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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|11:21 AM EST|January 23rd 2015

On Monday we looked at Psalm 32 and the blessings that come from confessing our sin to God. This morning we look at the second half of this Psalm:

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Psalm 32:6-11

 

  • How can our experience of sin, confession and forgiveness bless others (v8-9)?
  • What kind of person does God love (v10)?

 

The person God loves isn't sinless; but they are sin-free. God covers our sin and removes our guilt when we confess and trust in him to forgive.

 

  • What is the emotional sign, and the outward sign,
    of someone who has had their guilt removed by God (v11)?

 

Spend some time in prayer now. Rejoice!
Thank God for Jesus, who had our sins counted against him so that we need not have them counted against us!


  • Who could you encourage to pray in confession and trust?
Posted in Useful Resources Ben Woodcraft|5:23 AM EST|January 23rd 2015

In the lead up to Easter, we're promoting our graphic-novel-style book The Third Day. Today we're giving away some free desktop wallpaper to excite you about Easter and, of course our book.

Here's the wallpaper and it's available for your desktop, laptop, tablet and even mobile phone. Enjoy! 

1024x768 | 1280x1024 | 1366x768 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1200 | iPad | iPhone 

How to change your wallpaper: The wallpaper you need will vary , depending on your monitor size, screen resolution and a few other considerations. You can click here to see what your resolution is. Generally you set one of these are your wallpaper by clicking on the link to download the image, then right-clicking on the image (once it’s open) and selecting “Set as Background,” “Set as Desktop Background,” or something similar.

Posted in Useful Resources Dex Fletcher|10:39 AM EST|January 22nd 2015

We love The Third Day, but don't just take our word for it:

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Dean Faulkner|9:27 AM EST|January 21st 2015

What better way to teach the Easter story this term than to show young people a realistic depiction of what happened at the very first Easter - using nothing but the original text?

 

The Third Day is a graphic-novel-style book that does just that by using the unaltered NIV text (HCSB in US) of the gospel of Luke vs 22-24 and exceptional illustration and design.

 

 

A fantastic teaching aid in Religious Education lessons, a high level of attention has been paid to biblical and cultural detail making this a remarkably realistic realisation of Luke's writings that will capture the imagination of teenagers from every background.

 

Highly discounted classroom packs are available exclusively to schools and youth groups to help you work within your budgets as you teach the Easter story in a new and attractive way. Email Andy Kinnaird for more info.

Posted in Useful Resources Dex Fletcher|4:39 AM EST|January 21st 2015

This week we're bigging up 'The Third Day'. Check out the stunning new edition of this graphic-novel-style book faithfully illustrating the unadorned NIV text of the last 3 chapters of Luke's Gospel. Have a look at some of the amazing internal spreads.

 


Pre-order your copy here: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/teenagers/books-and-ebooks/the-third-day

Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|3:56 AM EST|January 20th 2015

Just under a year ago, we published The Third Day. It was a new kind of book for us, as it is a graphic realisation of the last three chapters of Luke's Gospel. We are still immensely proud of the publication.

This year, in time for Easter, we've given the cover a fresh new look, we've added a spine and upraged the paper which really helps the illustrations shine out.

Of course there are lots of graphic Bibles out there - but how is this different? In three significant ways:

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|3:49 AM EST|January 19th 2015

There is perhaps no greater freedom than a clear conscience. Disease buffets the body, but guilt sinks the soul. And, unlike some diseases, there is a cure for guilt.

 

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:1-5

 

Being “blessed” means knowing deep joy, happiness and well-being. It comes from living the way we were designed to live, in relationship with God in His world.

 

  • What makes a person blessed (v 1-2)?
  • What does David know he needs the LORD to do for him (v 2)?

 

How does God go about not counting sin against people who have sinned? The answer’s in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

 

  • How did unconfessed sin (keeping “silent”) affect David (v 3-4)?
  • How did he finally deal with his guilt (v 5)?
  • How did God respond (v 5)?

 

Are there sins you are ignoring, attempting to excuse, or trying to make up for? What does this psalm tell you that you need to do? Why not take some time to do it right now?

 

 

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|11:00 AM EST|January 16th 2015

Nothing unmasks our true spiritual condition quite like our attitude towards money. We may think we’re not materialistic, but our response to wealth reveals our hearts. At this time of year, when lots of us are feeling the pinch after Christmas, it’s great to be reminded of Jesus’ words:

 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

 

We have to place our riches somewhere. Ultimately, there are only two choices.

 

  • Why shouldn’t we store up treasure on earth (v 19)?
  • Where should we lay up our wealth instead (v 20)?
  • Why is where we bank our riches so critical (v 21)?
  • Why should Jesus’ disciples feel unafraid to give generously (seev 32)?
  • How is this way of life different to simply “being careful with money”, or finding good deals when we buy things?
  • But how exactly do we go about storing up treasures in heaven?! It’s worth taking a look at Jesus’ teaching on money and worry from Luke 12:32-34:
     

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

  • Do you truly believe verse 32?
  • How does this show itself in your life?
  • How are you storing up treasures in heaven (v 33)?

 

Posted in The Good Book Quiz The Quiz Team|7:30 AM EST|January 16th 2015

When Jesus died, for how long was there darkness over the land?

  • 3 minutes
  • 3 days
  • 3 hours
  • 3 weeks

Which king was forced to throw Daniel into the lions' den?

  • Nebuchadnezzar
  • Belshazzar
  • Darius
  • Herod

What was the second plague on Egpyt?

  • Darkness
  • First born
  • Frogs
  • Boils

Which is the longest book in the Pentatuch?

  • Exodus
  • Genesis
  • Deuteronomy
  • Numbers

By what object did Jesus meet the woman of Samaria?

  • a field
  • a well
  • a stream
  • a gate

Who wrote 'The King of the Jews' above the cross of Jesus?

  • disciples
  • Judas
  • chief priests
  • the Romans

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son", who was Jesus speaking to?

  • Nicodemus
  • John the Baptist
  • Lazarus
  • Herod
Posted in The Good Book Video Dex Fletcher|4:11 AM EST|January 16th 2015

Our video of the week is a Sermon Jam from the team at Refresh Ministries. It's Tim Keller on the breathtaking nature of God's unconditional love. "What's a 'sermon jam' you ask?" - well, watch and enjoy!

 

And if you enjoy the video, you will probably enjoy reading Tim's book - The Prodigal God in which he explains the Jesus' invitation to all - to enter in to the ‘unique, radical nature of the gospel’: the reckless, spendthrift love of God.

 

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