BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols by Brad Bigney

Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols by Brad Bigney

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Is it harder for you to change and grow as a Christian than it should be? Do you wonder what is holding you back? Have you ever considered that it might be idolatry? Using real-life stories and examples, Brad Bigney shows us how the idols we might not even recognize can still have devastating effects in our lives.

In this transparent, honest book, he helps us to identify our idols, understand how they lead us to commit treason against the gospel—and finally repent of them and root them out forever by turning to the only One who can fill our every need.

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Endorsements

“Can help all of us take an honest look at the inner workings of our hearts. Let these important words guide you as you continue to mature in your relationship with Jesus.”—Stephen Viars, Senior Pastor, Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana

“A much needed book that explains and exposes heart idolatry and clearly offers the gospel as the only cure.”—Jim Newheiser, Director, Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship

“Pastor-counselor Bigney has the right mix of confession of sin and failure, testimony of God’s working in his own life and marriage, teaching about idols of the heart, exhortation to face one’s own idols, and practical suggestions on how to change.” —Randy Patten, Executive Director, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors

“Many Christians are praying for a revival in the church. . . . Since this revival begins in the heart of each of God’s people, this book can be used . . . to help bring this to pass.” —Stuart Scott, Executive Director, National Center of Biblical Counseling

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brad Bigney, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Florence, Kentucky, is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America. He is also a member and certified counselor of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors.  


SEVEN WORDS OF PERFECTION by Anthony J. Carter

Seven is a prominent number in the Bible. It is mentioned at the beginning, during the creation account in Genesis, when God rested on the seventh day. Seven is also referenced multiple times at the end, in the book of Revelation (regarding churches, angels, bowls, seals, and so on). Thus, from Genesis to Revelation, and in many places between, seven is an inescapable number throughout the Bible. As a consequence of its frequency, meaning has been given to this number. It is often referred to as the number of perfection and/or completion. And if this is the case, then we see the significance of the number again in the record of times that Jesus spoke while on the cross. Seven times he spoke—bringing the work of his life and mission to perfect completion on the cross. His words were precisely spoken and perfectly clear.

Amazingly, we see Jesus speaking these seven times even while enduring the shame and pain of the crucifixion. The physical and mental affliction of the cross would leave most people tormented and disillusioned. But not Jesus. He was coherent and clear. Despite the pain and in the midst of the shame, our Lord spoke words that point us unmistakably to the perfection of his obedience (see Phil. 2:8) and the completion of our great salvation (see Heb. 2:3). When Jesus spoke, his every word individually declared an aspect of our redemption—aspects that, taken as a whole, offer a perfected picture of the life he lived and the mission he accomplished on our behalf.

His last words remind us that his life and death guaranteed our forgiveness (see Luke 23:34). His words secured for us paradise and eternal life (see Luke 23:43). His words inaugurated gospel community (see John 19:26). He spoke reconciliation (see Matt. 27:46). He identified with our weaknesses and carried our sorrows (see John 19:28). He completed his mission (see John 19:30). He satisfied the will of the heavenly Father (see Luke 23:46). Seven times. Seven words. Each perfectly spoken as he completed the salvation for his people (see Matt. 1:21). 

It has often been said that seven is a lucky number. Yet it was not luck that sent Jesus to the cross. It was not luck that he spoke of from the cross. It was perfection— the perfection of our salvation. As we again reflect upon the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, let us remember that his last words were not luckily spoken but perfectly chosen to remind us that we are completely saved by a perfect Savior.


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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch

When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch

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Overly concerned about what people think of you?

All experiences of the fear of man share at least one common feature: people are big. They have grown to idolatrous proportions in our lives. They control us. Since there is no room in our hearts to worship both God and people, whenever people are big, God is not. Therefore the first task in escaping the snare of the fear of man is to know that God is awesome and glorious, not other people.

Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others.

