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Weekend A La Carte (April 13)

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My gratitude goes to The Missionary Conference for sponsoring the blog this week. They invite you to join John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, Conrad Mbewe, Kevin DeYoung, Steven Lawson, and many others at #MISSIONARYCON24 in Jacksonville, FL this October.

Westminster Books is really eager for you to help them bless an aspiring pastor with a free book.

There are some new Kindle deals to browse through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Should We Then Die?)

The Pain of Being Single; The Love That Holds Me Fast

This is a very strong piece of writing by Olivia Davis. “I hated my story. I didn’t see in it the marvelous weaving of God’s mysterious ways, the undercurrents of his love in the most impossible circumstances, or a hope that never fails. I looked at my life and saw indifference, and hurt, and a God who seemed silent when I was the most desperate for his voice. Suffering through the pain of being single felt unfair and unreasonable and unnecessary. How could Jesus be the one I wanted when this was my story?”

The Christian Response to Cultural Catastrophe

Thinking especially of modern-day political discourse, Casey insists that Christians should not be motivated by fear of catastrophe.

“Brace Yourselves!“: The Reduction of Public Bible Reading

I appreciate this article about the reduction of public Bible reading in worship services (and what to do about it).

All Things (Video)

This is a really good new song from Sovereign Grace Music.

Why Should I Go to Church?

I know you already go to church, but you should still read this article to consider why you go.

Don’t Confuse Secondary or Tertiary With Unimportant

Stephen wants us to remember that just because an issue is secondary or tertiary does not mean it is unimportant.

Flashback: The Power of a Persevering Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

She soon realized that her foremost concern should not be Christopher’s sexuality but his soul. She would pray that God would do whatever it would take to save her son. 

With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack?

—A.W. Tozer 

  • Parents Need to Act Now

    This week the blog is sponsored by Harvest USA. Today, more than ever, parents need to take a proactive approach in preparing their children for a world bombarding them with false messages about sex, gender, and identity. If parents abdicate their God-given responsibility to equip and train their children with a biblical foundation for understanding…

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    A La Carte (May 13)

    A La Carte: Without this, your marriage won’t make it / God moves behind the scenes / Why are there so many denominations? / No suffering is unseen / when self-centeredness sets in / Our skewed view of wealth / Kindle deals / and more.

  • God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God initiates his grace in our lives by his Holy Spirit and invites us to cooperate with it as we grow in our relationship with him. But what is that grace meant to accomplish in our lives? And how do we sustain a relationship with a Being we cannot see and with whom we cannot…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 11)

    A La Carte: You are what you pay attention to / 6 reasons why Christians behave badly / The distortion of vulnerability / I ask God to tell him he is loved / Young men must find their voice / Navigating the crises / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (The Good Book Company)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by The Good Book Company. They are giving away a bundle of books for ministry leaders. The Bundle Includes…. Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. When you enter, you permit The Good Book Company to send you marketing emails which you may unsubscribe from at any time.…

  • Life At and After College

    Life At and After College: An Interview with Abby

    Yesterday was a big day! Abby and Nate both graduated from Boyce College—each with a Bachelor of Science (with Abby focusing on biblical counseling and Nate focusing on business). Years ago I began the tradition of interviewing my children when they finish high school and, with Abby now finishing up college, I thought I’d extend…