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The La Carte (January 19)

Grace and peace for you today.

Today’ s Kindle deals include The Christian’ s Only Comfort in Existence and Death which has a list price of $70. There are quite a lot of others too.

(Yesterday on the blog: Don’t Fall the Rock! )

Reevaluating Your own Church’s Values

I agree with Jared Wilson. “ I am convinced so many evangelical churches in the United States are overly fixated on bigness, excitement, and individual improvement, and that we don’t often realize it due to the fact we can often achieve a kind of success focusing on those things that give the impression we are on the right course. ”

Winter season Trees

“ Standing weary. In the fog of impossible circumstances. Coping with ongoing crisis. Conflict. Some with never-ending pain. Frosty and unrelenting winds mix through the lives of these family members. And I ask how to pray. What is His way for trees in winter? ”

Race and Reconciliation

Carl Trueman is always worth reading, even if only for his use of hyperbole. Like: “ Written by several largely, but not exclusively, Alfredia thinkers, it is a most welcome volume in a Christian entire world divided (at least if the soi-disant leaders on Twitter is to be believed) between those who think racism is the only sin that exists and those who have think it is the only sin that doesn’t. The book has none of the stridency that now passes for severe conviction in the wider planet of racial politics, right and left. ”

Something Profound In Our Generation

Ray Ortlund stocks some key insights through Francis Schaeffer. “ A nice church filled with nice people doing nice things will make no impact in the regarding our times. Every crossbreed form of ‘ Christianity’ deserves to die, and it will pass away, because it simply is not associated with God. But here is a pathway back into the prophetic strength of apostolic Christianity. ”

Stand Strong for Christ

“ We are living through one of the most tumultuous times in American history. It seems like every day a brand new challenge surfaces. We face trials, temptations, suffering, and grief. We hear rumors about the fate of our Republic. Conspiracy theories are at the fevered pitch. None of this would surprise us. ”

How Do Love with regard to God and Love individuals Relate?

In the event that you’ re up for a longer read, consider this one from Phil Gons.

Is Sin Inevitable in the Christian Life?

Randy Alcorn offers suitable caution here. “ We should never be content with our sin or excuse ourselves from it. Rather, we should be quick to recognize our bad thing, so that we can confess this to our merciful Savior and maintain it from entangling us. There is no more certain way to be entangled by sin than to keep telling yourself what you’re doing actually isn’t sin at all. ”

Flashback: On Being Thought Properly of By Outsiders

So , am I thought well of by outsiders? I don’t think they believe poorly of me. What concerns me, though, is that I’m not convinced they will think of me at all. And I think many pastors find themselves because very same situation.

The real crisis associated with worship today is… that individuals have no sense of the presence of God, and if they have no sense of His presence, how can they be moved to express the deepest feelings of their souls in order to honor, revere, worship, and glorify God? —R. C. Sproul