Today is the last day to get these family discipleship-focused titles on sale:
- Bringing the Gospel Home by Randy Newman—$2.99
- Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham—$3.99
- Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr.—$3.99
- Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home by Donald S. Whitney—$3.99
- Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard—$2.99
One year ago yesterday, a group that almost no one had ever heard of before released an undercover video. The video produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showed a national-level executive of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider sells intact fetal body parts.
Over the next few weeks CMP released other videos. The pro-life movement was electrified. Many defenders of life thought to themselves, This changes everything.
Only, it didn’t.
Chris Martin reminds us why not everything we read on the internet is true.
God gave Israel more knowledge of Him than any other nation in the world. He gave them His law, His history, His poets, and His prophets. They had hundreds of chapters and thousands of verses. And yet, here God accuses them of “lack of knowledge.” How could they know so much and yet know so little? It was because they had rejected knowledge. They had received it but had rejected it.
For more than two decades, my wife and I have embraced a pilgrimage that has brought us face to face with many of the most severely persecuted Christians of our time. This phase of our ministry began in Somalia, on the east coast of central Africa, a nation that has been shredded by an ongoing civil war that began in 1991. Watching the nation devour itself has been bad enough; witnessing the persecution of Somali followers of Jesus has been unbearable.
These are three biblical portraits of people who tried to hide their shame in the wrong places. But the wonderful thing is that all three experienced God’s power to break shame’s hold over them and set them free. And this wonderful experience can also be ours.
A friend of mine was saved in his twenties. One day as he was driving through the city where he lived, he happened to see a pretty girl walking down the street (she would later become his wife). He was momentarily distracted and slammed into a parked car. I hate that when that happens! He got out of his car to assess the damage. Inspecting the dents, instead of cursing or complaining he began to say, “So what — I’m saved! Praise God, I’m saved! I just smashed my car up, but so what — I’m saved!” What makes it even better, he is British, so he exclaimed this in his great British accent.
I don’t want to request a moratorium on the usage of Romans 8:28 in application to our sorrow—that’s why it is there! But I do wish that we could all take a break from posturing the text as a cure-all. Its not a magical wand to be abracadabra’d over our brokenness and fractures. No, I think it’s a better fit as a signal waving us homeward to the place, person, and realm where the cure will finally be actualized. We instinctively know that these sorrows pile up and cul-de-sac here on earth, and that’s unavoidable. I simply wish to suggest the coupling of Romans 8:28 with that of Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away” (HCSB).
Bringing back the backlist: 7 signs you’re reading a book by a prosperity preacher
Not too long ago, my wife was feeling a bit down, and a super-nice lady whose kids go to the same school as our daughter gave her some books to encourage her. Funnily enough, they all happened to be prosperity theology books (which has led to some entertaining and positive discussion around the house).