Three Free (or almost free) E-Book Alerts Today

C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired

A man of reason and vigorous discourse, and a renowned professor of literature and philosophy, C.S. Lewis, always “Jack” to family and friends, never shied from intellectual debate, and through his written works encouraged others to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith. 

A master of visual illustration and allegory, Lewis wrote with the intuitive understanding that his readers wrestled with the same questions about the Christian story, about pain, suffering, and notions of Heaven and Hell, as he himself had wrestled. He also understood that others found reason and imagination to be incompatible aspects of an understanding of God and the universe.

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A Cold Case Approach to the Resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).
 
The resurrection. As far as doctrines go, it’s a game changer. Many accept the resurrection without giving it much thought. But isn’t something so important worthy of our wrestling with it? What if we approached the issue of the resurrection in an unbiased manner and assessed it as a cold case detective would evaluate a crime scene? Author J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case detective. He also used to be an atheist. Follow along in this brief presentation of his approach in applying his detective’s expertise to the accounts of the resurrection. Wallace believes the case is nothing but compelling: Jesus is alive!

J. Warner Wallace is a cold case homicide detective, a missions leader, and a church planter. As a result of his work on cold cases, Wallace has been featured on numerous television programs including Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. Wallace’s visual presentations in the courtroom have revolutionized how capital offense trials are presented in Los Angeles County and across the country. A vocal atheist for many years, Wallace is now an apologist for Christianity and the founder of the ColdCaseChristianity.com Blog, Podcast, and Website. He has a master’s degree in theological studies. He and his wife have four children and live in southern California.

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 The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus’ Life Mean for You ($.01)

“The work of Jesus reveals to us who He is. The work and the person may be distinguished but never separated.”
—Dr. R. C. Sproul

Most Christians recognize the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection. But how many of us understand the theological significance of Jesus’ actions before and after the Crucifixion? In The Work of Christ, Dr. R. C. Sproul looks at every aspect of Jesus’ life and work, addressing such life-changing topics as:

Why Jesus’ baptism is relevant for our salvation
The similarities and differences between the temptation of the first Adam and the temptation of Jesus, the “second Adam”
How God uses song to celebrate his redemptive acts
Why the Last Supper marks the beginning of a greater exodus than that of the Old Testament
How Jesus’ death and resurrection are grounded in the eternal covenant among the persons of the Trinity
Why Jesus’ ascension makes a difference in our lives today
What we know and don’t know about Jesus’ return

Moving from Jesus’ existence from before creation through His incarnation, boyhood, adulthood, death, resurrection, and return, Dr. Sproul guides you to a deeper understanding of God’s beautiful promise and purpose behind the works of Christ’s life.

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Free Audio Book Alert – The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

 

During the month of April, we’re giving away the unabridged audiobook download of The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul and read by Lawrence F. Pritchett.

In The Truth of the Cross, Dr. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion—the redemption of God’s people. He considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

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Free E-Book Alert – The Doctrines That Divide by Erwin Lutzer

Lutzer examines various controversies that exist within the broad spectrum of Christianity, presenting the issue and the biblical understanding of the doctrine.

Review

A non-combative look at ‘hot button’ issues in the church. (Covenant Communicator 2004-06-03)

A thoroughly readable examination of nine controversial doctrinal issues within Christianity. . . . A must for any Christian concerned with spiritual growth. (Master’s Seminary Journal2004-06-03)

Highly recommended for those interested in why certain churches accept or reject certain beliefs and practices. (Michael Miller Michael Miller, Journal Star 2004-06-03)

About the Author

Erwin W. Lutzer (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MA, Loyola University; LLD, Simon Greenleaf School of Law) is senior pastor of the historic Moody Church in Chicago, as well as a popular conference and radio speaker. His many books include The Doctrines That Divide, How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend an Eternity with God, and One Minute After You Die.
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Free E-Book Alert – Basics of the Reformed Faith by Kim Riddlebarger

When someone begins a statement with “I think God is like…,” I immediately know that this person doesn’t have a clue as to what God is like. The reason I can say this is because God is an infinite spiritual being, which means that we can know nothing about Him unless He has revealed Himself, which He does through creation and in His Word. While creation tells us that God is eternal and all-powerful (Rom. 1:20), the creation cannot tell us that God is triune, nor that He sent His eternally begotten Son to save us from our sins. The knowledge of these things must be revealed to us in God’s Word, in which we find the supreme revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:9). This is why when someone attempts to tell us what God is like apart from Scripture — where God chooses to reveal Himself — we can be sure that all they can give us is mere opinion. And since all men and women are liars (Ps. 116:11), such opinion is apt to be wrong, no matter how sincerely offered (Rom. 1:22–23).

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The Procession of Messiah – Prophet, Priest, and King!

My pastor preaching a fascinating message on Palm Sunday.

Categories: Preaching, Sermon, Video

This and That 04-12-14

Let’s Stop Forgiving Those Who Don’t Want Forgiveness – We must not forgive everyone regardless of their response to our offer: Forgiving someone before they repent is un-godlike, avoids dealing with serious issues, and while it might offer some temporary and superficial relief, does not produce long-term satisfaction to the conscience nor reconciliation. – David Murray

Rethinking “The Ministry” – You can have your spot being a busy worker bee in the events of the church without actually doing any kind of ministry. – Will Dudding

Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is) – Add to this the fact that the process of parenting and child rearing tends to inculcate moralism from our earliest years. Very quickly we learn that our parents are concerned with our behavior. Well behaved children are rewarded with parental approval, while misbehavior brings parental sanction. This message is reinforced by other authorities in young lives and pervades the culture at large. – Al Mohler

Reader’s Digest Christianity – The Kingston Trio has a great song called “Desert Pete” about a man crawling through the desert, dying of thirst, who comes upon a decrepit old water pump. Next to the pump he finds a bottle of water. There’s a note, too. The note next to the bottle says that he has to use the water to prime the pump before he can drink any. - Tullian Tchividjian

Categories: This and That

Free E-Book Alert – Finally Alive by John Piper

When Jesus said to Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again’, the devout and learned religious leader was unsure what Jesus meant. It would seem nothing has changed. Today ‘born again Christians’ fill churches that are seen as ineffectual at best, and even characterized by the ‘mosaic’ generation as ‘unchristian’.

The term ‘born again’ has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be ‘born again’ live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don’t; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covert the same, do almost everything the same.

Being ‘born again’ is now defined by what people say they believe. The New Testament however defines Christians very differently.

“When Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7), he was not sharing interesting and unimportant information. He was leading him to eternal life… If he does that for you (or if he already has), then you are (or you will be) truly, invincibly, finally alive.” John Piper

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