New life is for real… and it really matters!
I just finished up the first session of a 10-session video curriculum that I’m putting together. It’s got a workbook to go along with it, or you could use the workbook by itself.
Think Beth Moore.
Think “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby
It’s called, “New Life Is No Joke” – and it covers the wonderful biblical truths regarding our new life in Christ.
Here are the session titles:
- SESSION 1: New Life Starts with Jesus (free, at the top of this page)
- SESSION 2: What Happened to You – pt. 1
- SESSION 3: What Happened to You – pt. 2
- SESSION 4: Identity Crisis
- SESSION 5: If I Have New Life, Why Do I Still Struggle So Much?
- SESSION 6: Where Did You Get That Flesh?
- SESSION 7: Breaking Mental and Emotional Bondage
- SESSION 8: Putting It To Work In Real Life
- SESSION 9: New Habits of A New Life
- SESSION 10: When Life Is Hard
It’s a great study of the topic and truth of new life in Christ that can be used individually, or in small groups, Sunday schools, home church groups, etc.
The first session is online as a “sampler” – absolutely FREE!
I just discovered that monergism books has a whole section of many wonderful classic theological books, from names like Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Pink, John Bunyan, and many more available for FREE from their website. They have epub and mobi formats.
Don’t everyone rush at once!
The E-book “Rid of My Disgrace” is free from The Resurgence Store for a limited time (April 2-3, 2012).
Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
The statistics are jarring. One in four women and one in six men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. But as sobering as the statistics are, they don’t begin to speak to the darkness and grief experienced by these victims. Because sexual assault causes physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain, victims need clear help, hope, and healing. In Rid of My Disgrace, a couple experienced in counseling victims of sexual assault explains how the grace of God can heal the broken and restore the disgraced.
Justin and Lindsey Holcomb outline an approach for moving from destruction to redemption. While avoiding platitudes and shallow theology, Rid of My Disgrace combines biblical and theological depth with up-to-date research. This book is primarily written for those who have been assaulted (either as children or adults) but also equips family, friends, pastors, and others to care for victims in ways that are compassionate, practical, and informed. Part of the Re:Lit series.
I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting), so this is a pre-scheduled
post for your encouragement, education and enjoyment!
things that are going on in the world. The conversations are between Dr. Mohler (President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY), and various guests who are influential thinkers, writers, and figures in the public realm. I never fail to learn something or be spurred on to better thinking about my faith in a world that is in rebellion against God. Each episode is between 30 and 50 minutes… so it’s perfect for your commute, exercise time, or whatever! Check it out!
Stewardship and management of resources is an important and Christ-honoring discipline to develop. All of us could use a little bit of help with it, I’m sure. So, I wanted to make you aware of a free resource for getting that household budget under control! I first learned about this concept from financial guru Dave Ramsey!
A FREE DEBT SNOWBALL CALCULATOR!
I’ve been using this one for a bit and it’s very helpful… You plug in your debts, payoff amount, interest rate, monthly minimum payment, and it does all the math for you!
You can find it and many more resources HERE.
Mark Driscoll is one of my favorite speakers/pastors/authors… for two reasons. 1) He’s solid doctrinally. 2) He’s not afraid to speak the hard truth in tough ways.
He’s written a free E-book entitled “Pastor Dad” that would truly be a gift to any Dad in your life. You can find it and download a free copy HERE (or buy a hard copy for a real hands-on type of gift)
The folks at Christianaudio.com give out a free audio book every month… and this month’s audio book is from Joni Eaereckson Tada – it’s called “A Place of Healing.” From what I now of Joni’s story and the work the Lord has done in her life… this should be good.
I grew up Baptist – the kind of Baptist that had “Deacons” instead of Elders. From what I remember, they were a board of men who served alongside the Pastor, but not with much decision-making power, and certainly no spiritual oversight or shepherding responsibilities. From what I recall, the Deacons took care of the finances and the Pastor did all the shepherding. And the congregation voted – on EVERYTHING! It felt like a spiritual democracy of sorts.
As I became an adult and began studying for ministry, I became aware of different models of church government. You could say it was an awakening of sorts. I realized that what I had grown up with was not necessarily the best, or the most Biblical model. Over the years, I’ve had my understanding tweaked on countless occasions, and have come to see that the New Testament does give pretty clear guidance, at least regarding what the Apostles expected/intended to be the “norm” in the new covenant church.
Once I moved into positions of primary leadership in the church, I began to face the difficulties of implementing that guidance. Every existing church has its own set of traditions regarding leadership, well examined or not. Often, men are serving as Elders who never should have been placed in that position in the first place. Evaluation is needed and adjustments may need to be made. A delicate task, to say the least!
Brand new churches (of which I’ve been a part of two) have to start from scratch. That’s a better situation in some regards (no traditions to overcome), but harder in others (not a lot of “qualified” candidates for serving as Elders). Then you face the harsh reality of having to figure out HOW to go about the process. You must identify good candidates, assess their qualifications and readiness, and equip them for the role. What I’ve found is that if you take those three tasks seriously, you have a job of epic proportions on you hands!
This series of posts is about that process… It will include principles and tips to help church leaders go about the very necessary task of identifying, assessing, and equipping candidates for the role of Elder.
I’ve recently published my first book - “The Elder Training Handbook” that covers all of these blog posts in much more detail. If you’d like to find a copy for yourself, go to the FREE tab at the top of this blog. There you’ll find options for the free E-book download of the ETH, as well as an option to buy a hard-copy and have it shipped to you.
I’ve been working on a “marriage devotional” type book for a long time… so it’s funny that something else was actually published first. Still working on the marriage book… it will be done soon… I hope!
Anyway, I just finished “The Elder Training Handbook” – which actually came out of my own need for a tool to help me assess and train men for Eldership in the church.
You can find it on the “Free Resources” part of the blog – E-book downloads are free – Hard-copy, professionally bound copies are not, but they ARE pretty cheap!
Pass the word along to anyone who may find it useful!