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Because the Time is Near

 By: John MacArthur
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"The end of the world is coming." From roadside signs to science fiction films, this slogan underscores our society’s nervous fascination with the future. Whether it’s a giant asteroid, a worldwide plague, or some other global catastrophe, the end of the world is a terrifying prospect—at least for those who have no idea what it will be like.

For Christians, however, the end of the world should be anything but dreadful. In fact, it should be something we look forward to. Why? Because God has told us how the world will end. And He has assured us that the end of this age will mark the beginning of a new, glorious one in which we will serve and worship Him in sinless perfection. Our eternal hope, as believers, is intimately tied to the end of this world.

All of this is laid out in the book of Revelation. Not only is Revelation the inspired Word of God, it is also the only New Testament book that includes a promised spiritual blessing for those who study and apply its message. As such, it is an essential part of every Christian’s devotional life. Those who ignore Revelation deprive themselves of a rich treasure of divine truth, and the promised blessings that come from understanding that truth. Join John MacArthur as he explains the book of Revelation in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical.

 

Recommended Reading for December 2 &3, 2017
Sermon: "Jesus Shall Reign"  |  Chris Johnson
Revelation 1

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Come Let Us Adore Him
A Daily Advent Devotional
 By: Paul David Tripp
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The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper—not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.


Recommended Reading for November 18 & 19, 2017
Sermon: "A Little Bit if Thanks Goes a Long Way"  |  Chris Johnson
Psalm 117

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Crazy Lazy
A warning against laziness
 By: Alistair Begg
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Laziness is often seen as a bit of a joke the stereotypical student who thinks each day has one 9 o' clock; the prolific procrastinator; or just the ordinary person quick to make excuses when a hard job comes along. We are all too comfortable with laziness, too sleepy ourselves to notice the dangers a lifestyle like this brings. In Crazy Lazy, a book short enough even for the laziest of readers, Alistair Begg urges us to take laziness seriously. He delves into the book of Proverbs to warn us of the devastating effect it has on ourselves, our relationships with others and our relationship with God. This book not only show you that laziness if not of God, but will challenge you to tackle it head on, and encourage you that a life lived today can be so much more fulfilling than one constantly postponed until tomorrow.


Recommended Reading for October 14 & 15, 2017
Sermon: "Crazy Lazy"  |  Chris Johnson
Proverbs 24:30-34

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Don't Waste Your Life
 By: John Piper
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John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy.

"God created us to live with a single passion to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives."

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!


Recommended Reading for September 9 & 10, 2017
Sermon: "How To Find Fulfillment"  |  Chris Johnson
Ecclesiastes

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In My Place Condemned He Stood
Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement
 By: J.I. Packer & Mark Dever

An important anthology that reaffirms the classic doctrine of substitutionary atonement and counters the ongoing attacks against it.

If ever there was a time and a need for an enthusiastic reaffirmation of the biblical doctrine of substitutionary atonement, it is now. With this foundational tenet under widespread attack, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever's anthology plays an important role, issuing a clarion call to readers to stand firm in the truth.

In My Place Condemned He Stood combines three classic articles by Packer-"The Heart of the Gospel"; his Tyndale Biblical Theology Lecture, "What Did the Cross Achieve"; and his introductory essay to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ-with Dever's recent article, "Nothing but the Blood." It also features a foreword by the four principals of Together for the Gospel: Dever, Ligon Duncan, C. J. Mahaney, and Al Mohler. Thoughtful readers looking for a compact classic on this increasingly controversial doctrine need look no farther than this penetrating volume.


Recommended Reading for September 30 & October 1, 2017
Sermon: "Man of Sorrows"  |  Chris Johnson
Isaiah 53:1-12

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Letter of the Revelation
 By: D.A. Horton
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Letters of the Revelation Bible Study Book includes six small-group sessions, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” and tips for leading a group. The Bible Study Book, a vital component of a group member’s discipleship experience, includes optional personal-study activities that can be adapted to the individual’s specific needs or schedule.

