Miscellaneous


Christianity Today has an interesting article on What’s Next for the Gospel Coalition

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“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”

-Malachi 3:10

This month’s free audiobook over at Christianaudio is Not For Sale by David Batstone, about the slave trade-

“Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.”

Download here for free(coupon code is right above it)

Strong’s Dictionary of New Testament Words defines the Greek word translated grace as, “The merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases  them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues”.

Hmm. So grace is “God’s holy influence upon souls”. I’d always thought of grace as a mostly one-sided thing, something offered from God to us and received by us humbly and with gratitude. But the Greek word implies a far more powerful and interactive process – the whole process of grace as the influence of God working in us to change us. It implies steadiness – “keeps, strengthens”, progression – “increases them in faith”, and specific results in souls – “kindles them to exercise of virtues”.

Russian analyst predicts decline and breakup of United States