Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today is the last day to get the following titles on sale from Crossway:
- No Ordinary Marriage by Tim Savage—$2.99
- This Momentary Marriage by John Piper—$2.99
- Marriage and the Family by Andreas Köstenberger—$3.99
- Love that Lasts by Gary and Betsy Ricucci—$3.99
- What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp—$4.99
You should also consider are I Am Second by Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender, Rise by Tripp Lee, and It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke ($1.99 each). Finally, Westminster Bookstore has an amazing deal on a number of books by JC Ryle, including a bundle featuring Holiness and Iain Murray’s new biography.
Prayer is so spiritual it cuts against the grain of natural inclination. Prayer is often the first thing that gets neglected. It is raw spirituality.
Yet, there is no other way to receive the spiritual blessings of God: wisdom, God’s presence, conversions, and reformation. Where there is any movement of the Holy Spirit of God in the church, there’s prayer. Spiritual blessings come through prayer. If you want to see a demonstration of God’s power in your life, it will come through biblical prayer.
Clarence Henderson, a man who fought for civil rights for African Americans, writes on the transgender fight and the fallacious arguments being used by media personalities and advocates.
God began painfully, painfully, painfully pruning any assumptions we had about provision. He started that process when Nate lost his job, dug the scalpel in deeper when months went by without a job offer, even deeper when we began to put groceries and home repairs on the credit card, and it seemed he was gouging out all our pride by the time we had to ask the question: is foreclosure our only option?
Some sins and follies we can kind of understand — there’s a kind of rationale behind them. But to legalize gay marriage, to punish opponents of gay marriage, and now to abolish the male-female distinction in bathrooms, changing rooms, and shower rooms. It’s just unfathomable and seems completely irrational. What good can possibly come — and how much evil will definitely come — from putting grown men in women’s bathrooms?
Cursing your parents is rebellion but so is laziness. The testimony of the Bible from beginning to end says that laziness is wicked. But we don’t often look at it that way. Why is that? Why don’t we think laziness is a big deal? Why has laziness become a respectable sin among Christians?
Toxic honor. You’ve seen it. I know I have. In fact I’ve done it. The public introductions that went way too long, the private praise that slid towards flattery. It’s honor overkill, and I carry the toxins. I’ve maneuvered conversations for a small slice of praise and instantly felt starved the moment praise fell silent.
Funny, but honor comes with irony. We want lots, but give too little. At least I do.
A young preacher friend recently texted me. He was asked to preach a funeral for a family. It would be his first. And he wanted to know if I had any advice to offer him. I responded by mentioning a podcast I did on preaching funeral sermons: “Preaching Funeral Sermons.”
I also offered offered several pieces of advice. It was a text-message. Not the way to elaborate. Yet I shared this advice with my friend: Brief. Gospel-centered. Be sensitive to family. There are other important factors to consider when preaching funerals. But these three pieces of advice are a good place to start.