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July 21, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99); Faithful Women and the Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99); The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook by Various ($2.99); The Gospel As Centered edited by Tim Keller & D.A. Carson ($2.99); To the Glory of God by James Montgomery Boice ($1.99); The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($1.99); A Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig ($3.99).

Testing Your Faith in Divine Intervention - Sandy Grant writes about some of the evil events in the news today and assigns the blame accordingly.

3 Scriptures for Financial Hardship - Here are three passages (out of many) that may console in times of financial hardship.

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker has some tips on being a better online reader.

Through Heaven’s Doorway - Randy Alcorn has an encouraging (yes, encouraging!) post about death.

Convert, Pay the Tax, or Die - “Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.”

Ministering to Families Battling Cancer - Here is how (and how not) to minister to families battling cancer.

The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. —C.H. Spurgeon 

Spurgeon

July 20, 2014

In R.C. Sproul’s book The Glory of Christ, he focuses on the moments of great glory in the life of Christ—a life marked by so much that was inglorious and not at all befitting the King of Glory.

A crucial aspect of Jesus’ humiliation was the hiddenness of His glory. His identity was often concealed. We hear the protests from the wounded egos of famous people when they are not recognized. They complain, “Don’t you know who I am?” It is humiliating to them to go unrecognized. Because people do not recognize them, they feel treated beneath their dignity. If any human being was ever subjected to such repeated indignities during His life, it was Jesus. During His earthly ministry the ones who most often and most clearly recognized Him were the demons from hell.

Some time ago I read the book and wanted to share some of my favorite quotes:

Every human being longs for a savior of some type. We look for someone or something that will solve our problems, ease our pain, or grant the most elusive goal of all, happiness. From the pursuit of success in business to the discovery of a perfect mate or friend, we make our search.

We are not merely redeemed by the death of Christ; we are also redeemed by the life of Christ. His death on the cross reveals the nadir of His humiliation as He bears the curse for us. But that is only part of His redemptive achievement. It is not enough for us merely to have our sins atoned for. To receive the blessings of the covenant we must possess real righteousness. We need what we cannot supply for ourselves. This merit of righteousness is earned for us by Jesus’ life of perfect obedience.

Some argue that the purpose of miracles is to demonstrate the existence of God. But this reverses the role miracles play in the Bible. Before a miracle can be perceived as a miracle, the existence of God must be established first. It is the existence of God that makes miracles possible in the first place.

God is so holy that He cannot gaze upon sin. It is repugnant to His eyes. Before Jesus ascends to the cross He is altogether lovely in the sight of the Father. He is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. As such Christ is, in the eyes of the Father, a thing of unspeakable beauty. He is the Father’s beloved. 

On the cross Jesus becomes in the sight of God the most grotesque display of ugliness imaginable. He is now polluted with the cumulative filth of the sin He bears for His sheep. Now the Father breaks fellowship with Him; He averts His divine glance; Jesus as the very incarnation of sin is consigned to the outer darkness.

July 19, 2014

Our vacation continues, though we’re reaching the end. We left South Carolina yesterday and drove almost due north to spend the last few days in Pennsylvania. I’m due to be back in my office by Wednesday, so time is running out! We really enjoyed our time in South Carolina and I, at least, would rank it as one of my favorite states.

And now, without further ado, here are some links for your weekend reading:

Europe 24 is a beautiful look at European air traffic over the course of a day.

This article looks at Why Some Preachers Get Better while others do not.

One excursion I made this week was to Traveler’s Rest, SC, to meet Tim Keesee. His new Dispatches from the Front DVD releases next week. It is fantastic.

Ligonier Ministries is giving away 200 copies of R.C. Sproul’s Everyone’s a Theologian. All 200 copies will go to one person to distribute at his or her church. Enter the draw here.

You know by now that I enjoy infographics. Well, here is one that displays the timeline of the book of Acts.

Third World Osteen overlays Joel Osteen’s quotes with pictures of the poorest of the poor. I find it quite effective in displaying the weakness of what he teaches. If you visit, be sure to read this article as well.

I agree with this Dating Advice You Actually Need from Derek Rishmawy.

Aimee Byrd looks at a sad article to reflect on Your Naked Truth.

