Where to look when your anxiety is crippling | The Good Book Blog

"When I fear the unknown in my life, I would be wise to remember the cross."

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Episode 599: Matt Chandler

Jump to 63:17 to hear Matt Chandler discussing why the decline of Christendom might not actually be a bad thing and how the Church could do a better job addressing race issues.

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"Old Testament laws concerning women, as we peer into them, show glimmers of grace-filled light" — Kathleen Nielson, Women and God

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It's #SaturdayStaffPick time! Today, Rachel recommends Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung:

"If, like me, you find making decisions hard, I'd really recommend Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will by Kevin DeYoung. His central idea is that what God most wants to do is to "love him with our whole hearts, to obey his word, and after that, to do what we like". Instead of agonising over discovering "God's plan for our life", we need to accept that that's usually something we will only see in hindsight. This book is a good introduction to the theology of God's guidance for Christians of any age, but it's particularly aimed at those of us in our 20s or 30s—we are, it seems, a generation that doesn't like to commit or close off options.

I was struck by DeYoung's description of wisdom being something that we build up over a lifetime as we chew on God's word regularly and "develop a taste for godliness". And I've put a bookmark in page 100, where DeYoung lists the kinds of things he suggests praying before a big life decision (in his case, a job interview)—none of which are "God, show me what to do". This book is pretty short, very readable and super helpful. It even made me laugh out loud in places. Highly recommended!"

Have you read Just Do Something? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments. And then get out in the sunshine with a good book and enjoy yourself! https://bit.ly/2K0eWdO

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Friday Quiz: Women Beginning with R | The Good Book Blog

OK so maybe we skipped Q too... But can you blame us when there are so many amazing "R"s in the Bible? How much do you know about these women of faith? Scores in the comments!

How to pray for Syria | The Good Book Blog

If last week's chemical attack in Douma left you feeling angry and helpless, be encouraged that your prayers are powerful.

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Is the Christian life meant to be easy?

Is life with Jesus meant to be easy? How does social media play into our view of the Christian life? Dan DeWitt, author of Life in the Wild, responds

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You have power. How will you use it? | The Good Book Blog

We have all sorts of power and privilege. Don’t misuse it, but equally don’t fail to use it at all.

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Acts 1-12 For You Trailer

Learn about the birth of the church with Dr. Albert Moehler's exciting new resource, Acts 1-12 For You.

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"The Bible's vision for marriage is not culture-bound" — Kathleen Nielson, Women and God

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This week's #SaturdayStaffPick is None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. It's recommended by Eleanor who works in Marketing:

“I love None Like Him because it’s all about God. That might seem like a very obvious thing to say about a Christian book, but bear with. Jen Wilkin’s discussion of the attributes of God that are true of him alone challenged me in big ways to be less consumed with my own situation and more in awe of my maker. I read None Like Him shortly after graduating and moving to a new city. Without a full-time job and a permanent place to live, things seemed uncertain. None Like Him shifted my gaze from my situation, back to the God who is infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign. I would recommend this book to ALL Christians (men included—don’t be put off by the cover!) because I think we all need reminding of the beauty of God's character. I can't agree more with the author when she says, “Praise God that his plans do not rely on my faithfulness, his joy doesn’t hinge on my good behaviour, his glory doesn’t depend on my performance.”"

Have you read None Like Him too? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments. To buy your copy head to:
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Discipleship Explored Teaser

Have you seen the trailer for our Discipleship Explored resources? Grab your copy today!

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Friday Quiz: Peter | The Good Book Blog

This week's quiz is on Peter! Can you get full marks? Let us know in the comments...

We're excited about The Friend who Forgives, a children's book about Peter releasing later this year. Stay tuned 👀

God's Very Good Idea Trailer

Have you seen the trailer for God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell? Pick up your copy today!

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7 dangers facing your church right now - Premier Christianity

Are you aware of the 7 dangers facing your church right now?

