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Posted in Best Buy Friday Dean Faulkner|9:13 AM BST|August 1st 2014

Some people, both Christian and as well as non-Christian, find it easy to understand God and Jesus, but struggle to understand quite how and where the Holy Spirit fits into the picture. Who exactly is he? And how does he work in our lives?

The Bible tells us that we need to be led by the Holy Spirit (see for example Romans 8:12-14 and Galatians 5:16-25). Therefore, it must be possible for every one of us to hear and discern the promptings and guidance of the Holy Spirit within us! So that should mean that we can hear the voice of God. But if God were to speak out loud to us all the time so that we know it is God speaking to us, then we wouldn't need faith to hear him. On the other hand, if God speaks so softly to us that we need to get into the habit of listening closely to the Holy Spirit and drawing closer to God in order to hear him better, then there is a lot of faith involved, and it requires cultivating a deeper, more personal, more intimate relationship with the Lord and being guided by his Spirit. But where does the Spirit fit in and how can he help us? And how does the Spirit relate to the Bible?

This book is for those who are 'thirsty for a deeper experience of the Spirit of God'. There is much confusion about how Jesus relates to the Holy Spirit, how Jesus the Eternal Word relates to the Bible. People say, 'You have too much Bible and not enough of the Spirit' or "It's all very well talking about the Spirit but where's the Bible?" Whatever our background, we tend to fall back on untested prejudices or worry about unexamined doubts. This careful biblical argument, drawing mainly from John's gospel, helps us to see the answers to these questions in a firmly Trinitarian understanding. Hearing the Spirit is the way we know the Father. By asking where the Bible fits in this process, this helps us listen more deeply to the words of God.

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Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|9:20 AM BST|July 31st 2014

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Barry Cooper|3:31 PM BST|July 30th 2014

“You’re 9 years old,” I say to my younger self. “What do you have to be sad about?”

The charcoal portrait, sketched in the shadow of the Sacré-Coeur, now hangs in my father’s front room. And I look heroically gloomy. Presumably the artist did his best to capture the merriment of a family vacation, but the face is so sodden with regret it near drags the paper from its frame.

This was no isolated moment of childhood melancholy. "Cheer up," complete strangers would routinely say to me, "it might never happen." ("Too late," I would say under my breath, "it already has.")

I suppose some of us tend that way naturally. We’re always trying to swim back upstream to the moment just before we think it all went wrong. Our minds, sadly, aren’t well-behaved libraries shelved with orderly memoirs. They’re gothic charnel houses piled high with gaudy carousels, furiously spinning out past moments, past conversations, past relationships. What if I had done things differently? What if I had said something else? What if I had been someone else? The linoleum is worn through with pacing. We rehearse and re-rehearse dialogue as if we’re preparing for opening night on Broadway, except there is no play, these conversations ended long ago, and many of the people who shared them with us are long gone. Regret, the barbed wire hula-hoop, loping heavily around the brow, lacerating the skull with each revolve. Regret, the malevolent halo.

“What’s done is done.” “That tree has fallen.” “Why regret things you can’t change?”

Miserable comforters all. They may as well tell someone to ignore an itch they can’t scratch. The unreachability is what makes it so impossible to disregard.

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Posted in Useful Resources Rebecca Manley Pippert|12:28 PM BST|July 30th 2014

The following is an extract from the Going Deeper section from LIVE: Session Three.

Jesus was never hesitant to state the benefits of what he offers. We never hear him say: “Well, if it seems like a convenient time, you might want to consider” … “I think you really might enjoy this” … “I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but what I offer is rather special!” Instead, Jesus is bold and remarkably direct. He says the benefit of placing our faith in him is that he forgives our sins and brings us into an intimate relationship with God now and for all eternity. He gives us abundant life—not gifts like a Ferrari or an all-expense-paid holiday, but a life of meaning, purpose, profound joy and fulfillment! Through Jesus we discover who we are and whose we are. We have a sense of belonging because we finally know our true home.

