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One that have I have read that I can highly recommend myself:  Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips.  Excellent book which draws from the Gospel of John!  It draws principles from Jesus’ life and ministry to help us in our evangelism ministry.  It’s FREE!

One I have been wanting to read. Others have recommended it:  Good News for Anxious Christians. This book debunks several sincere, practical suggestions given to Christians about how to grow spiritually. “Ideas that  are surprisingly common: that we should listen for the voice of God inside; that we need to let go and let God; that we need to find God’s perfect will for our lives; that we should always experience joy; that we should focus on what we should do (application) more than on what Christ has done.”–review Darryl Dash.  Only $1.99

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Strange Fire by John MacArthur ($0.99)

A Quest for More – New Growth Press is offering Paul Tripp’s book A Quest for More as a free download. Today only!

Need I say more!  You won’t find a better deal than this today (unless MacArthur’s book was free!)

 

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Kevin DeYoung put this list together.  All of the Scripture passages come from 2 Peter.  May this help us to see that there are more reasons to pursue holiness in our lives other than “God said to.”  That’s a good reason.  And a good reason not to sin is simply “because God said don’t do it.”  But we miss out on so much of the richness of Scripture if we just use those two reasons exclusively for deciding what we should do and not do!  May these reasons provide powerful incentives to live the sort of godly and holy lives that God has called us to live until Jesus comes or we die!

  1. We pursue holiness so we might become partakers of the divine nature (1:4)
  2. We make every effort to grow in godliness because God has already set us free from the corruption that is in the world (1:4)
  3. We grow in grace so that we will not be ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (1:8)
  4. We pursue Christlike character so that we will not be blind, not forgetting that we have been cleansed from our former sins (1:9)
  5. We work hard at holiness so as to make our calling and election sure (1:10)
  6. We practice these godly qualities so there will be richly provided for us an entrance into the eternal kingdom (1:11)
  7. We pursue godliness because Jesus is coming back in great power (1:16-21)
  8. We walk in obedience to Christ because those who wander into sensuality are condemned and will be destroyed (2:3)
  9. We are serious about holiness because we believe God knows how to judge the wicked and save the righteous (2:4-10)
  10. We turn from ungodliness because sin is ugly (2:12-14)
  11. We pursue holiness because sin never delivers on its promises (2:17)
  12. We pursue holiness because those who live in their sin and return to their sin are like those who go back into slavery, those who return to the mire or get down and put their face in their own vomit (2:19-21)
  13. We remember to be holy because in the last days there will be scoffers who will tell us to follow our own desires (3:3)
  14. We make every effort to be godly because the world will not always continue as it is, but the heavens and the earth are stored up for fire and the judgement and destruction of the ungodly (3:4-7)
  15. We take Christlikeness seriously because we do not know when the Lord will return (3:10)
  16. We pursue holiness because all our works will be exposed on the last day (3:10)
  17. We pursue holiness because whatever we live for in this life will be burned up and dissolved (3:11)
  18. We strive for obedience and repentance to hasten the coming of the day of the Lord (3:12)
  19. We live in righteousness now because we are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness will dwell forever (3:13)
  20. We pursue godliness so that Christ might be glorified now and to the day of eternity (3:18)

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“I cannot work my soul to save, for that my Lord has done;
but I will work like any slave for love of God’s dear Son.”

–Unknown source

 

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What to do about that besetting sin? Ed Welch summarizes:

We will all sin again, of that we can be sure. When we do, we ask forgiveness of both the Lord and those who were wronged. Then some hand-to-hand combat against sin is probably in order along with some public planning to either stand firm or run when there is another assault. All of this is both preceded and followed by our rest in forgiveness of sin secured by Jesus. Rest is spiritual, complacency sinful.

For more on battling a besetting sin read the rest of When You Are Planning to Sin Again

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Two great thoughts!

“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all, is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.” ~Charles Spurgeon

“Bring one bit of the Bible into one bit of life…You can’t deal with it all at once. Scripture never doesBut a timely text brings truth down to a consumable size…change walks out in the details…This is how God made it to be. This is how He works.” ~David Powlison

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Control, Coping, and Preparing for Holiday Stress:   “List several circumstances or situations in your life that trigger a stress response. Put them in one of the following categories: uncontrollable, controllable, and partly controllable.After you identify the sources of stress and determine which ones you can control—even partially—jot down specifically what you can do about them. Make your plan, schedule the time to do it, then follow through and implement the necessary changes. While there is much we can’t control, we can always follow God’s formula for dealing with stress by praying. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6, ESV). Sometimes we desperately want to take control when we cannot. But we know and trust the One who is in control and that’s where we rest.”–Randy Alcorn

The Waiting Game:  “Who likes to wait? Whether it’s for something trivial like a seat at a restaurant, or something more serious like the examples above, waiting is never an easy process. Yet life does bid us to wait. Sometimes it forces us, in fact, to wait for things that seem unbearable to wait for.”–Haley Satrom, Biblical Counseling Coaltion

Love One Another:  “Each night when I pray before I sleep, one of my first prayers is that the love of Jesus may shine through me each day. The reason for this prayer is because this is a difficult task. Without the Lord’s help, it is impossible. I encourage you to examine your life, to consider, are you striving to love others as Jesus loves us? It is a daily struggle, but a daily necessity. May the love of Jesus shine through you each and every day.”–R. C. Sproul

Effective Personal Evangelism:  Jeremy Walker over at Reformation21 is doing a series of posts on effective personal evangelism which includes love, tenacity, and boldness.

A Prayer of Praise for the “Gift” of Affliction: Based on Psalm 119:71, Scotty Smith prays, “Dear heavenly Father, only a humble certainty about your love, and a robust passion for your glory, could’ve moved King David to praise you for the “gift” of affliction. Such a notion contradicts much of the prevailing theology of our day, and the basic instinct of my own heart. Oh, how the gospel turns everything upside down, and then, right side up!”

Some Quick Tips on Spiritual Growth:  Erik Raymond shares a lesson he learned at the gym.  (And what he shares aren’t necessarily “quick” tips).  “Don’t try to microwave your growth or take some magic spiritual pill. There is no such thing. There is a plan. The plan takes discipline and time. I guarantee that if you faithfully get after it and adopt something like is outlined above you will grow. God the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God in the Child of God to make him strong in the grace of God. It’s just how it works.”

If God Loves Me Why Am I Not Married?:  “As a single adult I looked good on the outside. But deep down I felt since God wasn’t giving me my greatest desire He didn’t notice me, He didn’t hear me, He didn’t love me. It was a message straight from the father of lies, and I swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.”

12 Reasons Why a Pastor Quit Attending Sports Events:  A touch of irony here.

A Theology of Works: What’s the connection between grace and good works?

Enable Us to Always Open Our Mouth with Wisdom:  “Enable us to always open our mouth with wisdom. Let the law of kindness be under our tongue. Let us know what is acceptable in your hearing for us to say, that our tongue may be as choice silver, and our lips may feed many. (Prov 31:26; 10:32; 10:20-21).”–part of a prayer by Matthew Henry

Voddie Baucham Jr.’s new book is Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors: Reading an Old Story in a New Way (Crossway, 2013). For more information, including an excerpt go here.

 

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