Save 84% with the Christian History Bundle!

Church History Bundle

History matters. Understanding where we came from both shapes our understanding of who we are and gives us clarity of what to look for as we progress into the future. All believers, both new and old, can find importance in learning and understanding Christian history.

We can glean wisdom from saints of old, discover truths behind those who spread the gospel, and even share in pain of Christian persecution.

Vyrso bundled together two ebooks on Christian history, discussing people and events essential in spreading the gospel! Available through July 31, save 84% when you get the Christian History Bundle for just $5.99.

Here’s what you’ll get:

Sixty People Who Shaped the Church: Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues, and Heroes by Alton Gansky

The church exists today in its current form because of the people who have come before us. But we often wonder: who were those people and how does their contribution to history affect us today?

Discover a collection of inspiring biographical sketches of people who played pivotal roles in advancing the gospel. In rich prose and spanning through twenty centuries of church history, Gansky writes engaging narratives that range well-known Christians to the obscure.

You’ll read through relatable content, feel the past come alive, and gain understanding to the present state of the church today.

The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by A Kenneth Curtis, J Stephen Lang, and Randy Peterson

This ebook was written to serve and simplify members of the church. In the preface is it noted that, “many Christians today want to know more about the roots of their faith and how many of the teachings and practices of their churches came into existence. But few have the time or inclination to take on a multi-volume academic work. This kind of book should help in serving that interest.”—Ken Curtis

You’ll be able to brush up on the people, places, and events every Christian should know about with this fascinating, accessible guide!

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Don’t wait—gain understanding of the church’s major events and people when you get the Church History Bundle for $5.99 today!

 

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Enter to Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 Ebooks!

Good or God Giveaway

Through November 19, enter to win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five ebooks from John and Lisa Bevere!

John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word.

A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In John’s latest ebook, Good or God, John invites readers to engage with God on a new level:

“These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice―good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty―evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn’t another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.” —John Bevere

August 2-January 22, they’re on tour spreading this message across the country. Check out their tour stops today!

To commemorate John Bevere’s new ebook and tour, we’re giving away an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five of John’s ebooks, including:

You’ll be able to read these ebooks with the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 6 on your new iPad mini, or read online at Biblia.com.

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Today’s Deal: Beat God to the Punch for 99 Cents!

Beat God to the Punch

This July, don’t miss out on huge savings with Vyrso’s daily deals! You’ll find a new 24-hour ebook deal each weekday in July.

Today only,  save 90% when you get Beat God to the Punch:Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason, on sale for just 99 cents.

Beat God to the Punch discusses the importance of God’s call of discipleship to every person, and challenges readers to take a posture of submission to the gospel.  This piece is written for anyone who has ever asked, “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Believers and unbelievers alike will find both comfort and challenge on the pages of Mason’s work.

Read this excerpt from Beat God to the Punch, as Mason discusses lessons he has learned from walking in the Spirit.

Thru It All . . .

As a pastor in the inner city, it seems as if all seasons are lean. Ministering in a broken context and being broken yourself can lead to despair. I walk over trash, homeless people, liquor bottles and beer cans, boarded-up homes, thugs, Muslims, drug strips, and hopelessness every day as I go to work at our church facility. Most days I have to pray my way to the building. For some people, this type of challenge would seem to motivate them, but if I’m honest, I find myself wrestling. The only thing that makes sense out of moving my family here for ministry is the Holy Spirit giving me satisfaction with Him, and the affirmation of my calling here seen in the transformation that the gospel is bringing to the lives of our people. As the Spirit of Grace does His work in my heart and soul, I walk those streets with the dignity of the gospel because He uses the environment to help me learn where I am really finding my satisfaction. Over time, I am learning to submit to the Lordship of the Spirit in this matter. As this happens, I am bowing in satisfaction to the Lord as I am shown that goodness is stalking me. All of us have that as a blessed assurance.

Mercy is a beast of a term. It is that same Hebrew term of God’s hesed. We could translate it as His loyal-love. As we have already seen, hesed points to God’s relationship with the people or an individual, faithfulness, goodness, graciousness, kindness, loving-kindness, unfailing kindness, devotion, i.e., a love or affection that is steadfast based on a prior relationship. Our understanding of grace flows from this term. God’s unmerited favor toward us comes from His loyalty to place His affections upon us and keep them there. That is one of the reasons that Paul prays that the Ephesian church would know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).

