Choose from Over 95 New Audio Books: Learn on the Go!

Vyrso BlogLogos Bible Software has just added more than 95 audio books to its collection of over 40,000 digital Bible resources. What does this mean for you? For starters, now you can finally catch up on your reading list! On your daily commute, pop in Blue Like Jazz and transform the same tired trip into a riveting spiritual journey. Or as your standing in line at the store, listen to Beth Moore and discover the freedom of surrender in Breaking Free. Some of life’s greatest wisdom is found in books. But when you’re busy, it’s hard to find time to read without putting life on hold. Audio books let you discover insight for your life without breaking up your rhythm. We’re listening all the time—why not listen to something meaningful? Pre-order your audio books today to get the best possible price!

Logos’ audio books sync across all platforms—so you can pick things up from your desktop, right where you left off on your phone or tablet. On iOS devices, you can also adjust the reading speed to match your own pace (1x, 1.2x, 1.5x, and 2x).

Here are four new audio books available through Logos:

1. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church

The gospel is not simply something we have in common with our fellow believers. It is the means by which the church exists. The church exists to live out the reality of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection—and not just in doctrine. We are the visible expression of the invisible reality. Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson explore the beauty of a Jesus centered church, and provide practical steps toward shaping your church into a creature of the Word.

2. Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

Dr. John Maxwell’s books on leadership have sold more than twelve million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. Now you can explore the timeless principles that have become his trademark style—while you drive, exercise, or work! In a concise, straightforward style, Maxwell focuses on essential and time-tested qualities necessary for true leadership—influence, integrity, attitude, vision, problem-solving, and self-discipline—and guides you through practical steps to develop true leadership in your life and the lives around you.

3. My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today’s Language

This is the bestselling devotional in the world—and now you can listen to it anywhere. Millions of Christians worldwide have been influenced by Oswald Chambers. This updated edition is narrated by Michael Card—award-winning singer, author, and teacher. Even if you’re intimately familiar with the wisdom found in My Utmost for His Highest, this edition is a powerful listening experience you’ll turn to again and again.

4. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

Jesus said his followers would abandon everything for the gospel. How many followers of Jesus can really say that they take up their crosses daily? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider how we have manipulated the gospel to fit in with the American dream. He dives into what Jesus said it looks like to be a disciple and uses the dramatic account of a “successful” suburban church to show what it means to get serious about the gospel. Radical won the 2011 “Retailers Choice Awards” for both ‘Audio’ and ‘Christian Living: Spiritual Growth.’

Save the most when you pre-order Christian audio books today, and start learning on the go!

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5 New Books to Read this Summer

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Summer isn’t over. If you’ve already blazed through your Summer reading list, or even if you’re still putting it off, now is the perfect time to jump back into reading with fresh titles.

Some amazing books aren’t even out until the middle of Summer anyways! We’ll help you keep up with what’s coming out and when.

Here are five new Christian books releasing this Summer:

1. The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

John Piper is a nationally renowned pastor and bestselling author. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up with a popular pastor as your father? John Piper’s son, Barnabas, wrote The Pastor’s Kid to share what it’s like to grow up as a pastor’s kid. Discover the pressures, challenges, and joys of having a pastor for a dad, and find out what a pastor’s kid needs above all else.

Learn more about the plight of a pastor’s kid: check out our exclusive interview with Barnabas Piper.

Released July 1!

2. Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us

Charis—the Greek word for biblical grace—is the foundation of Preston Sprinkle’s passionate study of the Old Testament. As a professor at Eternity Bible College, Sprinkle enlightens his college students on the message of grace from Old Testament stories. See just how every character and event of the Old Testament is doused in grace. We see harlots being hugged, there are Pharisees being forgiven, and bad people getting big breaks. Charis gives biblical context to this abstract gift of grace.

Released July 7!

3. Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together

Technology, the internet, and social media are some of the best and worst things to ever happen to humanity. They allow us to connect and contact friends and family worldwide, and yet somehow these same tools are creating loneliness. Erin Davis writes Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together to bring awareness to this 21st century dilemma. She’s traveled nationwide to discuss our technology-induced loneliness to bring you this encouraging and helpful book.

Releases July 18!

4. Crucible: The Choices That Change Your Life Forever

Change can be tough to swallow. Phil Tuttle and Chris Tiegreen suggest that life’s biggest changes often begin with a choice. God sends us to crossroads to shape and strengthen us. In Crucible, Tuttle and Tiegreen examine the story of David and the choices which transformed him into a man after God’s own heart. Crucible offers fresh perspective for life’s big decisions.

Releases July 29!

5. Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity

Even as a pastor’s wife and the author of five Christian books, Jen Hatmaker discovered that she was too preoccupied with doing church to be the church. Caught up in consumerism, she needed an interruption to see the life her family was called to live. Follow her family’s messy journey, and find the inspiration to start your own.

Releases July 31!

Check out all of Vyrso’s newest titles and stock up on your Summer reading!

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4 Simple Ways to Beat Busyness

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Life isn’t meant to be merely survived—and neither are your work weeks.

But at times, we become overwhelmed by our busyness, and when we finally slow down enough to take notice, we find we feel like a fish out of water fighting for a more natural environment. Beat the unnecessary busyness and find a balance with these four simple tips:

 

1. Know your roles: quit and simplify

It’s essential to clearly define what’s important in our lives: what are we living for? Even better, who are we to living for?

What are the roles you desire to play? You could want the role of a loving father or mother, a writer, an artist, a worship or ministry leader, a change-maker for a certain cause, or even a welcoming friend. But here’s the key: narrow down your roles to the ones that are most important—and you should be able to count them on one hand.

Once you know your roles, quit the stuff that doesn’t relate—drop it all. Knowing what and who you are living for allows you to filter incoming investments. It gives you the ease and freedom to say no to the requests that don’t mesh into your purpose.

2. Know your tendencies: plan accordingly

After identifying what and who you’re living for, it’s important to know your natural tendencies. What are the things you always put off? Are you someone who always gets tasks done, but never gets hobbies done? Or, are you a person who gets hobbies done but slacks on tasks?

This is important to note because there’s a simple way to fight this: do the important stuff you have a tendency to put on the back burner before you do anything else.

I used to never get around to the stuff I loved—but I always finished the “have-to” dos. When I started to wake up earlier in the morning and do all the stuff I loved first, I found I still got around to all the tasks—just like I always had in the past.

3. Know you need rest: get away

Breaks aren’t for the lazy; they’re for the wise. We must know that we need to escape at times—we need rest, even from doing work we love.

A good way to make this happen is to schedule time for you to get away and bring nothing but the people you love, a reflective mind, and an open heart. Leave any distraction at home—even your cell phone. Go and just be quiet, in shalom.

4. Know your materials: take on one task at a time

It’s hard to focus on one thing when you’re thinking about 20 things, so physically eliminate cues to other tasks that can distract you. We’re horrible multitaskers, believe it or not, and the decision to engage more than one thing decreases the quality of our work.

There are concrete ways to do this—it’s not a mental game. Do you work on a computer? Close everything not related to the task at hand, like your email and your Internet tabs. Does your task require a cell phone? Put it away until you’re done—don’t allow for a buzz of distraction.

Above all, remember this: you’re created to be incredibly loved—not incredibly busy. Our intimacy with God requires our genuine belief in this.

Here are some resources to equip you in your battle against busyness:

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Never Too Late to Be Found: Treating the Wounds of Hurting People with Grace

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Today’s interview is with Sarah Jakes, a businesswoman, media personality, and author of the new book Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life. This memoir is a captivating look at Jakes’ journey, including her struggles with being a teen mom and the daughter of T.D. Jakes—a high-profile preacher. This honest and vulnerable story is a reminder that God can turn even the deepest pain into his perfection. Download her memoir and call to action, Lost and Found, today!