Endorsements

“Need people less. Love people more. That’s the author’s challenge. . . . He’s talking about a tendency to hold other people in awe, to be controlled and mastered by them, to depend on them for what God alone can give. . . . [Welch] proposes an antidote: the fear of God . . . the believer’s response to God’s power, majesty and not least his mercy.” —Dallas Morning News

“Biblical and practical. The readers does not need a problem with peer pressure or codependency to profit from this book. Opens our eyes and directs us back to God and his Word to overcome the fear of man.” —The Baptist Bulletin

“Much needed in our own day. User friendly as a resource for Sunday School or home bible study. Here is a volume that church libraries and book tables ought to have. Its theme is contemporary. Its answer is thoroughly biblical.” —The Presbyterian Witness

“Refreshingly biblical. . . . brimming with helpful, readable, practical insight.” —John F. MacArthur Jr.

“Ed Welch is a good physician of the soul. This book is enlightening, convicting, and encouraging. I highly recommend it.” —Jerry Bridges

“Readable and refreshing. . . .  goes to the heart of an issue immobilizing the church. Exposes and repudiates the trivia of therapeutic theology with wisdom and compassion.” —Susan Hunt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edward T. Welch is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is author of a number of books, including When People Are Big and God Is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Blame It on the Brain?,and many booklets in the Resources for Changing Lives series.


Four New April Titles

We are releasing four titles today.

Partners in the Gospel

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Being the wife of a pastor or an elder is a joy—and a challenge. These devotional meditations encourage and equip wives of church leaders by pointing them to the Word of God for refreshment and counsel. Whether you are new to being a pastor’s or elder’s wife or have been in that role for decades, the truths in these pages will speak to you amid the complexities of ministry life and testify that the Lord is unfailingly good.

Endorsements

“Megan Hill knows the joys and challenges of being a pastor’s wife, and she lovingly points us to the Savior as we serve and love our husbands and our churches. Hill serves as a trusted friend as she speaks to the myriad of circumstances that a pastor’s wife encounters. This devotional is a gift to pastors’ and elders’ wives everywhere.”

—Courtney Reissig, elder’s wife; author, Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping through the Psalms in Every Season of Life

“If you’re the wife of a pastor or elder, let me encourage you: read this book. Partners in the Gospel is full of wisdom, insight, compassion, and perspective. These daily devotions by Megan Hill will remind you of the truth, offer sympathy in the struggles, and refresh your heart as you walk alongside your husband in ministry.”

—Melissa Kruger, pastor’s wife; author; director of women’s initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“I am glad to recommend Megan Hill’s Partners in the Gospel to any woman whose husband is in ministry. Not only are its contents highly relatable, but its application is both challenging and encouraging. It will remind you of what is true, then help you to apply that truth to your everyday life.”

—Aileen Challies, elder’s wife


Freedom to Flourish

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Are you tired? Are you weary?

So many Christian women are exhausted because we’ve come to believe that God’s purpose for us is rooted in what we do—which means we’re constantly striving to somehow do enough. But there is hope! Elizabeth takes us back to the gracious plan God laid out for us in Genesis: he created us to bear his image, he is inviting us to live out that purpose, and through Christ he frees us to flourish as those who are unconditionally loved.

Endorsements

“A breath of fresh air for any woman who feels exhausted from the try-harder-do-more pressures of life. . . . Writing with biblical wisdom and insight, Garn warmly invites women to rest in God as they faithfully fulfill their calling.”

—Melissa Kruger, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“Garn calls us to remember that the joy and fulfillment we seek cannot be uncoupled from our calling as God’s image-bearers. Offering readers a better story than traditionalist gender tropes or the try-harder-do-better mantras of secularism, she invites us into true freedom—the freedom of becoming our truest selves through Christ.”

—Hannah Anderson, Author, Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image

“Elizabeth Garn provides a compassionate and winsome voice for those struggling with their calling as Christian women. . . . Best of all, she reminds readers repeatedly that their worth in God’s sight comes not from their own efforts but as a gift from him.”