We need these assurances of grace. The reason being is that life is filled with challenging valleys that need the throttle of goodness and mercy to get through. Just because we have these assurances doesn’t mean that the enemy of God falls back. It is possible for us to ignore goodness and mercy in the hard times of life. The psalmist wants us to be aware of the fact that no matter what we go through, we are being stalked by the mercy and goodness of God. Yet, the Bible also says that someone else’s character stalks us—that is Satan. Satan and God’s goodness and mercy don’t coexist per se, but we have to choose to whose reign we will submit. Sinclair Ferguson states,

“As soon as we come to Christ, we find ourselves in territory that is full of hidden mines—sinister explosive devices planted by malignant a hand in an attempt to destroy our Christian faith. Of course, Satan can attack but never ultimately destroy true Christian faith, because we are preserved by grace. Therefore, he seeks to destroy our enjoyment of the grace of God. In this, sadly, he frequently succeeds.”

There is a need for us to draw on the grace of God from the Spirit of God through goodness and mercy. As we experience God granting us strength throughout the differing seasons of our lives, we grow in submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

The old school translation says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4 KJV). I like the fact that we don’t pitch a tent in our problems, but the grace of God aids us in moving through our valleys [click to tweet!]. We were never meant to allow valleys to cause stagnancy, but we can thrive in our walk with Jesus Christ even through the most challenging of circumstances. Whether trials last a season or a lifetime, full deliverance will not come until we are with the Lord. Until then, all of our travels will have varying levels of turbulence.

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This deal is available today only, July 24, get Beat God to the Punch for just 99 cents!

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Today’s Deal: Kelly Tough for Just $1.99

Kelly Tough

Don’t miss out on huge savings in July with Vyrso’s daily deals! You’ll find a new 24-hour ebook deal each weekday through July 31. The best way to know what’s on sale is to sign up for the Daily Deals email list—you’ll even get a free ebook when you subscribe! Once you subscribe to the email list, you’ll receive your free ebook in an email.

Get an inside glimpse into the family life of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and the struggles he and his family faced from losing a son and when Jim Kelly himself struggled with cancer.

For the next 24 hours you can get Kelly Tough for just $1.99—that’s 80% off.

Erin, the oldest Kelly daughter, starts the book with what you can expect as you dig into the Kelly’s story:

Toughness is overrated. Trust me—I’ve seen it up-close-and-personal. [Click to Tweet!] And being Kelly Tough, well, you’ll have to continue reading to understand what that really means and why it just might matter to you and your story. What you’re about to read is a love story. A love between a father and his daughter. And a greater love between your heavenly Father and you.”

Kelly Tough is an intimate, personal account of life inside the Kelly family. The ebook shares the heart of a young woman—Erin Kelly—who has experienced the loss of a sibling and stood by her father’s side as he battled cancer.

In the ebook you’ll discover never-before-shared photos, journals, and stories—go behind the scenes with the Kelly family and experience their private struggles and failures as well as their determination and passion.

The Kelly family authentically demonstrates their closeness and love one for another, but does not stray from the realities and struggles of life that they face. And how they choose to approach the situations they face shows a real, lasting love and hope that digs deep and goes beyond this temporary life. Kelly Tough is a story of finding strength in weakness, hope in the midst of heartache, and joy in spite of suffering.

Available today, July 8, for $1.99—save 80% and get Kelly Tough today.

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Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate with a Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

The Fourth of July is a historic U.S. holiday filled with warm weather, rich traditions, and most importantly good food!

This Independence Day, make everyone’s mouths water with affordable, easy-to-make recipes from Jonni McCoy’s Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving.  

Using the Healthy Meals for Less recipe below you can bake a delicious Berry Cobbler for your friends and family! Bring your culinary creation to your Fourth of July celebration.

Find more delicious desserts and dishes when you get Healthy Meals for Less today!

Berry Cobbler

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Filling:

4 cups fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or boysenberries)*
½ cup brown sugar
2 T. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 T. water

*My favorite combination of berries is 2 cups blueberries with 2 cups blackberries.

Crust:

3 T. cold butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions:

In a small saucepan, combine the berries, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once a thick sauce forms, remove from heat, and pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish or bread pan.

In a large mixing bowl, make the crust by cutting the butter into the flour with a pastry blender until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Add the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt, and mix. Stir in the milk to form a sticky dough. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto the berry mixture, covering all the berries. If desired, sprinkle the crust with 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. If desired, serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Cost per serving (1¼ cup): $0.51

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

Calories: 189
Fat: 7 grams
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Sodium: 342 mg

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Used by permission. All rights to this material are reserved. Material is not to be reproduced, scanned, copied, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without written permission from Baker Publishing Group.

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Today’s Deal: Get Undivided for Just $2.99!

Undivided

This July, don’t miss out on huge savings with Vyrso’s daily deals! You’ll find a new 24-hour ebook deal each weekday in July. The best way to know what’s on sale is to sign up for the Daily Deals email list—you’ll even get a free ebook when you subscribe! Once you subscribe to the email list, you’ll receive your free ebook in an email.

