Continuing in Relationship because of Christ

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Today’s guest post is written by Jessica Thompson,  author of Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus, and co-author of Give Them Grace. She has been married for 18 years and has three kids, ranging from nine to fourteen years old.

“If you want love, give love. If you want friends, be friendly. If you’d like to feel understood, try being more understanding. It’s a simple practice that works.”

Seemingly good advice for the one looking for relationship. I would venture to say everyone would agree with that statement. I know I have said something very similar to my children as they have bemoaned the fact that they don’t have many friends. I have preached that to my own heart. And yet, there is a man who wrecks that entire paradigm.

This man lived unselfishly every single day of his life. He always chose to love others, perfectly. He also chose to serve others, completely. He never thought about what was best for him. He lived to please his Father. He considered himself a servant to all. There was no task too dirty or too menial for him. He was known to wash the feet of those who were about to betray and deny him. He gave to those he knew would show no gratitude. He loved without ever thinking of what would be given in return. He truly understood all that others went through without ever being understood. He gave love unceasingly and was met with hate and mistrust. I am sure you have guessed at this point that I am talking about our Redeemer, our sweet Savior, our Christ.

We are all sinners and bound to hurt and to be hurt, and, because of this, we desire to protect ourselves. I don’t want to be hurt and I hate hurting others. It makes me think the easiest thing is just to hide myself away, lock my heart up, never get close enough to anybody to hurt them or to let them hurt me.

But then I look at what lengths God has gone to be in relationship with me. I look at Christ living every single day of his life in relationship without ever sinning and yet constantly being sinned against, and my heart is broken. My self-protective tendencies are shattered. For in Christ, I have all the relationship I need and all the relationship I have ever longed for. [Click to tweet!]

Even as I type this on a dreary Monday morning, I can look back at the three hours I have been awake and I can see that I have sinned against everyone with whom I have come in contact. They may not have known what was in my heart, but if they did they would have been devastated. If I stay with that thought I can become increasingly inward focused and fall back into self-preservation. But then the Holy Spirit lifts my eyes, and I see my Perfect Righteousness sitting at the right hand of the Father. I see the Father lovingly looking at his Son, and I know that look is for me as well because I am in Christ by faith. All the love and acceptance that Jesus earned is now mine. I am a relationship screw-up, and yet he has forgiven me.
Beloved, because of this forgiveness, because of this Messiah who knows the hurt of relationship, because of this God who would suffer when the relationship with his Son was broken, because of the Holy Spirit who reminds us of our Father’s steadfast love for us, we can continue in relationship.

We can love out of the overflow of love that has been bestowed on us. We can forgive out of the forgiveness that has washed our lives completely. We can give when it feels like there is nothing left to give. When there is no desire to give, we can remember that we have already been given all that we need.

Perhaps the quote at the beginning should read, “If you want love, remember you have it. If you want friends, remember your position in Christ. If you would like to feel understood, see Christ your High Priest sympathizing with you in every weakness. It’s a difficult practice, but you have help.”

 

Don’t miss Jessica Thompson’s new ebook, Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus, for more on navigating relationships with the love of Christ!

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5 Ways to Help Support a Couple in Crisis: Advice from Kathi Lipp

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Today’s guest post is written by Kathi Lipp, a national speaker and author of Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplify Your SpaceThe Husband Project, and many others. Kathi and her husband, Roger, have co-authored the new ebook Happy Habits for Every Couple: 21 Days to a Better Relationship, a 21-day plan to help couples put love and laughter back into their marriages. 

Even before we wrote a marriage book, Roger and I had, what we felt was, more than an average number of people come to one or both of us and say, “My marriage is in trouble.”

From, “I think my husband is having an affair,” to “We just don’t like spending time together anymore,” the pleas were along different lines, but always heartbreaking. I can’t think of many things harder than when someone you love is in a hurting marriage.

But then comes the really practical questions of what can I do? How do I support my friend, but also support their marriage?

It would be easy to just agree, “Yep—he’s a dog!” or “I don’t know how you stay with her after the way she’s behaved.” But as someone who has gone through the pain of divorce, I know that there is very little relief to be found in breaking up a marriage. Our goal, always, should be reconciliation.

Here are a few guidelines that we’ve come up with as a couple to support our friends during the hardest parts of marriage:

1. Don’t Take Sides—yet. It is so easy to jump on someone’s bandwagon— especially when they are hurting. But after too many times of listening to the other side of the story and realizing that maybe I didn’t have all the facts, I now hold back judgement. It’s very hard to back pedal when you’ve already declared sides.

