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Weekend A La Carte (August 21)

Weekend A La Carte

As we begin a new day and head into a weekend, please know: Right now, at this very moment, God is reigning from his eternal throne.

There’s a great list of Kindle deals to look through today.

This is one of those occasional reminders that all the quote graphics I share from day-to-day are available to print or download for free in high definition at SquareQuotes.

(Yesterday on the blog: Three New Tools That Make a Huge Difference)

The Great Winnowing

“A lot of people aren’t coming back to church. Let that sink in a minute. Real people—souls, names, faces, and life stories who you know and love—are most likely not going to return to regular church gatherings in a post-pandemic world.” This article suggests ways to pursue them.

Mom Guilt and the God Who Sees

Lauren Whitman: “Mom guilt. Moms today are well acquainted with the term. We use it as a kind of shorthand to express an all-too-common feeling we face in the everyday events of mothering. I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about mom guilt in preparation for my lecture at CCEF’s national conference this October.”

A Brief Word About Anxiety Medication

Paul Tautges shares some well-considered thoughts on anxiety medications. “We are always made up of body and soul … together … always. Regardless of what physical elements may contribute to our anxiety, every mental or emotional struggle we experience is also an opportunity to develop our faith. Our souls are always in need of the Spirit’s ministry of grace and truth through the Word.”

Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?

John Piper distinguishes between three different ways that God rules over this world.

Pulling Weeds While People Are Dying: How Do I Respond to the World’s Suffering?

This article grapples with the discordant nature of our lives of ease and other people’s suffering. “I pull out the weeds in my lawn and think about how absurd it is that I am pulling weeds while under the same sky, a young man tries to escape his country by hanging onto the wing of a plane.”

Weeping With Those Who Are Weeping

This dispatch from India comes at a time of great loss (and goes very well with the F.B. Meyer quote below). “These past few months have made this abundantly clear to all of us. From mid-April to mid-May 2021 there was hardly a day that went by without news of someone we knew who had lost a loved one. Those were tragic and exceedingly difficult days.”

Flashback: Faith Hacking: A Simple Method to Organize Your Prayers

Christians have created many patterns and systems to help them as they pray. One of my favorites is John Piper’s model of praying in concentric circles.

To bear sorrow with dry eyes and stolid heart may befit a Stoic, but not a Christian.

—F.B. Meyer

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

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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…