BOOK HIGHLIGHT — God’s Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise by Douglas Bond

God’s Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise by Douglas Bond

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God asks Satan a question: “Have you considered my servant Job?”

What happens next turns Job’s world upside down. What will God’s servant Job do when hardship strikes? Will Job keep loving God? Will God rescue Job?

Learn from the oldest book in the Bible as Job teaches us how to be faithful in the hard times that we face. Best of all, find out how God’s story reveals our Redeemer, Jesus.

Includes discussion questions.

About the Author

Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. Visit his website at www.bondbooks.net.


Author Interview with Rachel Miller

This week’s author interview is with Rachel Green Miller. She is the author of Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society which releases September 3rd. Read a sample chapter HERE.

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. My dad is a retired PCA pastor, and my mom is a retired professor. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in history. My husband and I met at A&M. He was in grad school, and I was working for the university. We’ve been married almost 20 years and have three boys. When I’m not homeschooling, I’m usually reading or writing.

 

  • What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?

As we started homeschooling and as I became more involved in women’s Bible studies, I began to notice that many of the conservative, Christian resources had a strong focus on authority and submission. I became concerned about the effects this hyper focus was having on women and men and especially the impact on our relationships in marriage, church, and society. My purpose in writing this book is to encourage believers to consider what the Bible teaches about women and men.

 

  • Do you have a specific spot where you enjoy writing most?

I have a little writing nook in my room with a comfy chair, a bookshelf, a second computer monitor, and lots of natural light.

 

  • Which writers inspire you?

I love to read, and my tastes are rather eclectic. I’ve greatly benefited from several contemporary women authors including Aimee Byrd, Hannah Anderson, Christina Fox, and Michelle Lee-Barnewall.

 

  • Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book is Arena by Karen Hancock. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy take on Pilgrim’s Progress.

 

  • Favorite sport to watch? Why? Favorite sport’s team?

My favorite sport is baseball. I love everything about the game. It’s really the perfect sport. As a Houstonian, my favorite team is the Astros.

 

  • Tea or coffee?

Tea, absolutely. Nothing beats a mug of tea and a good book.

 

  • If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?

My favorites are Genesis, Psalms, John, and Romans. I love Genesis for the history. The Psalms have helped me through many difficult times. John is such a beautiful book. I love the imagery of John 1. I love Romans for the systematic way Paul works through the gospel.

 


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Recap of All 2019 New Releases So Far


WE HAVE RELEASED 25 NEW TITLES SO FAR THIS YEAR.

HERE’S A QUICK RECAP OF THEM ALL.



Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins by John D. Street

When the heart is filled with rage, sensuality, or pride, sexual fantasy all too easily leads to acts that were previously unimaginable. Biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the underlying idolatries that lead even Christians to commit egregious sexual sins. And he shows how Christ gives men and women abundant grace and strength to say no to the fleshly desires and humbly live for him. 

Mere Calvinism by Jim Scott Orrick

Whether you think of yourself as a Calvinist or not, your understanding of “Calvinism” probably involves some ambiguity. Written for those in high school and up, Jim Orrick’s fresh, evangelistic explanation gets to the heart of the matter, taking us back to the Bible to examine what we mean when we talk about total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints—and why those ideas matter. 

Simonetta chronicles her experiences of caring for a son with schizophrenia, along with all the struggles, questions, and fervent prayer that went with it. But this isn’t one person’s story. She has provided information and wisdom from psychiatrists, pastors, parents, and people who successfully live with schizophrenia, uncovering the gospel in each situation and sharing hard-won insights on how to care and advocate for those we love.

God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son by Abby Ross Hutto

Does God feel far off and unconcerned—or even against you? Abby Hutto presents thirteen stories about Jesus from John’s gospel that dispel our distrust and confusion by narrating through Jesus who God truly is. She interweaves testimonials from modern-day believers with further Scripture and discussion questions to assure us that God is for us and longs to draw our confused, distrusting hearts to himself.

