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Posted in Relevant News Rachel Jones|4:09 PM BST|October 24th 2014

I’m sure, like me, you’ve been watching with concern as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa worsens week on week. Just today, a man in New York has been tested positive for the disease. But from some corners, there’s been criticism that the media coverage has been so focused on European and American victims.

It should come as no surprise to us that the instinct for (self-interested) fear runs deeper than humanitarian empathy for people living far away. But what is it that scares us so much about Ebola? Not, I don’t think, the thought of the symptoms themselves (horrific though they are). It’s the perceived lack of control that terrifies us: the thought that this invisible threat could sneak undetected onto our little island and pass unseen from person to person; the idea that one day soon the coughing colleague at the desk to my right could be carrying something significantly more sinister than a common cold. However small that likelihood is, fear is certainly a powerful emotion.

That’s why it’s interesting that quite a lot of media attention has been focused on the role of the military in responding to the outbreak: this week it was announced that 100s more British army personnel are going to fight the epidemic. For the British public, there’s something reassuring about seeing that khaki presence in West Africa. It helps us to imagine that Ebola is an enemy that can be seen and controlled—or “contained and ultimately defeated”, as the International Development Secretary said on Monday.

And we should be earnestly praying that it would be! Let's beware cynicism. The right response, as Christians, is to allow our hearts to be broken by the suffering Ebola has caused. Those people who are using their God-given gifts and knowledge to tackle Ebola—and are willing to risk their own safety in the process—should be commended.

But we also know this truth: when we feel out of control, it points us to the one who is in control. He’s the one who is able to stop any enemy — be they guerrilla fighters in the desert or tiny microbes — in their tracks.

Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. - Deuteronomy 4 v 39

Posted in Best Buy Friday Dean Faulkner|9:22 AM BST|October 24th 2014

Once again in recent weeks the world has come under attack.

The barbaric and very public execution of innocent men has already been well documented. Even more disturbing are the stories of the murdering of Christian children in front of their families - barbaric acts aimed at undermining the Christian community.

All people (Christians and non-Christians alike) will no doubt be asking: Where is God in all of this? Is God really in control? How can things like this be allowed to happen?

Best selling author Jerry Bridges helps us wrestle with those questions under the focus of the Bible in his book, Is God Really in Control?

Delve in to God's own word and hear what he has to say about his real power and love for us even through disappointments, tragedies and terrorist outrages. Maybe a read of Exodus chapters 5 to 7 might help too - where God restates his plans and shows Pharaoh that no one is more powerful or above God himself.

Is God Really in Control? is on offer until midday on Monday for just £5.39 (40% off). Just order using code control1014 at the checkout.

Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|3:39 PM BST|October 23rd 2014

Posted in Useful Resources Alice Buckley|9:23 AM BST|October 23rd 2014

Here’s another sample story from our new release Play through the Bible, introducing pre-schoolers to Jesus through Luke’s Gospel. It is followed by a selection of the play activities included in the book. Each story is supported by a wide range of activities - some very short and simple, some needing props or play equipment, and some very, very messy!

This story is from Luke 5:1-11.

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Lots of people came to Jesus because they knew he could make them feel better. Even more people came to Jesus because they loved to hear him tell them all about God! In today's story Jesus has borrowed a boat. Jesus is sitting in the boat telling lots and lots of people all about God.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|2:54 PM BST|October 22nd 2014

We're called to grow - to bear fruit for the gospel (John 15:8). And we're called to help our brothers and sisters do the same (Hebrews 10:24). But there are some great ways to ensure we duck our responsibilities ... here are just five. Maybe you can spot your tendency in the mix:

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Alice Buckley|9:50 AM BST|October 22nd 2014

Here’s a sample story from our new release, Play through the Bible, which helps pre-schoolers get to know Jesus through Luke’s Gospel.
Books of Bible stories for very young children need to be simple, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be linked together or pick up on key themes from the rest of Scripture, as shown in this simple retelling of Luke 3:15-22.

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Are you ready? Are you ready to meet someone very special? In our story today, God’s people are waiting for a King to come. How exciting!

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God’s people have been waiting.
They have been waiting for God’s King to come.
God’s people have been waiting… and waiting… and WAITING for God’s Son, the King, to come to the rescue.

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|4:19 PM BST|October 21st 2014

1. If You Could Ask God One Question ebook just £2.50 till midday Thursday

Get the ebook version of If You Could Ask God One Question by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper for just £2.50!

2. 20 Ways to Be Refreshing in the Local Church

Kevin DeYoung looks at these twenty practical ways.

3. Practical Helps for Bible Reading

A short video from Ben Stuart and Desiring God.

4. Halloween - what should we do?

A video from Ed Drew about Halloween.

5. Will Christians Be Secretly Raptured?

An article from Jeramie Rinne and The Gospel Coalition.

6. And finally...

Our video of the week, in case you missed it, ‘Life-Changing Cards with a Life-Changing Message’:



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 Useful Resources Alice Buckley|12:41 PM BST|October 21st 2014

This week we will be looking at some extracts from a new book for parents with pre-schoolers. It follows on from the very popular Bake through the Bible. Alice Buckley, mum of three and author of Play through the Bible, explains the need for a book like this.

Life with pre-schoolers is exhausting. It’s lovely, and funny, and brilliant too, but oh, it’s exhausting!

We’re trying to teach them to count to five, teach them to use the potty, teach them to please stop drawing on their hands. Sometimes teaching our kids about Jesus feels like one more thing on a never-ending list.

I wrote this book for tired, busy parents.
I wrote this book for parents who want their kids to know Jesus but find it hard to teach them about him.
I wrote this book for parents who know it’s their job to introduce their children to Jesus but have no idea where to start.
I wrote this book for parents who want new ideas for their family Bible times or want something that complements what they are already doing.

In Play through the Bible you will find 20 stories about Jesus with simple words and easy suggestions for making storytime memorable for your whole family.

There are also lots of play ideas to help reinforce the message of the story, offer natural opportunities to talk about Jesus, and above all have fun as you get to know Jesus.

Posted in Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:24 AM BST|October 21st 2014

What is it that makes you reflect on what's happening in your life? A birthday, a wedding, a death of someone close, perhaps a major event or piece on the news or in the media? Certainly the actions of terror organisations across the globe make us stop and think. The stories of the beheading of Christian children in Iraq certainly brought my 14 year old son up with a jolt!

We will inevitably be asked by our non-Christian friends a whole variety of questions about what God is doing and how we view him. Are we ready to answer them?

A book that might help with that is If You Could Ask God One Question. A great book about questions. And there are answers too! Answers from the lips of the most powerful, insightful and extraordinary figure in all of human history - Jesus Christ.

Read more and buy the ebook HERE until midday Thursday for just £2.50 (50% off). Use code question1014 at the checkout.

Offer expires at midday on Thursday 23rd October.

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