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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Martin Ayers (Guest Blogger)|2:50 PM GMT|November 24th 2014

Background: Inspired by David Robertson’s “The Dawkins Letters”, I’m writing a series of short letters to Brian Cox in light of his new series, The Human Universe.

Dear Brian Cox,

Congratulations on your TV series, “The Human Universe”. It has been extremely well thought out, and marvellously well produced. For years I’ve enjoyed BBC documentaries that make science accessible, and in many respects your programme has achieved that aim. You’ve come a long way since you were playing the keyboard for D:REAM. Then again, as you sang yourselves, things could only get better.

But Brian, before you simply add this to your pile of fanmail, I’m actually writing because – as a Christian – I have some deep concerns about The Human Universe. I can’t possibly raise all of them, as there were lots of little asides throughout the series that I felt unfairly dismissed belief in the God of the Bible, or inaccurately presented your own beliefs and contentions as though they are facts rather than theories. But I think instead that it’s both necessary and helpful just to take up a few issues that you raised and discussed, in the hope that they cause you – and others who I hope will read these letters – to think again. To be honest, I am very concerned about all of this. I’m concerned that you yourself seem to have picked up false ideas about the Christian faith, and dismissed it for wrong reasons. But I’m also concerned about the influence that you yourself – and your documentaries – have upon your viewers. So, without further ado, let me dive in.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|9:57 AM GMT|November 24th 2014

Here's a challenge from God's word to start your week with—and a brilliant promise to hold onto:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. - Galatians 6:9-10

  • What does Paul tell Christians to do?
  • What's the great motivation of doing this?
  • Based on your own experience, how do we “reap” from such a lifestyle?

The final sentence is sweeping and comprehensive in its simplicity. First, it shows that the Christian life is not all about meetings or even conversions; it is about doing good to the person before me, giving him or her what is best for them.

Second, the word “doing” reminds us that we are actively to give those around us whatever love discerns is best for them; love in deed as well as in word. This starts with our family—our fellow adopted brothers and sisters in God's church. But it's not to be limited to them.

  • What would it look like deliberately to “do good” to all those you meet this week? Pray for stamina not to grow weary in doing good.

Based on an extract taken from Explore Daily Bible Reading Notes.

Posted in Interesting Thoughts The Explore Team|3:31 PM GMT|November 21st 2014

Today we take a look at the climax of Paul’s speech in Antioch from Acts 13, to meditate on two amazing blessings we can have through Christ:

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”

Acts 13:38-39

So what are the two things that Paul says we can now have through Jesus?

  1. “Forgiveness of sins” - Spend some time considering the sins you know about in your life–make a mental or actual list. Now dwell on the fact that they are all forgiven through Jesus. Completely forgiven.
  2. “Freedom” — being set free from sin, released from the power and control of sin. Consider how unable we are to obey God on our own; think about our continual return to sin; remember the way our hearts produce evil. Now dwell on the fact that through Jesus we are freed from sin. We will continue to fight against it, but its controlling power has gone.

These wonderful blessings are both ‘through Jesus’ and they are given to whoever believes.

Based on an extract taken from Explore Daily Bible Reading Notes.

Posted in The Good Book Quiz The Quiz Team|12:00 PM GMT|November 21st 2014

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8v12) As we head into Christmas, enjoy our 'light' themed quiz!

On which day did God say "Let there be light"?

  • Second
  • First
  • Third
  • Fifth

How did God give light to the Israelites as he led them in the wilderness?

  • As a glowing calf
  • As a burning bush
  • As a blazing torch
  • As a pillar of fire

Your word is a ____ to my feet and a light to my path.

  • fire
  • sandal
  • sock
  • lamp

To whom does King Belshazzar say "I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you."

  • Daniel
  • Moses
  • Joseph
  • Samuel

Which event in Jesus' life is being described, "his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light."

  • Last supper
  • Baptism
  • Birth
  • Transfiguration

Which Gospel states "In him was life, and the life was the light of men."

  • Matthew
  • John
  • Luke
  • Mark

"Now as he went on his way, he approached ______, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him." Where was Saul heading?

  • Jerusalem
  • Emmaus
  • Damascus
  • Bethlehem
Posted in Useful Resources Dex Fletcher|9:06 AM GMT|November 20th 2014

Another great idea for Christmas - The Christmas Promise: a captivating retelling of the Christmas story showing how God kept His promise to send a new King, with superb illustrations by Catalina Echeverri.

Posted in The Good Book Video Phil Grout|9:59 AM GMT|November 19th 2014

Kevin DeYoung answers this tough question in this short video:

Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|4:21 PM GMT|November 18th 2014

1. Compared to Her ebook just 99p/$1.50 till midday Thursday

Get the ebook version of Compared to Her for just 99p in the UK and just $1.50 in the US!

2. 5 Tips for Better Public Scripture Readings

Trent Hunter at 9 Marks gives five tips for reading Scripture in public.

3. 12 Struggles Singles Face

David Murray looks at these struggles that singles may face.

4. Dependent: FIEC 2014 Leaders’ Conference Talks

Watch the four main talks from the recent FIEC Leaders’ Conference.

5. Is Christianity in Britain in Terminal Decline?

An article about Christianity in Britain from Mike Gilbart-Smith at 9Marks.

6. And finally...

Our video of the week, the ‘Alby’s Amazing Book 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 Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:20 AM GMT|November 18th 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 99p until midday on Thursday using the code hcth1114 at the checkout.

Posted in Useful Resources Dex Fletcher|2:37 PM GMT|November 17th 2014

Christmas is coming and you may be struggling for ideas of things to do or gifts to buy. We’re going to be posting some Christmas ideas in the next few weeks. Starting with scrumptious Christmas cupcakes from Bake Through The Bible:

Or you might like to find some other Christmas gift ideas HERE.

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