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Weekend A La Carte (April 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include several interesting books. My pick of the day is Todd Friel’s Reset for Parents.

The Intrusive Neighbor

Joe Thorn: “God’s command for us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to seek their good, is a call for us to be intrusive. It’s counter intuitive to many of us who have come to believe in the value of keeping our distance, but God wants us to have them in our homes, and he wants us to be in their business.”

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

This is a worthy topic to consider on the day between Good Friday and Easter.

The Crisis of Attention Theft

This article may over-state the case a little, but the big point is, indeed, a concern.

Jesus, the Last Adam

“The first Adam yielded to temptation in a garden. The Last Adam beat temptation in a garden. The first man, Adam, sought to become like God. The Last Adam was God who became a man. The first Adam was naked and received clothes. The Last Adam had clothes but was stripped. The first Adam tasted death from a tree. The Last Adam tasted death on a tree. The first Adam hid from the face of God, while the Last Adam begged God not to hide His face.” And we’re just getting started.

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation

This is really neat: Christianity Today explains how “female missionaries have propelled the movement to bring Scripture to every tribe and tongue.”

The Most Important People in Your Church Are Not on Twitter

“Most of what God is doing in the world does not happen on Twitter and happens through people who don’t have a byline and who don’t receive royalty checks.”

Ant Medics

Go to the ant! “For ants, war is full of tiny dangers. A six-legged soldier might face snapping termite jaws, lost limbs, and lurking spiders. Luckily, they have some help: other ants, who, scientists say, will take time after a battle to carry their injured comrades back to the nest.”

How Facebook Decides Who Sees Your Updates

I found this quite interesting. One big and obvious takeaway is that you should like and share content if you want other people like you to see it.

Flashback: 7 Books I Would Definitely Read

Here are 7 books I would definitely read and recommend.

3 Things I Learned Filming “Is Genesis History?”

I’m grateful to “Is Genesis History?” for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping the blog up and running.

We can stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future.

—Kevin DeYoung

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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…