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The La Carte (January 14)

Good morning! The Lord be with you and the Lord bless you today.

Today’ s Kindle deals incorporate a few picks from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Greatest Christians and the Most Visible Gifts)

The particular 50 Countries Where It’ s Most Dangerous to Follow Christ in 2021

CT reports on the biggest countries for Christians. “ This year the top 10 most severe persecutors are relatively unrevised. After North Korea can be Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and India. ”

Come, Allow us to Reason Together

Kevin DeYoung: “ The church has been divided more than doctrine before—sometimes for bad reasons, often for good reasons. That is to be expected. What seems new in our day is how Bible-believing Christians who share almost all the same doctrine on paper are enormously and increasingly divided over non-doctrinal matters, torn aside by issues the Scriptures does not directly address. ”

Biblical Guidance from the Comfort of Your Home

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The Light That Floods The Tunnel

It’ s sound advice, this: “ This year, take those best of 2020 with you, regardless of how it ends up looking. Become hopeful. Be flexible. Be creative. Be gracious. Become thankful. Make disciples. Hold your plans lightly. Look to the rights and wellbeing of others. Keep the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as your king and center. Entrust your needs and worries to the one who cares for you. ”

The Fisherman’s Advice

Seth Lewis remembers a round with seasickness and states, “ A lot of time has passed since that fishing trip, but recently I’ve experienced the awful feeling again, even as I stand on a lawn. Much of what felt solid about the world around me is now rolling in unforeseen directions. Things that were stable and secure my expereince of living have become unpredictable and untrustworthy. ”

Simple steps, Stitches, and the Blood Ward

This is instead an amusing (though also bloody) anecdote from the objective field.

We all Believe

“ The Augsburg Confession. The Helvetic Confession. The Gallican Confession. The Belgic Confession. The Westminster Confession plus Catechism. The Second London Baptist Confession. The Canons of Dort. What do these historic evangelical confessions have in common? Each of them has its origins in the Apostles’ Creed. ”

Flashback: Your Deepest Identity

You are in Christ, and everything that is his, is your own. This is your deepest identification.

If worship does not spring from gratitude for God’s sophistication, if it is not the ardent response to who God will be and what he has done, then it is hollow. —Ligon Duncan