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A La Carte (June 10)

Good morning. May god bless and keep you today.

This week Westminster Textbooks has discounted textbooks by the incomparable Brian Powlison, including one that has only just already been published.

In today’ t Kindle deals you’ lmost all find a selection of books from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Could You Use Some Joy Today? )

Rich and Miserable — How Can It Become?

“ Possessing power and luxury only gets problematic when possessing power and high-class begins to possess all of us. Success in the world’s eyes—wealth, fame, energy, beauty, love plus romance, comfort, recognition, health, and so on—can be something in order to celebrate and enjoy along with thanksgiving. But this really is true only lengthy as we don’t change this kind of success straight into our lifeline, the source for significance, our basis just for meaning, our accurate north. ”

How to Inform the Difference Between Presbyterian Denominations

Joe Carter has a brief primer on the main Presbyterian denominations in the US (and North america, I suppose, since many of them span the border).

Neurons, Decoded (Video)

What are neurons? This brief video explains.

If Necessary, You Have Been Grieved

No trials enter your life that will God does not ordain. Many people do not like the word ‘ ordained’ with regards to adversity or discomfort. They prefer to declare God allows all of them. I am okay with that language, but remember this. If he allows it, he chooses to allow it, and choosing what will happen, he is ordaining. Nevertheless , here is the good news. God never afflicts all of us without cause. He could be always doing a good work. ”

Ay Power for Imperfect Preachers

Ray Ortlund: “ The gospel ministry is not a gig, not a performance, not really a platform. It takes us to the cross associated with Christ, the turned down Savior. You should anticipate to get crucified. But your scars will make you a more powerful preacher. ”

Will Putting Ourselves 1st Come Naturally?

“ Self comes far too naturally in my life based on God’s Word. Nurturing it with the water of world’s training sprouts some crazy weeds with roots confused and altered. I find the stability threatened and change inside of me while i listen more in order to expert’s opinions in order to God’s Word. ”

The 2nd Commandment and the Cathedral

There are several interesting insights here about the second commandment. “ If you’re capable of discern from that will maxim a hard and fast policy on multimedia usage, you are a better exegete compared to I. As we solid about the New Testament for other indicators of best practices in worship, we find the pattern emerging; suitable worship is marked by clear, managing purposes, but fairly few prescriptions. Christians have historically recognized God’s wisdom in this—that He marks out distinctive worship practices for his people, while at the same time uniting true Christians over all times and places whose particular forms of worship look wildly divergent. ”

Flashback: Blessed Are the Weakened!

… weakness draws the attention of God, the heart of God, the strength of God. Therefore , with confident expectation perform we receive our illnesses, submit within our sorrows, bow in order to God in our suffering.

A man’s faith must combat first, and have a conquest, and then peace of mind is the crown, the particular triumph of trust. —Thomas Goodwin