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Free Book: Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul

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Ligonier Ministry is offering a free copy of Chosen by God by R. C. Sproul.  "Chosen by God by Dr. R. C. Sproul is a contemporary classic on predestination, a doctrine that isn't just for Calvinists, says Sproul. It is a doctrine for all biblical Christians. In this updated and expanded edition of Chosen by God, Sproul shows that the doctrine of predestination doesn't create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God, but paints a portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. We choose God because he has opened our eyes to see his beauty; we love him because he first loved us. There is mystery in God's ways, but not contradiction."
Get your free copy here today. 


Live stream Gospel Joy the Bethlehem College and Seminary Pastor's Conference

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You can live stream Gospel Joy the Bethlehem College and Seminary Pastor's Conference for free right now. I listened to Piper's message last night and found myself very encouraged. It was on Christian Hedonism. I loved the way he quoted scripture.

You can find that message and more here. We can all find more joy in God.

God is good and his pleasures are pure. Psalm 16:11

Dealing With The Darker Side of Desire by Rob Nash. Text: Psalm 51

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This is a message from Psalm 51 I gave yesterday.  


WElCOMEHi, I am Pastor Rob, and it is a pleasure sharing with you God’s word today. Jeff is down at Converge preaching from the same text. We love you guys and the ability to open this book and talk about what is going on. I want to begin with a roundabout way. INTRODUCTION Robert Louis Stevenson at the age of 35, in 1885, penned the Strange Tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What would you do if you could satisfy all your desires through an ingenious disguise and not get caught? Would you drink a potion to that end? Dr. Jekyll did, turning himself into Mr. Hyde. This tale by Stevenson explores the consequences of inner evil left to itself.  We all have to manage our darker tendencies and their consequences. People struggle with shame over things spoken years before; they feel bad about not doing something when someone else was alive, they carry the pain of doing things long ago in their youth. How do we live with our past as well as ou…

Review: The Final Day a John Matherson Novel by William Fortschen

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The Final Day: A John Matherson Novel by William Fortschen. This 340-page book is a fast-paced, action-packed conclusion to the three book series by William Fortschen. Professor Forstchen holds a Ph.D. from Purdue and is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. His background informs his books. He is the author of fifty books including the New York Times bestselling series One Second After. This book is probably my favorite of his three books. It has less vulgarity than the other two, the plot is interesting, and I enjoyed the ending. 

I won't spoil the ending. One chapter, chapter 11, got me so excited reading it my heart was racing. I could not put it down. It was a fight scene that came to life as I sat waiting in a racquetball club. I was transported to a home in the middle of the night that was under attack.

One odd thing he did not answer for me was what appeared to be code language in his BBC announcements, i.e. "The chair is against the door.&quo…