Christian Audo’s free audiobook for October is David Platt’s Follow Me; you can download the audiobook here.
“What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow Me’?
In this new book, David Platt, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, contends that multitudes of people around the world culturally think they are Christians yet biblically are not followers of Christ.
Scores of men, women, and children have been told that becoming a follower of Jesus simply involves believing certain truths or saying certain words. As a result, churches today are filled with people who believe they are Christians . . . but aren’t. We want to be disciples as long as doing so does not intrude on our lifestyles, our preferences, our comforts, and even our religion.
Revealing a biblical picture of what it means to truly be a Christian, Follow Me explores the gravity of what we must forsake in this world, as well as the indescribable joy and deep satisfaction to be found when we live for Christ.
The call to follow Jesus is not simply an invitation to pray a prayer; it’s a summons to lose your life—and to find new life in him. This book will show you what such life actually looks like.”
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The 2015 Ligonier Fall Conference was held earlier last month with the theme “So Great a Salvation.” The speakers this year include Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, and John MacArthur. You can listen or view the conference media here.
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G.K. Chesterton’s famous work Orthodoxy is available for free download here.
“Now with a foreword by Matthew Lee Anderson
Antiquated. Unimaginative. Repressive. We’ve all heard these common reactions to orthodox Christian beliefs. Even Christians themselves are guilty of the tendency to discard historic Christianity.
Yet as we read through the literature in Christianity’s past, we learn that we are in better company with our beliefs than we might think. Through his enchanting book, Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton reminds us of the paradoxes of our faith and the joy that comes when we explore them.
From the foreword by Matthew Lee Anderson, author of The End of Our Exploring:
‘How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it’
And with that question, G.K. Chesterton recounts the heart of an intellectual journey that took him from the edges of a nihilistic pessimism into the center of the paradoxical joy of Christian orthodoxy. His book is not a defense of the Christian faith, at least not primarily, so much as an attempt to explain how the startling paradoxes and sharp edges of the creed explain everything else.
It is a dated work, dealing in the categories and concerns of Chesterton’s contemporaries, and yet it comes nearer timelessness than anything we have today. Though Orthodoxy was written near the start of the 20th century, I have dubbed it the most important book for the 21st. There are few claims I have made in my life that I am more sure of than that one.”
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At this year’s For the Church Conference, the theme is “For the Church & Truth” with speakers including Jared Wilson, David Platt, and Russell Moore. You can view the conference messages here.
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“Discover Jesus Throughout the Old Testament!
The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or Christ’s passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament.
Christians seem to have forgotten that the Old Testament has everything to do with Jesus Christ. In Jesus on Every Page, David Murray guides the reader down his own Road to Emmaus, describing how the Scriptures were opened to him, revealing Jesus from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Dr. Murray’s ten simple ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament unveil the face of Christ in the creation, the law, the psalms, the prophets, and the proverbs.
Recognizing Jesus in the full breadth of Scripture is important for every Christian. Whether you are preaching Jesus through Old Testament readings or just beginning to discover the reality of Christ in the Old Testament, Jesus on Every Page provides an accessible guide to the increasingly popular subject of Jesus in the Old Testament books. Have your own Road to Emmaus experience and know the Old Testament for what it truly is: full of Jesus.”
Come borrow this book at our library!
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Another children’s devotional book, Marty Machowski’s Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, is available for download here.
“Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. Schedules collide, there is homework and yard work and dishes and laundry, the car’s oil should be changed, there are phone calls to make and before you know it, everyone is getting to bed late again. The Bible can seem like a long story for an active family to read, but when you break it down into short sections, as Marty Machowski does, family devotions are easy to do.
Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children. The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to transform the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read. Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known.
Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.”
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The NRAC Library is temporarily closed this week from Monday, September 21st to Saturday, September 26th due to church renovations. Thank you to all the brothers and sisters who helped move the Library contents!
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In recent news, we are reminded of the many around the world that are displaced, widowed, and orphaned. An intriguing book, Tom Davis’s Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living, is available for free download.
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For parents or others looking for a resource to do devotionals with children, Phil Smouse’s Jesus Wants All of Me is free for download here.
“Grown-ups love Oswald Chambers’s classic daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. Now even young children can enjoy its treasured insights, with this junior version just for ages 3 to 7. Best of all, it’s available in a colorful eBook! Faithful to the essence of the original book, each day’s reading includes a Bible verse from the easy-to-read New King James Version, plus a very short devotion that will spark parent-child conversations about big spiritual truths. Bold, bright pictures on every page add extra appeal.”
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