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A La Carte (March 5)

Good morning! Grace to you today.

Today’ s Amazon kindle deals include a couple of interesting titles.

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

“ Positive thinking states if you just dig deep enough in yourself, you will find strength to conquer anything. The gospel says when you have no strength left, God will sustain you. Good thinking looks to amazing benefits in creation to resolve immediate problems. The gospel looks to the Creator to solve endless problems. Positive considering holds up in daily struggles, but in the deepest and dark times offers very little. The gospel, nevertheless , shines brighter than ever before in the deep night. ”

Why Do You Want to Visit Heaven?

Jon Bloom: “ In one sense, the Bible tells us fairly little about the specifics of heaven. Explanations of heaven in many cases are analogical or representational, framed in archaic images we might find strange. In one more sense, however , the Bible speaks of heaven all over the place, and ways very highly relevant to us. The Scriptures, on almost every page, speaks not so much of the mansions and Maseratis that may come, yet of the great Fulfillment for which our spirits deeply long. ”

Render to God

“ Some thing has to change. It is time to make a change. Blending into the globe around us has ceased to be an option for the cathedral. The culture rejects the Christian worldview and won’t become appeased by everything short of total ideological surrender, so it’s time for us to obtain counter -cultural. ”

Largest Oughout. S. Evangelical Usage Agency Waves the particular Rainbow Flag

Joe Billings explains how and why the largest evangelical adoption agency in the US began to wave the particular rainbow flag.

Hello? Is usually Anybody Listening?

You may need this reminder that God is not a distracted parent who is continuously fixated on his apple iphone.

Book Banning in an Age of Amazon

Abigail Shrier’ s newsletter on Amazon’ s decision to ban Ryan Capital t. Anderson’ s guide on transgenderism is a crucial one. “ Inside a time marked simply by so much suppression associated with speech by Huge Tech, the muggings can start to run together. We have been already growing accustomed to cancellation. But of all of the violence to free inquiry we’ve witnessed in the last year, the deliberate disappearance of a mainstream conservative book is among the very worst. ”

Don’t Despise Transfer Growth

Pastors tend to defile transfer growth but , as Stephen Kneale shows here, perhaps they shouldn’ capital t. “ There is a genuine discussion to be had about hoarding resources. We should be talking more smartly about where people go, why they go there and how we are able to get them to move to areas of greatest require. There are legitimate questions to be asked about whether or not a church associated with 500 or six hundred people needs more people to transfer within or whether the kingdom is better served by encouraging those people to visit a smaller church in need of help. All of these matters are legitimate in order to ask and there is a right discussion to be had about them. But…”

Flashback: a few Tips for Responding to Critique

In the little book True A friendly relationship, Vaughan Roberts provides three tips for responding to criticism, and especially this sort of criticism—the kind that comes in the framework of friendship, of iron sharpening iron.

I don’t have to look good so Jesus can look good; I need to be honest regarding my colossal religious need so he is able to look all-sufficient. —Sam Allberry