2. Meet and meet again. One of the main things your friend needs from you is the ministry of presence.  When marriage is hard, one of the overwhelming feelings most people have is loneliness. Just by being present, going to coffee, and talking about some normal things that are not so painful, you can love them and help restore their equilibrium.

3. Pray. Pray with them. Pray on your own. And let them know that you are praying for them. Even if your friend can’t find it within themselves to pray, you can be a powerful, strong stretcher-bearer in the gap.

4. Encourage healthy habits. She doesn’t feel like being nice. He doesn’t feel like bringing her flowers. She doesn’t want to be intimate. He doesn’t want to visit her mom. Challenge them to do it anyway. Your friend will never regret trying too hard.

5. Counseling is not a last resort. I used to recommend counseling when nothing else worked. Now, I’ve got a quick trigger finger when it comes to recommending professional counseling. The early intervention of a trained professional can save a couple from a lot of unnecessary, hurtful words, as well as wasted time.

And finally, let me say thank you. When marriage gets hard, lots of people don’t know what to do, so they stop showing up in their friend’s lives. Thank you, as someone who had been in that hard place and needed the support of people who knew how to share God’s love in tangible ways.

Don’t miss Kathi and Roger Lipp’s latest release, Happy Habits for Every Couple: 21 Days to a Better Relationship, on Vyrso now!

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5 Inspirational Quotes from Women in Ministry (Free Ebook!)

You won’t want to miss What I Wish I’d Known, a brand-new, free ebook only found on Vyrso. This ebook is packed with decades of wisdom and insight from women like Kay Arthur, June Hunt, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and many others.

Here are five inspirational quotes you’ll find while reading What I Wish I’d Known:

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Exclusive Free Ebook from Leading Women in Ministry

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26 leading women in ministry have graciously donated their time to assemble What I Wish I’d Known, a brand-new, free ebook only on Vyrso. In What I Wish I’d Known, you’ll find a collection of wisdom and insight gleaned from decades of experience in ministry.

Last summer, Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software, brought together some of the leading women in ministry for a two-day conference in Dallas, Texas. This ebook brings together encouragement and insights that were shared by the bloggers, authors, teachers, and leaders at the conference.

 

In this ebook, you’ll find chapters on topics such as:

  • Decision-making
  • Serving God and others
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  • Advice on taking criticism
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Be inspired by chapters from Kay Arthur, Elyse Fitzpatrick, June Hunt, Gwen Smith, Liz Curtis Higgs, and many others!

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5 Ebooks to Prepare Your Heart for Easter

Easter is a wonderful time to reflect on the work of Christ, the cross and resurrection, and how Jesus’ sacrifice changed the world. Perhaps you’ve been exploring the Gospel of Luke in preparation for Easter Sunday, walking through Christ’s final days and reflecting on the Easter story.

Sunday is a celebration of the victory of life over death, the cross over the weight of our sins and shortcomings. If you’re looking to celebrate, or even learn more about, the gospel, Vyrso has plenty of ebooks to help you get immersed in what Jesus did for us.

Here are five ebooks that will help you get ready to reflect on and celebrate this upcoming Easter:

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Passion: How Christ’s Final Day Changes Your Every Day by Mike McKinley

Walking readers through the Gospel of Luke, McKinley looks at the last day of Jesus’ life and the details of his resurrection. He unpacks the biblical details found in Luke to help   readers marvel at the love of Christ, and how readers can learn from Jesus’ passion and    integrity to change their own lives.

Passion is on sale for just $0.99 through April 3.

 

Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth by Hugh HalterBe inspired this Easter season with author Hugh Halter’s Flesh, and take a look at how the incarnation of Jesus enables us to be fully alive. For anyone burned out or disenchanted, Flesh will invigorate your faith.

You can download Flesh for only $1.99 through April 3.

 

Risen: 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changes Everything by Steve Mathewson

What would happen if believers in Jesus truly grasped how the resurrection changes not just their own understanding of God, but that it changes everything? Author Steven Mathewson unpacks the New Testament Scriptures to look at the reasons Jesus was raised from the dead.

Get Risen for only $1.99 through April 5!

 

The Action Bible Easter Story by Sergio Cariello and Doug Mauss

Explore the Easter story with powerful illustrations from Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. The Action Bible Easter Story is perfect for sharing with your family.

