A La Carte (January 26)

Good morning! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you today… Today’s Kindle deals include a kind of hodgepodge! (Yesterday on the blog: Shedding Tears Over Sorrows That May Never Come) Rejoice Always I have been considering First Thessalonians 5:16–18 a fair bit lately: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” In this article, H.B. Charles Jr. calls these words “the standing orders of the gospel” since “these exhortations apply to all Christians in every place …

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Drawing Close to God Amid Bitter Circumstances

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Stephen Viars’ new book Overcoming Bitterness: Moving from Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled with Joy. Do you have any bitterness in your life? As a pastor attempting to shepherd our church family through a worldwide pandemic, I have had a front-row seat to many stories of sadness, heartache, and disappointment. It has been difficult to watch my brothers and sisters suffer, along with many other members of our …

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Shedding Tears Over Sorrows That May Never Come

We prayed as a family before Nick and Abby left for their fall semester, then snapped a photo of the two of them standing together outside our home—our two college students. It was August 1, 2020, and they were headed to Louisville, Kentucky, Nick for his junior year and Abby for her freshman. I made the journey with them since CDC regulations at the time mandated foreigners quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. We stayed isolated together in a borrowed …

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A La Carte (January 25)

Grace and peace be with you as you live out another week for God’s glory. There’s a good little selection of Kindle deals to browse through today. Love Bade Him Welcome I love to read stories of how God works to call his people to himself. 10 Sermons to Eliminate Preachers, here are 10 sermons—or kinds of sermon—you should eliminate from your repertoire. Everything Is Broken I saw this article recommended far and wide before finally reading it. It’s quite …

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