1. You said your story is “not always pretty.” What prompted you to share the life lessons you have experienced in Lost and Found?

I never set out to write a book. When I first started writing my blog, I started it as a source of healing for me. I started it as a place to release the pain I was going through dealing with infidelity and still fighting for my marriage. I started the blog as a place I could just tell my truth, and the more I blogged, the more people responded. I then realized that by being transparent and sharing my struggles, I was able to inspire other people, and together, we all started to dream again.

2. What have been some of the detours in your life?

I have faced a few detours in my life: having my son at age 14, getting married and divorced young, and even some of the choices I’ve made. But what I learned through it all is that the detours may make things more difficult, but they don’t make things impossible. I thought I couldn’t achieve success in my life because of past mistakes. I thought I had to create a perfect picture to present to God in order for him to use me, but what I found out what exactly opposite. God is using my life as an example to others that no matter how “lost” they may be, they can still be “found.”

3. In what ways do you mean you were “lost?”

I spent many years focusing on who I didn’t want to become. I knew because of the statistics that come with being a teen mother, I would have to be determined if I wanted to break the mold. I focused so intently on who I didn’t want to become that it became the only thing I could see. Unintentionally, I became everything I hoped I wouldn’t be. The most difficult thing about being lost is knowing you should have been somewhere else. I started grieving that I could never be that person, then one day decided I still had time to find my way.

4. How did living in the public eye affect you during these challenging times?

It was certainly challenging to go through some of the things I went through under the spotlight of the public eye. My father was continually rising. He was one of the most influential pastors in the country, so it certainly made it more difficult to be his daughter, 14 and pregnant. I still remember the murmurs of the people in the church and the shame I felt as they would talk about me as they passed by. It was even more challenging to go through a divorce with the public spotlight once again on my personal life. One thing I am really hoping people get from this book is that we need to treat the wounds of hurting people with grace, rather than infecting them with judgment.

5. You mention that the birth of your son “saved” you. Will you please explain that?

I loved my son more than I loved myself. His life grounded me. No matter how tempting becoming complacent seemed, I couldn’t deny that even if I didn’t feel like I deserved more out of life, I knew that he did. He and his sister, Makenzie, constantly remind me that I can’t stay lost. I want them to have the best possible start in life and I know that begins with loving myself and God, who gave them to me, fully.

6. How did you become found again?

I had to humble myself enough to admit I was lost. We get forced into playing this game where we all pretend to have it together, but suffer silently. I opened up little by little to the people who were in my life when I once felt the most whole. It was their reminder of who I used to be that made me miss myself. I missed laughing from the heart and smiling from the soul. I retraced my steps back to when I felt the most peace and updated it to fit my new reality.

7. You write, “No matter how lost you feel, it’s not too late.” Will you please explain what that means to you?

It is never too late to be “found.” As long as you still have life, you have another chance to get it together, to change your life, and to be found. Too often, we focus on our deficiencies, what we don’t have, or what we lack! It is time for us to stop focusing on what we don’t have and start focusing on what we DO have. We also allow people to put boundaries, expectations and definitions on us. I believe that we can revolutionize the way we do things, if we revolutionize the way we think. Who says a divorcée can’t be an author? Who says a teen mom can’t be successful? I say I can, and I say I will!

8. In the foreword, your father writes that you have become “a tool fit for the Master’s use.” In what ways do you partner with your parents in ministry?

I oversee the women’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas, which is a church led by my parents, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. I also serve as the senior editor of eMotions, our digital magazine. I occasionally serve as a television host on The Potter’s Touch and a speaker at our conferences. It is amazing how God works because I also wanted to work with and support my parents, but I didn’t think I could because of my past mistakes.