Get Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia and Alana Raybon for just $2.99 through July 1. This title is regularly $14.99 (you’ll save 80%). Heres more about Undivided:

It all started when recent Islam convert, Alana approached her mother, Patricia, with some big news: “Mom, I have something I need to tell you . . . .”

They didn’t talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives—the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim. Undivided is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way.

Although this is certainly a book for mothers and daughters struggling with interfaith tensions, it is equally meaningful for mothers and daughters who feel divided by tensions in general. An important work for parents whose adult children have left the family’s belief system, it will help those same children as they wrestle to better understand their parents.

Undivided offers an up-close-and-personal look at the life of an Islamic convert—a young American woman—at a time when attitudes are mixed about Muslims (and Muslim women in particular), but interest in such women is high. For anyone troubled by the broader tensions between Islam and the West, this personal story distills this friction into the context of a family relationship—a journey all the more fascinating.

Undivided is a tremendously important book for our time. Will Patricia be able to fully trust in the Christ who “holds all things together?” Will Alana find new hope or new understanding as the conversation gets deeper between them? And can they answer the question that both want desperately to experience, which is “Can we make our torn family whole again?”

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Free Ebook: How Can I Possibly Forgive?

Get Sara Horn’s ebook How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret for free, when you sign up for July’s daily deals email list! Your free ebook will be sent to you in an email once you subscribe.

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How Can I Possibly Forgive

Is it really possible to forgive?

Join Sara Horn as she identifies the struggle of forgiving those who have wronged us in the past and then works through what forgiveness means and how choosing to forgive can truly impact your life. Helping you identify the battles worth fighting and the ones that aren’t and how to tell the difference.

Life isn’t about holding on to destructive and painful experiences. It’s about letting go. And it’s about letting God work in our trying situations so we can see him more clearly on the other side.

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Each weekday through July 31, Vyrso will send an exclusive ebook deal straight to your inbox.

You will get up 90% in savings on best-selling ebooks by John Piper, Eric Mason, Jared Wilson, Gloria Furman, and more!

But the best way to get these deals is to sign up for the email list. You’ll be the first to know about the daily deal.

 You have nothing to lose and a free ebook to gain! Sign up today and get How Can I Possibly Forgive? right away, then receive more ebook deals in your inbox starting Wednesday, July 1.

 

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Jared C. Wilson’s Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo

The Prodigal Church

Today’s post features an excerpt from Jared C. Wilson’s newest release, The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo.

In The Prodigal Church, Wilson challenges church leaders to reconsider their priorities when it comes to how they “do church” and reach people in their communities, arguing that we too often rely on loud music, flashy lights, and skinny jeans to get people in the door.

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 The wider evangelical church is suffering terribly from theological bankruptcy. Brothers and sisters, we ought to recover the roots of real Christianity before those who care are too few to do anything useful about it. Part of that recovery will involve identifying some of the factors that contribute to the problem. Some of these will be difficult to consider, but we ought to consider them anyway. Some of the problems we might explore are these:

1. Pastors are increasingly hired for their management skills or rhetorical ability over and above their biblical wisdom or their meeting of the biblical qualifications for eldership.

Our shepherds are increasingly hired for their dynamic speaking or catalytic leadership rather than their commitment to and exposition of the Scriptures, and for their laboring in the increase in attendance rather than the increase of gospel proclamation.

Now, of course, none of those contrasted qualities are mutually exclusive. Pastors can be both skillful managers and biblically wise; they can be both great speakers and great students of Scripture; and they can both attract crowds and proclaim the gospel. The problem is that, while they are not mutually exclusive, the latter qualities in each contrast have lost priority and consequently have lost favor. We have not prospered theologically or spiritually when we emphasize the professionalization of the pastorate.

2. The equating of “worship” with just one creative portion of the weekly worship service.

The dilution of the understanding of worship is a direct result of the dilution of theology in the church. The applicational, topical approach to Bible understanding has the consequence of making us think (and live) in segmented ways. The music leader takes the stage to say, “We’re gonna start with a time of worship.” Is the whole service not a time of worship? Isn’t the sermon an act of worship?

Isn’t all of life meant to be an act of worship? [Click to tweet!]
 One reason we have struggled to develop fully devoted followersof Jesus is that we incorrectly assign our terminology (equating worship with music only) and thereby train our people to think in truncated, reductionistic ways.

