Kindle deals for Christian readers
- Transformational Church by Thom Rainer—$2.99
- The Sending Church by Pat Hood—$2.99
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear—$2.99
- Gospel by JD Greear—$2.99
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99
- The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken—$2.99
- The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripkin—$4.99
- Truth Matters by Andreas Köstenberger—$2.99
- Life Change by Jordan Easley—$2.99
- Crazy Stories, Sane God by John Alan Turner—$2.99
- Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer—$2.99
- Transformational Groups by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger—$2.99
- Transformational Discipleship by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation—$2.99
- Subversive Kingdom by Ed Stetzer—$2.99
Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a number of great resources for sale, including:
- Thomas Manton by Derek Cooper (paperback)
- Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul (hardcover)
- The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)
- Recovering the Beauty of the Arts Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
- Pillars of Grace by Steven Lawson (ePub)
When we believe in Jesus we have eternal life. We can’t lose this life. But this grace of God in believers often seems to be little more than a spark. Sometimes it takes a long time for Jesus to fan it to a full flame. And as Richard Sibbes says, that small “measure of grace” is often mixed with “much corruption” and like smoke, can be offensive. Yet Christ will not quench that faintly burning wick.
This means we shouldn’t be too quick to look for fruit in new believers. Yes, some people come out of the gate like gangbusters, turn wholeheartedly from sin, and begin to share the gospel like zealots. But others, like myself as a young believer, though they have the spark of grace, put forth a lot of smoke and change very slowly.
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From the people of the cross to ISIS
Increasingly, I see younger evangelicals (like the one in this Relevant blog post) wondering if they can call their spiritual hang outs with friends a congregation. They are exploring the question: What is church?
It’s a figure of speech to look at things “upside down” in order to get some perspective. But what if there’s more here than just a clever turn of phrase? What if we can’t actually see our world in proper perspective unless we’ve seen it upside down?