I had such hopes, such dreams for this prophet from Nazareth. I had thought that he would make the world a better place for me. And last Sunday, just a few short days ago, I thought my dream was coming true. I followed him into Jerusalem. He was hailed as a king. Palm branches were waved, hosannas rung out on the breeze. I've never experienced anything quite like it.
After three years of wandering from one desert town to the next, finally his hour had arrived. Conquest, power, status, wealth were in his grasp. And I would be there - at his side - reaping the rewards of my faithful service over the last 36 months. I could almost smell the riches in my future.Read More
The On to a Good Thing Easter Special!
1. Passion ebook - just £2.99!
2. Together for the Gospel Audio Recordings
3. Five Helps for Your Holy Week
Five John Piper articles related to the Easter season.
4. Songs for Easter from Mars Hill Music
Dustin Kensrue at The Resurgence shares some songs for Good Friday and Easter.
5. New Easter devotional: The Last Days of Jesus
Devotional readings on the death and resurrection of Jesus from Aaron Armstrong.
6. And finally...
This week's video of the week, in case you missed it, ‘The Third Day Trailer’:
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Some people see Jesus' death as a historical footnote, buried in the past. Christians understand it is much more than that and know it has transformed their future. But often we don't realise how much Jesus' last day should change our present too.
Passion by Mike McKinley wipes the dust off the familiar events of Christ's final day, showing just what a difference the cross makes to everyday life.
McKinley writes with a warm, easy style, explaining Luke’s account of the Passion clearly and showing us how, so often, our hearts are the same as those who Jesus met on that day. The questions at the end of each chapter help us to think through where the book really needs to impact our day-to-day thinking and living.
Read more and get the ebook HERE for just £2.99 until midday on Thursday. Use code pass0414 at the checkout.
Working for A levels or a degree? Recently graduated? Love Jesus? Enjoy writing? Considering a career in Christian publishing? Then why not apply to come on The Good Book Company work experience week?
From June 30th to July 4th 2014, we will be offering 5 young people a glimpse into the wonderful world of The Good Book.
Based at our offices in Epsom, Surrey, there will be opportunities to try your hand at proofreading, editing, manuscript-assessing and putting together design-briefs plus writing for marketing and the blog. And you’ll get a great overview of how the different parts of a publishing company work together too...
If you have a genuine interest in serving Jesus through publishing, please apply to join us. Simply send in your CV and a covering note, setting out why you’d like to be part of our experience week, to Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 15th April
So, how is your prep going? Easter is nearly upon us and quite a few of us have a talk to give ... the kids' club session, the youth group Easter get-together, the lunch club for the retired with the pause for thought at the end or, of course, the Good Friday reflection or Easter sermon itself.
Is it going well?
Somehow life in the run up to a big church celebration can feel a little out of control. The kids are running riot. The commentary on Matthew has mysteriously disappeared. The glue for the visual aids is proving bizarrely ineffective (except when accidentally applied to one's forehead). Inspiration on how to tell the Easter story slightly differently this year is pretty non-existant. All those good intentions to get ahead with the talk prep are fully out of the window. 16 people have decided to call you with a pastoral crisis just as you were about to start typing. The washing machine has decided the kitchen floor would look so much better if it were under 2 inches of water. Your prayer life has become about as vibrant as a bunch of watercress a week past its sell-by date. And in the middle of all this, we have to find the strength to tell people the most important thing they will ever hear ...Read More
"I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
In the week before Easter, be encouraged knowing that Jesus was praying this for all Christians on the night before he died. We can be sure that God will do it.
At an Easter reception in Downing Street on Wednesday night, UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a bizarre claim: “Jesus invented the Big Society 2,000 years ago. I just want to see more of it”.
In case you’ve forgotten, the Big Society was one of the buzzwords of the Conservative party’s 2010 general election campaign. The policy put a renewed focus on community action, giving local governments more power, supporting community groups and encouraging volunteering. The aim was to create a “Big Society” that takes power from the hands of politicians into the hands of people.
So did Jesus invent the Big Society?Read More
This week, 5 members of The Good Book family have been enjoying Together for the Gospel - a biennial conference for pastors and Church leaders in the US. What have they enjoyed most? Here's what they are rejoicing in as they begin their journeys home ...
Tim: Meeting fantastic and enthusiastic American Christians who are eager to reach out with the gospel in a wide range of circumstances.
James: Hearing about the impact that our resources are having all over the USA and beyond.
Brad: Seeing Sam Allberry (author of Is God Anti-Gay) on the Q+A panel with Al Mohler and Russell D. Moore, talking about how to engage with the people and the biblical debates surrounding homosexuality in our churches and society today.
Abi: To see people excited about our resources and seeing fruit from using our resources in their churches.
Carl: Having meetings with some great future authors (watch this space) about some really helpful gospel-centred future books (watch this space again). Also, bacon and maple syrup for breakfast!
Enjoying some great teaching at Word Alive this week? Coming up to join in the fun next week? Then do pop along to the bookstall and say "hi" to Andy or Timmy. They would love to meet you. And there are some great deals on a selection of our products.