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Weekend A La Carte (October 2)

May you know the Lord’s rich blessings as you prepare to worship him this weekend.

Logos users will want to look at this month’s free and nearly free books.

There are a few Kindle deals to look at.

(Yesterday on the blog: Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church)

Stream the Luther Documentary for Free

Throughout October you can stream the excellent Luther documentary for free courtesy of Ligonier Ministries. They’ve also got a study guide to go with it.

Escaping the Clever “Kafka Trap”

“The secular world clearly controls the language game. Be careful you’re not taken in by it.” Greg Koukl explains and offers an example.

How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?

John Piper offers some valuable counsel on preparing for Christ’s return.

InSight

“A young woman — beautiful face, clothes casual and colorful, long hair swinging as she made her way to the corner. She carried a loaded backpack, but its weight didn’t affect her happy gait. A man passed by her with a lingering look that might have caused discomfort for others. But not this woman. She was all confidence, with a smile that told a story of grace.”

All Mission Should End in Local Church

“At the end of the day, all mission should be working to this end: the planting of a biblical church. If you are doing evangelism or running mission with no intent of building a local church, I will go as far as to say you are doing it wrong. All biblical mission ends in local church.”

Victoria’s Conversion Practices Act is a Genuine Assault on Religious Freedom

This is very alarming information from Australia. “I just got off the phone with a friend and fellow baptist pastor from Melbourne. He has resigned himself to the likelihood that he will face imprisonment over the next few years.”

What Is The One Thing You Want The Congregation To Remember From Your Sermon?

“As we proclaim the word of God, we need to be asking ourselves ‘what is the one thing that will stick in our congregations’ minds from this sermon?’ We delude ourselves as preachers if we think that people will remember all the intricate points and verbally dextrous language we use. Most will remember one or two big things that we communicate.”

Flashback: 3 Quick Questions Before Quitting Your Church

When you don’t pray for the people in your church you may soon find your heart cooling toward them. Once your love cools you may find yourself blaming them for your discontentment when really it began within you.

Through death we may as well be nameless. We’re essentially waiting to be forgotten in time. But in Christ we are known eternally by the Father with the same intimacy and affection he has for his Son.

—Matthew McCullough

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    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 16)

    A La Carte: All we have left undone / What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? / How America’s premier theologian interpreted God’s providence after Lincoln’s assassination / Will God judge people for being born Muslim? / Theological discernment is for moms too / Prime Days / and more.

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

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    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…