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A La Carte (October 16)

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I would appreciate prayer as I head overseas on Saturday. I will be spending next week in Germany, preaching at a church on Sunday, and then speaking every day at a pastors’ conference. I have been praying specifically that I would be able to sleep on the way over (it’s an overnight flight) and that I would be an encouragement to the pastors who attend.

Remembering the Little Ones Who Go Before

Jessalyn Hutto has a touching post for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day—a special day set aside for the purpose of drawing attention to the many babies who’ve been tragically lost in miscarriages and stillbirths.

An Introduction to Romans (1-4)

You may enjoy this interesting illustrated 7-minute video overview of the book of Romans (or chapters 1-4 at least). I am really enjoying these videos from The Bible Project.

CCEF Conference Livestream

Beginning today at 9 AM EST and continuing through the weekend, you can watch the CCEF National Conference livestream for free online. This year’s topic is Side by Side: How God Helps Us Help Each Other.

If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy

Here’s a very interesting article about surveillance and paranoia. “Once you know how very little you know about those who wish to know everything about you, daily experience starts to lose its innocence and little things begin to feel like the tentacles of big things.”

Flipping Out

This is one of the most entertaining articles I have ever read on baseball, or any sport, for that. And not only because it’s about the Blue Jays’ ridiculous victory over the Rangers. It also has great lines like this: “It’s like finding some scroll in the Dead Sea Scroll, opening it up and finding in Aramaic the lyrics of ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’.”

Meet David Daleiden

The Washington Post introduces you to David Daleiden, the man behind the Planned Parenthood videos.

This Day in 1812. Henry Martyn died 203 years ago today. He was the first modern missionary to Muslims. *

If I Deny Christ, Can I Still Go to Heaven?

Jesse Johnson replies to a question he was asked while leading AWANA: “In light of the shooting in Oregon, where the gunman asked students if they were Christian, and if they said ‘yes’ the gunman shot the student in the head, what would happen if a Christian lied? What if it would have been me, and I would have said ‘no’? Would I still go to heaven when I die?”

What’s In a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

In this video, that simple question leads to a long exploration of artificial and natural flavoring. In short, there is no pumpkin and no pumpkin spice in your pumpkin spice latte.

Wesley

I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.

—John Wesley

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