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A La Carte (November 27)

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As is my tradition, I’ve put together a post dedicated to Black Friday Deals for Christians.

I haven’t yet gotten to today’s Kindle deals, but will update that page when I track some down.

A Day of Reckoning

“The day has come in Victoria where Christians and Churches need to decide whether to obey God or the Government. Such a decision should never be forced onto believers but the current Victorian Government insists that it must be so.” What is true there may not be far off where you are.

7 Ways to Kill the Thanksgiving Impulse in Your Life

I know it’s a day past Thanksgiving, but gratitude matters every day of the year. “How would you design your system in order to crush any impulse of thanksgiving in your heart?” Here’s how.

God’s Will for You in 2020: Be Thankful

Speaking of gratitude, here’s how gratitude ties into God’s will for you in 2020 and beyond.

Why Is Archaeology Useful To Christians? (Video)

Dr. John Currid answers the question.

Self-Discipline Is the Gateway to Christian Maturity

“While some might be more naturally disposed to being disciplined, discipline is not an innate quality some have, and some don’t, like blue eyes or male-pattern baldness. Discipline can be cultivated, it can be grown, and by it we too can grow into Christlikeness. Let’s look at exactly what Christian discipline is, why we so desperately need it, and the practical steps we can take to cultivate discipline in our lives.”

Seminary and Stewardship

“Luca Pacioli is a name that one is not likely to encounter during his or her church history courses while in seminary or a Christian college.” Here’s why that name matters…

The Source of Spiritual Fruitfulness (Video)

In this brief video, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the source of spiritual fruitfulness.

Flashback: But Others Have It Worse

It is in times of pain and turmoil, whether light, moderate, or severe, that it becomes especially important to remember that we relate to God as children to their father. A loving father does not demand agonizing misery before he will express heartfelt sympathy, but sympathizes with every pain and wipes away every tear.

God’s word is powerful and true. His work is very good. Rest in it.

—Jeff Vanderstelt

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