9. How is Lost and Found more than a memoir, and who is it for?

Lost and Found is more than a book—it’s a call to action. It’s an opportunity for us to be more aware of the ways we engage one another, or more aware of the ways we treat each other. It’s an opportunity for us to be transparent and bare our scars, but it’s also an opportunity for others to handle them with care. Lost and Found is an opportunity for people to learn that no matter how bleak the situation is, they still have another opportunity to get it right.

Lost and Found is for everyone. It’s for teen moms who are trying to navigate motherhood and carve out a future for themselves and their children; it’s for men and women who are trying to redefine their lives; it’s for people who have failed at something in life and need the courage to try again. Lost and Found is for anyone who has ever felt lost at some point in their life. In a nutshell, it’s for everyone, and my hope is that it will inspire everyone who reads it to truly start living, celebrating, and enjoying their lives.

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Learn to dream, laugh, and hope again with Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Sarah Jakes’ inspirational new book. Get her story today!

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How to Revive a Dying Church

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You’ve seen them everywhere—squashed in between the latest superstores, crumbling on the outskirts of the neighboring subdivision, and hiding behind tall grasses off the freeway. There are old churches scattered all throughout urban areas in the Western world that are either being slowly forgotten or have already faded into the background. Replant is the story of how those local churches can be saved—from the inside out.

Instead of a five-step guide to church revitalization, Replant describes two drastically different leaders—Mark DeVine and Darrin Patrick—who took it upon themselves to revive a dying Kansas City church and return it to its former glory. This book aims to help pastors and leaders “take risks for God’s glory, to raise your gaze to what is possible, to challenge what is comfortable, so that God’s plan A—the local church—advances.”

The book begins with DeVine, a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, being assigned the new position of interim pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church—a classic church equipped with a beautiful sanctuary of ornate woodwork, colorful stained-glass windows, commanding organ pipes, and several decades’ worth of neglect and congregational decay. Upon seeing the church, DeVine instantly felt compelled to restore both the building and its congregation:

“The church of Jesus Christ is not a building; it is people. But First Calvary’s magnificent sanctuary was not just a building either. It commanded a historic and still-strategic outpost on the frontier of gospel advances namely within one of the increasingly secular cities of America, which are now among the fastest-growing mission fields on the planet.

I found myself unable to contemplate this declining flock with nonchalance. At stake were not mere bricks and stained glass, but the advance of the light against encroaching spiritual darkness.”

DeVine then took it upon himself to unseat the “cartel” of four long-time church members inhibiting growth, and connect First Calvary with the thriving church of a former student—that of Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and pastor of The Journey. What happens once these two churches join forces? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but what I can tell you is that this story is one that pastors all over the world can relate to and learn from. It examines how churches suffering under the burden of shrinking congregations, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of morale can once again be revived for the glory of Christ.

“All contexts—suburban, rural, and urban—need new churches. But there is a special need for new churches in cities. By planting and replanting churches in urban centers, we have a strategic opportunity to influence the entire world, because the entire world is coming to live in, work in, and visit cities.” —Darrin Patrick

Discover their story for yourself: download this new book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again on Vyrso today.

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Enter to Win Logos 5 and Pastoral-Leadership Resources!

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Pastoral leaders need encouragement and revitalization. That’s why we’ve put together a giveaway full of resources for just that. Refuel for church leadership with six Vyrso books to inspire the preacher and leader within, three one-year subscriptions focused on leadership and preaching, a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and a new Logos 5 Starter base package for theological and scriptural support.

Two one-year magazine subscriptions—a $44.94 value!

Bible Study Magazine brings you enriching insights and sound advice from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians, and archaeologists. Read stories from pastors and scholars who have been shaped by Scripture in both practical and radical ways. This magazine is published by Logos Bible Software bimonthly and delivered right to your mailbox.

Leadership Journal talks about current events and relevant issues as they intersect real ministry situations. Christianity Today publishes this journal to help church leaders stay ahead of the curve. This subscription will be delivered to you monthly, as well as give you access to exclusive content online.

Two one-year online subscriptions—a $199.90 value!

