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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Carl Laferton|2:35 PM BST|July 25th 2014

They're going on now… and will throughout the summer. You may well know people you can pray these things for. If you don't, just pick a camp (Ventures is one place to find one) and pray these things for the people on it!

  1. Pray for the Bible teaching: that the "gospel [would come] … not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep joy" (1 Thessalonians 1 v 5)
  2. Pray that campers who aren't Christians would become Christians: that "they would turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven" (1 Thessalonians 2 v 9-10).
  3. Pray that Christian campers would learn how to live out their faith: that they'd know "how to live in order to please God … [and] do this more and more" (1 Thessalonians 4 v 1)
  4. Pray that leaders would have Christlike love: loving campers "so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well" (1 Thessalonians 2 v 8)
  5. Pray that leaders would have eternal priorities: that they'd think of the campers as "our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes" (1 Thessalonians 2 v 19)
  6. Pray that leaders would make be committed to prayer and practical support for their campers before, during and after camp: "How can we thank God enough for … you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3 v 9-10)

This post was originally posted on 24th July 2012.

Posted in Best Buy Friday Dean Faulkner|9:10 AM BST|July 25th 2014

We are always worshipping something, aren't we? Through our words, actions and decisions we are allocating worth to one thing or another. With everything going on around us it is sometimes hard to focus on the one true object of our worship, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Even at times in Church I suspect we love the preaching or the music or the style of service rather than focusing on the act of coming together to worship our Lord.

Matt Redman went through a spell when his music took over his life and left the Lord Jesus marginalised on the sidelines. So hard did that fact hit Matt when he realised what was going on that he gave up his music totally for a long period of time. He came to realise just how much he was focused on delivering great music about the Lord Jesus Christ rather than immersing himself in the Lord and worshipping him totally and directly.

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Posted in Relevant News Helen Thorne|9:34 AM BST|July 24th 2014

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • For those believers experiencing any kind of weakness or pain:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • For ourselves, when despair begins to creep:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Tim Thornborough|12:18 PM BST|July 23rd 2014

Half way down a long stretch of the A3, on my way to work last month, the smoke started pouring out of the car radio. The only time this had happened to me before the car was a blazing wreck within 5 minutes, so my heart raced a little as I looked for somewhere to pull over. But this time, with a gentle "POP" the radio went silent, the smoke stopped, and everything seemed fine.

I'm a bit of a news junkie, so the Today programme is my usual companion on the morning drive to work. It has become part of my morning ritual. Thought for the day; the headlines; the ten past eight interview have all filled my mind with thoughts on the commute. But now there is silence. An enforced "news fast".

And like the other kind of fasting, it has taken me through some stages. First of all irritation (at the cost of replacing the radio). Then hunger: "I wonder what's happening?" Then wondering what to do with my head in the silence. And then working out that this is a great opportunity to use the time proactively. Suddenly, my journey to work has become an opportunity to pray. And I've developed an unusual prayer list.

  • Restaurants: Driving down the main street of the suburb I live in, I pray for the progress of the gospel in the home countries of the restaurants I pass. South and North Korea, Japan and Italy all get a look in - and later on, Turkey and India/Pakistan/Bangladesh. I know missionaries in some of those countries, so they get prayed for too.
  • Road names: There are a few road names that trigger associations with people I know. So when I turn down Chesterfield Road, I remember to pray for an old friend who comes from there.
  • Sports grounds: I pass a golf course and a couple of leisure centres, so Christians in Sport sometimes comes to mind.
  • Churches: and of course there are dozens of churches I pass - sparking prayer for their ministry, and the work of evangelism in the local area.

I'm very thankful that the radio broke - and I'm in no hurry to fix it.

Posted in Relevant News Helen Thorne|9:16 AM BST|July 23rd 2014

Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|3:45 PM BST|July 22nd 2014

1. Compared to Her ebook - half price!

Get the ebook version of Compared to Her for just £3!

2. 7 Different Ways to Read a Book

Tim Challies looks at seven different kinds of reading.

3. EMA 2014: Audio and Video Resources

Watch or listen to the main talks from the Evangelical Ministry Assembly 2014.

4. We Must Learn to Taste

A post from one of our authors Barry Cooper on Desiring God.

5. A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’

Also on Desiring God, a first glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’.

6. The Anatomy of a Great Message

Tom Basson shares a helpful infographic with practical steps on creation sermons.

7. And finally...

Our video of the week, ‘Live Grow Know’ trailer:



Found something that you think should make it on to the On to a Good Thing round-up? Send it to: ontoagoodthing@thegoodbook.co.uk

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Tim Thornborough|12:33 PM BST|July 22nd 2014

Met yesterday with an old friend who came up through the youth group I was involved in and who is now a missionary in South Africa. He thanked me for producing the Questions Christians Ask series, and then, like many others, asked me what is next on the list.

I went through the icons on the front of the books, talking about progress with each of them, and the difficulties with getting the level and approach right and with the commissioning some of the titles.

Ben reminded me of a talk I was once asked to give - that I had completely forgotten about. Apparently, I had been asked back to the youth group to talk about UFOs - a subject of deep concern to some of the teenagers at the time. I have not a clue what I said, what Bible texts I referred to, or what kind of steer I gave on the subject - but the conversation reminded me how short-lived some of our concerns can be. As a teenager, I was often involved in intense conversations about UFOs, fuelled by wild speculation from Erich von Daniken's books like Chariot of the Gods (ask any man over 55 and they will fill you in if this is a mystery to you). But it's just not something people talk about now - not in my experience anyway.

And when you read books on apologetics from 20 or 30 years ago, their lists of top questions seem strangely unfamiliar to modern ears - apart from questions about suffering and a God of love. You will search in vain for references to gender and homosexuality in the handbooks on evangelism from a previous generation - but now they are virtually top of the list. Our culture and it's questions just move on.

And our thinking and engagement must move on with them.

In memory of that talk, Ben sent me through the mock-up to the right. It's not a title we are going to publish any time soon - but perhaps there are other Questions Christians No Longer Ask titles you might like to suggest... Answers on a postcard, or by clicking the comment button below...

Posted in Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:35 AM BST|July 22nd 2014

Looking up and looking down at others is something we all do yet, for many of us, it's so habitual we hardly notice we're doing it. Unfortunately the consequences are far more evident. Sophie de Witt's, Compared To Her takes a good hard look at how we compare ourselves to others and the reasons why we do it. It's a problem we just cannot afford to ignore! Sophie offers hope by presenting the God-given remedy and convincing us that rather than being doomed to dissatisfaction, contentment is a realistic option.

Read more HERE and get the ebook for just £3 using code htch0714 at the checkout.

Posted in Useful Resources Andre Parker|12:25 PM BST|July 21st 2014

Work is well underway on our second graphic novel: Light in the Darkness

We're currently on the inking stage of this exciting project, which is the prequel to our first, popular graphic novel, 'The Third Day' - and we thought you'd like a glimpse of how it's going.

Light in the Darkness uses the biblical text of Luke chapters 1-2 and visualises the drama and emotion of Luke's narrative as we explore the characters of the very first Christmas...

We're expecting it to be available in early October - just in time for your Christmas shopping!

Watch this space...

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