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A La Carte (October 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole selection of books from Zondervan.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Crisis

“The centers’ chief resource is the empathy and commitment of peer counselors, most of whom are volunteers. Their generosity and compassion in answering hotlines, providing unscheduled consultations, and giving ongoing help to clients is the key to the centers’ success. Any center can offer compelling stories of assistance rendered to clients—couples living in cars who were helped to rent apartments, single mothers who were given respite childcare, high school dropouts who were helped to find jobs and to obtain degrees.”

Marty and Frank (Video)

In this satirical video, Martin Luther and Pope Francis discuss justification and tuberculosis.

Are You “Struggling” With Sin?

“If you use the language of ‘struggling,’ you should actually be struggling. That should mean that you are seeking the way of the Spirit to escape from your sin (1 Cor. 10:13), that you are removing every possible obstacle to your overcoming this pattern (Matt. 18:9), and that you are relying on others in the Body of Christ to hold you accountable and to shepherd you out of it (Gal. 6:1-4).”

Does the Bible Have Errors or Contradictions? (Video)

“Does the Bible have errors or contradictions?” Dr. Robert Plummer answers in Honest Answers.

Ten Lasting Fruits of the Reformation

Joel Beeke: “How did the Reformation change the church and the world? Here are ten lasting fruits in which the Reformation made a significant difference.”

Why I Still Don’t Much Care for Karl Barth

“A recent and significant article about Karl Barth’s personal life is making some waves.” Some new research has turned up some shocking information.

The Hole in the World

Rebecca writes about the holes that we all experience in this life.

Flashback: Those Exquisite Forms of Love That Do Not Speak Your Language

When I demand that people speak my preferred love language, when it becomes the one way I receive love, I unnecessarily narrow my experience of love. I miss out on all of those “exquisite forms of love that do not speak my language.”

Sanctification will be marked by penitence more than perfection.

—Kevin DeYoung

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • 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…