Tim Challies

A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids.

Little Me, Big God: Stories about Jesus: Eight True Stories from the Bible by Steph Williams. “How many people did Jesus feed with one boy’s lunch? Why did a dad run down a road? What happened when Jesus’s disciples stopped some children who wanted to talk to him? And why did Jesus die on a cross? Enjoy reading eight Gospel stories, retold in a faithful and fun way for 2-4-year-olds. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the colorful, exciting illustrations, and older ones can get to grips with the “extra bits” that go deeper into each story. This hardback collection of eight stories from the ‘Little Me, Big God’ series is a great addition to any young child’s bookshelf or children’s ministry range and makes an ideal gift. Can also be used in children’s ministry.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

It’s Good to Be a Girl: A Celebration of All That God Made You to Be by Jen & Zoe Oshman. “This beautifully illustrated book celebrates that God made girls in his image and explores all the wonderful things he designed them to be and to do. Girls aged 3-7 will learn that they are good and necessary, how God calls different women to do different things, and how trusting in Jesus is the key to help us love and serve others wherever we are. Follow along as a little girl learns from her mother all about real women from the Bible and later history. Together they imagine lots of different ways in which we can reflect God’s character and help those around us today, whether that’s through being a mom or a missionary, a truck driver or a teacher!” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Your Amazing Hands: A Training Young Hearts Rhyming Book by Abbey Wedgeworth. “This charming rhyming book celebrates God’s good design for our hands, motivating children aged 3+ to use their hands to glorify God. Children will be inspired by all the creative and interesting things their hands can do―they can even use them to bring comfort and joy to others! They’ll discover that Jesus had hands just like ours and that he always used his hands in the most amazing ways, including to save us. Not only that: the way that Jesus used his hands means that we can be forgiven when we use our hands in the wrong way. Children are invited to pray for forgiveness when they make mistakes, and for help to use their hands in the ways God intends. The book’s fun rhyming style and colorful illustrations make it easy to engage with this life-altering message of repentance, forgiveness, and grace-fueled obedience.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

The Man in the Tree and the Brand New Start: A True Story about Zacchaeus and the Difference Knowing Jesus Makes by Carl Laferton. “Teach children that genuine faith in Jesus leads to a transformed life. Zacchaeus was very short, very rich, and not very happy, but his encounter with Jesus changed everything. In response to the grace Jesus showed him, Zacchaeus was transformed from the inside out. He repented, treasured Jesus above everything else, and showed kindness and generosity to others like never before. Use this story to teach children that only following Jesus will make them truly happy and fulfilled, and that genuine repentance and faith is demonstrated by loving others.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Jesus, Strong and Kind by Sinclair Ferguson. “Respected pastor and author, Sinclair Ferguson, uses the words of the popular children’s song to help kids understand that they can always run to Jesus in this beautifully illustrated book. Using the words from the popular children’s song by CityAlight and Colin Buchanan, and stories from the Bible, Sinclair Ferguson shows children how they can turn to Jesus when they feel afraid, lost, thirsty or weak. He shows that God is powerful and merciful, good and faithful. The beautiful colour illustrations by Angelo Ruta bring this hardback to life. An essential addition to any family’s library.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Abigail and the Big Start Over by Bethany McIlrath. “Like many kids, adventurous and creative 9-year-old Abigail experiences lots of ups and downs when it comes to school life, making friends, and getting along with parents and siblings. Through both the humorous and serious challenges that arise, Abigail finds herself in one new mess after another. But as she learns all about how Jesus forgave Peter when he messed up again and again, she sees how Jesus can forgive her too. Readers will explore the Bible alongside Abigail and learn that God’s love for us and his grace to us never run out. So we can start over again and again! This fun, exciting novel for kids aged 7+ features short chapters with illustrations that really bring the story to life. It explains grace in a kid-friendly way that is relevant to their lives, and it provides a great way for kids to engage with the Bible.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Jesus’ Stories: A Family Parable Devotional by Carine MacKenzie. “Beloved children’s author Carine Mackenzie unfolds the parables of Jesus for families to enjoy together. Carine Mackenzie, whose children’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide, takes the stories that Jesus used to teach his listeners about God’s way, and unpacks them in a way that the whole family can enjoy together. The short stories teach about things like prayer, forgiveness, and the Kingdom of God, and Carine’s knowledge of how to help children understand the meaning behind the story shines through. With beautiful colour illustrations, this book will be a great addition to your family’s library.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer Family Bible Devotional by Katy Morgan. “This devotional is a chance to take your family on a journey through the story of prayer in the Bible. It is based on the popular storybook by Laura Wifler, co-founder of Risen Motherhood, which explores prayer: from the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve talked with God face to face, through Old Testament examples and the teaching of Jesus, all the way to the promise of the new creation, where we’ll dwell with God forever. These 10-minute devotions are designed to be easy to lead and fun to do. They will help your family to learn to pray with confidence, anytime, anyplace. They are ideal for kids aged 5-11.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design by Susan & Richie Hunt. “Boys and girls, from 5 to 8 years of age, will love the fun world of Cassie and Caleb, two energetic and inquisitive children discovering the beauty of God’s wonderful design. Through twenty beautifully illustrated short stories, followed by an interactive time between parent and child, your children will learn: The creational principle that ‘God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them’ is extraordinary; That Jesus is in all of Scripture; that God’s Word is our authority and His Glory is our purpose; That when we belong to Jesus we belong to His covenant family, the Church; A Biblical framework for living and thinking. (Amazon, Westminster Books)

