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Weekend A La Carte (May 22)

May God bless and keep you as you serve him and worship him this weekend.

(Yesterday on the blog: Brave by Faith)

Love People, Not the Idea of People

There’s an important distinction to be made between loving actual people and loving the idea of people.

An Essential Part of Planning Your Preaching

H.B. Charles advocates planning your preaching and offers a good reason to do so. “There are multiple benefits to developing a preaching plan. It saves time. It relieves stress. It allows you to work ahead. It enables you to be intentional about the diet you feed your congregation. And it gives you the opportunity to collect resources for effective preparation. But there is another reason for planning your preaching that may be most important: A preaching calendar helps you to plan when you are not going to preach.”

China’s Rush Into Africa, Explained.

One thing I hadn’t expected when I first began to visit Africa was to see so many Chinese people there. This video explains how and why that has become the case.

How Do I Study the Bible with Others?

Glenna Marshall explains how she studies the Bible with others. If you’ve thought of it but haven’t know what to do, this may be the kickstart you need.

A Lesson to Learn

For those parts of the world that are just now beginning to re-open after COVID, this article gives you an important lesson to learn and apply.

Show Your Roots

“Typically, when we think of roots, we think of those things which are hidden deep in the soil. They grow and spread, enabling the tree, bush or plant to grow strong, stable and fruitful. Roots are usually not visible, but we can see the results of healthy ones in the flourishing that takes place above the soil. But the Banyan tree tells a different tale, with visible roots for all to behold.”

Flashback: Embrace Your Purpose

I hope you have come to see that if you are going to succeed in this race, you need to know the reason God saved and sanctifies you. Only then will you be motivated to put aside the selfishness of apathy and put on the selflessness of holiness.

The Christian faith is not true because it works; it works because it is true.

—Os Guinness

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.