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When God Makes Us Wait - Acts 23:12-35; 24 (Sermon)

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WELCOME Hi, I am Pastor Rob, and it is a joy and honor to share with you today.
WAITING Have you ever had this experience? My kids like ketchup. Some like it too much. They get it honestly. Do you remember that Heinz 57 commercial, with the tagline “good things, come to those who wait”? Do you remember that? I do. Is that true?

I remember as a teenager and twenty-something wanting to date. I didn’t want to be single. I wanted to get married. I think if you were one of my friends at the time, I was a broken record in my prayer requests. “God, help me be content. Please help me find a wife. Help me.” The little old ladies at my church were praying for me and offering a few suggestions. It worked, although I had to wait. The commercial came true for me.

What if the waiting was longer than you like? What if you had to suffer while you waited? What if what you are waiting for was not good or didn’t look good?

Today, we come back to the story of Acts, where we heard about a good thing comi…

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell (Giveaway)

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Goodreads is giving away 40 copies on the 18th of Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell.
From the PublisherHow did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?
While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many o…

OVER £120 Worth of Books (Giveaway)

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The Good Book Company is giving away £120 Worth of Books in the next week. The books include books by Al Mohler, Tim Chester, and Matt Chandler. Enter HERE

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10 Freebies in November!

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Letters to my Students by Jason K. Allen Vol 1 (Giveaway)

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Letters to My Students: Volume 1: On Preaching  by Jason K. Allen is being given away.

From the publisher
Few books have more influenced those called to gospel ministry than Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students. This influence of this book, like the Prince of Preachers himself, reverberates to our present age.

Carrying forward this tradition is Jason Allen’s Letters to My Students. Dr. Allen serves as president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College, the former ranking as one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America. Dr. Allen has also served in multiple pastorates. His passion to serve the church by equipping a generation of pastors, missionaries, and ministers for faithful service is reflected in Letters to My Students.

Letters to My Students is a biblical, accessible guide for ministers and ministers-in-training. It brings both biblical and practical wisdom to bear on the minister’s three main responsibilities: preaching, leading, an…

Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times by Os Guinness (Giveaway)

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Tim Challies is giving away five copies of:
Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times by Os Guinness

From the publisher:"You only live once―if then. Life is short, and it can be as easily wasted as lived to the full. In the midst of our harried modern world, how do we make the most of life and the time we have? In these fast and superficial times, Os Guinness calls us to consequential living. In strong contrast to both Eastern and secularist views of time, he reorients our very notion of history, not as cyclical nor as meaningless, but as linear and purposeful. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, time and history are meaningful, and human beings have agency to live with freedom and consequence in partnership with God. Thus we can seek to serve God's purpose for our generation, read the times, and discern our call for this moment in history. Our time on earth has significance. Live rightly, discern the times, and redeem the day."
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Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness by Michael Card (Giveaway)

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Deeperchristian.com is giving away five copies of the book Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God's Lovingkindness by Michael Card.

From the publisher:"God's identity is beyond what we could ever fully express in human words. But Scripture uses one particular word to describe the distinctiveness of God's character: the Hebrew word hesed. Hesed is a concept so rich in meaning that it doesn't translate well into any single English word or phrase. Michael Card unpacks the many dimensions of hesed, often expressed as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, or steadfast love. He explores how hesed is used in the Old Testament to reveal God's character and how he relates to his people. Ultimately, the fullness of hesed is embodied in the incarnation of Jesus. As we follow our God of hesed, we ourselves are transformed to live out the way of hesed, marked by compassion, mercy, and faithfulness. Discover what it means to be people of an everlasting love beyond wor…

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson by Martha Ackmann (Giveaway)

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Win one of 65 copies of These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson by Martha Ackmann


From the Publisher"On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, “All things are ready”?and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely “at home” (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was hesitant about publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer.
In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, which prefigured her lifelong ambivalence toward organized religion and her deep, private spirituality. We see the poet through her exhilarating frenzy of composition, through which we come to understan…

How Much Is a Little Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander (Free)

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For a limited time you can get the children's book How Much Is a Little Girl Worth? free by Rachael Denhollander.

From the publisher: "How Much Is a Little Girl Worth? is Rachael Denhollander’s tender-hearted anthem to little girls everywhere, teaching them that they have immeasurable worth because they are made in the image of God. Armed with this understanding, girls will develop confidence in their own value and blossom into women who can face any challenge life puts in their path.

This powerful message, paired with vivid, glowing illustrations, will make you want to snuggle up with your little girl and remind her of how precious and treasured she is."

