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A La Carte (October 3)

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(Yesterday on the blog: 7 Beautiful Things)

A Principle for Conversational Prayer

Greg Koukl: “Let me start with a frank admission: Prayer is difficult for me. Some things come easily, but prayer is not one of them. Of course, this does not make prayer optional in the least. It simply means I have to work harder at it to be consistent and effective.”

Surgeons of the Soul

“We have such good news in our possession of grace, truth, beauty, and everlasting Paradise offered to all who anchor their trust in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Is it because we don’t think it will be received as good news? Are we afraid it will offend someone and rock the boat?”

Can We Overemphasize the Cross?

“Is it possible to undervalue Christ’s sufferings by overemphasizing the cross?” I suppose so if we underemphasize Jesus’ life.

New Cardinals for the Future Conclave

“When the reigning Pope creates new cardinals, it is because he is thinking not only of the Roman Catholic Church of today but, above all, that of tomorrow.” Leonardo De Chirico considers some of pope Francis’ choices and suggests what they may say about the future of Catholicism.

Covering Up Our Weaknesses

“We all have weaknesses and insecurities. Where are your weaknesses? How are you compensating for them? How are you closing yourself off relationally or spiritually from having those insecurities addressed?” These are good questions.

An Open Letter to Governor Newsom

John MacArthur was trending on Twitter last week after sharing this strongly-worded open letter to Governor Newsom (who used the Bible to defend abortion).

Flashback: 3 Quick Questions Before Quitting Your Church

Under many circumstances we have freedom before God to move from one church to another…Before you make such a move, do consider the questions: Have you been praying for the people of the church? Have you been serving the people of the church? Have you been with the people of the church?

Biblical preaching is the vibrant heartbeat that pumps spiritual life into the body of Christ.

—Steven Lawson

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