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A La Carte (November 8)

I’m praying for you today, America. The rest of the world is watching and waiting. In victory or triumph, in joy or sorrow, let the gospel shine!

Today’s Kindle deals includes a pretty good-sized list: Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Beat God to the Punch and Manhood Restored by Eric Mason, When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner, Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem, Truth Matters and Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas Kostenberger, and more.

CBD is having a big pre-Black Friday sale and there are some good deals to be had. I’ll leave you sort through it all, but you’ll find Bibles, study Bibles, books by favorite authors, and so on. There’s also a lot of really bad books, so caveat emptor.

Never Let Up in Killing Sin

Never ever. “The Christian life is war, a perpetual battle in which self-crucifixion is the only way to make it off the field alive (Galatians 5:24). But God is bringing us somewhere in sanctification, which means that we’re not stuck sheltered in the trenches waiting for sin’s storm to blow over in death.”

A Brief Meditation for Election Week

This comes courtesy of Michael Horton.

Shame, Sanctification, Singleness, and Marriage

Lore Ferguson Wilbert has a helpful meditation about shame, sanctification, singleness, and marriage. It’s good to read whether you’re single or married.

The 5 C’s of Preaching

Jared Wilson describes preaching under 5 headings. “How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?” There’s all the difference in the world.

Sunday Isn’t Enough

Joe Thorn makes an appeal for small group meetings. “As important as this sacred gathering is to the health of the local church, it alone is not enough. Other gatherings are necessary. The people of God must meet together in smaller numbers to carry out the will of God in each others’ lives.”

The Humbled Mother

Parenting does have its ways of humbling us, doesn’t it?

This Day in 1674. 342 years ago today John Milton, English poet and famed author of ‘Paradise Lost,’ died at 65. *

A Letter of Hope

Craig Glassock describes a letter he received that was full of hope.

The Globemakers

I love videos about handcrafted beauty. Here’s a short video about an old-school craft.

Flashback: Hope in a Pornified World

Yes, the world is overrun with pornography, but there is still hope to be found!

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God is not a killjoy; he just opposes what kills joy.

—John Piper

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  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…