Download The Action Bible Easter Story for free today and enjoy the powerful illustration of the Easter story.

 

Ordinary Hero: Living the Cross and Resurrection in Everyday Life by Tim Chester

What does it really mean to be a Christian believer in everyday life? The cross and resurrection provide the pattern for discipleship, calling Christians to a new way of living. Author Tim Chester writes on what it means to be a Christian disciple today and includes discussion questions for your small group and church.

Tim Chester’s Ordinary Hero is just $1.99 through April 3.

 

Want more ebooks to read before Easter Sunday? Check out our selection of ebooks that will help you get ready for Easter

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What’s the Big Deal with Palm Sunday?

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Today’s guest post is by Rob Bentz, author of The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and Redeemed Work-In-Progress (Crossway, 2014). Rob and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for 17 years, have two children (Reid and Bethany) who like to laugh, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Palm Sunday is a day most Christians recognize, yet many consider a second-tier faith holiday. Perhaps we should all reconsider—Palm Sunday is a big deal!

The biblical narrative, often referred to as the Triumphal Entry, is one of the rare stories of the life of Jesus found in all four Gospels (Matthew 21:1–11, Mark 11:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19). That fact alone makes the details of the story something significant for every Christ follower. Yet there’s a whole lot more for us to engage with when seeking to grasp the magnitude of this moment in Jesus’ life.

Here are the key points of the narrative: Jesus, riding a young donkey, enters Jerusalem. He’s greeted by crowds of people honoring and praising him with shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The crowds cover the dusty path before him with their cloaks and palm branches as they would for an earthly king.

Theologians call this day “Passion Sunday,” as it’s the beginning of Jesus’ final week on earth. I call this one of the most poignant moments in all of Scripture!

The God-Man who left the comforts of perfect unity with the Father to enter our world is now willingly riding on a young donkey. But it’s not on a joy ride—rather it’s a bittersweet moment of half praise as he journeys the city of his death to be sacrificially slaughtered for your sin and mine.

As a child, I recall getting thin little branches in Sunday school on Palm Sunday. We waved them in honor of Jesus that day. Then I would take my branches home and move on with my life. Like my childhood experience, I fear that many of us overlook the significance of this biblical narrative. Many of us—myself included—often consider Palm Sunday simply a nice Bible story complete with a tangible object lesson for children.

But this thinking is to our detriment.

Read the Gospel narratives of the triumphal entry afresh and take note of the irony. The masses praise Jesus for what they think he’s about to do. They wave palm branches to honor his coming kingship. Yet Jesus doesn’t come to establish an earthly throne, but a heavenly one. He doesn’t offer tangible earthly benefits to his followers, but eternal ones.

This biblical narrative that begins Holy Week is significant because it gives us a vivid picture of the truth that Jesus’ ways are not the ways of man. His plans and purposes are different than even his followers can fully comprehend. For many of us, our life seems upside down, inside out—the negative image of what we believe it should look like. It is in the midst of this messiness that we are reminded of the powerful image of our Savior riding on the back of a donkey.

Palm Sunday is an ironic, hope-filled beginning to a world turned upside down by Jesus, the Christ.

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Symbol of Salvation

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Today we’re featuring an excerpt from the ebook Do You Believe? 40-Day Devotional, by Robert Noland. Robert Noland has continued writing and is currently a freelance writer and author for faith-based organizations, ministries, and Christian publishers. You can purchase the ebook on Vyrso for $7.49.

Day 1

Symbol of Salvation

Matthew is a pastor, sitting at his desk at night. The house is very quiet. He is intent in his thoughts and appears burdened. The small desk lamp illuminates a legal pad. As we move closer, we see he has filled the page by drawing a simple outline of a cross. Underneath it, he has written a bold message: Do You Believe?

Humans have always used symbols to represent important elements of their existence. Few have stood the test of time and lasted throughout generations, becoming unmistakable, nonverbal icons to create a recognizable image of deep meaning.

One of the most enduring symbols of all time is the cross. But different people understand different meanings based on their life experience, so let’s ask. . .

When you hear the word cross, do you tend to think about . . .

. . . a fashionable piece of jewelry?

. . . a classic element of church architecture?

. . . a representation of a religion long since left behind?

. . . the physical instrument God used for the spiritual redemption of your soul?

For you, is the cross’s meaning. . .

. . . historical?

. . . religious?

. . . personal?

While your answer to the latter question could certainly be “all three,” there is a likelihood one rings the most true for you.