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Four Ways to Evangelise in the Age of Unbelief | The Good Book Blog

Matt Chandler has some advice for you on evangelising in the age of unbelief. It's not complicated but you might be surprised.

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How do I find courage in a hostile world?

Matt Chandler answers the question, how do Christians find courage in a hostile world?

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Take Heart Trailer

Pick up a copy of Matt Chandler's latest book, Take Heart, and be encouraged.

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Rediscovering the Lost Art of Lament | The Good Book Blog

How does God want us to deal with the great difficulties of life?

Does he want us to ignore them, to get over them, to power through them, or to be crushed by them?

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Have you entered our amazing April giveaway yet? You could win a full set of our much-loved children's hardback series!

"You were, quite literally, made for this moment. This is a great time to be a Christian. Take heart." — Matt Chandler, Take Heart

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Life in the Wild Trailer

Discover how to live with hope in a fallen, messed-up, “wild” world, and be encouraged. View the trailer for Dan DeWitt's book below!

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Seven Dangers Facing Your Church Trailer

Have you seen the trailer for Juan Sanchez's latest book, Seven Dangers Facing Your Church? Check it out below.

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This week's #SaturdayStaffPick comes to us from across the Atlantic! Harvest is an Intern in the US office and today she's reviewing Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper:

"Have you ever heard the quote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”? I often had. Whenever I heard that, I would nod my head sagely and say something like; “that’s so true!” But until I read the context of the quote, John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life,” I missed out on the true implications of what it means to glorify God by finding our satisfaction in Him.

In “Don’t Waste Your Life” Piper calls Christians to base our entire lives around the most astounding thing about us; that through Jesus, we are able to have a relationship with the God of the Universe. In doing this, he reveals the glaring struggle many of us fall into; too often we “get right with God,” but then proceed to live life as though God were a convenient addition to what *our lives* instead of recognising our lives should completely change to reflect the new orbit around which we must revolve; God.

This book is a wake-up call with an urgent, timeless message that answers the big question we all want the answer to; why are we here? And, how can we avoid wasting our lives? In answering these questions, Piper investigates what it means to live a full human life in a way that is both soaring and worshipful, grounded and practical.

Piper demonstrates each theological truth with practical examples and a call to action, whether discussing vocation, suffering, risk, or love. Piper reminds us that, “God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”"

To get your copy, head to: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/dont-waste-your-life

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The Porn Problem Trailer

Have you seen the trailer for Vaughan Roberts latest book, The Porn Problem?

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Friday Quiz: Noah | The Good Book Blog

This week's Friday Quiz is on Noah! Could you be a Bible genius this week? Let us know your scores in the comments...

We live in a world that craves justice. But what transforms us to truly seek justice, even at cost to ourselves? And what enables us to do so in a way that also offers mercy?

Micah For You is the latest release from our popular expository guide series. Use it in your personal devotions, to lead small group studies or for sermon preparation.

Find out more at http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/micah-for-you

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How should you reach out to hostile neighbours?

Your neighbourhood is becoming increasingly hostile towards Christians like you. So what's the best way to reach out to them with the gospel? Author of Take Heart, Matt Chandler has an answer that may surprise you...

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You don’t want to hear this (but you need to) | The Good Book Blog

Doesn’t God just want us to be happy? Maybe. Maybe not.

Stephen Um, who works alongside Tim Keller at Redeemer City to City, looks to the book of Micah for answers.

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Why we have to put reading to children back on the agenda | The Good Book Blog

Recent research has suggested that parents and carers are reading less to their children. But we can. We should. We must.

"It's no mistake that we've entered the age of unbelief—it's all part of God's plan" — Matt Chandler, Take Heart

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To celebrate International Children's Book Day we're giving away a full set of our our much-loved children's hardback series.

To enter the giveaway head to http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/giveaway

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Stupid, foolish, pitiful. Reflections on resurrection day. | The Good Book Blog

Today on planet earth over 2 billion people will be celebrating something that perhaps another 2 billion believe is a lie.

