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A La Carte (November 29)

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The God of peace be with you today.

B&H has slowly but steadily been discounting the Kindle editions of every volume in their Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series. Several more volumes are on sale today along with some other titles.

Ten Reasons Why Church Membership Is Biblical

Mitch Chase: “Is church membership biblical? Yes. The reason is that the biblical nature of church membership is established from a variety of passages and considerations. Here’s a cumulative case of ten reasons why church membership is biblical.”

I Need Sundays

Glenna Marshall explains why she so badly needs Sundays—and why she cries pretty much every Sunday.

Christianity vs Everybody

How could a good God allow evil? Is the Bible homophobic? Is Christ really the only way? Whether you’re new to the faith or have been raised in Christianity your whole life, these questions have most likely crossed your mind, perhaps even creating serious doubts for yourself or someone you know. If you want to deepen your own faith or help those who are struggling, we invite you to join us for our weekend seminar, “Christianity vs. Everybody,” hosted by DBTS. (Sponsored Link)

Awake My Soul (Psalm 57) (Video)

I’ve really been enjoying this new song from Shane & Shane and The Worship Initiative.

Every. Single. Word.

“As I was listening to the radio the other day about current events, I found myself asking, ‘I wonder how much of this is true?’ It’s an unfortunate fact that you can’t believe everything someone tells you. Not only are there obvious biases in every conversation and purposeful misdirections, but also sometimes people just have their facts wrong. Even the most careful and well spoken individuals sometimes fall into innocent miscommunications and unintentional misrepresentations.”

After Experiencing Trauma, Will I Ever Feel Safe Again? (Video)

Ed Welch addresses a question that will be familiar to many people who have experienced trauma.

It’s So Easy

It’s so easy, says Andrea. It’s so easy to be a source of encouragement to another person.

Flashback: I Knew It!

We will know that though we fought our way toward a destination we could see only with the eyes of faith, our faith was well-placed. “I knew it!” we will shout in triumph. “I knew it was real! I knew he was true!” we will cry, as we fall into the arms of the Savior.

To preach is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God’s voice is heard and God’s people obey him.

—John Stott

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