Have you ever wanted to know more about the individuals that God used to build His church? Darl Aaron’s The 40 Most Influential Christians . . . Who Shaped What We Believe Today is available for free download and will be helpful to those who want an accessible introduction to important figures in church history.
“Learn From the Greatest Teachers and Thinkers in Christian History
The Bible is the bedrock of Christian belief, yet how Christians think and talk about God, the Bible, and faith has been shaped by influential thinkers from the first century right up through the twentieth. In this book, Dr. Daryl Aaron tells the powerful stories of forty who have helped us better understand what we believe and why we believe it.
With insight–and some surprises–Dr. Aaron explores the lives and most important teachings of these giants of church history, from Justin Martyr and Augustine to Martin Luther, John Calvin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and many others, underscoring how their teaching has influenced the church–for better or, occasionally, for worse.
Let your faith be strengthened as you encounter those who paved the way for us, often risking their lives for the sake of the very beliefs we hold today.”
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Credo Magazine has published its latest issue which focuses on the topic of prayer. Contributors of this issue include Gerald Bray, Tim Keller, and Matt Manry; you can view the online magazine here.
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The last issue of Themelios for 2014 has just been released. Articles inside include “The Underbelly of Revival? Five Reflections on Various Failures in the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement” by D.A. Carson, “Bye-bye Bible? Progress Report on the Death of Scripture” by Robert W. Yarbrough, and “Participants in What We Proclaim: Recovering Paul’s Narrative of Pastoral Ministry” by William R. Edwards.
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Ed Welch’s Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness is available for free download today.
“Where Is God in the Struggle?
Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn’t come through for you? What if you don’t feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic “cure-all” formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Originally published as Depression: A Stubborn Darkness—Light for the Path, this new edition is updated with added content.”
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Nancy Guthrie’s Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room is a family devotional intended to help families focus on Jesus during the Advent season; download it here.
“How many Christmas mornings have you found your family gathered around the tree with presents beautifully wrapped and a scrumptious feast on the table, but with hearts that have not been prepared to truly take in the wonder of God become human? Not this year. Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, a family Advent devotional from Bible teacher and mom Nancy Guthrie, is designed to bring your family together during a season that is oftentimes too much about programs and presents, and simply not enough about Jesus. Along with devotions for every day in December, this resource includes explanations of some hard-to-understand aspects of popular Christmas carols, and discussion questions to draw in your elementary through high school-aged kids, transforming this time together from a dry lecture into a treasured family experience.”
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Advent season will begin on November 30th and marks a period of time where we focus on the birth of Jesus. Below are a few resources that you may find helpful:
1) GCTS 2014 Advent Devotional
2) Awana 2014 Advent Devotional
3) Desiring God – The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
4) Free eBook – Devotions for Advent: Meditations Based on Best-Loved Hymns
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Get the chance to study with one of the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s most influential preachers as A.W. Tozer’s The Attributes of God is up for free audiobook download this month.
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Although David Powlison’s book Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community is intended for counsellors, the contents are undoubtedly relevant to all believers who want to encourage those around them; download it here.
“You probably speak 20,000 words a day, give or take, and each one influences those who listen. No wonder God has so much to say about our words. We are all counselors, whether we realize it or not!
Speaking Truth in Love is a blueprint for communication that strengthens community in Christ. The principles outlined in this pivotal work are specific to counseling, yet extend to marriage, family, friendship, business, and the church.
- Have you ever wondered how to be a more effective counselor?
- Have you ever looked for a better way to talk to difficult people?
- Have you ever wanted to express faith and love more naturally in your relationships?
Practical in its approach yet comprehensive in its scope, Speaking Truth in Love is sure to become required reading for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a counselor or anyone else who longs for ways to redeem relationships.”
Even when things get chaotic, God is still in control and Rose Marie Miller writes on this in her book Nothing Is Impossible with God which is available for free download.
“The Power of Weakness
No one likes to feel weak. Just thinking about our inadequate resources can fill us with fear and hopelessness. But Rose Marie Miller has a different perspective. For her true weakness is a gift born out of a deep sense of need, it drives us to Christ and unleashes all the redeeming energy of God’s grace in our lives and others.
Rose Marie Miller, a living example of God’s power in weakness, weaves together biblical insights and personal experience and shares a new, gospel-driven way of living where the way up is down, the weak become strong, and the dead receive life. God, for whom nothing is impossible, uses weak people to change the world—and that includes you!”
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