40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning by Leland Ryken

Many hymns are powerful works of devotional poetry—displaying levels of artistry that we easily miss when simply singing through them. This anthology invites us to slow down and experience them as poems, with English professor Leland Ryken providing historical background, literary analysis, and a complementary Scripture text. The result is a wonderfully devotional and poetic study of the Christian life.

Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation by Daniel M. Doriani

Providing historical background and inspiring stories of God-honoring workers, Daniel Doriani explains the Bible’s teaching on the nature, glory, misery, and eventual restoration of work. You will learn what it means to be faithful at work, even in risky places, and what steps you can take to transform your workplace and the world. Work matters. And because it matters, it’s worth reforming. God knows the good you do when you work faithfully, even if you don’t see it yourself. 

Our Ancient Foe: Satan’s History, Activity, and Ultimate Demise edited by Ronald L. Kohl

Christians are at war with an enemy who delights in rendering believers powerless, ruining their testimonies, and destroying their lives. But are we taking Satan seriously? Are we on guard against his agenda? Here respected pastor-scholars shine the light of Scripture on our ancient foe and how he operates, equipping you to “resist the devil” in the power of Christ. 

Indispensable: The Basics of Christian Belief by David Cassidy

A God-Man, a Holy Spirit, a breathtaking sacrifice, an unbreakable bond, a daily fight, an unshakable hope . . . each is indispensable to our salvation and to the shape and purpose of our daily lives. Do we understand their true importance? Pastor David Cassidy’s engaging, conversational exploration of the essentials of the Christian faith brings clarity and hope amid the confusion and uncertainty of daily life.

Saint Peter’s Principles: Leadership for Those Who Already Know Their Incompetence by Peter A. Lillback

In The Peter Principle, Dr. Laurence J. Peter argued that competent employees are promoted until they reach positions where they are incompetent. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, uses the apostle Peter’s life and writings, his own personal experiences, and spiritual exercises to guide people to be better leaders in any arena—thinking through their relationships, productivity, management style, communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, integrity, and more. 

Fearing Others: Putting God First by Zach Schlegel

When we fear other people more than we fear God, we become anxious slaves to their approval. But we don’t have to compete to be loved—we just have to understand the extent of our people-pleasing problem and embrace its biblical solution. Pastor Zach Schlegel uses meditations on God’s Word, reflection questions, and practical action steps to guide you toward the peace that comes from fearing God alone.

Assurance: Resting in God’s Salvation by William P. Smith

Does God truly love you? Are you really saved? Your doubts can’t be resolved simply with new or better information but by growing your confidence in God’s heart for you—he is not threatened by your fears! This month-long devotional, with reflection questions and practical action points, draws on the promises of God’s Word to assure you of his gracious love and care. 

Anger: Calming Your Heart by Robert D. Jones

“Thirty-five-plus years of counseling leads me to this statistical conclusion: approximately one out of one people struggle with anger.” In this month-long devotional, biblical counselor Robert Jones guides you through Scripture’s teaching on anger: what it is, how to overcome it, and what behaviors to put in its place. Daily reflection questions and practical action steps help you to apply God’s Word to your life. Learn how to calm your heart, reconcile with others, and grow in grace.

2 Kings by Philip Graham Ryken

The book of 2 Kings is the tale of two kingdoms—Israel and Judah—and the story of a prophet greater than Elijah, Elisha son of Shaphat. It has everyday relevance as it shows God’s concern for people in serious need as well as the consequences of idolatry. Philip Ryken traces its overarching narrative, connects it to Christ, and explores its applications for Christians today.

What Is the Priesthood of Believers? by A. Craig Troxel

The priesthood of all believers is a doctrine with great practical implications for all Christians. Many times, though, it is overlooked when the community of a church downplays the importance of each member’s unique ministry. Pastor Craig Troxel first lays a foundation on Christ’s priesthood and then charts an approach for living out our own priesthood every day.

Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms by Christina Fox

For all its joys, motherhood includes its share of trials and discouragements. One brief chapter at a time, Christina Fox examines a range of situations through the lens of the gospel: who Christ is and what he has done for us. Whatever you are going through, she shows that the gospel meets you where you are with life-giving, soul-saturating hope. Prayers at the end of each chapter apply the truths of the gospel to a variety of motherhood’s challenges.

Hope: The Quest for Truth, Book 5 by Brock Eastman

Matching wits with the Übel and Corsairs, the Wikk kids learn to rely on Creator as they use Bible clues, artifacts, and maps to reach their quest’s final destination: the mysterious planet of Ursprung. But when the young Wikks fall into enemy hands, they are forced to tell all they know. Will the enemy use this information to silence the Truth forever? Fighting weaponized tyrannosaurs and even speeding up time, friends and foes race bring the Truth to light once and for all. 

Daniel: Faith Enduring through Adversity, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson

The book of Daniel has a familiar beginning and a daunting close. Compromised as we are by the world around us, we need the good news: one greater than Daniel has perfectly lived a life of exile on our behalf. This Reformed Expository Bible Study gives groups and individuals thirteen lessons that focus on observing and understanding the text—making connections to the rest of the Bible and to Reformed theology. Lessons close with personal application and a prayer prompt.

James: Portrait of a Living Faith, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson

The book of James rewards thoughtful study, overflowing with literary simplicity and theological depth. Moreover, it contains the gracious wisdom of God for daily life. This Reformed Expository Bible Study gives groups and individuals thirteen lessons that focus on observing and understanding the text—making connections to the rest of the Bible and to Reformed theology. Lessons close with personal application and a prayer prompt.

Galatians: The Gospel of Free Grace, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson

Paul wrote Galatians to liberate us from performance-based religion: justification is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This Reformed Expository Bible Study gives groups and individuals thirteen lessons that focus on observing and understanding the text—making connections to the rest of the Bible and to Reformed theology. Lessons close with personal application and a prayer prompt. 

Christ and the Kingdoms of Men: Foundations of Political Life by David C. Innes

What are a Christian’s civic responsibilities, and why? Christ and the Kingdoms of Men helps readers to become more politically thoughtful and circumspect in their use of public authority, consciously looking to and depending on King Jesus. David Innes, a professor of politics, provides a principled political theology for understanding our civic “life together,” Christian and non-Christian, in God’s world. 

Created to Care: God’s Truth for Anxious Moms by Sara Wallace

If you struggle with anxiety as a mom, Sara Wallace wants you to know you’re not alone. She provides practical tips and shows how to trust God in ten critical, and stressful, areas—from personal insecurities to our children’s spiritual well-being. Ultimately, she draws on the specific, practical comfort found in God’s Word, helping you to embrace this season with peace and confidence. 

The Promise Is His Presence: Why God Is Always Enough by Glenna Marshall

God’s presence among his people set him apart from ancient pagan gods. His presence on earth as God Incarnate split history in two. And today his presence is one of the most significant means of his goodness to us. Interweaving her story of faith and doubt amid suffering, Glenna traces the theme of God’s presence from Genesis to Revelation and shows what it means for us in our own daily joys and struggles.

I See Dead People: The Function of the Resurrection of the Saints in Matthew 27:51–54 by Raymond M. Johnson

Matthew 27:51–54 and 28:1–10 focus on Christ’s death and resurrection. These texts must be read together in order to understand their theological significance. Over time, however, interpreters have separated these two pericopae, seeing 27:51–54 as the theological interpretation of the resurrection scene described in 28:1–10. This book proposes a literary reading that properly interprets Matthew 27:51–54 in light of the entire death-resurrection scene instead of seeing it as an isolated occurrence.

A Strategy for Incorporating Biblical Counseling in North American Church Plants by Rush Witt

Over the past fifty years, the biblical counseling and church planting movements made great advances. Surprisingly, however, these movements interacted little over this time. Rush Witt aims to strengthen church plants by offering a strategy for incorporating biblical counseling ministry within church-plant DNA, helping planters to cultivate a culture of change, establish organizational structures, and equip ministry leaders to care for souls. 

