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Weekend A La Carte (January 23)

The God of love and peace be with you as you serve and worship him this weekend.

My gratitude goes to AGTV for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their excellent video streaming service.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and some more contemporary works. You’ll also find lots of general market kids’ books on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books and Commentaries for January 2021)

Dignity Beyond Accomplishment

“On Christmas Day 1999, when she was six years old, my little sister Jenna swallowed a whole jar of diuretic pills. Or rather, she chewed them. She always chews pills like they’re candy. And that is probably what she thought they were, lying there on the piano side table at our grandparents’ definitely un-childproof house in a leafy Pennsylvania suburb.” This is the starting point for an excellent article about the dignity about all human beings (especially those with disabilities).

Twenty-One Reasons That the Handwriting Is on the Wall for the Abortion Industry

May it prove so that the handwriting is on the wall for the abortion industry! George Grant says, “thanks to the abortion industry’s cavernously deep corporate pockets and its carefully crafted public relations efforts, it appears to enjoy wide popular acclaim for the provision of ‘effective and professional social services for the needy.’” But the reality isn’t so simple.

Grappling With Abortion Trauma

Speaking of abortion, WORLD writes about post-abortive programs and groups in this article.

1 Peter 4:6 and Those Pesky Prepositions (Video)

If you like to learn how the Bible is translated from Greek to English, this brief video may appeal.

The Greatest Evangelist In The World

“We have a large Roma/Gypsy/Traveller community in our valley and many attend our church. We love them all dearly, they are a hard-working, trustworthy, family-centred people who are devout followers of Jesus and I am forever grateful to them for introducing me to Rodney ‘Gypsy’ Smith to whom the Christian church is indebted.” Here’s a brief biographical sketch of the man.

Are These the Last Days?

Many seem to be asking the question these days…

I Am My Own Greatest Hardship

Guy Richard explains how he is his own greatest hardship. “One of the most acute and enduring struggles that I have experienced in my own life has been the struggle to be content with myself. The real problem, as I have discovered, is that deep down I don’t want to be the person God has made me to be.”

Flashback: Aging Brings Life-Shaping Decisions

No matter our age, no matter how far we have traveled through time, we are to relentlessly pursue godliness and persistently avoid worldliness.

When [God] breaks our lives to pieces, it is because they will do more for his glory and the world’s good broken and shattered than whole.

—J.R. Miller

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    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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    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.