As we begin this forty-day journey centered on the cross of Christ, evaluating how you feel, what you think, and how deep your belief goes is important to how impactful these days will be for you. One of the vital keys for experiencing life change will be the level of honesty and transparency you allow with God. He already sees you and knows you intimately, but opening your heart to him will make all the difference.

A distinguishing focal point of the cross is that it is not associated with any belief system other than Christianity and with no person other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Throughout church history, and in art of all forms, the cross is presented in two ways.

First is with Jesus hanging on its beams, representing his suffering, sacrifice, and eventual death. Second, and where we find many of our artistic images, is the empty cross. While this could seem to denote an absence of Christ, it is actually showing the opposite—a presence. Christ has risen! He is alive and seated at the right hand of God. The cross and the tomb are now empty so that our hearts can be full and our lives fulfilled.

Few will debate or argue the historical fact that Jesus hung on the cross and gave his life. The only disagreement for people is whether or not his death meant anything for mankind.

The simple, rough-hewn wooden beams strapped and nailed together convey a powerful and prevailing image of God’s intervention in the world. While the cross may instigate different responses, the image has remained a respected, valued, and consistent reminder of man’s problem met with God’s presence. But the real question is not what does the cross mean throughout history for the world, but rather, what does the cross mean to you?

Regardless of your own personal perspective, this cruel device of torture and execution the authorities used to eliminate Jesus actually was the instrument God wielded to surgically remove the sting of sin and death forever from those who would choose to believe him.

Today, let us not think of the cross as a symbol, an image, or an icon, but rather, a personal choice each one of us must make. So our closing question today comes from the film’s title and Pastor Matthew’s drawing. . . Do you believe?

Whether you feel you are hanging on to life by a thread and desperately searching for answers or you are a vibrant, mature follower of Christ simply looking to grow, we must continually ask ourselves what we believe and what the cross means to us—today. This day!

And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross. —Philippians 2:8 NCV

With as honest of an answer as you can give, complete the sentence below on your journal page, while expressing any other thoughts you have on today’s reading.

For me, the cross of Christ means. . . [Click to tweet!]

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From Messes to Miracles: Giving Your Life to God

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Today’s guest post is by Tammie Head, author of More: From Messes to Miracles, a new ebook coming soon to Vyrso. Head is the founder of Totally Captivated Ministries, and resides in Cypress, Texas with her husband, Erin, and their two daughters. 

 

Messy.

We’re all feeling it.

People everywhere are anguished inside for something more. Churched and non-churched alike. I’ve met them in malls, talked with them in nail salons, prayed with them in my church, encouraged them in my friendships, visited with them at speaking events, cried with them in my home and, honestly, I’ve been that person myself.

None of us have to stay this way though. God has a miraculous plan for our lives. If I know you like I think I do, you want it. So much so, the desire for it probably drives you crazy sometimes. We’re each longing for something more. What if we found the more in this season of Lent?

But I just have to ask:

Have you ever seen something so unbelievable you scratched your head in wonder? And your jaw dropped to the floor? That’s what God wants to do in your life. Would you like to know how to tap into his plans?

It starts by encountering his presence, by becoming his disciple.

When I was young, I struggled to understand what made life worth the living. Before God saved me, it seemed to me as if life wasn’t worth the effort, you know? Restless thoughts tirelessly entertained my mind. I longed for a different version of life and, furthermore, I longed for a different version of me. Deep in my soul’s fabric was an irksome sense of void and vacancy.

I used to think my upbringing was the initiator of my pining for something more. But then I grew up and discovered many of my friends felt it too. And their backgrounds were dazzling compared to mine. What I realized is all of us engaged with life as human garbage disposals looking for something, anything, to whet our appetites and satisfy us.

Some of us sought it in seemingly good ways—pursuing good deeds, being respectable, and passionately watching our every single p and q. Others sought it in rebellion—pushing the envelope, climbing out windows, and sailing the gusty winds. Neither avenue, respectable or not so respectable, was able to provide what we yearned for.

The truth is, everything sold us short. Finding lasting love. Amassing popularity, power, and control. Working our way up the corporate ladder. Making great money. Having gorgeous bodies. Accumulating loads of material possessions. Owning fabulous homes. Living however, wherever, and with whomever—getting our own way for a change. When our heads hit the pillow at night we each still knew:

Somethings missing.

Perhaps you can relate?