Do Good to All People as You Have the Opportunity: A Biblical Theology of the Good Deeds Mission of the New Covenant Community by John A. Wind

What is the mission of the church? Some answers include extensive responsibilities for the church in broader society. Other answers are more wary of expanding the scope of our God-given mission beyond explicit biblical parameters. While affirming a God-given mission to do good in society, this study examines the larger covenantal structure of Scripture as crucial for understanding both the extent and boundaries of this mission.

 


 

Excerpt from Assurance: Resting in God’s Salvation by William P. Smith

Below is an excerpt taken from Assurance: Resting in God’s Salvation by William P. Smith.


DAY 2

“I Can’t Stop Thinking about What I’ve Done”

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. (Ps. 51:3)

The enemies of your soul are not only relentless but also dishonest. They play both sides of sin against you.

First, they flood your mind and inflame your heart with nonstop temptation, promising that if you’ll just give in, then your life will be better than you could imagine. Then, when you do give in and enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin (see Heb. 11:25), they flood you with a different barrage.

This time, the thoughts that you can’t get away from run along such lines as “How could you? Look at what you’ve done. You know better. You call yourself a Christian? God couldn’t possibly love you.” Your heart is heavy. There’s no joy in the world, and everything looks bleak.

That’s what God’s enemies do. They provoke you in order to goad you toward a destructive cliff. Then, when you take the bait and plunge over the edge, they stand there accusing you of your failure just as loudly as they once urged you toward it.

King David has been there. The man after God’s own heart (see 1 Sam. 13:14) became infatuated with another man’s wife. He couldn’t get her out of his mind, invited her over, slept with her, made a baby with her, and then murdered her husband so he could marry her in order to cover it all up.

For a time, it looked like he’d gotten away with it. But when God confronted him about it through the prophet Nathan, David couldn’t get out of his mind what he’d done. “My sin is ever before me”—can you hear how keenly aware he is of it? There’s no escape from it. He sees it everywhere he goes, and he hates it. What once was not a big deal now haunts him.

But while the problem consumes his mind and his heart, he doesn’t stay locked up inside himself. That would be foolish. Since his mind and heart got him into trouble, they won’t be much help in getting him out. And so he doesn’t keep trying to deal with the mess or to figure out how to make things right on his own. Instead, he runs to God.

He doesn’t go to God in order to hear the same thoughts that come from within him—the thoughts that accuse and condemn him. Instead he goes to God for mercy (see Ps. 51:1), for compassion (see v. 1), for cleansing (see v. 2), for a clean heart (see vv. 7, 10), for God’s renewed presence in his life (see vv. 11–12) and for freedom from guilt (see v. 14) so that he can praise God once again (see v. 15).

He goes to God not on the strength of what he could do to make things right with God (see v. 16) but on the strength of what God does to make things right between David and himself (see vv. 7–12) according to God’s unfailing love (see v. 1).

The presence of sin in David’s life doesn’t drive him to doubt God’s love; it drives him to seek the God who loves him.


In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through specific situations or struggles, applying God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day. Deepak Reju is the series editor.

  • Addictive Habits: Changing for Good, by David R. Dunham
  • After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration, by Michael Scott Gembola
  • Anger: Calming Your Heart, by Robert D. Jones
  • Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace, by Paul Tautges (COMING OCTOBER 2019)
  • Assurance: Resting in God’s Salvation, by William P. Smith
  • Contentment: Seeing God’s Goodness, by Megan Hill
  • Doubt: Trusting God’s Promises, by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Fearing Others: Putting God First, by Zach Schlegel
  • Grief: Walking with Jesus, by Bob Kellemen
  • Money: Seeking God’s Wisdom, by Jim Newheiser (COMING OCTOBER 2019)
  • Pornography: Fighting for Purity, by Deepak Reju