At the same time, Jesus warned people to stop and count the cost of being his disciple. William Barclay, author and Bible commentator, rightly observed about Jesus and his disciples: “No one could ever say that they were induced to follow Jesus by false pretenses. Jesus never tried to bribe men by the offer of an easy way.”

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Tom Beard|10:56 AM BST|July 30th 2014

We're conscious, here at The Good Book Company, of our need for prayer. We want to be working in God's strength - for God's glory - in God's Kingdom not just pottering about doing what we think is good and right. If you could remembers us in prayer, that would be so much appreciated. To that end, over the next few Wednesdays, we'll be popping up some prayer requests - asking you to pray for us department by department. This week, print and logistics:

We're a department which goes unnoticed if we're doing our job. We look after getting a finished product from the editorial department into the right place at the right time, looking right! We liaise with printers, shippers, couriers and warehouses. We print paperbacks, hardbacks, spiral bound, Christmas cards, stickers, display boxes, booklets, tracts, DVDs and CDs. We maintain 7 warehouses around the world and dispatched parcels to over 100 different countries in the last year.

We'd value prayer for:


  • accuracy in the finer detail; a small mistake in getting a book printed can mean opportunities missed and gospel money wasted
  • Alex as he takes over as our main print buyer from the noble Timmy (who is leaving in August)
  • constant reminding and a sense of excitement that the (sometimes) mundane, unseen work we do serves countless Christians around the world


Thank you!

Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|3:40 PM BST|July 29th 2014

1. Emotions ebook - just £4.99 until midday Thursday!

Get the ebook version of Emotions by Graham Beynon for just £4.99!

2. TGCW14 Media Now Available

Watch or listen to the main talks and seminars from the recent Gospel Coalition women’s conference.

3. How Can I Be Sure? - Helping Christians Combat Doubt & Enjoy Assurance

John Stevens introduces his new book on doubt.

4. LIVE: the course your church may well have been waiting for

Editor Carl Laferton introduces the new course from Rebecca Manley Pippert.

5. And finally...

In case you missed it, our video of the week, the ‘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:

Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|12:24 PM BST|July 29th 2014

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Posted in Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:51 AM BST|July 29th 2014

In a short space of time, a day or maybe even an hour, we can experience a huge range of emotions. The ups and downs mean that life really can feel like a rollercoaster. Those emotions might range from anger to awe, disappointment to delight, or even outrage to a sense of being overjoyed. There can even be days when we feel as if our emotions have been erased, as if we’ve turned into a robot, numb compared to those around us.

There are some great things about emotions, but there are times when emotions can seem like the enemy. There have definitely been days when I’ve wished my feelings away, days when I’ve been convinced emotions are not good. but, that denies how God made me, as a thinking, feeling, relational person.

Graham Beynon’s book, Emotions: Living Life in Colour, is a great read, helping us to discover what it means to be fully human, putting our feelings in their right place as we seek to live and grow to be more like Jesus, loving our Heavenly Father.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Tim Thornborough|3:15 PM BST|July 28th 2014

An interestingly named bakery in Tooting, South London. Photo Tim Thornborough

"The weather was really hot on holiday - but it was a mixed blessing, because we all got sunburnt."
"Nuclear power is a mixed blessing - it gives us electricity but also weapons with terrible destructive power."
"Children are a mixed blessing - of course they bring us incredible joy and happiness - but the sleepless nights, the expense, the worry..."

I wonder if you've ever used this phrase in conversation? Many of us have.

We might also be tempted to think that being a Christian is a mixed blessing. The "upside" is enormous after all - forgiveness, eternal life, a new family, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the sure rock of the Bible as our guide in life, joy... I could go on.

But with it comes a whole heap of other stuff that is less pleasant. Misunderstanding, persecution, a task in life that seems impossible, the inner struggle against sin and temptation. None of these things are minor - many of them deeply painful, and last our whole lives.

So if someone said to us: "being a a Christian is a mixed blessing", we might be tempted to nod in agreement - until we looked at our Bibles.

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