Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today’s new Kindle deals include:
- Think It Not Strange by John Piper and David Mathis—$2.99
- Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie—99¢
- Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman—$3.99
- Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman—$3.99
- Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney—$2.99
- The Christian Mom’s Idea Book by Ellen Banks Elwell—$2.99
May’s free audiobook from Christian Audio is Delighting in God by A.W. Tozer.
As our culture embarks on its Orwellian nightmare, it is going to feed on itself. Homosexuals will oppose transgenders, who want in on the cause. The former were “born this way” and the latter want to radically change the way they were born. Feminists will fight transgender men who invade their spaces and win their trophies, just as women were finally coming into their own. Leaders who thought they were on “the right side of history” will be ostracized for expressing a slightly wrong sentiment (what does “man up” imply about women?), making an innocent joke (good luck trying to be funny in this culture), or using the wrong pronoun.
You’ll forgive, I hope, the tongue in cheek title of this post, but I did want to say a few things that I believe we would all agree with if we’re truly honest about why we treasure these idols. That there are, when we choose to delude ourselves in idolatry, a few reasons why these idols are better than Jesus:
The Christian message isn’t one of mere lawkeeping; it’s a proclamation of adoption and grace through faith. Accordingly, the church and Christian parents teach children the commands of God in order to present the gospel of grace.
Parents should view themselves as their children’s “first pastors,” while simultaneously inviting other church family members to co-disciple their kids.
You don’t own that pew, chair, bench, or ottoman it does not matter how long you have attended your church. It does not matter if your dear old grandpappy was a charter member, or if his baby teeth are wrapped within a Masonic apron deep inside the cornerstone. It does not matter if your Mother personally stitched the first quilt ever drooled on in the church nursery. Nor does it matter if you donated to the building fund and a bronze memorial tag stating “In Honor Of” is on the end facing the pulpit. It does not belong to you.
Instead of seeking joy by pleasing God with our faith-inspired actions, we seek a sin-sick joy from the mere praise of others. This is evident in our quest for likes, retweets, and shares on social media, among other things. Instead of living to please God, we live to please man. Man is big, but God is small in our eyes. Christians desperately need to learn the value of big-God living in a man-pleasing world.
Justin Taylor’s put together a helpful chart.
While Mr. T is famous for the phrase, the sentiment is universal. We’ve all had a conversation with someone, while listening to their plans and reasoning thought to ourselves, “I pity this fool.” We’ve also been that person with ideas we’ve shared with someone, and they lovingly replied, “You’d be a fool if you did that.” We’ve had opportunities come our way that we almost passed up, and someone grabbed us by the shirt collar and said, “You’d be a fool not to do that.”