Everybody hates a literalist
Kindle deals collected
Here’s a collection of this week’s Kindle deals:
- The Second Coming: Signs of Christ’s Return and the End of the Age by John MacArthur—$4.99
- Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur—$4.22
- How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur—$4.62
- The Truth About Forgiveness by John MacArthur—$4.17
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- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Geisler and Turek—$4.99
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- The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1—99¢ (US only)
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- New Geneva Introduction to the Old Testament edited by R.C. Sproul—99¢
- New Geneva Introduction to the New Testament edited by R.C. Sproul—99¢
- Crucifying Morality by R W Glenn—$4.00
- What Does the Lord Require?: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.—$3.92
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- Jonah: Navigating a God-centered Life by Colin S. Smith—$4.00
While the intentions of these women may be good, I am concerned that this tribal movement is moving women away from the place God calls us to be disciples—the church. Of course, this is a danger for all parachurch organizations and we need to be careful to properly understand their place. Is their place discipleship? I think that is a commission given to the church, and any resources that we provide to contribute to this should encourage Christ’s people to use them within that community.
One of the most discouraging (and blindsiding) things in life is to follow the Lord for some time, feel like you’re on the right track, be involved in the His work, and feel the definite guidance of the Holy Spirit…only to find yourself, as time passes, becoming a worse Christian. Sometimes we feel like we are going through sanctification in reverse. Our latter self seems more depraved and dispassionate than when we first picked up the Cross. Do you feel that way? Do you feel like you are a worse Christian now than you used to be?
Why do good Christians often go bad?
A refuge and strength. An ever present help in times of trouble. A stronghold and fortress. These are just some of the ways that Psalm 46 describes our God.
It’s one thing to describe a place of refuge and protection when the skies are sunny and the bank account is full, but that’s not what’s happening in this psalm. The circumstances highlighted therein serve to heighten our need for an impenetrable stronghold.