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A La Carte (October 5)


Good morning. May the God of love and peace be with you today.

(Yesterday on the blog: My Own Little Paradise in an Ocean of Ugliness)

Men, Are You Submissive?

“Submission. Of all the words in the Bible, this may be one of the least popular. After all, our cultural moment is not one that values a posture of submission to authorities. On the contrary, our world insists we should challenge and critique those over us.”

How Personal Policies Can Help You Fight Decision Fatigue

Here’s an interesting little productivity tip. “The power of personal policies is that they relieve you of exerting excess energy in making small choices. Personal policies minimize decision fatigue.”

A Diligent Wife

Lauren Washer has begun a 31-day series that I expect many women will find helpful.

Going Home

“As surely as I know no earthly location is completely home, I also know God put in our hearts a desire for home. That yearning points to a place where we nestle in the heart of Jesus, and He inhabits ours. It promises a place of mansions prepared for us, streets of gold and eternity secured.”

Tell the Truth

Kristin tells another anecdote from her earlier days and shares a lesson through it.

The Measure of Reading Productively: Don’t Count the Numbers

Robert Zink: “The most frequent question I am asked is, ‘How do you read so much?’ which is often followed by, ‘How can I read more like you?’ Those questions, though, fail to capture the motivation, and as a result, do not allow us to measure productive reading.”

The Man of Lawlessness

“Perhaps you’ve heard of the Man of Lawlessness, otherwise known as the lawless one, who ‘opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God’ (2 Thess 2:4).” Peter Krol takes us to the context of the passage to better understand this Man of Lawlessness.

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’.”

It is not a bad thing to live from hand to mouth when the mouth is the mouth of faith and the hand is the hand of our loving Father.

—Theodore Cuyler

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