PreachingToday.com offers an online subscription to uniquely inspirational illustrations and articles for strengthening your sermons. This resource—with hundreds of sermons and sermon-series ideas—is brought to you by Christianity Today.

BuildingChurchLeaders.com is another entity of Christianity Today, geared toward equipping you to empower more leaders within your church. Get downloadable training tools, expert advice on handling church conflict and emergencies, and many other resources to support your church leaders in any season of life.

Six Vyrso books—a $51.94 value!

Read the most leadership-savvy books Vyrso has to offer. We’re including John C. Maxwell’s Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know, Larry Osborne’s Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page, and Dave Kraft’s Leaders Who Last.

Then get inspired for Sunday morning with Vyrso titles on preaching: Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert’s Preach: Theology Meets Practice, Alistair Begg’s Preaching for God’s Glory, and Drew Dyck’s Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying.

Logos 5 Starter—a $294.95 value!

Logos 5 Starter will save you hours of researching and referencing. Search your new library (including more than 200 resources) for a topic or passage and find exactly what you’re looking for in seconds. This base package also boasts a powerful tool called Bible Facts: search for a person, place, thing, or event to pull up every time that specific thing is referred to in your library—even indirectly or as a pronoun!

That’s almost $600.00 in prizes—and a lot of resources for one giveaway—enter for your chance to win the whole lot!

Entry closes July 31. We’ll select and notify the winner August 1. If you win and you already own Logos 5 Starter and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting in to receive emails from Logos and promotional partners.

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Stop Chasing the Wind and Start Chasing Your Wife

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After leading countless men’s retreats and conferences, and serving as the teaching pastor at Saddleback Church for 15 years, author Doug Fields discovered something pervasive in Christian culture: the way men talk and the issues they discuss are not properly represented or addressed in Christian relationship books. That’s why he wrote his latest book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Looking For, which is specifically designed for men and written how men talk.

In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero, Fields outlines a simple plan that includes seven perfectly doable actions that will transform your marriage. According to Rick Warren, “This book should storm into your living room, demand an audience, and become every husband’s best friend!” Get 7 Ways to Be Her Hero for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero packs a powerful punch. Here’s an excerpt:

Here’s the sad truth: when our dreams fizzle, we simply learn to settle for lesser dreams. In fact, many of us settle for the crap that culture has sold to us about what men are supposed to be like: we are supposed to chase things, and we took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

For men it turns out that the object of the chase is not the important thing. In fact, it is secondary. We can chase prestigious careers, piles of money, positions with esteem, accolades from corporate headquarters, power to control others, women to conquer . . . whatever. It is the act of chasing that is important. But every man who has ever done the chase thing knows that even if we catch whatever it is we are chasing, the chase is never over. There is always something else to chase!

It appears that a man’s drive for the chase goes back thousands of years. The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes was written by one of the most successful and prosperous men to ever live, the wisest of them all, King Solomon. Solomon appeared to have it all. In his forty-year reign over Israel, he spearheaded massive building projects, including the first temple in Jerusalem. He collected thousands of horses and chariots. He amassed great wealth and treasure. He was very much into the ladies, having seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.

Solomon was a master of the chase. Yet, reflecting upon all he had accomplished, he wrote: “But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind” (Eccl. 2:11 NLT).

Sadly, we have bought into the cultural construct of manhood. We are addicted to the chase. We are busy, and our busyness validates our sense of importance. Yet we, like Solomon before us, are chasing the wind. We are too busy to notice that the chase is killing our souls, wounding our wives, and destroying our marriages. Whenever I speak to women’s groups, I hear them loud and clear that our chase is not their chase:

• “I’d rather have him make less money and be around more.”

• “He’s so engaged with work that he’s not engaged at home.”

• “I used to think he did this for the family, but in the end, it’s more about his ego.”

