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Free E-Book Alert – Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness

Where Is God in the Struggle?  

Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn’t come through for you? What if you don’t feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic “cure-all” formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Originally published as Depression: A Stubborn Darkness—Light for the Path, this new edition is updated with added content.

“I cannot overstate the importance, timeliness, and helpfulness of this book. Ed has given us the wisdom that only comes from a heart shaped by the gospel and a deep compassion for people, generated by the love of Jesus. This is a must read and a must share.”
Scotty Smith, Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church; author of The Reign of Grace and Objects of His Affection

“An all-too-rare combination of gospel understanding, biblical wisdom, personal empathy and long counseling experience shines through these pages. What is most needed is a course of divinely prescribed anti-depressants. Like a skilled spiritual pharmacist, Ed Welch fills that prescription for us.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.; theologian; author of The Christian Life

“I have come to rely on Ed Welch and others at CCEF for guidance and insight in better understanding the issues of the soul that plague many people today. For those who want to address more than just the symptoms of depression, Ed’s counsel is invaluable.”
Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years and has written many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety. Ed and his wife Sheri have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

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Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 6 – How Can We Know Anything at All?

20150419_1224331511061747Title – Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 6 – How Can We Know Anything at All?

Guest – Pastor Ray Jewell

Description – In this edition of Gospel Points we continue our series on how to develop a Christian worldview. We have been discussing the eight questions found in James Sire’s book, the Universe Next Door. This week we cover question five, why is it possible to know anything at all? Our guest, once again, is Ray Jewell, pastor of the Hilltop Community Church  in Albany, WI and professor at Judson University.

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Jesus Didn’t Just Die for You

April 13, 2015 2 comments

The urge to pick one aspect of Christ’s life—namely, His death—as more important than the others is understandable. We certainly see in the New Testament how everything seems to turn on the cross. We could accurately say that the cross is the crossroads of history, the moment at which our sin was laid on Christ’s shoulders and His righteousness was transferred to us. It’s easy to see why Christ’s death might overshadow anything else about Him. But to talk about “cross-centeredness” as if the death of Christ (His passive obedience) is more important than the life of Christ (His active obedience) is to miss other incredibly important things about Jesus.

The truth is, our redemption depends not only on Christ’s substitutionary death, but His substitutionary life as well. J. Gresham Machen’s last recorded words (sent by telegram to fellow theologian and friend John Murray) were, “I’m so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it.” He understood that apart from Christ’s law-fulfilling life, there is no righteousness to impute. We are, therefore, left dressed in our own filthy rags.

Murray wrote: “The real use and purpose of the formula (active and passive obedience) is to emphasize the two distinct aspects of our Lord’s vicarious obedience. The truth expressed rests upon the recognition that the law of God has both penal sanctions and positive demands. It demands not only the full discharge of its precepts but also the infliction of penalty for all infractions and shortcomings. It is this twofold demand of the law of God which is taken into account when we speak of the active and passive obedience of Christ.”

Christ’s life, in other words, is just as central to our rescue as His death. As I’ve said before, we are not saved apart from the law. Rather, we are saved in Christ who perfectly kept the law on our behalf.

So Christ’s death is not the center of the gospel any more than Christ’s life is the center of the gospel. One without the other fails to bring about redemption. It’s much more theologically accurate to say that Christ Himself is the center of the gospel. He didn’t just die for you; He lived for you too.

– taken from Tullian Tchividjian’s book It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News

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This and That 04-11-15

Rolling Stone and the Culture of Lying – How many anonymous letters and emails get sent around in church disputes, advancing untruths or thinly-sourced information about leaders with whom a faction might disagree? How often do we disagree within the church not by disagreeing or debating about ideas but by creating imaginary scandals where the person we oppose is not just wrong but fit to be destroyed by a mob of (usually digital) disapproval, with no real accounting of facts? – Russell Moore

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Free Book Alert – Radical by David Platt

For a very short period of time David Platt’s Radial is a free download from the fine folks at christianaudio.com.  While I don’t agree with some of Platt’s conclusions, it certainly contains much we ought to think through and wrestle with.

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment – a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

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Gospel Points – Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 5 – What Happens After Death?

Title – Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 5 – What Happens After Death?

Guest – Pastor Ray Jewell

Description – hat happens to a person after they die? Its something we all think about and it is a question that everyone of us will face one day. This is our topic as chat about James Sire’s fourth question concerning developing a worldview.  Our guest, once again, is Ray Jewell, pastor of the Hilltop Community Church  in Albany, WI and professor at Judson University.

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Gospel Points : Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 4 – What is A Human Being?

Title – Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 4 – What is A Human Being?

Guest – Pastor Ray Jewell

Description – What does it mean to be a human being? Some would have us believe we are merely a highly developed organism little different than anything else in the animal kingdom. But, what does the Bible say? In this edition of Gospel Points we continue our series on developing a Christian worldview by tacking just this very subject.  Our guest, once again, is Ray Jewell, pastor of the Hilltop Community Church  in Albany, WI and professor at Judson University.

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