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Weekend A La Carte (July 3)

As you head into another weekend, remember this: God is on his throne. Now, living accordingly.

There is a nice little mix of Kindle deals today with some older books and some newer.

Nostalgic for Events That Haven’t Happened Yet

This article is full of key insights about online versus offline life. “I, like you, am concerned with the content we are all consuming online—whether extremist, explicit, or just entertaining—but I’m as concerned with what the act of consuming content is doing to us as much as I am with the actual nature of the content we consume.”

Why Pastors Have a Unique Responsibility to Counsel

This is good and challenging material from David Powlison. “You must counsel. It’s not optional. You can’t say no as if it were simply a career choice, a matter of personal preference, or an absence of gifting.”

Not So Fruitful!

“Recently, a friend was talking about a particular mission agency and said something along the lines of, ‘they tend to get results, but they cause a lot of broken relationships along the way’. My reply was simple; ‘in that case, they don’t get any results!’.”

God’s Providence in Common Grace

Lara d’Entremont reminds us of the importance of God’s common grace and encourages us not to downplay or neglect it.

Why 7% of Montreal is Moving Today (Video)

Well, it was “today” back on July 1. But here’s a funny little French-Canadian quirk: Most people move on the same day.

Pray That I May Have the Grace to Let You Be My Servant Too

I think Mwansa Mbewe is onto something important here. “Brother, let me be your servant! We are pilgrims on a journey, we are brothers on the road, we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. If this has no meaning now, when will it ever have meaning?”

What the Bible Teaches About Sadness and Joy

“How then does a Christian live wisely within the sadness that marks our lives East of Eden? I suggest we start with laughter. Not our own, of course. To face sadness with merely our own laughter would be foolish, mimicking the existential absurdity of a Werner Herzog film. No, Psalm 2 tells us that God, who sits in the heavens laughs, and if we are to be heavenly minded at all I think we need to start there and only then can we begin to laugh right along with him…”

Flashback: 5 Ways To Minister To Other Christians This Sunday

In every part of the life we share together as a church, we have the ability to minister the truth of God’s Word to others. Who in your church needs you to minister the word to them this Sunday?

It is easy to think we humble ourselves before God. Yet, humility toward men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real.

—Andrew Murray

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

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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 La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    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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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.