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Weekend A La Carte (May 6)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor deals, but be sure to breeze through everything else from this week. There were lots of good ones.

Just a reminder that I’d love people to participate in writing Mother’s Day Tributes. You’ve got a week left!

Let Worship Be Local Too

This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read on modern worship.

Wal-Mart’s Expensive New E-Commerce Operation

I rather enjoyed this long look at Wal-mart’s expensive new e-commerce operation that will allow them to compete with Amazon. Personally, I don’t like their chances.

The Tempted One

Christina Fox takes a look at Jesus’ wilderness temptations. “When we face temptation, we never do so apart from Christ. We are united to Him; He is our righteousness. He has defeated sin, death, and Satan. There is nothing and no one who can separate us from Him, not even our own weak flesh.”

Watching Lightning From Above

“At a safe distance, lightning can be one of nature’s greatest shows, but big electrical storms are even more incredible when seen from space.” Here’s some proof.

“Tabletalk” Magazine: 40 Years Later

Ligonier just marked their 40th anniversary of publishing Tabletalk magazine. Here’s a brief history.

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

I enjoyed reading this interaction with my article on “The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church.” Of particular interest is that she goes far deeper than I did into the flow of the book of Hebrews.

Cut Off Your Hand, Tear Out Your Eye

Ray Ortlund: “Here, Jesus is calling us to personal holiness, however costly and painful, as His path for us ‘to enter life.’”

Flashback: When Gifts Lose Their Luster

I have come to realize something about those times when I grow weary of good gifts: This weariness makes a statement about me, not the gift. The weariness is so often a direct result of my neglect. I have neglected to cherish the gift and honor the giver.

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit

Thanks to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week with an intriguing post from Michael Horton.

False freedom: “Be true to you.” True freedom: “Be true to him.”

—Matt Smethurst

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TWR)

    This giveaway is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, whose mission is to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. TWR is looking for engineering, IT, maintenance and finance specialists to help us tell the story to God’s glory. Explore these and other opportunities here. …

  • The Way You Walk

    The Way You Walk

    You can tell a lot about people by the way they walk, can’t you? You can tell a lot about their physical health, their emotional state, and perhaps even their spiritual condition. You can often tell at a glance whether they are healthy or ill, joyful or sorrowful, delighting or despondent. Consider a company of…