A La Carte (December 27)

A La Carte (December 27)

By way of reminder, I will be posting only the daily A La Carte articles this week (which, not coincidentally is the week of the year that sees the lowest volume of visitors to sites like mine). I’ll begin sharing original articles again next week as the holidays wrap up.

Logos is having a 12 Days of Logos sale that includes deals on a host of good products. My “Challies Recommends” commentary bundles are among them and will set you up with a great commentary on each book of the Bible.

I continue to search for and share new Kindle deals as they become available.

Andrea writes about the Jesus we didn’t expect.

Ed Welch: “My goal in this article is to briefly consider a specific pastoral question: What is a wise approach to those in your church who see a secular therapist? Since this question is part of a long and winding road, we will make a couple of stops before we arrive at an answer.”

When discussing the specifics of church missions programs, it is critical to begin by understanding the motivation behind missions. Properly understanding “God’s Mission” will result in a more deeply rooted mission program and, ultimately, a more effective gospel witness. So, today, The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is offering How to Build an Effective Missions Program as a free ebook. Download your copy today at tmai.org/challies to develop a strategy for an effective missions program in your church. (Sponsored Link)

Sinclair Ferguson tells about some of the habits and resources that have been especially important to him as a Christian.

This is helpful: a series of prayers for when Bible reading is hard. And isn’t it hard for all of us from time to time?

Kyle Sims says “there is always a need to stop, evaluate, make plans, and set goals. You really should do this several times a year. Nevertheless, the end of the year is a natural time to take stock of where you are and set direction for where you want to go.”

I always enjoy Denny Burk’s annual roundups of the year’s best YouTube videos. There are some pretty good ones here.

50% of people make some kind of new year’s resolution, but 88% of those resolutions ultimately fail. That is more than a little discouraging. But I still believe in new year’s resolutions. 

It is not great things that God expects or requires of us, unless He has given us great gifts and opportunities; all He requires is faithfulness.

—J.R. Miller

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