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A La Carte (November 10)

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Good morning. May the Lord bless you and keep you today.

Westminster Books has a deal on a pair of new books meant to help fight addiction to pornography (and to help those who are so struggling).

Why, yes, there are indeed some new Kindle deals today.

Are Baptists ‘Reformed’? A Brief History of Baptist Identity

I enjoyed Timothy George’s look at the historical connection between Baptists and Reformed theology.

How Church Membership Gives Us Freedom

“Isn’t it ironic that a high commitment like church membership can bring about a sense of freedom? I’m not exactly sure how that works but I do have some clarity on what I think it’s not.”

I’ve Missed You

Speaking of being part of a church… “I’m so glad that you are pursuing God on your own. But your spiritual life isn’t intended to be lived out alone. It’s not even designed to be lived out with just you and your family. Part of God’s purposes for you are only found in the context of the gathered family of God.”

Look Again (Video)

I enjoyed this new song from 20schemes Music. Its repeated call is to look Christ in all our sorrows and trials.

The dream

Andrée Seu Peterson writes about a dream and what she gleaned from it.

You Are What You Eat

If we are what we eat, then we are also what we watch (or otherwise consume).

Where Doctrine Meets the Desolate

Lara d’Entremont: “As believers, we tend to think suffering should look a certain way. … But that’s not how it will always look. Sometimes, suffering will be a reckoning with our doctrine. It will appear as hopeless laments. Sometimes there may even be questions and doubts. But God is still there.”

Flashback: Set an Example in Your Purity

…one of the challenges of being a young Christian is determining that you will not succumb to the low expectations of those who are older than you.

Sin is deceitful and blinds us to the truth so we need others who will point out that truth to us. A sister-friend in the Lord who spots sin in our life and exhorts us to turn back to God is a good friend.

—Christina Fox

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