""It is finished" Jesus cried on Good Friday "Yes it is" responds his Father on Easter Sunday" — Tim Chester, The Glory of the Cross

#EasterSunday #HeisRisen

The Big Easter Story Quiz | The Good Book Blog

How much do you know about Easter? We've written this quiz with the whole family in mind – there are 10 questions which get progressively harder!

Can you remember enough to be crowned an Easter Egghead, or is your brain as empty as the Easter tomb?

"The plan of salvation, conceived in eternity and promised in scripture, has reached its climax" — Tim Chester, The Glory of the Cross

#GoodFriday #SundayisComing

3 common problems with the cross | The Good Book Blog

Isn’t God unfair to punish Jesus in our place?
Isn’t God’s reaction to sin out of proportion to the crime?
How can the eternal penalty of so many be paid in a few hours by just one man?

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In the run-up to and weeks following Easter, focus your eyes on the cross with a FREE EBOOK, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

Our culture ignores the cross. Many of us within the church seem to be almost embarrassed by it or lack understanding of why Jesus really had to die.

But the cross of Christ is at the very heart of Christian faith and life. A deeper understanding of it will transform your life.

This short, readable book explains clearly and simply what the Bible, and Jesus himself, says about the cross, and how Christians should understand it today.

Download it here: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/free-ebook

In the run-up to and weeks following Easter, focus your eyes on the cross with a FREE EBOOK, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

Our culture ignores the cross. Many of us within the church seem to be almost embarrassed by it or lack understanding of why Jesus really had to die.

But the cross of Christ is at the very heart of Christian faith and life. A deeper understanding of it will transform your life.

This short, readable book explains clearly and simply what the Bible, and Jesus himself, says about the cross, and how Christians should understand it today.

Download it here: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/free-ebook

Is the Western Church Going to Die Out?

It looks like the church is dying out. Matt Chandler, lead pastor at The Village Church and author of Take Heart, wants to encourage you that Christianity is flourishing.

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The Greatest Challenge in Discipleship Today

"As we make disciples for Christ, let’s do everything we can to turn up the music of the gospel."

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Should you give your child a smartphone? | The Good Book Blog

Navigating the cultural waters of smartphones, social media and more...

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Matt Chandler, author of Take Heart, suggests 4 ways to share your faith in 2018

"God has a bigger, greater plan in place that will not be stopped or hindered." — Matt Chandler, Take Heart

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Holy Week and Easter Sunday

Just in time for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, here is the last video from Tim Chester on his Lent devotional, The Glory of the Cross.

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Are we living in an age of non-belief? - Premier Christian Radio

Fascinating interview with author of #TakeHeart, Matt Chandler as he chats to Premier Christian Radio about life in an age of unbelief. ❤️🦁

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Happy Saturday! Today's #SaturdayStaffPick comes from Bex who manages the Customer Services team.

"When I picked up this book the title was something I could relate to. I have certainly had times in my life when it felt like the sky was caving in on me.

The brief introduction sets the tone well for the book. It really can be done in a matter of minutes. Unlike some devotionals that promise they can be done in a set time, but often take double the time due to lots of verses that need looking up. This book has the Bible verse printed on the page for ease of reference. The verses are short but it's wonderful to dwell on them. I'm always amazed by what I can learn from just a few precious words from Scripture. I felt relaxed after the first reading and was tempted to read more. This book is so flexible as you can do as little or as much as you want. There is fantastic wisdom and comfort within these pages that truly will lift a weary soul. They are also undated which means if you miss a day you don't have to play catch up, you can take your time. This would be a great gift for someone you know going through a hard time or even a present to yourself and a book that you will return to time and again.

So grab a brew, find a comfy chair and settle down to be comforted and encouraged by the words from Psalms."

What a wonderful review! We all want a copy now... Get yours at http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/tumbling-sky

Discouraged? Uncertain about the church today? Matt Chandler's latest book, Take Heart, is for you!

"Matt is a voice I trust. Pick this up to get pointed in the right direction," - Dr. Eric Mason, Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia.

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