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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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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

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    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…