April 6, 2020
Struck Down But Not Destroyed
by Pierce Taylor Hibbs
We all struggle with anxiety at various points in life, some of us more than others. In fact, some 40 million Americans are treated for anxiety disorders each year. Anxiety is a real and present threat. And for some of us, anxiety is a crippling condition. It strikes us down physically and spiritually. We feel isolated, weak, and hopeless.
But there is hope. When we see our anxiety in the context of our relationship with God, we can learn more about how he is using it to shape us. Rather than spending all of our time, energy, and resources trying to eliminate this alleged “weakness,” we can accept the truth that anxiety is a mighty tool in the hands of God. Through it, he will do more in us that we thought possible. In the weakness of anxiety, God gives us his strength.
In Struck Down but Not Destroyed, you will learn how to
- Turn your greatest enemy (anxiety) into your greatest asset;
- Be confident in the spiritual purpose for your anxiety and suffering;
- Inspect your own habits and behaviors in light of Scripture;
- Accept your anxiety as a spiritual tool in the hands of God.
It’s time for us to focus on the spiritual purposes God has for our anxiety. It’s time for us to realize God’s strength in our weakness. It’s time for us to revel in the amazing truth that the best part of being struck down is realizing that we will never be destroyed, not with God on our side.
For a book review, click HERE.
Talking With Your Kids About Jesus
by Natasha Crain
As a parent, I hope to make every moment with my kids a teaching moment about Jesus, but this usually comes in waves rather than being a settled practice. I care deeply about what the future holds for them and my ultimate desire is that they put their faith in God and walk with the Lord for all of their days. I confess that some of my parenting that is caught vs. taught is less than ideal…in those instances I’m especially grateful for God’s grace. But we continue to talk, explain, imagine, dream…and they love to ask questions.
In “Talking With Your Kids About Jesus,” Natasha Crain has written a gem in anticipating the current and future faith questions for parents to ponder when the time comes to be ready to give answers pertaining to the Son of God (1 Peter 3:15). Her book is outlined as 30 conversations spread over 5 themes: Jesus’ identity, teachings, death, resurrection, and the difference He makes from a worldview perspective. As well, readers will see a gospel progression, including what it means to be a Christian, the significance of salvation, and why Christians engage in evangelism.
Each of the 30 questions provides a wealth of evidence examined in building a case for Jesus, summarized with key points and extending into a Conversation Guide for opening, advancing, and applying those precious teaching moments with your kids. The key concept to grasp in taking charge of these conversations is one of “low-grade tidying,” making them a small, simple habit by the power and grace of God. My personal faith has been bolstered by this book, and I highly recommend parents get a copy today.
For a book review, click HERE.
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