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  1. David Platt Talks ‘Heaven is for Real’ on Fox 6 News

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Radical

    To view Pastor David’s previous comments on the book, go here.

  2. FREE Follow Me Booklet

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Radical

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    Here is the synopsis of What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?:

    You may think you are a Christian—but are you sure? Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him. In David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live he asks the question, “What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow me’?” What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what he is saying? When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow him, everything changes, for he is worthy of all our trust and affections.

    What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? builds on the message of Follow Me to motivate readers to experience our grand purpose: to exalt the glory of God by spreading Christ’s gospel—to make disciples who are making disciples. This booklet is a great resource to share with others to discuss crucial faith questions in a personal and grace-filled manner and engage others to be disciple-makers in obedience to Jesus. Ideal for small groups or personal and mass evangelism.

    This three chapter eBook is available for download FREE of charge on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon until May 3.

  3. The Secret to Gloria Furman’s Strength

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Radical

    Go here to get Gloria’s recently released book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full.

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    Book Recommendations from Secret Church 14

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by David Burnette

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    Here’s Pastor David’s list of recommended resources  from Secret Church 14. These books can be a great way to dig deeper into some of the topics discussed during our recent simulcast. Since this year’s topic, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” covers a whole host of issues, we’ve listed these resources by category.

    On the Gospel-Centered Life …

    J.I. Packer, Knowing God

    John Piper, Desiring God

    A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

     

    On the Gospel and Life …

    J.D. Greear, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

    C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-Centered Life

    John Stott, The Cross of Christ

     

    On Sanctification …

    Jerry Brides, The Pursuit of Holiness

    Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

    Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness

    Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

    J.P. Moreland, Love God with All Your Mind

    David Platt, Follow Me

     

    On Spiritual Disciplines …

    D.A. Carson, For the Love of God (Volume 1 and Volume 2)

    Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

    J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

    John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer

    John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God

    Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

    Donald Whitney, Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home

     

    On the Gospel and Work …

    Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

    Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert, The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to our Jobs

     

    On the Gospel and Play …

    C.J. Mahaney, Don’t Waste Your Sports

     

    Miscellaneous …

    Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy

    Arthur Pierson, George Muller of Bristol

    Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

     

    – You can catch the replay for Secret Church 14 for up to 30 days (through May 17th) by going here. This will allow you to view both the musical worship as well as the time of prayer for Turkey. After 30 days, you can see the teaching portions for Secret Church 14 here.

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    Secret Church Replay Available

    Posted on April 21st, 2014 by David Burnette

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    Good news for those who want to watch the Secret Church 14 simulcast after Good Friday, April 18th: the replay will be available for up to thirty days! If you’ve already registered, the replay will be available at no additional cost. If you haven’t registered but would still like to view Secret Church 14 in its entirety, simply register here and you can watch the replay up until May 17th.

    By registering for the replay, you’ll be able to view Pastor David’s teaching sessions, the corporate prayer time for the Turks and Kurds of Turkey, and the musical worship for the night. You’ll also receive a Study Guide with your registration. After this thirty-day period, the teaching portions of Secret Church 14 will be available for free on our website, or if you prefer a hard copy, DVD’s are available here.

    We hope you’ll take advantage of these extra opportunities to take in Secret Church 14 and to pass it along to others.

  6. Watergate and the Resurrection

    Posted on April 19th, 2014 by David Burnette

    NixonWhat can a major political scandal teach us about the historicity of Christ’s resurrection?

    Before his conversion and founding of Prison Fellowship, the late Chuck Colson spent seven months in prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal as a Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon. In his book Loving God, Colson makes a surprising connection between Watergate and the events surrounding that first Easter Sunday:

    “Even political zealots at the pinnacle of power will save their own necks in the crunch, though it may be at the expense of the one they profess to serve so zealously.

    Is it really likely, then, that a deliberate cover-up, a plot to perpetuate a lie about the Resurrection, could have survived the violent persecution of the apostles, the scrutiny of early church councils, the horrendous purge of the first-century believers who were cast by the thousands to the lions for refusing to renounce the Lordship of Christ? Is it not probable that at least one of the apostles would have renounced Christ before being beheaded or stoned? Is it not likely that some ‘smoking gun’ document might have been produced exposing the ‘Passover plot’” Surely one of the conspirators would have made a deal with the authorities (government and Sanhedrin probably would have welcomed such a soul with open arms and pocketbooks!).