3. The prevalent eisegesis in Bible study classes and small groups.

“Eisegesis” basically means “reading into the Bible.” It is the opposite of “exegesis,” the process of examining the text and “drawing out” its true meaning. Many leaders today either don’t have the spiritual gift of teaching or haven’t received adequate training, and the unfortunate result is that most of our Bible studies are rife with phrases like, “What does this text mean to you?” as opposed to, “What does this text mean?” Application supplants interpretation in the work of Bible study, so it has become less important to see what the Bible means and more important to make sure the Bible is meaningful to us.

4. The vast gulf between the work of theology and the life of the church.

We have this notion that theology is something that takes place somewhere “out there” in the seminaries or libraries while we here at home are doing the real work of the Christian faith with our church programs. In many churches, theology is seen as purely academic, the lifeless intellectual work for the nerds in the church or, worse, the Pharisees.

5. Biblical illiteracy.

Our people don’t know their Bible very well, and this is in large part the fault of a generation of wispy preaching and teaching (in the church and in the home). Connected to this factor is the church’s accommodation and assimilation of the culture’s rapid shifting from text-based knowledge to image-based knowledge. I’ll say more about that in the next chapter, but when it comes to the text itself, I suspect that a lot of the superficial faith out there results from teaching that treats the Bible like Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Fortune-cookie preaching will make brittle, hollow,syrupy Christians.

6. A theologically lazy and methodologically consumeristic/sensationalistic approach to the sacraments.

The rise of the “scoreboard” approach to attendance reporting, some of the extreme examples of spontaneous baptism services, the neglect of the Lord’s Supper or the abuse of it through fancifulness with the elements or lack of clear directives in presenting it—these are all the result of evangelicalism’s theological bankruptcy. We don’t think biblically about these matters, because we’re thinking largely along the lines of “what works?” and consequently we might make a big splash with our productions but not produce much faith.

Don’t treat the Bible as an instruction manual. Treat it as a life preserver.[Click to Tweet!]

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Content adapted from The Prodigal Church by Jared Wilson, ©2015. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Il 60187, www.crossway.org.

 

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Happy Father’s Day: 5 Life Lessons for Dad

Life Lessons for Dad

A bond between a father and daughter is both a blessing and a mystery. Girls often adore their fathers, their dad is their prince and hero. When fathers treat their daughters with compassion and respect, their daughters tend to step out into life confident and filled with love.

This Father’s Day, celebrate by sitting down to enjoy Life Lessons for Dad: Tea Parties, Tutus and All Things Pink. Author Michael Mitchell pairs touching photographs with hundreds of plainspoken parenting truths and pieces of advice that are uniquely funny, wise, heartwarming, mind blowing.

Here are five, of many, lessons from Life Lessons for Dad: Tea Parties, Tutus and All Things Pink:

1. Always be there.

Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life . . . add life to her years. [Click to Tweet!]

2. Love her mom.

Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big, heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

3. Learn to say no.

She may not like it today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

4. Tell her she’s beautiful.

Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

5. While there’s no such thing as the perfect dad, if you’re present in her life, apologize when you screw up, and shower her with affection, you might get pretty close.

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Limited Time Offer: 3 Free Ebooks

Vyrso has created a way for Christian readers to enjoy personal reading anywhere! With affordable ebooks, a free ereader app, and one-touch bible references, Vyrso is dedicated to helping you get the best ebooks for the best price.

And through June 19, you can add these three ebooks to your library for free!

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp

Relationships

“Even though relationships are messy, they are also what God uses to rescue us from ourselves,” say Tim and Paul.

While skillfully identifying the deeper issues that keep relationships less than they are designed to be, Tim Lane and Paul Tripp show readers how to experience the great relationships as well. They convincingly testify of the power of God’s presence to bring believers to the place where conflicts actually get resolved, tough conversations turn out positive, forgiveness is granted and real love is expressed and shared.

 

 

To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life by Bear Grylls

To My Sons

Bear Grylls demonstrates his love as a father in To My Sons by offering his sons a collection of wisdom about the risks, tumbles, and victories of a well-lived life.

Bear Grylls knows a thing or two about adventure from mountain climbing, to setting world-records, and being known internationally as a reality star. The greatest adventure he’s experienced, though, is raising his three boys. In To My Sons, Grylls shares the quotes, Scripture verses, and spiritual wisdom he has learned through the literal ups and downs of an exciting life.

 

 

Enough: Contentment in the Age of Access by Will Samson

Enough

In Enough Will Samson opens up a thoughtful dialogue; a recent conversation was about social justice. Samson addresses the idea of finding contentment in this age of excess and outlines the ideas that drive a consumeristic mindset; the effects those ideas have on ourselves, our communities, and the earth; conclusions about the situation; and practical solutions for negotiating everyday life once we understand that our abundant God is, in fact, enough.

 

 

 

 

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