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Weekend A La Carte (June 10)

The weekend is here! As you get started, here are a few articles and videos that you may find interesting and beneficial.

A Tragic Bus Crash

“On the way to the Atlanta airport for a student mission trip to Africa, an Alabama church bus flipped in a crash with two other vehicles, killing a teen girl and injuring dozens more.” You’ll be encouraged to read her final journal entry with its youthful enthusiasm.

Ben Needham Comes Home (Video)

This is a sweet video about a successful adoption.

Then They Came for the Foster Parents and Farmers (Video)

And this one isn’t so sweet. “You know about the photographers, florists, bakers, adoption agencies, coaches, chaplains, counselors, fire chiefs, innkeepers, and printers who have been targeted because of their beliefs about marriage, sexuality, or gender.”

Reading the Bible Every Day

Donald Whitney tells how he got into the habit of reading the Bible every day.

Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

What did Jesus mean by this statement? “If we have responded to the external call in repentance and faith, it is only because God has first been at work in us to turn us to himself in Christ. Salvation is truly by grace alone. This truth is unsettling, but Jesus unsettles us for a reason. He wants us to find salvation and life in him alone, by grace alone. And only in Christ may we find an everlasting, unshakeable foundation.”

Hundreds of New Churches Not Enough to Satisfy Southern Baptists

Christianity Today reports on the Southern Baptist Convention. “Southern Baptists gained almost 500 churches last year, while taking in more than $11 billion. Such statistics would have most US denominations praising the Lord. But because of declines in other metrics that matter more—including their namesake, baptisms—leaders say members should offer lament instead.”

All Roads Lead to Exclusion

“Sanders is claiming that he knows better than a Muslim what is offensive and hateful toward them, even though he’s not Muslim. He should ask Muslim Americans what they find more offensive: a Christian claiming they are condemned is Christianity is true or claiming both they and Christians worship the same God.”

Did God Create Evil? (Video)

Dr. Theodore Cabal of Southern Seminary answers in Honest Answers, episode 23.

Flashback: When My Fashion Accessory Told Me To Take a Hike

I was using my kids to somehow make myself more attractive. It was all about me.

Five Great Reasons to Skip Reading Your Bible This Summer

I’m grateful to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week.

We obey God’s Law, not to be loved but because we are loved in Christ.

—Jerry Bridges

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