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Weekend A La Carte (November 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of “can’t go wrong” deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: Think of the End to Motivate the Action)

Four Things That Remain Solidly True No Matter the Mid-Term Election Results

“No matter the results, here’s a perspective we should always remember: America may or may not unravel in coming decades, but God’s kingdom certainly won’t! Neither the judicial, legislative, nor executive branch of our government is the ultimate solution to America’s problems.” Thank the Lord for that!

Getting the iPad to Pro

Here is an interesting review of the new iPad. I’ve had the same experience with recent iPads–they still aren’t a full laptop replacement. (Note: A couple of bad words in the review.)

Why It’s OK that God Loves Himself Most (Video)

“As fallen human beings, we tend to think that God’s love is just like our love. Certainly, there’s going to be overlap—even as fallen human beings, by God’s common’s grace. Love is having an affection for the beloved. It can involve the emotion, the affection, and the desire for another’s good. You don’t have to be a Christian (or to even have heard of God) to feel fiery affection for another human being or to desire their good. Where God’s love is fundamentally different than a fallen human being’s love is that it is holy.”

Updates From David Powlison

You may have heard about David Powlison’s recent diagnosis. Here is an update.

The Best Case for Cessationism

Andrew Wilson tells what he agrees with and disagrees with when it comes to Tom Schreiner’s defense of cessationism. That ETS discussion sounds fascinating.

Stuck in an Airport for 18 Years (Video)

Here’s the strange case of a man who was stuck in an airport for 18 years.

Getting and Keeping Volunteers

There are some good pointers here on gaining and keeping church volunteers.

Flashback: Keep a Close Watch on Yourself!

The sin was so unnecessary, so avoidable. But it became possible, it became inevitable, when they failed to keep a close watch on their behavior, on their life, on themselves.

Christmas is all about love. But how…and why?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company and this post is written by Sinclair B Ferguson. I am so thankful for each and every blog sponsor.

Happy indeed is that Church whose members not only desire to reach heaven themselves, but desire also to take others with them.

—J.C. Ryle

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    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

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    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: 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.