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A La Carte (April 17)

monday

Good morning from Sydney, Australia, where I’ve stopped for just one night before heading back across the Pacific. It has been a good and successful journey, but I’m ready to be home!

Today’s Kindle deals include a substantial collection from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Trusting God with Creation But Not Providence)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, April Witkowski & the Myth of the Wasted Ministry

This is a sweet reflection by Peter Witkowski. “Our lives today will not be defined by our dreams, hopes, or expectations of what is to come (of what may never come) but will be defined by our faithful execution of the life and ministry God has given us in this moment. If we are faithfully serving God today in accordance with his Word and our calling and gifting, our lives are not a waste but rather the very definition of success.”

Beware of the Birds: How Satan Sabotages Sermons

“Every Sunday morning, they perch among us. Listen closely and you can hear their wings flapping overhead. Singing voices have quieted, the preacher mounts his summit, the book is laid open. As the people fidget in the pew, readying to hear God speak through a man, the crows and ravens stir in anticipation. Caws and muffled croaks murmur in the rafters. Some sound eerily like a chuckle.”

Alistair Begg on LGBT issues, gentleness and ‘conversion therapy’

I enjoyed this conversation with Alistair Begg as he addresses a number of important contemporary issues.

3 Views on Baptism

Core Christianity has put together three articles that address the three major Protestant views of baptism.

What are the Most Important Qualities in a Missionary?

There is undoubtedly something to be said for these particular attributes.

What Is a Woman?

Alan Shlemon has an answer for one of the defining questions of our times.

Flashback: Why Should We Try To Add One Stitch To a Finished Garment?

Easter is a day of acceptance, a day of completion…Yet despite the sufficiency of Christ’s work, we can so easily slip back into an old mindset in which we become convinced there is still something left for us to do.

God has so wired us that beauty generates powerful experiences of wonder. Wonder is one of God’s most precious gifts to us, especially when it leads us to its intended end—worship of our beautiful God.

—Steve DeWitt

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

    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?…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…