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A La Carte (November 25)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Don’t forget to check today’s Black Friday Deals for Christians roundup. I’ll be updating it through the day as I find new deals.

Your Spouse Is God’s Creation

I enjoyed Paul Tripp’s reflection on marriage and, even more, on his call to accept and embrace your spouse as he or she is. “God created every aspect of your spouse’s personhood. He administrated every choice of hardwiring, tone of voice, innate personality, natural gifts, and whether he or she is mechanical, analytical, or relational. Neither you nor your spouse chose any of these qualities.”

Two Powerful Skills You Already Have

Seth Lewis writes prose and poetry about two powerful skills you already have.

Visual Theology Advent Resources

Advent starts in just two days! Grab the annual countdown poster from Visual Theology in either full color or a version you can color each day. And new for this year is a complete coloring book! For 29 days, you’ll follow the Christmas story as told in four distinct aspects of the Gospel. Both for kids and adults, start your Advent countdown today! Subscribe to their newsletter, and you’ll get the first week of coloring pages for free. (Sponsored)

Operation Pedestal: Two Lessons for The Contemporary Spiritual Battle From The Relief of Malta in 1942

John Stevens: “Two things struck me from the account of this audacious and costly operation that are relevant to gospel ministry in our current context.”

‘I Will Grieve but not Grumble, Mourn but not Murmur, Weep but not Whine’

I’m grateful to Christianity Today for running this interview in the December issue of their magazine.

African Christianity Thrived, Long Before White Men Arrived

“Over 685 million people in Africa are associated with Christianity in some way. But amongst this broad acceptance, there’s a murmuring that this ‘religion of the Colonists’ shouldn’t have a place on the continent anymore; that Christianity isn’t African.” The reality, though, is that African Christianity existed and thrived long before that time.

God’s Wrath

Alistair Roberts was asked to review a book about God’s wrath in the Old Testament and I enjoyed reading his thoughts on the subject.

Flashback: Oh, How I Love the Law!

If we don’t love the law and don’t want to do the law, we don’t love the God who gave the law. Do we love the law of God like David did? Do we treasure it as he treasured it?

Discontent never made a rough path smoother, a heavy burden lighter, a bitter cup less bitter, a dark way brighter, a sorrow less sore.

—J.R. Miller

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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