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Weekend A La Carte (December 5)

My thanks goes to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week. It is corporate sponsors and personal patrons who make this site possible and I’m thankful for each one.

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of newer and older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: I Fear God, and I’m Afraid of God)

The Gentle Tug of Spiritual Disciplines

“I sometimes wish that my spiritual disciplines pestered me the way that Toby [the dog] does. Those wonderful disciplines like Bible reading, journaling, prayer, and solitude are beneficial, powerful, and essential for the Christian life. However, if I ignore my Bible, it doesn’t lay itself in my lap. If I neglect my prayers, they do not jump up and down to get my attention. If I stash my journal in the bedside table, it doesn’t whine until I let it out.”

A Simple Strategy for Meditating on God’s Word

Just like the title says, this is a simple strategy for meditating on God’s Word.

This Pandemic Can Help Us to Identify With the World’s Poor

What is new and annoying to us is quite familiar to many people around the world. “Experts will probably be asking it for years: Why are some developing countries seemingly less impacted from COVID-19 than more developed countries? Is it because they just are testing less? Have a younger population, get more sunlight, have more built up immunity? I’m certain some of those factors are true, but I also wonder if a central reason is because the effects of this pandemic haven’t changed much about regular life for the poor in developing countries. What feels shocking and abnormal to us is simply the way they have always lived. “

Perverse Freedom

“Pro-abortion rhetoric is familiar, but in recent years, the movement has taken an ominous turn.” It sure has…

Prisoners Are Greatly Affected by the Effects of the Pandemic; Pray for God’s Work in Their Lives

Randy Alcorn provides an important reminder that prisoners have been affected by the pandemic in unique and uniquely difficult ways.

What Is … Truth?

“While I have spent many hours as a Jeopardy! fan, after his death I wondered what Alex Trebek believed. Was this man who loved knowledge a Christian? What I have seen in print, if accurate, doesn’t give evidence he had an understanding of the truth found in the Bible about God, man, salvation, and eternity.”

In Praise of Slow Reading

Samuel James: “Slow reading isn’t fun in December, when your small pile of books looks even smaller compared to others. But there are some benefits to slow reading I’ve discovered.”

Flashback: Do Not Admit a Charge Against an Elder, Except…

Until those accusations come from multiple witnesses, we must refuse to hear them and move boldly to affirm these men in their positions.

Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul.

—Thomas Brooks

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    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 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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