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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|9:35 AM EDT|August 20th 2014

Reading the little book of Obadiah in the light of current world events can be a useful exercise. It shows us a glimpse of God's character and heart in the face of atrocities committed against his children.

God's people had been betrayed, attacked, robbed and cut-down in ways too gruesome to contemplate. And, in the face of such awfulness, Obadiah reminds us of three important things: God has seen, God is angry and God will act to bring justice and judgement on those who have acted so badly.

The message - seen through the lens of the cross of Christ - brings a wider context, a sense of hope and a clearer perspective to modern times.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Elizabeth Parsons|4:40 AM EDT|August 20th 2014

We're conscious, here at The Good Book Company, of our need for prayer. We want to be working in God's strength - for God's glory - in God's Kingdom not just pottering about doing what we think is good and right. If you could remembers us in prayer, that would be so much appreciated. To that end, this Wednesday we're continuing to pop up some prayer requests - asking you to pray for us department by department. This week, translations:

Although the majority of the books we sell are in English, we also have a growing range of editions available in other languages. These editions are prepared by local publishing houses and the person who manages this process is our translations co-ordinator, Elizabeth. She works with publishers in more than 30 countries around the world. Please pray for:

  • wisdom in choosing suitable publishing partners in different countries and clear communication to overcome any language barriers between us
  • encouragement for our publishing partners, many of whom are working in countries where it can be difficult to find the financial resources and experienced translators needed
  • the publication of high-quality translations that can be made widely available to encourage and equip Christians in their daily lives

Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|11:53 AM EDT|August 19th 2014

1. Gospel Truth just £4.95 till midday Thursday!

Get the ebook version of Gospel Truth for just £4.95!

2. Why We Love to Read

A post from Tim Challies about reading.

3. Surprised by Suffering - free ebook

Free ebook version of R. C. Sproul’s book on pain and suffering (also available on Amazon).

4. Five Back-to-School Basics

Marshall Segal at Desiring God shares five basics as you prepare to go back to school.

5. And finally...

Our video of the week, ‘1 Samuel For You Trailer’:



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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Alison Mitchell|7:36 AM EDT|August 18th 2014

What do you notice in this photo? Take a moment to have a look. Is it the industrial buildings? The parked cars? The train at the station? The fading sun?

This is the view from the back of my flat, and is one of the many, many photos I've taken hanging out the bathroom window. All of sunsets. This one was stunning - but as usual, it failed to translate into the photo. And it struck me that life is a bit like that…

What do we notice as we go through our day? Dreary skies and dismal rain? Impatient drivers and irritable pedestrians? Tasteless food and turgid work? Or maybe the opposite. Cheerful sunshine, supportive friends, delicious meals?

But what do we see when we really look? When we view our world and lives with biblical eyes? That's when we see the truth – that God, in all his awesome goodness, truly is the Lord of all.

Every night for twenty years, the Lord has shown me a different sunset from my bathroom window. When I photograph them, they fade into the background of the "real world". But when I gaze at them, it's everything else that fades from sight. Because what I'm seeing is what's really true. The Lord who delights in shaping that sunset differently every single time, is the Lord Almighty. His is the real kingdom. The everlasting kingdom. That's the truth the sky points us to.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth." Psalm 19 v 1-6

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|4:24 AM EDT|August 18th 2014

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 16:8-11

Posted in Relevant News Helen Thorne|4:08 AM EDT|August 14th 2014

For students up and down the land, today is the day. Will all the work of the last year or two have been worth it? Did I achieve what I set out to achieve? Is that place at university or college secure? Is my future on track? Will my parents be proud? Or will life begin to unravel in disappointment and confusion about what happens next?

Here at The Good Book Company we're an eclectic bunch. Some sailed through A'levels with straight As and went up to an Oxbridge university. Others found A'levels a hard hurdle to overcome. We're all doing OK though - one happy family, serving Jesus with a range of results on our CVs. So what thoughts can we pass on to the students finding out their results today? Here are a few thoughts ...

Helen: Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15) - A'levels may not have been the original context for this verse but I think it applies anyway. Let's stand alongside our brothers and sisters today.

Dex: Remember that your relationship with the Lord is worth far more than A*s.

Dean: Don't get carried away - in either direction. If your results are great, keep your feet on the ground and thank God for your grades. If you're disappointed, don't give up - keep persevering - he still has good works planned in advance for you to do.

Alison: Your results may or may not impact what you plan to do and where you plan to go but they wont mess up your relationship with Jesus. Your place in the New Creation is secure - not because of what you have achieved but because of what Christ has achieved.

Andre: Whatever situation you find yourself in today, start there and keep moving forward conscious that God is good and God is sovereign.

Anne: In eternity - even in 10 years time - no-one is going to be talking about your A'level results. Keep today in the big picture of God's plans and purposes.

Alex: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) - what greater comfort and encouragement is there than that?

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|9:30 AM EDT|August 13th 2014

As yet another celebrity suicide hits the headlines, people have once again been discussing what it means to take your own life. Some describe it as a "waste", others a "mystery", many as a "tragedy" but, in quiet corners, there are other groups of people: those who see it as an "appealing option". Today on The Good Book Blog we meet one Christian who sought suicide, tried suicide but is now praising God for her life.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Andy Kinnaird|5:02 AM EDT|August 13th 2014

We're conscious, here at The Good Book Company, of our need for prayer. We want to be working in God's strength - for God's glory - in God's Kingdom not just pottering about doing what we think is good and right. If you could remembers us in prayer, that would be so much appreciated. To that end, this Wednesday we're continuing to pop up some prayer requests - asking you to pray for us department by department. This week, customer services:

The Customer Services department looks after the end of the publishing process: getting books into people's hands. We are a team of 5 people in the UK (Andy, Robin, Neil, Bex and Dex) and we are the guys and girls who answer the phone when customers call with queries. We also pick and pack all the orders that are generated from phone, email and web sales.

Please pray:

We want to serve our customers in the best way possible. Pray that we would continue to do so, and to go the extra mile for our customers' needs.

As we follow the patterns and rhythms of an academic year, the start of September will be a busy time. Pray that the team would be able to manage the extra workload, and continue to be of excellent service to the church.

That we would be continually reminded that we are serving for the Kingdom. Often we don't see or hear what happens when the resources are delivered. Pray that we would trust in God, and what he's doing through the resources we send out.

Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|10:20 AM EDT|August 12th 2014

1. The Big Ego Trip just £5 till midday Thursday!

Get the ebook version of The Big Ego Trip for just £5!

2. Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

The new journal from 9Marks.

3. Tips for Hospital Visiting

A load of helpful tips from David Murray.

4. 7 Marks of Enduring Accountability Relationships

Brad Hambrick shares his seven marks.

5. And finally...

Our video of the week, ‘Can I Really Trust The Bible? Promo’:



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

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