Later on in life, I discovered this need for more stems from the same empty well in all of us—even if our attempts to satisfy our emptiness play out differently in each of our lives. I think this emptiness was created in us by God and for God. I think the “more”we’re longing for is God.

So the question is, how do we find him?

We find him by living a life that is sold out to following hard after God. To discipleship. Like those we read of in the Scriptures. People like Abraham, David, the prophetess Anna, and John the Baptist.

But I’ve also learned a few things about this life of a disciple that I want us to talk about for a minute. These are the very things that keep us from living a life of following hard after God, a life of devoted discipleship:

1. Following God kills usand that scares us.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.” In God’s economy, dying precedes all living. The Lord’s way is to push us up and out of our comfort zones all the way into his strong arms of a thousand dichotomies; rest and risk, safety and unknown, death and life, worship and warfare, wounds and healing, suffering and joy. Yet, what we must remember is that while he pushes us right into that spacious place where nothing is sure, we can also know that all will be well in our Father’s presence.

2. Many of us are in troubling situationswe feel stuck.

Struggles can have a crippling effect on us, leaving us empty and dry. We can’t see past our present disappointments, confusions, and despair. Does this sound familiar? Listen, I have good news for you. You don’t have to stay stuck. God can and wants to help.

To begin tapping into what God has for you starts by throwing down your crutches of self-reliance and giving God what he wants. He wants your life! What if this Lent season you gave up hesitating to obey? What if you opened his Word more, and inhaled it? Or what if you made more room in your life to soak in his abiding presence, and took the time to relax in his arms? What if you gave him full access to everything?

What if you gave him your whole heart?

I am asking God to do a mighty work in your life during this season of Lent—a now work, where you experience a hunger for his presence, his Holy Scriptures, and to walk with him like never before. You were made for more than mere survival. Why not give God your whole life? [Click to Tweet!]

The life of a sold-out, surrendered, on fire, obedient disciple of Christ.

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What Will You Preach Next Month?

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One month from today, Easter will be upon us. I’m hoping that the sun will be shining, that birds will be singing springtime songs, and that the weather will be warm. I also hope that those of you who are preaching will impart the beauty of the gospel to those around you. I hope that your message will be an engaging story of how the gospel intersects with everyday life. I hope that you have a plan.

As Greg Gilbert and Mark Dever argue below, a plan can have a big impact on your congregation. The following is an excerpt from Preach: Theology Meets Practice—you can get it today on Vyrso for $9.99.

The famous third-century preacher John Chrysostom told his congregation in his third sermon on Lazarus and the rich man, “I often tell you many days in advance the subject of what I am going to say, in order that you may take up the book in the intervening days, go over the whole passage, learn both what is said and what is left out, and so make your understanding more ready to learn when you hear what I will say afterwards.”

We think that’s a great idea, and we both try to follow that practice in our own churches by publishing a card that gives our preaching schedule—texts and titles—for the upcoming months. Doing something like that offers a number of benefits. First, like Chrysostom said, it gives your people time to read the passage in advance, to let the Holy Spirit begin to work in their hearts with the themes of that text, and to prepare their hearts to hear the Word of God preached on Sunday. That, in turn, can create a unique sense of excitement in the church. The people come with thoughts of their own, questions and insights about the text; and your words in the sermon are then able to interact with and catalyze with the thoughts they already have. Publishing a preaching schedule will give your people another tool for talking with their non-Christian friends and family about spiritual things. People take those cards, highlight or circle a particular sermon title they think a non-Christian friend might be interested to hear, and then hand it to that person as an invitation to come hear that sermon.

Sometimes people ask us if we think planning a preaching schedule so far in advance could squelch the Holy Spirit. What if something comes up in the life of the church that begs to be addressed? What if you get sick? What if something happens in the world such that your planned series seems out of place all of a sudden? Good questions all. But we don’t think planning a schedule in advance squelches the Holy Spirit.

For one thing we don’t think the Holy Spirit only moves “in the moment.” Of course He does that sometimes, but that’s not the only time He does it. The Holy Spirit also moves and directs months in advance when we are planning a preaching schedule. Both of us have been amazed at how people in our congregations have been impacted by a particular sermon or series in specific and time-sensitive ways. That’s not because we planned for that to happen. On the contrary, we believe the Holy Spirit worked it all together in His providence. Take a look, for example, at this church card from Capitol Hill Baptist Church for the fall of 2001, which included September 11, 2001.