God’s Go-Togethers: A Celebration of God’s Design for People by Sam Allberry. “What special pairs are part of God’s good plan? Join siblings Lila and Ethan at the beach as they discover that God not only made the sand and sea to go together, but He made men and women to go together too. In fact, they’re the pinnacle of His good creation! In this colorful picture book–a follow-up to the book God’s Signpost–author Sam Allberry offers a thoughtful look at the biblical design for people. God’s Go-Togethers is a helpful foundation for explaining why God made men and women as a special pair to complement each other in marriage and beyond.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Dinner with the King: How King David’s Invitation Shows Us God’s Love by Paul Tautges. “A scary invitation turns out to be very good news in this playfully illustrated, deeply biblical book for kids ages 5-9. Discover how David’s grace to Mephibosheth points to our gospel hope.” (Amazon, Westminster Books)

A La Carte (June 13)

The God of peace be with you on this fine day.
(Yesterday on the blog: It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up)

We often hear that the earliest Christians were illiterate. If that’s the case, how did they read, lean, value, and transmit the Scriptures? Michael Kruger reflects in this article.

I am not familiar with this author and don’t think she’s a Christian, but was fascinated by her take on the rise of so many “new religions.” “Where is God, in all this? Who is God? Some say therapy culture has no God. I think, more accurately, it’s us. God is who all this revolves around. All these apps and platforms serve us.”

“The question of evil and suffering is never a theoretical one. We all experience real and deep pain and wickedness. However, for the Christian believer (who recognizes there is a God), there are only three logical possibilities for the evil things that happen in this world…”

“Like cupcakes that are missing sugar, there are too many Christian marriages that are missing a key ingredient. This missing ingredient in too many marriages doesn’t mean it’s not a marriage, just as a cupcake missing sugar doesn’t mean it’s not a cupcake. But neither ‘tastes’ good.”

Mitchell Chase answers the common question about whether Genesis is meant to be understood as literal or allegorical.

“Humans live in the fear of death, despite their denial of this truth. This fear leaks out of us in the way we live our lives. It enslaves us. How? Not simply because we fear it happening to us, but also because we fear the process of it happening to us. We fear the deconstruction process because we know it is inevitable, inexorable and insistent. We all die. And the older we get the more noticeable that is. If indeed we are fortunate enough to get older.”

Those who were lonely in this world will marvel at the joy of fellowship, those who were abused in this world will be satisfied to experience perfect safety, those who were estranged in this world will rejoice to know full acceptance.

