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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Anonymous|4:57 AM EDT|September 18th 2014

For years the word stuck in my throat. The six letters that Jesus used so often, seemed unimaginable to me. Father. A term worse than a swear-word - a title that made my skin crawl.

For years my father hurt me. For years his words blighted my life. "I wish you'd never been born" - "You disgust me" - "I hate you" - "Why can't you do anything right?" - "Just get out of my sight". It's not what a father is supposed to say but it's what he did say. What he said most days. It's what he meant from the depths of his heart.

Soon I learned to shudder whenever I heard the word, "father". I couldn't say it. I couldn't think about it. I couldn't love it - couldn't love him.

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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|10:31 AM EDT|September 17th 2014

One of the reasons we want to encourage systematic Bible preaching and teaching in churches is because it forces us to focus on the harder parts of scripture. If we just pick and choose, we end up filtering out the difficult bits, or the things that will stretch us or disturb us.

It's the same with daily Bible reading. Over about a five year period, if you stick with our popular Explore daily Bible reading notes, you'll work your way through the whole Bible, and be exposed to the whole counsel of God. Including all the tough bits, the stories that make you squirm, and the parts that just have you scratching your head in bewilderment!

Image caption: Brooklyn Museum - Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees - James Tissot - Public Domain

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Carl Laferton|4:18 AM EDT|September 17th 2014

A Christian need never feel harassed, nor experience helplessness. Never.

Why?

Because a Christian is never without a shepherd.

Life is full of harassed-inspiring challenges and busy-ness, and helplessness-inducing events and unknowns. It’s what Jesus noticed about people as he travelled round, preaching and healing; it’s what aroused his compassion for them:

“He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9 v 36)

If you don’t have a “shepherd”—someone to rely on who is in control, who knows what they are doing, and cares about you as their own possession—then you’re going to know the feeling of being harassed and helpless, because you’re thrown back on your own abilities, and life is so often too big or confusing for our minds and strength to handle. If you don’t have a shepherd, you will be harassed and helpless.

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|11:41 AM EDT|September 16th 2014

1. Compelled by Joy ebook just £4.99 till midday Thursday

Get the ebook versions of Compelled by Joy for just £4.99!

2. If you want to be a leader, you’ve got to be a reader

An article from Dave Harvey at ‘Am I Called?’ (and Part 2)

3. How long it takes to read the world’s most popular books

An interesting infographic from ShortList.com.

4. The BIble - 6 reasons why pages are better than pixels

Dai Hankey ’bigs up’ the Good Book.

5. New Student Tips

A series of tips for new students (and everyone else) from David Murray including this one on time management.

6. And finally...

Our video of the week, in case you missed it, the Live Grow Know Trailer:



Found something that you think should make it on to the On to a Good Thing round-up? Send it to: ontoagoodthing@thegoodbook.co.uk

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|9:38 AM EDT|September 15th 2014

If you go to a church where the teaching is sound then you will know some great truths about God. You will be able to articulate something of his love, his mercy, his grace, his sovereignty and his immense kindness and provision towards humans in general and you in particular. And amen to that! What a privilege to know such amazing facts.

However, if you are like many other Christians, these facts don't always make it from your head to your heart. They certainly don't always make that 7 inch drop in my life...

Yes, the doctrine of God's sovereignty is exciting but when a job is lost, a relative dies, accidents happen, then a deep sense of life feeling out of control creeps in. And, if we're honest, it doesn't always need to be something that major to engender those feelings ... a bad day at work can do it. Or kids that just wont obey the curfew or do their homework.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|4:14 AM EDT|September 15th 2014

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour,
who daily bears our burdens.

Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

Psalm 68:19-20

Posted in Relevant News Tim Thornborough|8:53 AM EDT|September 11th 2014
This infographic summarises some of the findings from the Church Growth Research Programme funded by the Church of England. It makes interesting reading - both for what it says, and for what it does not say.

Here's your chance you number crunching CofE people, and anyone else who wants to wade in - what is your take on these findings? Is it discerning? Is it far-sighted? Or have they missed something important? Offer your thoughts below and we'll share our thoughts next week on this issue... Full report details HERE.

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Brad Byrd|4:40 AM EDT|September 10th 2014

Hot summer days have given way to crisp early mornings. Big yellow buses, shoulder pads & pig skin, along with the changing colors of the leaves means that the 2014 fall is kicking off with some exciting projects, titles and growth.

The US staff team has grown from two to three with the addition of Matt in Customer Service and Angela in Administration. We have hit the ground running and are planning to attend six events before the end of the year, hold a week of filming for The Gospel Coalition’s new curriculum (to be launched in early 2015), as well as launching a new children’s imprint for The Good Book Company.

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|11:43 AM EDT|September 9th 2014

1. Workers for the Harvest Field just £1.99 till midday Thursday!

Get the ebook version of Workers for the Harvest Field for just £1.99!

2. Bible Study Struggles

Paul Tripp shares three things to remember when studying the Bible becomes boring.

3. 8 Questions To Help Guard Your Heart

Some questions to help “guard your heart” (Proverbs 4:23).

4. And finally...

Our video of the week, the Putting Parenting to Bed Promotional Trailer:

 

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