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Weekend A La Carte (June 17)

It is a sunny summer weekend here in Ontario. We’ve got just two weeks of school remaining, then we’re officially on summer break. It has been well-earned and we are all looking forward to changing up the pace for a little bit.

But enough about me. Here are some links to get your weekend started…

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

It’s funny to think that the Post Office was once a force for great innovation.

We Aren’t Supermen, Dads, We’re Surrogates

Joe Carter: “When I became a father myself, I vowed to extend that period when my own child would view me as Superman. But it didn’t last long as I had hoped. It couldn’t, because fathers aren’t meant to be superheroes. We’re meant to be surrogates.”

Soldier of Christ (Video)

“Having served in the US Army with a 12 month tour in Afghanistan, Jarrod experienced the physical and emotional struggles of war. Coming to see firsthand the brevity of life, he received a strong calling to pastoral ministry from the Lord. Jarrod would come to realize how God had used real warfare to prepare him for the spiritual warfare he has been called to fight Sunday after Sunday.”

Nourished by Christ in My Wilderness

Lianna writes about a time of testing. “Yet, in my months without answers, I experienced the temptation to dwell exclusively upon the question—Will my life now always be like this? Yet, it was because I had peace with God through Christ that I did not despair—and I could see beyond it.”

Father’s Day (Video)

I enjoyed this little Father’s Day video.

Pray Them Home

“Parents, if you are raising a seemingly hard-hearted, rebellious son or daughter (whether outwardly or inwardly), I challenge you to take up your arms, fight the spiritual battle that rages over them with all of your God-given strength, and refuse to give up on their life.”

Musée Virtuel du Protestantisme

I’ve really been enjoying this virtual museum of Protestantism. Though the title is French, the site is available in English.

Flashback: Setting Up My Kids for Salvation

I trust God with my soul, but for some reason have a much tougher time trusting him with the souls of my kids. I wonder if you can identify with the struggle.

How to Read 20 Books a Year Effortlessly

My thanks goes to Christian Audio for sponsoring the blog this week.

Nothing is more generally known than our duties which belong to Christianity; and yet how amazing is it, nothing is less practiced.

—George Whitefield

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  • 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…