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A La Carte (New Years Edition)

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Happy new year and welcome to 2014. I continue to take it easy through the holidays, but did put together an edition of A La Carte this morning.

This month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is the Hear the Word ESV Bible! Logos users will want to download their free book of the month (a real page-turner!), Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges: Hebrew by Frederic W. Farrar.

God With Us – I enjoyed this adaptation of a Charles Spurgeon sermon on the birth of Christ.

Don’t Waste Your Weakness – Piper: “Since 2007, millions of people have read books and taken inventories designed to find our strengths. These are useful for positioning people in places of maximum effectiveness. But I am calling you to give attention and effort in finding your weaknesses and maximizing their God-given purpose.”

The Most Important Leadership Trait You Shun – “Imagine two lists: One contains the qualities that a business person should have, and another includes the attributes that most business people would say they wouldn’t want to have. There’s only one term I can think of that might top both lists: vulnerability.”

8 Kinds of Blog Commenter – Yup, this looks just about right.

The character of a life is not set in two or three dramatic moments, but in 10,000 little moments.

—Paul Tripp

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