—David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Westminster Seminary California


Toxic Relationships

104 pages | 31-Day Devotionals for Life series | P&R Direct: $9.99 $7.50 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Mobi: $6.99 | ePub: $6.99

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Does your happiness depend on someone else’s affection and presence in your life? Are your thoughts consumed by another person? If so, the relationship has become skewed—get help before it becomes a prison! Through thirty-one daily readings with reflection questions and practical action steps, Ellen Mary Dykas helps you to strengthen your relationship with Christ—embracing him as your true refuge—and to cultivate godly relationships with others from a place of confidence and peace.

Endorsements

“With a counselor’s wisdom and a friend’s sympathy, Dykas brings readers to passages of Scripture that . . . point again and again to the gracious comfort that can be found in Christ alone.”

—Megan Hill, Author, A Place to Belong

“Ellen speaks hopeful biblical truths to people who desire to be deeply known and loved yet find themselves hurt and empty in their relationships. Each devotional is filled with tender wisdom.”

—Darby A. Strickland, Author, Is It Abuse?

“For those who have been hurt, trapped, and betrayed by toxic relationships, Ellen gives way to neither despair nor dismissal but, like a gentle friend, guides us along a path of healing and restoration.”

—Jonathan D. Holmes, Founder and Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling


Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses

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To combat abuses in the church of his day, a young German monk drafted nearly one hundred propositions for public debate. Martin Luther posted these theses on the church door in Wittenberg, an action that helped to give birth to the Reformation.

Many people have heard of the Ninety-Five Theses, but few have read it. Yet it is a crucial text—a bold and stirring challenge to one of the largest political and ecclesiastical machines this world has ever seen. This complete reproduction includes an introduction and extensive annotations to explain the context and meaning of a short, simple work that changed the course of history.


Author Interview with Elizabeth Garn

This week’s author interview is with Elizabeth Garn. She is the author of the upcoming book, Freedom to Flourish: The Rest God Offers in the Purpose He Gives You (releasing April 7th).

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a northern Virginia native; born and raised in the suburbs of D.C. My husband and I have been married for eighteen years and while we left the area to attend seminary, we’ve been back for a while and live here with our three very awesome kids. I’m privileged to be a full-time mom and writer/speaker on the side. For about a year that looked like me working while they were all in school, this past year, however, it’s meant I was able to oversee their distance learning. It’ll be interesting to see what this next year holds! As far as hobbies go, I’m a huge nerd. If it’s fantasy or sci-fi related, gaming (board, tabletop, or computer), or has anything to do with Marvel, I probably like it!

  • When did you first want to write a book?

This might sound cheesy, but I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t want to write; short stories, poetry, novels, non-fiction . . . I love it all. Really, I just love words; I love how beautiful they can be when strung together well and how powerful they can be at communicating important truths. There is almost always some sort of story or teachable material running through my head or filling files on my computer.

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

I grew up in the church and, while I was surrounded by amazing teachers and mentors, I absorbed a lot of wrong ideas about my worth as a woman. I came to believe at an early age that the heart of my purpose was to be a wife and mother and to work hard to serve God. And while those are wonderful things, the result in my heart was a near constant sense of failure. I simply could not do all the things “good Christian women” were supposed to do. It was when I was in seminary that I really started to understand God’s plan for us as his images on the earth and what that looked like; the freedom, the dignity, the value, etc. It was such an important message in my own life that I longed to share it with other women who were struggling with the same things I had been. I feel incredibly honored that the Lord would allow me this opportunity to do just that. 

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

One of my favorite places to write pre-COVID was my local library. There was one particular table in a cozy spot that was near enough people to feel like I was getting out of the house but quiet enough that I could get a lot of work done. When I can’t get there (for example, this whole last year) I am most often wrapped up in a blanket, curled up on my couch with my laptop.

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

I feel like I should, but I just . . . don’t! I love reading so much that most of the time, whatever I’m reading at the moment is one of my favorites!

  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?

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