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Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books from RHB and a classic systematic theology.

If you are or ever have been a fan of Christian music, you probably won’t know what to do with this information any more than I did. “Kevin Max (dcTalk), John Schlitt (Petra), Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) have united to form the CCM ALL STAR REVIEW.”

(Yesterday on the blog: What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit)

In Praise of Faithful Endurance

“Whether you are a pastor or not, there is a profound treasure of the gospel the world can only see through people who commit to faithful endurance in the local church. How else will the world know God does not give up on his people unless they see God’s people faithfully committed to one another? How else will the young believer understand how to persevere in trials and suffering unless they see pastors and people enduring conflict together? Where else will the reality of forgiveness, mercy, and growth be lived except among people who practice faithful endurance together?”

A Fresh Look at the 5 Missionary Martyrs in Ecuador

It has been interesting to read about this reevaluation of the five missionary martyrs in Ecuador.

Why South Korea Will be Silent on November, 14, 2019 (Video)

Here’s why South Korea will be silent on November 14, 2019.

The View from ‘Doralzuela’

Marvin Olasky: “The 20th century was a century of education. We learned what happened when ambitious politicians from 1917 through 1949 in three of the world’s most powerful nations—Russia, Germany, and China—used socialist hopes to gain power. Soviet socialism probably killed 20 million and Chinese socialism 65 million. The butcher’s bill for Germany’s National Socialists (commonly known as Nazis) may have totaled 70 million lives. … When will those who hear socialism’s siren song ever learn? Maybe listening to Venezuelans recently arrived in Doral will help.”

A Tree Between Two Mountains

This is some good writing. “We must not fall into the trap of only seeing God on the mountain tops of life; falsely believing that if we soak enough of Him in in those moments it will sustain us until the next peak. God is in the valley also. God is in the dry and barren places. God meets us in the shadow of the Broom tree. There, as he does in all places, God sustains us with what is needed for the journey ahead.”

A Ministry Required to Host Gay Weddings at Rented Facilities?

Randy Alcorn discusses some of the difficult decisions Christians may have to make in the days ahead. “Our ministry is setting up a retreat center for Christian leaders, and has the opportunity to long-term lease some beautiful facilities on government property. However, their requirement is that the general public also be able to use the facilities, which are currently used for weddings. We may not be able to eliminate weddings, and are concerned because we do not want to host gay weddings, which would violate our convictions. What are your thoughts?”

‘Last American Slave Ship’ Discovered in Alabama

This is quite a historical discovery in Alabama. National Geographic reports: “The schooner Clotilda—the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to America’s shores—has been discovered in a remote arm of Alabama’s Mobile River following an intensive yearlong search by marine archaeologists.”

Flashback: Can You Help Me Find a Good Church?

It may be the email I get more than any other: Can you help me find a church? Sometimes I receive it when a person has come to new theological convictions and realizes that his current church is completely unsuitable, but far more often he has just moved across the country or across the world, has settled into his new home, and has now started the search for a new church.

No temptations do hurt or harm the saints, so long as they are resisted by them.

—Thomas Brooks

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…