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A La Carte (September 5)

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Grace and peace to you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of not-all-that-exciting books (at least in my judgment).

(Yesterday on the blog: Are You a Lover of Good?)

Lifetimes in Landscapes

This is a really nice piece of writing. “His wide gait pulled him across the threshold and into the room bathed in soft blues and yellows filtering through the stained glass window. Quietly, he shuffled towards a back seat. He grew up in the foothills of the forest. Where the horizon disappeared behind the blue ridges. He’d spend his days with his eyes lifted towards the clouds that kissed the forehead of the mountaintops.”

Immature Defenses of ‘Mature’ Sexual Content in Movies

Cap Stewart writes about some of the immature ways we can respond to sexual content in our entertainment.

Stop Filling Every Quiet Moment with Scrolling

I appreciate and commend articles like this one, though I am not very optimistic when it comes to our desire to actually follow the counsel. At least, not for very long.

Standing Firm in a Culture of Gender Confusion

Chris Priestley: “I pastor a church in West Virginia, the final frontier for every trend, fad, and advance of progressivism. Yet, even out here, the confusion of gender ideology has arrived and sunk its roots deep into our culture.”

Will We Work in Eternity?

Will we work in eternity? John Piper offers six pointers and one caution as he answers the question.

The Role You Wanted vs. The Role You Got

“What makes our roles interesting as Christians, as players of God’s own script, is not our natural desire to keep on sinning, even if that makes for a more exciting or intriguing-on-the-surface character. What makes us interesting in an even more powerful sense is our long-term faithfulness, obedience, and bending to God’s will for our lives. It’s our uniquely Christian attitude toward the hand we’ve been dealt in life (our given role in this play) and our trust that the Director made the right casting decision.”

Flashback: Thank God For Your Job (Doesn’t Matter What Your Job Is!)

As you enjoy rest from your labors, why don’t you take a bit of time to thank God for your labors. No matter what they are, they are evidence of his kindness and mercy toward you.

God has given no pledge which He will not redeem, and encouraged no hope which He will not fulfill.

—Charles Spurgeon

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