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Weekend A La Carte (September 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor deals. But I’ve got lots of good links for you to peruse:

For the Ordinary Women

“It’s getting harder and harder to feel pretty in our world. Pornography has changed our standards. Photoshop has created unattainable idols. And, the ordinary women of the world are left stranded in the wreckage, searching for some way to feel like we measure up. Waiting for some sign that we are worthy to be called pretty, that we are good enough in face and in body to be wanted by anyone.”

New Survey Finds Majority of Protestants Are Not Protestant

It sounds like satire, but it’s not. “A new survey finds that on two key doctrines, the majority of U.S. Protestants hold views that are more in line with the Roman Catholic Church than with the historical position of the Reformation.”

Why North Korea Can’t Build in ICBM (Video)

This video explains why North Korea may actually still be a long way from creating a true ICBM.

What To Do With an Anonymous Letter

Yes, it’s really this simple.

The Decline in Lego

It’s interesting to see even a brand as established (and a toy as universally-loved) as Lego struggling in the digital world.

Where Do New Words Come From? (Video)

“There are over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language. Yet every year, about a thousand new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Where do they come from, and how do they make it into our everyday lives? Marcel Danesi explains how new words enter a language.”

I’d Really Just Like to Be in Control

“Yet we are not God. And despite billions of minds at work and thousands of years of history, we can’t control the hurricane. Despite $1500 a month in medical insurance, we can’t control our health. Despite years of homeschooling or thousands invested in the best schools, we can’t control our children. We keep grasping for control, and God keeps showing us that we’ll never get it.”

Flashback: 5 Things You Must Do To Protect Yourself Online

Recent news stories have once again shown the importance of properly securing accounts, apps and services behind best practices. Here are 5 steps you need to take to protect yourself online.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week. Request a free copy of The Heart of the Gospel from Tabletalk Magazine by clicking here.

There is a sinful silence. When God is dishonored, His truth wounded, and men hold their peace, this silence is a loud sin.

—Thomas Watson

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    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 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

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    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…