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 7)

    A La Carte: How to love every version of your wife / A Christian’s perspective on AI / If God is sovereign, why pray? / Summer break and the challenge of home / Assessing the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide / and more.

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    Do You Practice?

    There is little we are called to in life that is purely intuitive. There is little that truly matters to our lives, yet comes to us innately. To the contrary, almost everything that is important and almost everything that matters requires practice. What matters most in life is love. We are called to love the…

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    A La Carte (May 6)

    A La Carte: A response to John MacArthur’s statement on mental health / How much should churches pay their pastors? / Love is no longer my god / The fatally friendless father / Fear of missing out / Keeping watch / Kindle deals / and more.