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A La Carte (October 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some Christians classics you’ll want to check out.

(Yesterday on the blog: Please Do & Please Don’t Assume Motives)

What Does Your Liturgy Celebrate?

“It’s a worship service at church, so of course it celebrates Jesus… right? Or does it?” There are some good reflections on liturgy here (and don’t say your church doesn’t have a liturgy–every church does).

I think there’s lots of wisdom and self-understanding on display here. “On social media, why does John Piper mostly avoid talking about politics and breaking news and hot trends?” Here he explains why that is.

In this Life You Will Grow Up

“God has not called us to love the bodies we want to have, but the bodies we do have. He has not called us to desire the marriages we do not have, but to be faithful within the marriage we do have. He has not called us to stock up for the bills we might someday have, but to steward the finances we do have. He has not called us to settle for a 10-step plan to anything, but to abide in Christ as He abides in us.”

Women, Wage War on a Lustful Heart

Brittany Allen: “We’ve been taught to believe lust is a man’s issue, but truly, it’s a human issue. Lust can make you feel hopeless. Like a worn down beast of burden, we carry the weight of it upon our backs, tarrying further into darkness. Who will save us from this body of death?”

The State of Theology

“What do Americans believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible? Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to find out. These are the fundamental convictions that shape our society.”

How Is God the Savior of All People?

Clint Archer answers in 500 words or less and includes this great quote. “Every benefit, relief, enjoyment, safety, pleasure, provision, and all other such undeserved blessings, are a manifestation of God’s grace, goodness, and mercy to believers and unbelievers alike.”

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

Jared Wilson points out that “we cannot really enjoy the good gifts God gives us until he as their Giver is our greatest joy. Until he as their Giver is our greatest joy, we will be left trying to enjoy his gifts for things they are not, rather than the things they are.”

Why You Should Eat at 2 PM?

The latest and greatest wisdom on our eating habits is constantly changing. But this seems to make some sense.

Flashback: Don’t Expect Unbelievers To Act Like Believers

Don’t call upon unbelievers to stop sinning until you first call them to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.

—J.C. Ryle

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    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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