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A La Carte (September 4)

monday

I trust you’re enjoying your Labor Day (that’s “Labour Day” in Canada) if that’s a holiday where you happen to be.

If you have a ONE Audiobooks account, you can get their free audiobook of the month, the William Gurnall classic The Christian in Complete Armor.

Logos users will want to take a look at the September Super sale which has some great resources on sale along with this month’s selection of free and nearly-free books. There are also some Zondervan collections and resources discounted at the moment.

(Yesterday on the blog: Hang One by the Tongue and the Other by the Ear)

9 Things You Should Know About the Prosperity Gospel

Joe Carter lists 9 things you ought to know about the prosperity gospel.

Give Your Secrets Away

“God has uniquely wired every human on the planet. No two people are alike. Everyone has something about them no one else has or could ever imitate exactly. It’s a great joy to discover that gift in yourself.”

To Know Jesus Is To Love Jesus

“We sometimes make the mistake of thinking we must choose between knowledge and passion; but in fact the two feed each other, especially in relation to Jesus. The more we learn about Jesus, the more we will love and trust him; on the other hand, it is impossible to genuinely love or truly trust someone you don’t even know.”

‘Just Not Feeling It’: How Routine Awakens Devotion

This article discusses the importance of routine (or habits or disciplines or…) in the Christian life.

Died: ‘Jesus Calling’ Devotional Author Sarah Young

Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, died last week. Christianity Today writes about her life, her books, and some of the controversy those books ignited (for very good reason). The article is behind a paywall but it should still be possible to access it, especially if you have a free account with CT.

Serve in Children’s Ministry. It’s Bigger Than You Think.

Russ Ramsey wants to remind you of the joy and importance of serving the children of your church.

Flashback: Tips for Young (and Maybe Not-So-Young) Bloggers

…even as you grow in knowledge and begin to share that knowledge with others, be certain that you put the higher priority on humility. The Christian world has greater need of examples of humble young people than know-it-all young people.

God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.

—Elisabeth Elliot

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    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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    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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  • 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…