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A La Carte (September 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting books as well as a whole commentary series.

Nothing Out of the Ordinary

With all the natural disasters happening these days, is it time to ask whether they tell us that something is happening? “But the thing that’s happening is this: we are no longer in the Garden of Eden. The threatless cool of the day is no longer everywhere, every day. You have to go to places like Key West to find it. But even that’s a risk.”

Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?

“A florist and baker at the heart of major legal cases explained why they won’t use their creative talents and services to affirm same-sex marriage.”

Entitlement Will Rob You of Rest

“I’m in my mid-twenties, and my generation is notorious for our attitudes of entitlement. We think we deserve more than we do, and when we don’t get it, our entitlement siren starts blaring. And when it does, we often act irrationally — in a way that looks foolish from the outside. So how can we recognize our own sense of entitlement, and take steps to surrender it to God? First, we need to understand what entitlement truly is.”

9 Things You Should Know About the Nation of Islam

Joe Carter: “In a video that has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Facebook, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said, ‘I know that my redeemer liveth. I know. I’m not guessing that my Jesus is alive.’ This clip has lead some people to wonder if Farrakhan has become a closet Christian, but other people more familiar with the Nation of Islam’s teachings have pointed out that the use of such language is nothing new.”

When Marriage Is Filled With Worse, Poorer, And Sickness

Lara d’Entremont reflects on wedding vows: “Little did I know that those thirteen years would hold chronic illness, financial loss, special needs, suffering children, marital strain, and overwhelming stress. I never imagined that I’d experience so much of the ‘worse, poorer, and in sickness’ part of our vows.”

Closely Connected Care

“We have an overwhelming number of para-church ministries that, by virtue of the fact that they are specialty ministry organizations, often give the sense that their thing is the thing in which all should be invested. Many of us begin to feel undue guilt about not rising to the occasion, so to speak, when we become aware of all of the needs of those around us in the world. Surely, there must be guiding principles in Scripture that help us know when God expects us to help and when it is outside of our ability.”

Worshiping a Golden Calf on Sunday Morning is Deceptively Easy

“The move is subtle. The switch from ordinary human achievement to blasphemy requires no explanation. It flat-out happens. Isaiah 44:12-17 demonstrates that there is only one step to becoming an idolater, and it is simply to mind your own business.”

Flashback: When Should My Children Be Baptized?

Many children raised in a Christian home—perhaps even most of them—profess faith at a young age. Many parents then ask, Should my child be immediately baptized? Here is my attempt to answer this question.

We are to order our lives by the light of his law, not our guesses about his plan.

—J.I. Packer

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

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