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Weekend A La Carte (January 3)

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USA Today has a list of Essential Texting Acronyms Parents Must Know. My guess is that few kids use all of these, but most kids use at least some of them.

Lore Ferguson has a message for local churches: Set Up Your Singles. “Local churches are intended to be the incubator for future marriages, not online dating sites and hookup apps. Can God use the common grace of online matchmaking? Absolutely. Is it best? I would argue no.”

You can now watch Captured By Grace, a short documentary on the life of Louis Zamperini.

What Would Jesus Say to Someone Like Leelah Alcorn? (“On December 28, 2014 a 17-year old high school student apparently committed suicide after a difficult journey with confusion over gender identity.”) Garrett Kell offers an answer.

Thanks to Clarifying the Bible for sponsoring the blog this week with the article A Great Tool to Help Your 2015 Bible Reading.

Justin Taylor summarizes a journal article titled The Law of Moses and the Christian: A Compromise. This is a difficult issue and I’ve never quite found an answer that completely satisfies.

The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise.

—Richard Sibbes

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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