Guys, you are driven to provide for the needs of your family. This is the grain-of-truth, the God-given wiring, and the sacred cog of the chase. But many of us have managed to bury the truth under layers of self-interest and self-fulfillment until the truth has been lost. The point of the chase has become the chase itself. I am not suggesting you shouldn’t work hard, but I am suggesting that if you are defining your value by the chase—by your ambition, your work, and your achievement—then you are simply chasing after the wind, and ultimately, it is meaningless . . . When we are addicted to the chase, we leave nothing to our wives but possessions and regrets. I will say it one more time, hoping that dawn will break over those with marble heads: your wife doesn’t want the presents your credit card buys or the status your busyness conveys. She wants a vital and intimate relationship with you, and this requires your presence in her life. It requires you to make a proactive choice to invest your time and energy in your (one) life together.

And here is a bit of biblical truth to drive the nail home: there is only one thing on this earth the Bible talks about being one with. It’s not your job, your kids, your ministry, your hobbies, your golf game, or your fantasy football team(s). It is your wife. And if you are chasing anything else at the expense of oneness with your wife, you are chasing the wind.

A hero is not created when a man chases the wind. A hero is created when a man recognizes he has been chasing the wrong things and realizes that his wife should be the object of his chase.

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Discover the seven simple steps to establishing a happier, healthier marriage: get Doug Fields’ new book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Waiting For, for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

 

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Finding Peace of Mind in the Psalms

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For over 30 years, Boyd Bailey, founder of Wisdom Hunters, has passionately pursued truth and wisdom through his fulltime career in ministry, executive coaching, and mentoring.

Bailey begins each day by spending time in the Word and writing down his reflections and questions. In 2004, he began emailing these brief reflections to a small group of fellow “wisdom hunters,” and they became so popular that he decided to compile them into a devotional. He now has 11 devotionals, which cover topics like marriage, fatherhood, money management, the Psalms, and more, and reach over 100,000 people across 86 countries.

For a limited time, you can get all of his Wisdom Hunters devotionals for just 99 cents each! Or buy them all for just $10.89.

Peace of mind

Each of these devotionals are written in real time, and they take you through Bailey’s thought process immediately after reading Scripture. Here’s an excerpt from Seeking God in the Psalms that addresses finding peace of mind:

Once you apply the peace of Christ, you have peace of mind. Peace of mind gives you a platform for living purposively. Because you live purposively and peacefully you garner influence with others. People are attracted to the peaceful. They want to learn how to find and apply peace to their life circumstances. Your friends or family may not acknowledge it, but your peace is proof of God’s existence. Peace is a powerful apologetic for the Almighty. Only Christ can explain your calm during a crisis. Because you lean on Him, others want to lean on you. You are a lean-to for your Lord. So use prayerfully this platform of peace for ministry. People will line up for peace of mind.

Lastly, use your peace of mind as a gauge for God’s will. If you have peace, proceed. But if you lack peace, heed. God’s peace is a green light to go forward. The absence of His peace is a red light to refrain. Therefore be sensitive to the Spirit’s peaceful prodding to go or stay. Either way, you are OK as long as the Lord’s peace is preeminent. Peace gives you a state of mind that thinks clearly and wisely. Peace positions you for right thinking. Do not impulsively barrel ahead without peace of mind. Emotions can play tricks on our trust and good sense.

Therefore, check your feelings with faith. Slow down and make sure you have a peace about moving forward. Stand up to the pressure of people. They do not have to live with your decision; you do. Peace is God’s protection from unwise choices. His peace is a prescription for success. So slow down and pray. Pray for the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Peace reveals His will. Peace of mind does not fear, but hopes in Him.

99-cent books!

Choose from 11 Wisdom Hunters devotionals for just 99 cents each:

Buy them all for $10.89. But hurry—this sale ends July 16!

