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Posted in Useful Resources Helen Thorne|10:26 AM BST|October 2nd 2014

So many Christian women struggle with a secret fantasy life. So many Christian women dip into books like 50 Shades of Grey. So many Christian women - up to 20% - log on to porn sites either regularly or occasionally. And the implications for our personal lives, our relationships with others and our relationship with God are serious. But there is hope - there is help - there is forgiveness - there is a better way ...

If you have a secret life of fantasy or pornography use, or have a heart to stand alongside those who do - why not pre-order Purity is Possible?

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|12:39 PM BST|October 1st 2014

It was an unpleasantly hot autumn afternoon on the London underground. Having read all the adverts and glanced one too many times at my neighbour's newspaper, my eyes settled on the man opposite. His t-shirt was blue, slightly grubby and bore these words: "You are what you watch"

I imagine it was a commentary on film or TV watching. If so, that would make me James Bond or a character from NCIS - for better or for worse. But the concept intrigued me - a deeper truth lurked in those crumpled words.

Where we put our eyes impacts our Christian walk:

  • If I watch the attitudes of the people around me to find my identity, I will live in fear of man rather than fear of God.
  • If I look to my job to find security I will store up riches on earth rather than riches in heaven.
  • If I set my eyes on my hobbies (even church activities) to bring fulfilment, I will sideline the life in all its fullness brought by Christ
  • If I gaze upon my family as a source of hope, I will push the wonder of eternity into the periphery of my view

I guess, in part, that's why the writer of Hebrews encourages us to live our Christian lives with our eyes very carefully positioned:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

It's an inescapable fact: you are what you watch.

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|10:51 AM BST|October 1st 2014

It's a subject that's taboo. A reality that many find shocking. A fact that some would prefer to deny. But the truth is out there: women use porn too.

Accurate statistics are difficult to source but a quick trawl of the web seems to suggest that about a quarter of those who visit internet pornography sites are female. Some pages suggest that up to 60% of women have used porn at some point in their lives. And while we might prefer to think otherwise, it's fairly safe to assume that some of those surfing such sites will be Christians who are confused, ashamed, addicted or desperate. Indeed over the last decade I've had quite a few Christian sisters confide in me - each convinced that they are the only one. Far from being a solely male pastoral issue, porn is something that affects women too and those involved in women's ministry need to be addressing the subject proactively.

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|4:22 PM BST|September 30th 2014

1. Connected ebook just £4.99 till midday Monday

Get the ebook version of Connected by Sam Allberry for just £4.99!

2. 5 worst tips for freshers

A list of 5 don’t’s for those just starting university.

3. Daily Dose of Greek

A website from Rob Plummer where you can learn Greek from scratch or review the fundamentals.

4. Seven Dangers of Social Media

Richard Perkins shares seven dangers of social media.

5. Encourage One Another: Giving Grace with Your Words

A useful article about encouraging others from 9Marks.

6. Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible

Three things to remember when reading the Bible, from Desiring God.

7. And finally...

Our video of the week, Dai Hankey introduces his new book, A man’s greatest challenge:



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Posted in Useful Resources Dai Hankey|1:54 PM BST|September 30th 2014

A life has been lived that was supremely, perfectly, beautifully self-controlled. Self-control has been modelled for us by Jesus Christ. It’s worth reading through a Gospel account of his life with this theme of self-control in your mind. You see temptation under control (Matthew 4 v 1-11); fear under control (26 v 36-46); power under control (26 v 47-56); speech under control (27 v 11-14); and those are just a few snapshots from the life of Christ.

That’s the kind of man I want to be. How about you?

But… it’s tempting at this point to try to find some gaps in Jesus’ resumé:

“What about family? Jesus was never a dad, so what does he know about being pushed to the limit by sleepless babies, tantrum-throwing toddlers or hormone-crazed teenagers?”

“What about work? Jesus didn’t have a proper job, so surely he can’t relate to the demands of working a long day, the pressure of paying bills, or what it’s like to have a boss who does none of the work and takes all of the praise?”

“What about… (insert your issue here)?”

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Posted in Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:29 AM BST|September 30th 2014

The Trinity is one of the least examined areas of the Christian life and often one that is least understood or grasped. Connected unpacks the practical implications of the truth that God is Father, Son and Spirit - transforming how we think of God and providing a vital perspective on key topics like:

  • identity
  • gender
  • church life
  • discipleship
  • prayer

Read more HERE and get the ebook for just £4.99 until midday on Monday. Use code tri1014 at the checkout.

Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|3:39 PM BST|September 29th 2014

Last week was an exciting time of filming in the States. Here, cameraman Luke Stanley adjusts the microphone for Erik Raymond, pastor from Omaha and writer of the Ordinary Pastor blog. Watch this space for more news of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum we're working on with The Gospel Coalition.

Posted in Useful Resources Carl Laferton|12:24 PM BST|September 29th 2014

This week we're getting ready to launch two fantastic new books in our Live Different series.

Here author, Dai Hankey introduces his latest work: A Man's Greatest Challenge:

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|9:46 AM BST|September 29th 2014

We have a strong city;
God makes salvation
its walls and ramparts.

Open the gates
that the righteous nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:1-4

Posted in Best Buy Friday Dean Faulkner|9:10 AM BST|September 26th 2014

"You must be born again" is either deluded or devastating to the one who would be captain of his soul.

The term born again is very precious and very crucial in the Bible. And our main concern should be to know what God intends when the Bible uses this language, so that by his grace we may experience it and help others do the same. It is of enormous consequence that we know what being born again really means. John Piper has great insight and encouragement in his book Finally Alive for us.

Read more HERE and get the book for just £5 until midday on Monday. Use code fa0914 at the checkout.

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