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13 New and Upcoming Books I’m Excited About

There are a number of new and upcoming books that I’m excited about.  I call it my ‘on deck circle’.  Here are 13 of them:

The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits by Albert Mohler
From the Amazon description:
“In The Apostles’ Creed, renowned theologian and pastor R. Albert Mohler Jr. works line-by-line and phrase-by-phrase through each section of the Creed, explaining in clear terms what it means and how it equips Christians to live faithfully in a post-Christian culture. From understanding the nature of the Trinity and the miracle of the Incarnation to the world-shaking truth of the resurrection and the hope of Christ’s return, the theological heritage contained in this ancient statement has the power to shape us for vibrant and steadfast living today. The Apostles’ Creed shows us how.” Continue reading

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25 Great Quotes from “Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith” by Scotty Smith

For years, I’ve used Scotty Smith’s book of daily prayers Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith as a part of my devotional reading. Here are 25 of my favorite quotes from his prayers:

  • Father, forgive me when my worship varies in response to my perceptions of how well and quick you answer my prayers.
  • Come, Holy Spirit, come. We need you to stir our hearts. Only you are powerful enough to resalt the desalted; to bring us back to gospel sanity; to restore in us the joy of God’s salvation; to reengage the disengaged with God’s plan for our communities, the cities, and the nations.
  • Jesus, today and every day, we declare that our hope is built on nothing else, nothing less, and nothing more than you and what you’ve done for us on the cross.

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25 Great Quotes from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

In 1865, Charles Spurgeon, one of England’s most popular preachers during the second half of the 19th century, published a morning devotional Morning by Morning and in 1868 an evening devotional Evening by Evening. Since that time, many Christians have begun and ended their days with these devotional classics. Alistair Begg has updated Spurgeon’s language to make it more readable without spoiling the splendor of Spurgeon’s language. I’ve been enjoying this devotional for the past few years. Here are 25 of my favorite quotes from the book:

    • We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as workers together with Him. Let us see that our life fulfills this purpose.

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30 Great Quotes from God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Tim Keller with Kathy Keller

Tim and Kathy Keller followed The Songs of Jesus, their excellent devotional book on the Psalms, with a second devotional book, God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life on the Proverbs. I would recommend both of these books for your daily devotional reading. Here are 30 great quotes from God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life:

  • According to Jesus, all words—good and bad—are indicators of our heart.
  • The more our heart is fixed on the Lord and nothing else for our joy, hope, salvation, worth, and safety, the more our words will resemble wise speech.
  • Gossip is like cancer to the body of Christ.
  • While God’s door to hear contrition is never shut, our window of opportunity to produce it can be.

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7 Suggestions for Your Devotional Reading in 2019

There are a number of excellent resources available for our daily devotional reading as a part of our daily worship. I try to do my reading early in the morning, usually while riding my exercise bike. Although the resources I use change from time to time, below are seven resources that I would commend to you:

  1. The Bible. I read through the Bible chronologically, reading a chapter a day. Recently, I’ve been using the new Spurgeon Study Bible, edited by Alistair Begg, for the daily reading, and using the Reformation Study Bible, General Editor, R.C. Sproul, for book introductions.
  1. Tabletalk Magazine. Tabletalk has been a consistent daily companion of mine since I became a believer. While the monthly magazine from Ligonier Ministries includes many great articles each month, here I’m referring to the daily readings. Each year, the readings follow a theme. The 2018 readings were from the Gospel of John.

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