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Street-Level Faith: The Story of Paul David Tripp

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Paul David Tripp is a pastor, an author, and an international conference speaker, yet he still finds time to run his own ministry. As president of Paul Tripp Ministries, he strives to connect Jesus Christ’s transforming power to everyday life. Tripp’s unique vision has led him to write 14 books on raw Christian living—and eight of these can be found on Vyrso. Tripp’s preaching and teaching is inspired by a passion to help people connect the gospel to every aspect of their life—a necessary feat in our broken world.

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Bible Study Magazine recently sat down with Tripp to hear about his experience in preaching and teaching Christianity on the “street level.” Check out this excerpt from the cover story:

“Tripp can relate to those who struggle to see how faith plays out in real life. ‘Growing up, I didn’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that Christ died for my past sins and I am forgiven because of His death. I learned that Christians can look forward to eternity because of Christ’s sacrifice.’ But he didn’t learn how faith in Christ was for the here and now—what it means in terms of family, parenting, relationships, the workplace, finances, and sexuality. ‘I heard about God’s plan of mercy and forgiveness, yet I lived in a culture that offered laws, rules, criticism and condemnation instead. There was disharmony between the message and the realities of everyday life.’

‘For a long time, I studied the word of God to understand its content—the theological information it contained. That’s a very important step in the process, but I stopped before I ever asked how it spoke to the particular issues of life in a broken world.

He sees the Bible differently these days. ‘The Bible is a grand redemptive story, but it may be better to say it’s a theologically annotated story. To some degree, every passage tells something about God, about me, about life in the fallen world, about the disaster of sin and the operation of God’s grace—every passage tells me something about every dimension of my life.’”

Read more!

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine before July 31 to get the Paul David Tripp issue and continue reading. And explore more of Tripp’s powerful books on pastoral ministry, marriage, and more: check out all of his titles on Vyrso today.

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Get 11 Wisdom Hunters Devotionals for $0.99 Each!

Wisdom Hunters Sale

Through July 16, get 11 Wisdom Hunters titles for 99 cents each—or buy them all for just $10.89! Wisdom Hunters’ ministry, based in Atlanta, was created to encourage Christians to apply God’s unchanging truth in a changing world. Whether you’re a mom, a small group leader, or someone wanting to get more joy out of your job, Wisdom Hunters’ founder Boyd Bailey has created a devotional designed to help you make a habit of spending daily time in the Word and applying Scripture’s truth in your life.

Reaching more than 80 countries across the globe, Wisdom Hunters has a devotional for everyone. Here are a few 99-cent books to choose from:

Seeking Daily the Heart of God

Go deeper into God’s Word every day. This book offers three-minute devotions for every day of the year, and it challenges you to know God better and fill your life with his wisdom. Begin each day with a clear and applicable Scripture reading and lesson, and discover how seeking God’s heart every day will enrich your life and empower your spiritual walk.

Wisdom for Marriage

Get scriptural wisdom and practical tips for a better marriage today. These 30 devotional readings are designed to move you from settling for a mediocre love to an unselfish love that flows from the love of the Lord. This easily digestible, yet impactful book covers envy, pride, hope, prayer, and much more as it dissects the most beloved Bible verses on love and marriage and applies them to your life.

Infusion

Get the spiritual truth and encouragement you need to infuse the Word into your life and extract sin. This 90-day devotional offers a fresh look at Scripture, and it’s specially designed to encourage you to spend regular time with God. This process of regular spiritual infusion gives you the emotional and mental stamina to “walk wisely” within a world of hurt. Each day’s entry includes Scripture paired with a devotional reading and a concise spiritual lesson.

Wisdom for Work

God created you to find pride in your work. In fact, a job well done invites the commendation of Christ, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” By serving as a strong steward of your gifts and skills, you bring honor to Christ. This devotional will help you focus on Christ and his character as you face both work-related struggles and successes.

Wisdom for Fathers

Do you ever feel inadequate or overwhelmed as a father? You’re not alone. But the struggles you face as a father offer the perfect opportunity to approach your heavenly father for wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Discover how to practice godly principles in your everyday life, so you can be the husband, leader, and father God designed you to be.

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