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A La Carte (October 13)


May the Lord bless and keep you today.

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Dear Pastor … Your Shepherd Doesn’t Care How Big Your Church Is

“I never forgot those days in the foyer of the church plant, begging God to send just one or two more our way. I had learned a valuable lesson in the hard days of lack that helped me tremendously in the joyful days of gain—namely, that Christ isn’t really interested in how big my church is.”

Did the Heretics Outnumber the Orthodox in Early Christianity?

Michael Kruger: “One of the most common arguments about early Christianity—made popular by Walter Bauer’s 1934 book Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity—is that the earliest centuries had such enormous doctrinal diversity that the “heretics” were as prevalent, if not even more numerous, than the ‘orthodox.’ It was not until the 4th century, it is argued, that the orthodox began to turn the tide.”

God Tells Us How to Know Him

God created people for relationship with him (Gen. 1:26–31). This relationship depends on our knowing him. God has a mind, a will, and emotions. He communicates, revealing himself. This revelation comes in two basic forms: general revelation and special revelation. Without them, we cannot know God. God’s revelation is trustworthy, for God is trustworthy. (Sponsored Link)

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington

This is a good, short bio of one of my favorite historical figures.

You’re Never “Just” A Church Member

“‘I’m just a church member.’ Over the years, I’ve heard people say this when introducing themselves. There are many reasons why someone might say this (they may want to clarify that they aren’t in full-time ministry). But I cringe inside when I hear it. And if I’m able, I offer a gentle correction because there’s no such thing as “just” a church member.”

Why Is it Important for Christians To Affirm “Sola Scriptura”?

Stephen Nichols answers an important question.

The Horocruxes of Sexual Sin

“Sexual temptation suggests that fidelity won’t satisfy. If one sexual partner is good, more partners will be better. Why not experience pleasure with multiple partners? Think of what you are missing out on. Consider what that one partner doesn’t give you. Or, if you’re not married, how do you know you ever will be married? What does it hurt to fast forward that pleasure to now?”

Flashback: 7 Things Your Church Needs From You

Find the place you can serve your church, and serve there without fail, without excuse, without requiring praise and accolades. Do it for the good of others and the glory of God.

Our infirmities become the black velvet on which the diamond of God’s love glitters all the more brightly.

—Charles Spurgeon

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