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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

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    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…