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Weekend A La Carte (August 12)

I am so grateful to TWR for sponsoring the blog this week to tell you about the kinds of people who make great missionaries.

I am looking forward to speaking at a conference in Tasmania in October. The details are available on Facebook. I’d love to see you there!

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer and older titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: Preparing Yourself to Share the Gospel with Muslims)

Don’t Waste Your Waiting

John Koning writes for TGC Africa and considers our relationship with time. “My issues with time seem to be typical of the Western world. Time is precious. Time is money, say the experts. Waiting is therefore a waste of time and money. ‘Quick and easy’ are two words with enormous seductive, even magical, powers. How can we ‘do life,’ maximising it with the least fuss and bother?”

Counseling a Woman Whose Husband Doesn’t Lead

Counselors and pastors will want to give this article a look since this is such a common concern.

Where does sin come from?

“Sin is not a substance that needs to be created in order for it to exist. It is an attitude or a posture—an anti-God attitude or posture—that leads in turn to anti-God thoughts, words, and deeds. Sin is the privation or absence of godliness or righteousness or lawfulness, much in the same way that darkness is the privation or absence of light. God didn’t need to create ungodliness; it already existed as an ‘opposite’ to His own character and will.”

What Is Wisdom?

What is wisdom, anyway? How would the Bible define it? And how do we live it out?

Gospel, Grind, and Christmas in July

Adam York tells about a service project and the difference it made.

Social Media Is a Spiritual Distortion Zone

It is important that we continue to think, and think well, about social media. “People sometimes say, ‘Social media is neutral. It’s just about how you use it.’ This is false. As we learn more about social media’s role in our national mental health crisis, it’s increasingly clear this technology is anything but neutral—and government leaders are starting to respond.”

Flashback: Why You Really Need To Be Praying For Your Pastor

There are many decisions still to be made…and all of this puts the call on you and me and all of us to pray for pastors. They are going to need divine assistance to lead well and to lead with wisdom.

When the world is bitter the word is sweet.

—Matthew Henry

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