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Weekend A La Carte (July 31)

May you know the Lord’s richest blessings as you serve and worship him this weekend.

Today’s Kindle deals include a list of relatively new books and a list of classics.

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

Fighting Fear and Anxiety

Keith Mathison: “The world is fearful and anxious, but it is fearful and anxious about the wrong things.”

Second-Hand Reality Check

A house fire (at a neighbor’s) has Jamie Charles thinking about earthly possessions.

A New Perspective on Friendship

“My tears flowed as I shared my deep sense of loneliness and isolation in this season of life. As I dug deep, I discovered that it wasn’t actually my life circumstances or my job choice that was causing this desire for change, but that I was longing for friendship. It also wasn’t the first time I had said these things. I knew loneliness would come with many of these changes—there are whole books written about loneliness in motherhood!—but it felt like I had done all that I could.”

More Than Seven Sons

Dan Crabtree provides “application from the book of Ruth that has been precious to me in recent days. Ruth teaches us that godly, loyal love will compel us to care for our in-laws, or more broadly for our families.”

For the Sunset of Summer—A Summer Reading List for 2021

Al Mohler (somewhat belatedly) shares his summer reading list for 2021.

Cul-de-sacs or Conduits?

“Am I a cul-de-sac? Do I receive the blessings of God for my own benefit without passing them on? Do I hoard them for myself alone? Or am I a conduit of God’s blessing and love, spreading his blessing to others?”

Flashback: What Is the Bible, Anyway?

The Bible guides us to its purpose and power through the many metaphors it uses to describe itself. Here is a pretty good collection of them.

I would rather have a little faith in the right object than have any amount of faith in the wrong object.

—F.B. Meyer

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…