A profession of faith without progress in the faith is a dead faith.
—J.A. Medders

It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him. He will blow it up, knock it down, or dismantle it piece by piece.
“Why are you in demolition?” “Because it’s a whole lot easier than construction. And it pays better too.” Fair enough. It’s good and honest work, that. Sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of safety—to remove what might collapse, injure, or kill. Sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of beauty—to remove eyesores that blight a cityscape. Sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of progress—so the old can make way for the new, the ancient for the modern, the broken down for what will soon be built up. Demolition can be good and honest work.
Later, I found myself thinking about how much more difficult it is to build than to destroy. Building is exacting work that depends upon precise measurements and careful craftsmanship. Demolition is brusque work that depends upon brute force and blunt strength. I found myself thinking about how much faster it is to build than to destroy. It may take years for a building to be constructed but just hours for it to be demolished. And I found myself thinking about how strange it is that this man had become wealthy by tearing down what others had so carefully built up.
There is a lot of that in the Christian world—a lot of demolition. In fact, there are many people who make a “ministry” out of demolishing what others have constructed. I have often cringed as I’ve seen people of little character and no accomplishments attempt to destroy what has been built by people of great character and substantial accomplishments. These people intuit that it is faster and easier to create a platform for themselves by destroying than by building—that they can earn a reputation for themselves by demolishing another person’s reputation, that they can gain a name for themselves by dragging another person’s name through the mud. The devil gives them the inspiration, the internet gives them the reach, and we give them the attention.
I’ve seen people of little character and no accomplishments attempt to destroy what has been built by people of great character and substantial accomplishments.Share
Of course, some ministries, like some buildings, deserve to be demolished. Some are so dangerous, so hideous, or so abhorrent that their loss is the church’s gain. Some ministers and some personalities ought to have been silenced and exposed long ago. But I have learned to be wary of those who make it their ministry to demolish people and organizations, for I have learned that they are often untrustworthy, unreliable, and unqualified. Demolition may be honest work in the world of business, but I’ve yet to see it form the basis of a valid ministry within the church.
The man whose business is demolition can surely find fault with every building and propose a reason to tear it down, for its loss is his gain. And the same is true of those who make a ministry of destruction. To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail, and to the person whose ministry is demolition, every word rings with heresy and every person resembles a heretic, for their loss is his gain, their destruction is her path to clicks, views, power, and self-importance. They have no need to commit themselves to the laborious work of putting on godly character, growing in leadership, casting vision, and persuading others to catch it. They need only dig for dirt, cast aspersions, and delight in destruction.
A lesson I have learned through long observation and hard experience is this: be wary of those whose life’s work is destruction and whose legacy is demolition. Be warier still of those who consider it their ministry and who conflate discernment with destruction. For it is hard to construct and easy to destroy. It is slow work to build up and quick work to tear down. And there are many who understand that the easiest way to gain a platform is to build it upon the rubble of someone else’s ministry or someone else’s reputation.

A La Carte (June 12)

Westminster Books is offering a discount on a new book for kids that is part of what they say is one of their all-time favorite series. In fact, the whole series is on sale.
Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of interesting titles. And, as always, I will check again first thing in the morning.

Trevin Wax considers the argument for the existence of God that goes like this: “There is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Therefore there must be a God.”

“Let me ask you a question: What do you think God feels about you right now?” Dave Harvey wants you to remember that you live from approval, not for approval.

“If you want to see someone’s spiritual sincerity … don’t mainly watch him in church. Watch him with his children. Watch him at work. Watch him in traffic. Watch him when offended. For you will know him by his neighbor-love.”

Casey borrows the imagery of a trellis and vine and applies it helpfully. “I’m convinced that individual Christians need both trellis and vine work … We need to construct structures in our lives that maximize the potential for spiritual fruit. We need to implement habits and practices in our lives that maximize the potential for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to grow.”

I enjoyed this brief biography of the man who, in his time, was known as the black Spurgeon.

