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A La Carte (September 2)

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One of the great joys of having a blog is the ability to direct my readers to other writers. Today I’m especially excited to share so much great writing from a number of talented believers.

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Today’s Kindle deals include at least a couple I haven’t seen on sale in the past.

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When Change and Tears Are Passed

I love this: “I called my grandmother a few weeks ago, when I felt myself giving into the feelings of loneliness, fear, and discouragement. She encouraged me to stop watching the news and go outside. I brushed it off at first, chalking it up to her grandmotherliness, always down on the internet and an avid proponent of the outdoors. … But finally, at twenty, I think I’m beginning to understand her reasoning. It’s not just her grandmotherly tendency, it’s her grandmotherly wisdom.”

A Letter to Wives Who Are Wondering: Is it Abuse?

Darby Strickland offers some wise counsel to women who may be wondering if what they are going through is abuse. “Do you wonder if what you are enduring is bad enough to qualify for that label? Maybe you suspect something might be ‘off,’ but you wonder: ‘Is it me? Is it my fault? Maybe if I was a better wife, or more submissive to my husband, he would not be so angry at me all the time. Maybe he has no choice but to reprimand me?’ And yet, you recoil when you think about how cruelly you have been treated and desperately want to ask someone, ‘Is this normal?’”

If Not For Ben

This beautiful tribute to Ben begins like this: “If not for Ben… I might have continued my education. If not for Ben, I might have become a missionary, a counselor or a linguist. If not for Ben, I might have had opportunities to lead, to influence, or perhaps just to enjoy an easier life. In many ways, Ben has determined the course of my life: what I do, where I go and who I know. If not for Ben, where would I be now? More importantly, who would I be?”

They Don’t Die Alone

Erik Raymond considers both the tragedy and the reality of so many saints who have died alone through this pandemic. “The Christian does not die alone; omnipresent and steadfast love rush to their bedside. The believer never escapes the tender eyes of the Lord.”

Shining Light In A Dark And Drowsy World

This is encouragement for evangelism. “The room is just the right temperature. The covers are the perfect weight. The lights are off, your body relaxes, and you’re just about to drop off to sleep. What’s the last thing you want to happen in that moment? Someone to shine a light in your face. It might help to remember, when we’re trying to let our light shine in this world, that some people don’t necessarily want to be awakened.”

Murk and Hope

Here’s yet another well-written article. “In the broader world, flames and tension tower. Even social media smolders. Voices from the office hallways are muffled through masks. It’s kind of a ‘faraway, over the misty mountains cold’ kind of summer day. I can’t image not knowing Christ, because on His side, there is not one less drop of hope in foggy times.”

Justification: The Roman Catholic View

Amy Mantravadi has written an excellent introduction to the Roman Catholic view of justification.

Flashback: God, You’ve Got the Wrong Guy

Think of Moses, and think of God’s patient response, and believe that the God who calls is the God who equips. Right there you will find your comfort and your confidence.

The church is a great place for racial reconciliation because we have an identity underneath the most painful categories in our culture.

—Mark Vroegop

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