“Historically, the church’s ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis–systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is an alien concept. Packer and Parrett, concerned for the state of the church, seek to inspire a much needed evangelical course correction. This new book makes the case for a recovery of significant catechesis as a nonnegotiable practice, urging evangelical churches to undertake this biblical ministry for the sake of their spiritual health and vitality.”
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All of us have encountered something that we fear and as Christians, how are we to respond to such moments? Ed Welch’s Running Scared is being offered for free in eBook format; download it now to read his advice on how Christians are to handle fear.
“Edward T. Welch reveals God’s plan for encouraging those in the grips of fear. One of the haunting dilemmas of the human condition is that fear is “an inescapable feature of earthly life.” Every person who has lived on this earth has encountered fear. Tragically, for this reason our race for the good life finds us all too often “running scared.” In his new release, Running Scared, Edward T. Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human soul and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread. Welch encourages readers to discover for themselves that the Bible is full of beautiful words of comfort for fearful people (and that every single person is afraid of something). Within the framework of thirty topical meditations, Welch offers sound biblical theology and moment-by-moment, thoughtful encouragement for life-saving rescue in the midst of the heart and mind battlefield of rampant panic-stricken responses. This comprehensive primer on the topic of fear, worry, and the rest of God will have readers retreating to scripture for invariable constancy, stalwart care, and robust comfort, instead of as Welch terms it, “hitting the default switch” by responding with characteristic human independence, control, and self-protectiveness. Running Scared affirms that, through Scripture, God speaks directly to our fears:
- On money and possessions
- On people and their judgments
- On death, pain, and punishment
Welch’s lively text provides convincing evidences that humanity’s struggle against active and dormant fears are countless. The good news is that God provides both the remedy and the cure for this malady in the person of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and through powerful, life-altering promises in Scripture. Far more than merely another psychology “self-help” guide, Running Scared serves as a biblical roadmap to a life of serenity and security.”
In our busy lives, we often fail to appreciate what God is doing in the background. Eternal Perspective Ministries is offering a free copy of Randy Alcorn’s devotional Seeing the Unseen; download it here.
“Reach through the fog of this life…and see the world beyond.
From the author of the bestselling book Heaven, here are 60 meditations that will inspire you to live each day with an eternal perspective.
Spiritually speaking, we live in the Country of the Blind. Sin has blinded us to the truth about God and Heaven, both of which are real yet unseen. But just as the physically blind must accept by faith there are stars in the sky, we must remind ourselves what Scripture tells us about eternal realities.
In daily doses, author Randy Alcorn offers insights on the Christian life along with Scriptures and inspirational quotes that can transform the way you think and live today.
It’s time to open your eyes—and see the unseen. “
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“Most Christians recognize the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection. But how many understand the theological significance of Jesus’ actions before and after the crucifixion-from even before creation?
With wisdom grounded in years of scholarship, Dr. Sproul looks at Christ’s actions and asks: What is the greater theological implication of this event? Why does this matter to us today? As readers delve into Christ’s life and ministry, they will find greater understanding of the person of Jesus and renewed wonder at the Savior who loved them before time began.”
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Many of us want to share the Gospel with those around us but are sometimes lost at how to approach the task. If you want some guidance on this subject, head over to Amazon to download a free eBook copy of Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John by Richard Phillips.
“Rev. Richard D. Phillips digs into the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself. Phillips unfolds biblical principles for evangelism by examining the ministry of John the Baptist and the calling of the first of Jesus disciples. Then, through a brief study of the Lord’s encounter with the Pharisee Nicodemus, he presents us with a theology of the gospel. Finally, he focuses on Jesus stirring encounter with the Samaritan woman to show exactly how Christ shared the good news. Phillips clear and concise handling of these key stories will both motivate and instruct believers in their witness on behalf of Christ.”
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Crossway is offering a great resource for women in the month of July. Sign up for this 31 day campaign aimed at focusing your mind and heart’s attention on God’s Word.
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For those familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada, there is a free eBook download of her book A Place of Healing.
“In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy.
Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain. The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to foundational questions about suffering and God’s will.
A Place of Healing is not an ivory-tower treatise on suffering. It’s an intimate look into the life of a mature woman of God. Whether readers are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites them to process their suffering with her. Together, they will navigate the distance between God’s magnificent yes and heartbreaking no—and find new hope for thriving in-between.”
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Starting July 6th, the NRAC Library Ministry Book Club will begin reading Risk is Right by John Piper (download the PDF here). If you are a NRAC attendee and would like to join, find the NRAC Library Ministry Book Club on Facebook and send us a request to be added.
Happy Father’s Day! Paul Washer delivered a thought-provoking message in 2009 on honouring our fathers; listen to it here.
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Reformation Trust is offering a free eBook copy of Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow.
“People need to maintain a diet of nutritious foods if their bodies are to grow and thrive.But what do the people of God need in order to grow and thrive in the Christian faith? In this book, noted theologian and pastor R.C. Sproul identifies five of the crucial “nutrients” that promote spiritual growth: Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and stewardship. With biblical insight and practical wisdom, Dr. Sproul teaches Christians how to maintain a balanced “diet” that will lead to growth and mature Christian living.
This book is an important resource for new believers to learn these spiritual disciplines and become grounded in the Christian faith in a way that anyone can understand.”
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