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Weekend A La Carte (November 19)

I have received a number on inquiries about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. So, yes, I will be creating my usual roundup of deals from all across the internet that will be of special interest to Christians. Stay tuned over the holiday weekend and I’ll have them all listed for you.

Sisters, Jesus Is Not Your Cheerleader

Melissa Kruger: “I’m concerned that we’ve reduced Jesus to a spiritual cheerleader. And, in turn, that’s what we’ve become to one another.”

I Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead

Warren Peel responds to a news story: “Isn’t it tragic that the very thing this girl was longing for was exactly what is being held out in the gospel? Isn’t it tragic that she put her trust in a quasi-scientific fairy tale for her hope of resuscitation life rather than the resurrection life the Lord Jesus Christ achieved when he rose from the dead on the third day?”

The Sinner’s Prayer?

In this short video Mike Riccardi gives his thoughts on whether we should use a “sinner’s prayer” when speaking to someone about the Gospel.

The Shame of Loving the Prodigal

This article (actually a book excerpt) discusses the shame people may feel when involved with a prodigal.

This Day in 1861. 155 years ago today abolitionist Julia Ward Howe penned the words to ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ It quickly became popular, especially after the Civil War. *

Depressed and Thankful

“God calls us to be thankful people. And it’s the very attitude of thanksgiving that can transform our lives. If you find yourself wandering down the dark path of depression and despair, here are six simple ways to fight for joy through gratefulness.”

Thankful for the Gift of Gratitude

And, on a similar subject…

Life-Changing Sermons

Nick Batzig has shared a list of 10 sermons he considers life-changing. Maybe they can have just as deep an impact on you.

Flashback: A Weekly Review

If you gain nothing else from this article, gain this: The value of a weekly review and planning session.

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Satan knows well the power of true holiness and the immense injury which increased attention to it will do to his kingdom.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    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.

  • Like an iPhone

    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 (February 21)

    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.