    … Take it from one who was inside the Watergate web looking out, who saw firsthand how vulnerable a cover-up is: Nothing less than a witness as awesome as the resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive and Lord.” (68-69)

    While God’s Word is the foundation of our confidence in the resurrection, Colson’s reflections remind us how unlikely it is historically that the resurrection accounts were a grand fabrication.

  7. Well Said: Holy Week Edition

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Cory Varden

    Resources for Understanding and Explaining Easter, Stand to Reason: Don’t let this Easter season pass you by without some reflection on what it means and why it matters. Here are some resources to help you do this.

    Easter and ethics: How the resurrection reshapes the Christian life, Phillip Bethancourt: What is the relationship between Easter and ethics? How does the crucifixion shape the Christian life? How does the resurrection reorient our moral intuitions?

    Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon,Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor: If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies.

  8. Good Friday Is about The Father Too

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by David Burnette

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    It only makes sense on Good Friday to shine the spotlight on Jesus.

    Christ’s death is, after all, the climax of the Gospel accounts (along with the resurrection, of course). That the the Son of God willingly took our punishment is the foundation of our hope and it should be the object of our deepest gratitude. But if God’s wrath is what Christ shielded us from, then how can we rejoice in the Father’s intentions on Good Friday?

    The cross certainly reminds of God’s holiness and of his hatred of sin. However, unless we take a step back to consider what was going on at Calvary, our view of God the Father can become distorted. He can become a cold and angry Deity who in his quest for justice is just itching to wipe us out. Until, thankfully, Jesus intervenes.

    Gratefully, this is not how Scripture presents God the Father.

    In The Cross of Christ John Stott cautions us against characterizing the Father as Judge and the Son as Savior. It is one and the same God who saves us in Christ (140). This error may at first sound subtle, but it’s always a big deal when we have a wrong view of God. Just as we honor the Son by thanking him for his sacrifice on the cross, so too we should honor the Father by responding rightly to his role in our salvation. To this end, here are three things to remember about God the Father on this Good Friday …

    1. God the Father is united with God the Son in the work of salvation.

    Jesus didn’t force the Father’s hand at Calvary. No, everything Jesus did was in accord with the Father’s will (Jn 5:19), which means that Good Friday was the Father’s will. The Father intended Christ’s wrath-absorbing death for our forgiveness. Elsewhere Jesus claims that He and the Father are united in their purpose to secure the eternal life of all believers (Jn 10:28-30).

    2. God the Father gave.

    Don’t forget the simple truth that God gave his Son so that we would not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16). Good Friday was a gift from the Father, not an interruption of His plan. He is the God who does not spare, but rather freely gives His own Son for us (Rom 8:32).

    3. God the Father is a Savior.

    Normally Jesus is referred to as our Savior in the New Testament, but in 1 Tim 1:1 Paul calls God our Savior. Jude does this too (25). This is another reason we shouldn’t think of the Father only as a Judge, but also as the God who rescues his people from sin and death.

    If you’ve trusted in Christ, be reminded this Good Friday that God the Father wasn’t reluctant to save; he was eager. He is the “Father of mercies” (2 Cor 1:3).

     

  9. Three Books on the Cross

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by David Burnette

    For Good Friday, here are three great books to help you think through what was accomplished by Christ’s death on the cross:

    1. J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood

    This book is basically a compilation of three classic articles by Packer on substitutionary atonement. Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Ligon Duncan, and Al Mohler also contribute.

     

     

    2. John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

    Piper looks through Scripture and brings out fifty different reasons for the cross. A good resource for considering the multifaceted glory of what Christ achieved on the cross.

     

     

    3. John Stott, The Cross of Christ

    In his classic treatment, Stott covers a whole range of issues related to the cross. An invaluable resource for thinking about the centrality of the cross, the most helpful model for thinking about the cross, the achievement of the cross, and the implications of the cross for all of life.

     

     

  10. Death to Life: A New Album from Brook Hills Music

    Posted on April 17th, 2014 by David Burnette

    Inspired by Secret Church 14, Brook Hills Music has just released this new album, “Death to Life.”

    Go here to get it from iTunes.