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Weekend A La Carte (December 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include the Goodreader Choice Award winners (which include a new biography of Queen Victoria) as well as a few good picks for Christians. That’s not a bad day to close out the year!

Fear Not

John Piper wants to help you finish 2017 with hope.

12 Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage and Marriage Counseling

This is a helpful list of books on marriage and marriage counseling.

CT’s Top 20 News Stories of 2017

Here are the top religion news stories CT covered this past year. We can learn a lot about the church by looking through the top stories.

Lost in Light II (Video)

This is an amazing short film showing how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. It’s amazing how much we miss in these big cities.

4 Christian Principles for Making New Year’s Resolutions

“It seems that every new year, we are caught up in a whirlwind of well-intentioned resolutions. With premeditated bursts of enthusiasm, those closest to us begin to take part in peculiar, and sometimes public activities that even cause neighborhood children to look puzzled. We find ourselves bearing witness to surprising edicts and seemingly self-conscious new year’s manifestos whereupon we are summoned to behold what sweeping changes may come—resolutions for impending dispositions, impossible diets, and impenetrable fortresses of discipline.”

Husbands, Be Good Managers

“There are many qualities listed by Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 that are requisite for a man who would be an elder. Many of those qualities can be summarized under the heading of ‘spiritual maturity.’ An elder is to be able to teach (or be teachable) as well as one who is dignified and respected in the community. In addition, he should have an interest in ministry to people in the context of the church (1 Peter 5). The thread that holds it all together is having a mature and lively faith in Christ. One of the clearest signs that a man has the proper temperament, wisdom, and faith is how he operates in his home if he has a family.”

Jesus Kids

I didn’t know that Shai Linne has been working on a children’s album, but I’m glad he has been. Here’s the title track, “Jesus Kids”.

Flashback: A Prayer For a New Year

I find it only appropriate to close the year with prayer–prayer that thanks God for the year that was, and prayer that looks with joy and expectation to the year that will be.

God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

—Randy Alcorn

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

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