“I often get asked how we are reaching so many people or what we are doing differently at Malvern Hill–especially as it relates to reaching children and teenagers. Interestingly, many people don’t believe my answer. They assume we must have uncovered some secret growth trick, some special program, or a new discipleship method. The truth is simple and difficult.”

The Christian life is a lifelong obedience of replacing ungodly patterns and habits with godly ones. We continually put off the old man and put on the new.

Tears are the safety-valve of grief, and often keep an agonized heart from bursting; let them flow.
—Theodore Cuyler

A La Carte (June 11)

The Lord be with you and bless you today, my friends.
(Yesterday on the blog: Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet)

Scott is right that constant curiosity is a great blessing. “Curiosity keeps life from becoming boring and monotonous. Even as we crank through multiple weeks in a row of following the same daily routine, if we are.”

“For life in the church, things aren’t much different today than they were in the days that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians: the unbelieving world looks on and into the church and sees a group of hypocrites in part because we so often fail to discipline the church and in part because, when we do, we are prone to butchering people. If we want to be faithful to our mission as Christ followers, church discipline is simply not optional.”

T.M. Suffield explains why your church isn’t too easy to join. “You cannot welcome people without a threshold for them to come over. If joining your church doesn’t mean anything—if there are no duties to being part of it—then it’s not possible to be part of it. As a result, it’s very difficult to welcome people, because you have nothing to welcome people into.”

This article offers some helpful biblical truths about the human body. “The first human is not a disembodied being for whom a body is created, as if the body is just a container to hold our true self or a tool through which we can interact with the physical world. The body comes first. It is central to what it means to be human.”

“When we participate in the local church, the Holy Spirit changes us to resemble Jesus more. Think of church as a sandbox where we practice and experience the reality of our faith. Whether you picture a sandbox where children play and develop cognitive skills, or a sandbox in engineering terms where a product is tested and refined, the local church fosters growth and endurance.” That’s a useful analogy.

Any interested in doing some more-involved reading may want to read the new issue of the 9Marks Journal. This one focuses on the different seasons in a pastor’s life.

God’s kind providence keeps us from being as sinful as we would otherwise be. So, Christian, thank God for his providence, and prepare to be amazed when, in eternity, God gives you the gift of seeing how often and to what extent he has kept you from sin.

Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity, it is the every unity of hell.
—J.C. Ryle

Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers.
Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a particular child or to attend a particular school. A parent should not feel shame about wrestling with these types of situations. Their God-given responsibility is to raise their child in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Parents, don’t shy away from this responsibility because you are worried that someone might not like you or your children. What does it look like to raise your child in the “training and instruction of the Lord”? I believe Deuteronomy 6 provides a tremendous guide for us. 
If God’s people are going to keep God’s commands, then our lives must be marked by meditation on the Word of the Lord. If our hearts want to grow in love with the Lord, then we must know and obey His Word. If we desire our children to know these truths, then we will encourage and provide opportunities for them as well.
God is not interested in our ceremonies. He is interested in our affection. He desires for us to love Him, and He has designated that we demonstrate our love for Him by trusting Him enough to obey what He commands. This requires us to believe that God’s will for us is better than our own.
If our hearts want to grow in love with the Lord, then we must know and obey His Word.Casey B. HoughShare
In Matthew 10, Jesus exhorts His disciples to place their trust wholly in Him as they obey His call on their lives. Simply put, following Jesus will come with a cost, but that cost should not deter our obedience to Him. According to Jesus, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the ones who stand firm to the end will be saved” (v. 22). Jesus’ call on our life is not to prosperity or popularity but perseverance in the face of adversity. Yet, what compels us to persevere is the promise that He will take care of us. While we may be hated “by everyone,” we can rest assured that we are loved by God (vv. 29–31). 
What this means for how we navigate issues—like losing our job because of our refusal to comply with speech policies that violate not only our religious liberty but also contradict our biblical convictions about gender and sexuality—is that we can trust God with our obedience to Him. We do not have to, nor should we equivocate on obeying God rather than others. 
If God’s Word is clear on a matter, then we can trust that He will take care of us and our family as we seek to conform and submit to His revealed will in Scripture. We cannot love our careers, or our sense of security more than we love God. To do so would be idolatry, something that Scripture explicitly and repeatedly prohibits. So, whether it’s a decision about a birthday party or a boardroom, we are called to trust God who has demonstrated His love for us in Jesus Christ. We can trust Him! We must trust Him. He is faithful. He will take care of His people. He will take care of you.
Excerpted from Known for Love: Loving Your LGBTQ Family & Friends Without Compromising Biblical Truth by Casey B. Hough. (©2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used with permission.

Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all the way? Just download our app and try it out. It’s easy. It’s harmless. And it’s so much fun.
In the past few years, sports betting has exploded into the mainstream. You can’t watch a game without seeing ads for it and, if you’re within their target audience, you can’t surf the web or visit an app store without seeing the banners. If you’re a man, and especially if you’re a young man, they’re after you. They want you. And they know you’re vulnerable.
But young man, I want to encourage you: Don’t consider it. Don’t do it. Don’t even make that first bet. I’m going to give you four reasons that betting is not only unwise but also sinful—four reasons that you should avoid it altogether.
First, betting is an expression of idolatry. We all understand what it is to have a discontented spirit and to want to have more than we do now. Yet God commands us to be content with what he has provided. And, even better, he also promises to provide all that we need. Ultimately, we are to be content in him, no matter what we have or don’t have. Betting is a sure sign of discontentment and proof that you have an idolatrous relationship with money—proof that you are looking to money to provide what God wants you to derive from your relationship with him. “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
Second, betting represents an illicit form of gain, not one that receives God’s blessing. God means for us to work to earn money, not to gamble for it. “He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 28:19-20). Betting is the ultimate form of “making haste to be rich” instead of laboring to have enough. God does not sanction gambling as a means of gaining wealth. He will not bless it.
God does not sanction gambling as a means of gaining wealth. He will not bless it.Share
Third, betting is a failure to love others. God calls us to love others and to always seek their good. Yet by definition, betting is a form of taking rather than giving. It is not the exchanging of goods or services for money, but the enriching of one person through the impoverishment of another. You can only win when somebody else loses. Hence, to win at betting may be a greater evil than to lose at it, for in losing at least you are only victimizing yourself. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Betting is not loving, not just, and not merciful.
Fourth, betting is dangerous. All sin is progressive and all sin aims at the uttermost. The invitation to sin in a small and seemingly harmless way is actually an invitation to sin in the greatest and most substantial ways. Adultery begins with just a peek and murder begins with just an angry thought. In that vein, the invitation to make even a small bet is actually the invitation to theft, to addiction, and to financial catastrophe. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent … For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors” (Proverbs 1:10, 17-19).
I don’t mean to deny the claims that betting makes sports more exciting. If you’ve ever participated in a really good fantasy league, you’ve probably experienced a kind of “enhancement” to sports that makes them all the more exciting. But what you need to know is that everything in this world is ultimately disappointing. The greatest thrills still fall short of what we long for. Hence, there will always be an element of disappointment or dissatisfaction. That’s true of sex, true of drugs, true of gambling, and true of everything else. You would almost think that God has purposely put dampers on even the greatest pleasures to help us understand that nothing in this world will ultimately satisfy our restless souls—and, of course, to cause us to look beyond this world. And should you win thousands or millions, even that thrill will soon fade and your heart will continue to be restless and discontent.
So, my friend, don’t listen to their lies. Don’t let them persuade you. Don’t make that first bet.
But if you are unpersuaded and choose to disregard me—if you go ahead and make that first bet—I have a hope for you. I hope that you’ll lose badly. Losing badly would be God’s grace in your life and his means of warning you away from much more dire consequences. As De Witt Talmage said a very long time ago, “The only man who gambles successfully is the man who loses so fearfully at the start that he is disgusted and quits. Let him win at the start, and win again, and it means farewell to home and heaven.”

