A La Carte (June 18)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
There’s a fair bit of Piper and Keller in today’s Kindle deals, though some of it is on the high end of bargain territory. Still, there are deals to be had. If you’re into podcasts, or even if you’re not, you may enjoy the new show “Extremities.” Episode one was just fascinating. David

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Power, Love and Self Discipline

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God… For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…”  2 Timothy 1:6-8 How quickly we can get that run down feeling […]

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Practicing the Present

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. John Koessler is an award-winning author and teacher who served on the Moody faculty for 25 years. In his new book, Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now (Moody, 2019), he addresses how to evade the tyranny of past

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Love Is Not Heavy-Handed

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Whatever else we learn about church life, we learn quickly that it will at times come with conflict. We are, after all, sinful people attempting to share community with other sinners. It’s inevitable that problems will arise, inevitable that there will be angry words, unfortunate

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The Deep Mystery

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory […]

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Almighty Creator

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-3 Thoughts on today’s verse In a world of startling beauty and a universe of dazzling diversity, our hearts are to be drawn back to the One […]

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Finding our balance

Category: News
Just for a second, turn back to the cover and look at those two photos of Baltimore. If I asked you simply to say the first thing that came to your mind, we all would surely say about a hundred different things. But the first thing that comes into my mind is “balance.” Admittedly, I […]

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Sam ChanEvangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018Book available at Amazon.com and online course available through Zondervan’s master lectures. Review by Dr. Chris Portrer Books that aim to

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A Call to Fatherhood

Category: Daily Devotions
“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.”  Proverbs 20:7 (NLT) Scripture and history show us that as goes the home, so goes the society. And generally speaking, as go the fathers, so goes the home. The moral and spiritual condition of the society is

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Why Know the Father’s Heart

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
I never tire of talking about or receiving the Father heart of God. We have a crisis of fathering in this country. A hundred years ago Teddy Roosevelt said, “What we need in our public officials is not genius, not even brilliancy, so much as the exercise of the ordinary, rather commonplace

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Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include mostly classics, but some newer ones as well. You might enjoy exploring Eikon, CBMW’s new journal for biblical anthropology. (Yesterday on the blog: Whether I Sink Too Low or Soar Too High) National Geographic Travel Photo Contest There are some stunning shots in

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What My Dad did Right

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” Deuteronomy 5:16 During my teen years, I tended to focus on what I thought my dad did wrong. Now that I have raised my own […]

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The Call of a Loving Father

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
In 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 we read some of the most intimate, caring, and loving aspects of our relationship with God our Father. Here, our Father calls us out of darkness to come into His light; He calls us out of uncleanness to come into His purity; He calls us out of the yoke of bondage […]

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