That preaching schedule was made months in advance of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Nothing was adjusted; nothing was changed in the aftermath of the attacks. But look at God’s provision for this congregation right in the heart of one of the cities that came under attack: “The Quest for Justice,” “The Quest for Security,” “When Bad Things Happen: Questions and Confidence.” The Holy Spirit was planning, even months before, to feed His people with truth from His Word that would impact their lives and their needs directly and specifically in the aftermath of—and even in advance of—a world-shaking event.

Not only that, but adherence to a preaching plan doesn’t have to be slavish. Mark tends to stick to a preaching plan more doggedly than I (Greg) do. If Mark gets sick or something else intervenes, the church card is what the church card is—even if it means skipping a sermon in a series. I, on the other hand, have been known to pull all the sermon cards from our pews and print another batch.

We both have the same approach, more or less, to holidays. We both try to plan series in which the sermons that land nearest Christmas and on Easter won’t be utterly weird—though Mark preached once on Christmas Day an entire sermon on death! But we don’t insist that Christmas be from Luke 2 and Easter from Matthew 28. On Christmas Day 2011, I’m scheduled to preach on James 5:13–20, the prayer of the righteous for the sick. For Easter 2011, though, I shifted some things around so that I’d be preaching on Hebrews 8 rather than Hebrews 6. That was in the expectation that we would have an unusual number of visitors in the congregation who would attend church only infrequently, and I wanted a text that would have the gospel itself as the main point.

However you end up doing this, and however tightly you stick to a plan once it’s made, the point is that planning your preaching schedule well in advance can give your people a good tool both for their own spiritual growth and for evangelism.

So, how do you decide what to preach? Well, as we said before, everything should be done for the edification of the church. We would argue that preaching through entire books, preaching from both testaments and all genres of Scripture, preaching from varying altitudes, and publishing in advance what you’re going to preach will best accomplish that goal in the long run.

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Want more insight on how to preach? Download Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert’s ebook, Preach: Theology Meets Practice for just $9.99.

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Discounted Titles on Discipleship

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This week we’re discussing discipleship—you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some top authors on what discipleship means in the context of Lent. We have a discipleship bundle for men that’s just $12.99 (learn more here.)

There are also a handful of individual titles that you can get for 50% off or more for a limited time during Lent:

Apprenticeship with Jesus: Learning to Live Like the Master by Gary W. Moon—get it for 99 cents!

In this winsome book, Moon provides a 30-day apprenticeship with Jesus, where readers will actively practice being with Jesus day in and day out. Each day’s reading uses compelling stories and scripture to illustrate a point and closes with a suggested apprenticeship activity.

Get this ebook for 99 cents through March 7 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

 

Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in the Postmodern World by Gene Edward Veith Jr.—get it for just $7.00!

Loving God with All Your Mind shows us that the answer is neither wholesale rejection of intellectual life and culture, nor blind acceptance of it. The answer lies in understanding that Jesus is Lord of all of life and that everything in life must be carefully viewed in the light of what Christ’s lordship means. Gene Edward Veith unfolds a dazzling critique of the postmodern intellectual world and culture. He affirms the part that is good and true, but he also shows crucial weaknesses that have such a hold over contemporary thought. This book shows Christians how to survive and flourish in a postmodern world while affirming the truth of the Christian faith.

Get this ebook discounted through March 8 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

 

Disciple Making Is. . . : How to Live the Great Commission with Passion and Confidence by Dave Early and Rod Dempsey—get it for just $6.00!

Grounded on a solid biblical foundation, authors Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey—both veterans of one-on-one, collegiate, small group, and local church discipleship—share their practical insights on how to best reproduce reproducers of Christ’s message.

Get this ebook discounted through March 8 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

 

Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus by David Putman—get it for just $5.00!

Breaking the Discipleship Code, written by Putman with a foreword fromEd Stetzer, opens the door to a greater understanding of what it means to personally be a missional follower of Jesus in relation to every aspect of our changing world. Balancing cultural relevance with biblical faithfulness, the book invites ordinary believers, whether on Wall Street or in a Waffle House, next door or across the ocean, to begin having an extraordinary spiritual impact in their unique context.

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The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples: Every Christian an Effective Witness Through an Enabling Church by Charles and Win Arn—get it for $8.00!

The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples contends that individual Christians should focus on disciple-making as a part of their lifestyle, sharing their faith naturally within their own network of friends and relatives. After articulating principles for making disciples, the authors offer ideas for reaching friends and family, insights on how congregations can support evangelism, and suggestions for more effective incorporation of new converts into the church community.

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