A La Carte (June 10)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you.
Today’s Kindle deals include several books on prayer. Among them are Donald Whitney’s Praying the Bible and Mark Vroegop’s Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, both excellent reads.
(Yesterday on the blog: It’s Not a Life of Ease)

This is another very interesting article from CBMW. It looks at some of the “patriarchs” of feminism to consider the kind of men they were and what they really thought of women.

I appreciate this appreciation of parents who commit to being at church despite the difficulties that come with having small children.

There is a world of difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow. This article traces the distinctions.

“Faith in Christ by the power of His Spirit at work in us transforms our inward places. He works in those hidden parts of ourselves that require the deepest surgery; wounds that cut deep into the heart of who we are that only God can make whole. As God reveals Himself to us through opening our eyes to His everlasting love on the cross through Jesus, we are transformed from the inside out.”

Knowing we are all prone to unfairly critique our churches, John suggests that “perhaps we need to balance out our evaluation of our churches with some self-evaluation.”

“What words come to mind when you think of lament? Perhaps grief, loss, distress, oppression, injustice, conflict, suffering, affliction, or even guilt? It makes sense for sorrow-laden words such as these to be so closely tied to the term. After all, lament is the tongue of tribulation. And since Godward cries tend to be squeezed from our hearts by unwanted hurt and hardship, it’s understandable if words like praise or gratitude seem miles away when we think about the topic.”

It is embedded deep within our depraved nature to regard weakness as misfortune, feebleness as failure, lack of physical strength as lack of divine favor. But nothing could be further from the truth, for weakness draws the eye of God, the heart of God, the strength of God.

…we cannot receive what God has to give when our fists are clenched and our eyes shut, concentrating on our own moral exertion. We need to open up our fists and our eyes and lift both heavenward to receive his love.
—Dane Ortlund

It’s Not a Life of Ease

You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us will also have to labor to come to know God and to grow in our likeness to God.
For all these reasons, the Christian life demands a disciplined approach. The apostle Paul often compared Christians to athletes who must train diligently to have any hope of victory. “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things,” he said. “They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).
The only way to win the match or to be victorious in the race is to discipline your whole life toward that podium, toward that gold medal. Similarly, the only way to prevail in the Christian life is to discipline your entire existence toward Christlikeness. Donald Whitney speaks for all of us when he says, “In my own pastoral and personal Christian experience, I can say that I’ve never known a man or woman who came to spiritual maturity except through discipline. Godliness comes through discipline.”

Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

My gratitude goes to TWR for sponsoring the blog this week. TWR is committed to reaching the world for Christ by mass media and wants to encourage you to bring your skills to the missions world.
There is a pretty good collection of Kindle deals today, including some general market titles.
(Yesterday on the blog: The Way You Walk)

Sarah tells us how important it is to fight for faith when doubts abound. “There’s a pervasive belief that subtly infiltrates my thought life. One that, deep down, still believes God would keep me from harm and rescue me from pain if he truly loved me. And if he’s truly in control, and a good, loving Father, why does he answer other’s prayers, but continue to seem silent to ours?”

This is a beautiful telling of a difficult time.

I appreciate articles like this one for the way they help us more deeply respect the task of Bible translation.

If you’re familiar with discontentment (and which of us isn’t?) you’ll find yourself encouraged and challenged by Justin Poythress’ article. “I’ve prayed about discontentment. I’ve confessed it. I keep a gratitude journal. But it was only this past year that I got a breakthrough as to the real problem. I don’t want to be content. I’m afraid of it.”

I’ve often been inspired by the life and legacy of Selina Hastings. If you’re not familiar with the name, be sure to read this short account of a small part of her life.

If you’re up for some slightly more involved reading on a Saturday, you should read Guy Richards’ thoughts about whether Jesus did miracles as a man by the power of the Spirit.

Hoarding wealth for ourselves gives far less lasting satisfaction than contributing wealth to God’s causes. Where we tend to associate joy with how much we get, higher joy comes from how freely we give.

No matter what good truths you have to teach, no one will thank you if you do not speak kindly.
—C.H. Spurgeon

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