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Three Book Bundle Giveaways on 11/15

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Rachel from JOURNAL OF A BIBLIOPHILE is giving away three separate prizes on November 15th. They look like some good books. You have to be in the US to win.


First place will get:Sipping Saltwater by Steve Hoppe Paul vs. James by Chris Bruno The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible, hardcover If God is For Us A copy of Contemplate the Bible Magazine Second place will get: Words of Comfort for Women by Carolyn LarsenWe Are All Philosophers by John M. FrameThe Scripture Memory Map for WomenWhen God Says Wait by Elizabeth Laing ThompsonNIV Storyline Bible, black leathersoft A copy of Contemplate the Bible Magazine 
Third place will get: Words of Hope for Women by Carolyn Larsen Faith Is For Weak People by Ray Comfort The Most Important Stories of the Bible by Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell NIV Starting Place Study Bible, hardcover  ENTER HERE!
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The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay (Giveaway)

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Goodreads is giving away 100 copies of The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay.
From the publisher:"On February 13th, 1945 at 10:03 PM, British bombers began one of the most devastating attacks of WWII: the bombing of Dresden. The first contingent killed people and destroyed buildings, roads, and other structures. The second rained down fire, turning the streets into a blast furnace, the shelters into ovens, and whipping up a molten hurricane in which the citizens of Dresden were burned, baked, or suffocated to death.
Early the next day, American bombers finished off what was left. Sinclair McKay’s The Fire and the Darkness is a pulse-pounding work of history that looks at the life of the city in the days before the attack, tracks each moment of the bombing, and considers the long period of reconstruction and recovery. The Fire and the Darkness is powered by McKay’s reconstruction of this unthinkable terror from the points of view of the ordinary…

A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette by Mark M. Trapp (Giveaway)

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Goodreads is giving away 10 copies of A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette by Mark M. Trapp.

From the publisher:During the first two and a half years of World War I, the example of Kiffin Rockwell and other idealistic American boys fighting for France shone like a beacon across the Atlantic Ocean, summoning America to take its rightful part in the ongoing struggle for civilization. Intent on paying what they saw as their debt to Lafayette, who had played such a key role in America’s fight for independence more than a century earlier, Kiffin and a handful of other like-minded young men ignored President Wilson’s declared neutrality and came together in France, first in the trenches as simple volunteer soldiers and then in the skies as part of an all-American squadron of the world’s first fighter pilots.

The noble deeds and unbelievable courage of these boys drew the attention of the world and helped galvanize their countrymen to action. E…

Creaking on the Stairs by Mez McConnell (Giveaway)

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Westminster Bookstore is giving away 15 copies of the book The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Biography) by Mez McConnell on the 15th of the month.

From the publisher,
"I think there is real hope to be found, in the middle of our deepest traumas, in the good news about Jesus Christ. I also think that there is a place for us to find hope and community within the church. Because of these two beliefs, I truly think, distant though it may be, that we may even get to a place of peace within our souls and a place of forgiveness for those who hurt us so much.

This is a book that has no easy answers and will offer none. This is a book that tries to get behind the tough questions of why God permits such abuses to occur in this world. Using his own story of childhood abuse, Mez McConnell tells us about a God who is just, sovereign and loving. A good father who knows the pain of rejection and abuse, who hates evil, who can bring hope even in the darkest …

Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership by Edward J. Larson (Giveaway)

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From the publisher: Enter for a chance to win one of 25 advanced reader editions of Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership, a groundbreaking dual biography of America's two pre-eminent Founders—Benjamin Franklin and George Washington—examining in fresh detail how their underexplored relationship forged the United States.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delivers a masterful, overdue joint biography of our two most legendary Founding Fathers. As Larson relates, Franklin and Washington, though divided by a 26-year age gap and vastly different life experiences, underwent a similarly dramatic transformation from loyal British colonists to American nationalists, and found a shared purpose in their efforts to prepare the United States for independence.

Though the two men are acknowledged as towering figures of the Revolutionary Era, historians have tended to overlook the crucial importance of their unusual friendship. Larson makes a persuasive case that neit…

$1500 Worth of Bible Merch from Alabaster (Giveaway)

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Alabaster is giving away $1500 worth of merch! (All the Bibles are in the New Living Translation).
One person will win: The Complete Alabaster Collection, 'All That Is Made', Hasami Porcelain Mug, Aesop Handwash, P.F. Candle Co, Brass Pen, and 'Designing Design' by Kenya Hara.
Three people will win: A set of three Alabaster books: Genesis, Psalms, and All That Is Made.
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