When I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought. —John Newton

Newton

July 18, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at CBD Reformed. They are giving away 5 prize sets today, and each of the prizes will contain the following 3 books:

  • WorldviewWhat’s Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James Anderson - Retail price $10.99
  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations For Busy Moms by Gloria Furman - Retail Price $10.99
  • Strengthen My Spirit by Charles Spurgeon – Retail Price $7.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (July 18 - 21) on the following three products:

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

July 18, 2014

I’ve got some new Kindle deals for you: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites by Bradley Wright ($3.99); The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99); Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); Reasons for Belief by Norman Geisler ($1.99). At Cruciform Press we’re doing a $0.99 sale on 5 of our books: Brass Heavens by Paul Tautges; Grieving, Hope, and Solace by Al Martin; Does God Listen to Rap? by Curtis Allen; Cruciform by Jimmy Davis; Smooth Stones by Joe Coffey.

Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? - This long article from Christianity Today explains that today’s controversy is far more complicated that religious freedom versus LGBT rights.

5 Insights Into Idolatry - J.D. Greear offers five valuable insights into idolatry. Since we are all idolaters on some level, we should all pay attention!

Do Planes Really Fly Themselves? - Here’s a (kind of angry) pilot explaining that despite what you’ve probably heard on the news, commercial airliners don’t come close to flying themselves.

5 Specific Prayers for Unsaved People - Here are five specific prayers for the unsaved people in your life.

Tattoo Removal Surges - Something to think about before getting that tattoo: Revenue for tattoo removal has surged 440% over the last decade. Not surprisingly, the main customers are people in their 30s or 40s.

The 8 Steps of Sin - An old sermon on Hebrews 3 traces the 8 steps of sin.

The Road to Jericho and the Border Crisis - Russell Moore comments on the current border crisis.

On this side of the cross misery persists, but the scales are tipped in favor of joy. —Ed Welch

Welch

July 17, 2014

I am a sinner. And as a sinner I exhibit all kinds of behaviors both odd and ugly. The more I come to know myself, the more I see the ways in which I am a product of my sin, in which I view the world through the lens of my sin. When I look outward, and when I look at others, I see them through sinful eyes and interpret them through a sinful mind. As I do that, I fall into the trap of sin projection.

Sin projection is when I project my sin upon others, assuming that they are prone to the very same sin and, therefore, falling into it as much as I am. I am not the only one who does this, either.

The adulterous husband wonders if his wife is committing adultery. The lying child assumes that he has been lied to by his teacher. The angry mother is quick to accuse her children of being angry toward her. The power-obsessed pastor believes the associate pastor is maneuvering to displace him. The young man with the lustful eye has trouble trusting that his girlfriend’s eyes are not equally prone to wander. The thief can’t trust others because he assumes they will steal from him just as he will steal from them. The envious musician assumes that others are being competitive toward him.

And on it goes. I see the world through my own sin and project my sin upon others. I see my sin in them, even where it doesn’t exist. I unfairly and sinfully accuse them of my sin.

I am a sinner. And as a sinner this is just one more of those odd and ugly behaviors.

July 16, 2014

I remain on vacation this week, and am enjoying all the unwinding—the time with family and the time with some good books (Let’s be honest—a lot of good books.) While I get back to it, here are some new Kindle deals for you: The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99); Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel & Judy Dabler ($2.99); The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson ($1.99); How to Preach Without Notes by Charles Koller ($1.99).

Too Hot for Google - You may have heard that Google is no longer allowing advertisements for porn sites. This article explains why. (It’s important to note that Google search results will still find porn—it’s merely advertising that they aren’t allowing.)

Three Ways to Help - Tony Payne tells you three ways that the excellent Two Ways to Live outline of the gospel can be helpful to you.

What’s All This “Gospel-Centered” Talk About? - Dane Ortlund offers an explanation (and a helpful example) of what all this “gospel-centered” talk is all about.

8 Ways to Beat Temptation - Mark Altrogge offers 8 ways to beat temptation.

The Pastor’s Kid: My Happy Childhood - I really enjoyed reading this article from a pastor’s kid who says, “I would go so far as to say that being born the son of a pastor is one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given me.”

15 Benefits of the Word of God - If you are wondering how to come to God’s Word today, or you’re feeling like you can’t be bothered, here are some things to consider.

If God were not my friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks