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Weekend A La Carte (December 30)

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You’ve got just a couple of days left to save 80% on a giant list of great commentaries from some of the most important series. There’s also a giant list of other books from Eerdmans that will go off sale on December 31. I also added a substantial list of standard Kindle deals both today and yesterday.

My gratitude goes to TMAI for sponsoring the blog this week. TMAI is one of those organizations I’ve seen in action all over the world! They are asking you to help them make an impact in 2024 and beyond.

Faithfulness: A New Year’s Resolution Rooted in Grace

Sarah tells about the New Year’s resolution she is adopting next year. She also encourages you to consider the same one.

No One Shared the Gospel With Me

Keith Mathison: “Rather than hate that lost person because he or she is doing what any biblically informed Christian should expect a totally depraved sinner to do, namely sin, we should pray for them. Show them the compassion and love of Christ. Tell them that life is not meaningless. Tell them that with Christ, there is light at the end of the tunnel, eternal light. We cannot simply assume that a lost person is a lost cause.”

How Do I Get Over Certain Anxiety Triggers? (Video)

I found this a really helpful video on getting over anxiety triggers. Kudos to CCEF for creating excellent video content like this.

Psalm of Collective Lament: For Those Who Wait

Stephie shares what she calls a “psalm of collective lament.” Consider it an adaptation of several biblical laments.

Will Jesus Christ Return in 2024? Why Is This Significant?

Kevin explains that “as one year ends and a new one begins, I can’t help but ask two questions to myself, ‘Will Jesus Christ return in 2024?’”

My Bible Reading Feels Flat — What Can I Do?

John Piper has counsel for those whose Bible reading feels a mite flat.

Flashback: The Best Way to Begin a New Year

Here is a great promise about the extent of God’s forgiveness. God blots out our transgressions so he can forget our sins. He deliberately erases from his accounts every record of what we have done wrong.

Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts his heart; and opens his hand. God cannot deny a praying soul.

—Thomas Watson

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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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?…