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Weekend A La Carte (October 20)

There is just one Kindle deal today, and it’s for a classic book that has just been republished in a nice new format.

(Yesterday on the blog: Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Doubt Your Salvation)

Zawadi, the Parents Who Waited for Her, and the God of Miracles

Now this is beautiful! “I had the privilege of watching the awe-inspiring, miraculous transformation of their hearts during those years. As they wrestled with God in the darkness and through the unknown, and as they waited, and waited, and waited, God transformed them into different people. In this last year or two, though their situation had not changed, the peace and joy they radiated could only be supernatural.”

What Is the Rapture?

Here’s an answer that comes from David Chapman (and is adapted from the new ESV Expository Commentary). “After the believing dead have been raised, the story shifts to the believers who remain alive at the time of Jesus’ return. This verse has been the subject of much controversy, principally about what it means for living believers to be ‘caught up together with them in the clouds’ and to ‘meet the Lord in the air.’”

Donall and Conall Learn That Jesus Isn’t Divine

It’s told through satire, but this explanation of the divinity of Jesus (contra Jehovah’s Witnesses) is actually pretty helpful.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

There are some stunning photos in this collection.

The Perfect Wrestler

I enjoyed reading this longform piece, though I wish they had explored the first angle a little more. “Kyle Snyder has two life goals: conduct himself as much like Jesus Christ as possible, and technically, creatively, and aesthetically master the sport of wrestling.”

What to Do When the New Testament Quotes the Old

“Since the Bible had no verse divisions until the 16th century AD, we ought to consider what this implies about how to read and study the Bible. Ancient readers had no map or reference system to pinpoint particular statements. They could not speak with precision about a textual location such as Isaiah chapter 7 verse 14.”

Should Christians Give to The Church?

Conrad Mbewe provides a brief look at biblical giving in this video.

Flashback: Do You Set an Example in Your Conduct?

All the time, in every way, in all of life, God challenges you to be an example of godliness to other Christians.

2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin

I’m grateful to Crossway for sponsoring the blog this week with an article from Kevin DeYoung.

Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.

—D.L. Moody

  • 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.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    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…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…