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Sunday A La Carte

Happy Sunday! If you have a few spare moments to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, here are some links that may be of interest.

“Christ Be All”

Here’s a beautiful new hymn that makes for good listening on a Sunday morning.

Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor

H.B. Charles Jr. tells why he would go to church even if his livelihood didn’t depend on it. If you’re reading this early on a Sunday morning and thinking about not going to church, well, let him persuade you to get up and go!

Rest In Peace Larry Tesler

Larry Tesler was the mind behind a little computer-based function none of us want to do without! “Tesler spent his career working at a number of the most high-profile tech companies in the business, including Xerox, Amazon and Yahoo, and was hired by Steve Jobs to work at Apple, where he served as chief scientist and spent more than 15 years. Tesler’s speciality was something called user interface engineering — the design of electronic, mobile or personal computer systems to make them more responsive and intuitive and therefore easier for people to understand and use.”

Surrender Your Right to be Angry with Your Spouse

“He had every reason to be mad for awhile. He could have punished me with cold silence or long explanations of how mean my words had been. He would have been justified in holding onto his anger for the rest of the night, in staying on the far edge of his side of the bed, unyielding. He could have awakened the next morning with anger still burning inside, not yet ready to forgive his wife and closest friend. He could have done any of those things with perfectly legitimate cause. But he didn’t.”

How Presidential Debates Evolved Over Time (Video)

WSJ explains why presidential debates exist and how they’ve evolved over time.

4 Reasons Why We Should Preach Hard Texts

John Piper offers four reasons that preachers shouldn’t shy away from the hard texts. (Which reminds me of a church I went where the pastor decided to preach Romans, but to skip chapter 9 lest he offend people with the tricky texts related to predestination.)

It’s Never Too Early

It’s never too early to build good habits with your family. “The children get their breakfasts of cereal or mugs of heavily creamed coffee then sit down. My husband, who has been up an hour before me this morning, opens a black Bible to the place we are in the story and begins to read once everyone has what they need.”

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    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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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    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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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • 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…