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Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

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My gratitude once again goes to Church Social for sponsoring the blog this week. They want you to know how their software can help simplify your church’s finances. Besides that, their software gives congregations a safe place to communicate, share information, and manage membership online.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that are worth a quick look.

(Yesterday on the blog: From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden)

Think You’re Immune to Adultery?

I would imagine almost every adulterer once thought they were immune to adultery. Yet having witnessed so many people fall into it, we’d be silly to think we are necessarily immune. This article from CCEF shows how the slide into adultery often begins in subtle and deceptive ways.

When the Walk Becomes a Crawl: One of the Most Hopeful Reminders I’ve Read about Sanctification

Justin Taylor shares some powerful and encouraging writing by David Powlison. It truly is one of the most hopeful reminders you’ll ever read about sanctification. It’s one to bookmark!

What Do We Do with Dreams and Visions?

“For those who have been affiliated with the teachings and practices within this movement [NAR], we know that dreams and visions are a major focus in it. Leaders teach and write books on the subject, providing dream interpretation books and claiming revelatory insight as to how to know what God is saying through dreams.” What do we do with all those claims of dreams and visions?

Have You Ever Asked Your Church Elders to Visit and Pray With You?

Paul Tautges: “One of the blessings of being a pastor is the opportunity to be part of a team of elders who visit church members in their homes for the purpose of ministering the Word and praying with them in times of suffering. Sadly, many church elders forgo this blessing and many believers do not request these kind of visits from their shepherds.”

The Neurodivergent Believer

Allyson Reid writes about some of the challenges of being a neurodivergent Christian. “I’d just returned from serving at a women’s event for my local church, a place where I often struggle with social interactions and sensory overstimulation. Therapists have suggested that I might be autistic due to a lifetime of these struggles. Although I’ve never sought a diagnosis, I do know that my brain works differently than others.”

Preaching Advice for Busy Pastors

Pastors will be blessed by reading this one by Geoff Chang.

Flashback: The Character of the Christian: Gentle

To be gentle is to be tender, humble, and fair, to know what posture and response is fitting for any occasion. It indicates a graciousness, a desire to extend mercy to others, and a desire to yield to both the will of God and the preferences of other people.

Be content with no degree of sanctification. Be always crying out, ‘Lord, let me know more of myself and of thee.’

—George Whitefield

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