Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today’s the last day to get the 9Marks “Building Healthy Churches” series $4.99 each:
- Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman (reviewed here)
- Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
- Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne
- Evangelism by Mack Stiles (reviewed here)
- Expositional Preaching by David Helm
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund (reviewed here)
- Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson (reviewed here)
Also on sale:
- Mom Enough by Desiring God—$2.99
- Buried Hope or Risen Savior? by Charles Quarles—99¢
- Christianity, Cults & Religions by Paul Carden—99¢
- Born Again by Charles W. Colson—$1.99
…sexual abuse in the context of the church must be handled in terms of both authorities responsible—both the church and the state. The state has been given the sword of justice to wield against those who commit crimes (Rom. 13:1-7). The church has no such sword (Matt. 26:51-53). This means that the immediate response to allegations of sexual abuse is to call the civil authorities, to render unto Caesar the responsibility that belongs to Caesar to investigate the crime. The church may or may not know the truth of the allegations, but it is the God-ordained prerogative of the civil authorities to discover such matters and to prosecute accordingly. When faced with a question of potential sexual abuse, call the authorities without delay.
For those who write in journals (and for those who blog with a lot of transparency), beware. Every thought does not need to be recorded. Instead of recording negative thoughts, write things that are good. Write about how proud you are of your kids, how much you love your family, the daily provision of God, the joy He gives. I can toss my journals aside in the garbage if I feel like they contain nothing edifying. Sure, pour out your thoughts to God, like the Psalmist did, but write with kindness and grace. Don’t be harsh.
Great stuff from Ray Ortlund.
I’m not sure if there is a greater fear for women than the fear of what’s to come (or what won’t come). You and I rightly pray for our husband, children, schools, and whether to pursue a career, but we don’t often come to God in peace. Instead we come anxiously awaiting our fate. Goodness will follow all the days of her life, or her life, or maybe her life, we might think, but surely not my life. It’s hard not to have control, and one thing that we can’t ever determine is what lies ahead. Thankfully, God’s Word is packed with sweet promises that smash all our fearful thinking.
Grateful Kevin Halloran compiled these quotes.