John’s Revelation is perhaps the most studied and discussed book in the Bible. It begins with seven letters to seven different churches of the day: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Revelation and this study explore their challenges, failures, expectations, and victories. Through careful examination of these churches, group members will discover the cultural implications for those times and the ways John’s prophetic vision applies today. Participants will develop a better context for end-times theology and gain a greater understanding of the task that faces the church right now. Individuals will be challenged to repent and reorient their lives to the mission of the church, as revealed in the prophecies of John. They will learn that modern churches have shortcomings like those of the churches of Asia. Yet there is still time to awake from spiritual lethargy and deadness and embrace the mission God has for His church today.


Recommended Reading for December 8 & 9, 2017
Sermon: "Jesus Sees"  |  Chris Johnson
Revelation 2-3

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Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety
 By: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
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Elyse Fitzpatrick, coauthor of Women Helping Women (a Gold Medallion Finalist), offers practical advice for conquering the paralyzing emotions many women encounter as they battle difficult, often overwhelming concerns about rebellious children, problems in the workplace or home, health issues, financial difficulties, and more.

In the Bible, God gives guidance and offers the true solution to our anxieties and fears. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety accesses this information to help women—

  • Identify the source of fear, worry, and anxiety
  • Transform fearful thoughts into peaceful confidence
  • Discover specific strategies for overcoming anxiety

Women will find comfort and encouragement through real-life examples of how others, including Elyse, cast their cares upon God and experience His strength and love.



Recommended Reading for October 7 & 8, 2017
Sermon: "The Peace of God"  |  Chris Johnson
Philippians 4:4-9

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Perseverance
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
 By: Eugene Peterson
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When the going gets tough, what does a Christian do? The world around you is, more often than not, unjust and unmerciful. But God has given you resources to see you through tough times. As you grow in hope, patience, repentance and joy, you also grow in your ability to persevere. Six studies, based on Eugene Peterson's classic on Christian commitment, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, will encourage you to continue in the path Christ has set before you.


Recommended Reading for November 11 &12, 2017
Sermon: "Perseverance"  |  Chris Johnson

Hebrews 10:32-39
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Spiritual Maturity
 By: Oswald Sanders
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“This book invites the reader to experience the title. It is not just a ‘how-to’ volume, but a ‘be’ volume.” So write the editors of this rich resource on the spiritual life.

Spiritual maturity is not a level of growth Christians achieve, but the passion to press on in Christ. In these chapters, J. Oswald Sanders explores the primary source of continual growth. In three parts, structured around the persons of the Trinity, Sanders explores matters like:

  • How we should view God
  • Why our weakness is God’s strength
  • What it means that Christ prays for us
  • How to live like an heir of the King
  • The role of the Spirit in a Christian’s life

Spiritual Maturity provides clear direction for those desiring to grow strong spiritually. Complete with scriptural principles for spiritual development and study questions at the end of the text, this classic handbook is a timeless treasure.


Recommended Reading for November 25 & 26, 2017
Sermon: "Spiritual Food"  |  Chris Johnson
1 Peter 2:1-3

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The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness
 By: John MacArthur
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Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can our modern ways of understanding guilt, blame, mercy, and justice be reconciled with Jesus' teaching?

Pastor John MacArthur begins The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by examining the doctrine of the atonement, the basis for any teaching on forgiveness. He then answers some common questions about forgiveness, such as: Why are we supposed to seek God's forgiveness if he has already justified us? How should we handle repeat offenses against us? When is restitution appropriate? MacArthur then presents potent, relevant biblical principles of forgiveness.


Recommended Reading for October 28 & 29, 2017
Sermon: "The Book of Philemon"  |  Chris Johnson
The Book of Philemon

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The Treasure Principle
 By: Randy Alcorn
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Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources. 

Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than about heaven and hell combined. But too often we’ve overlooked or misunderstood his most profound teaching on this topic, from his words in Matthew 6. Jesus offers us life-changing investment advice. He actually wants us to store up treasures for ourselves—just not here on earth. Instead, he urges us to store our treasure in heaven, where they will await us, and last forever. We can’t take it with us—but we can send it on ahead!

Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. In The Treasure Principle, you’ll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus—a secret wrapped up in giving. 

Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same. And you won’t want it to be. 

Recommended Reading for September 16 & 17, 2017
Sermon: "Money Isn't Everything"  |  Chris Johnson
Proverbs 23:1-11

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