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Five warnings to those who merely pretend to be Godly

HYPOCRITES

Written by Author & Blogger Tim Challies

There is in each of us a dangerous temptation toward hypocrisy, to be one thing but to pretend to be another. There are many within the church who are hypocrites, people who claim to be Christians but who are, in fact, unbelievers attempting to convince others (and perhaps themselves) that they are followers of Jesus Christ. They are people who do not practice true virtue but who instead offer counterfeit versions of it. Jude compares them to clouds without water in that they seem to be full of the Spirit but are actually devoid of true goodness.

Here are five solemn warnings to those who only pretend to be godly:

Hypocrisy angers God.
God hates hypocrisy and hypocrites because hypocrisy misuses religion, taking advantage of its laws and decrees for self-advancement. The hypocrite wants religion—even the Christian faith—only for the advantages he gains from it. He fails to truly turn his heart to God and do good to God’s people. He carries Christ in his Bible, but not in his heart. He serves the devil while wearing the uniform of Christ. He will be condemned by God.

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Book Review: When Grace Showed Up

Authors: Tich and Joan Smith

One couple’s story of hope and healing among the poor.

When Grace Showed UpTich Smith grew up in a middle class home, where he played rugby and cricket Kwa-Zulu Natal, and went on to represent South Africa in the cricket arena.  His sports career derailed at the age of 35 due to alcoholism and a gambling addiction.  Joan had recently lost her husband. Their lives were at rock bottom when grace showed up and inspired the to move past the racial prejudices of thme Apartheid era and launch a ministry together.

The result was Lungisisa Indlela village (LIV), the legendary residential facility that rescues children, restores lives, and raises young leaders in South Africa. This is the story of transformed lives – both theirs and the orphans – as a country begins to embrace grace and love others as Christ loves the church.

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Why care about the Reformation today?

It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.  Today we learn about some of the Reformation Heroes.
Reformation-Heroes 2The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years.

As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther’s story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation – some well known and others not so – most of whom are Reformation heroes.

To provide a more full picture of the many sided Reformation, chapters are also included on the Anabaptist and Counter Reformation movements. The illustrated overview for older Children and Teens concludes with a brief summary of the influence of the Reformation in different areas of life.

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These Truths Alone (Good Book Guide)500 years ago the Reformation transformed Europe by the rediscovery of five key Bible truths. Summarized as the Five Solas, they set the church on a renewed path of faithfulness.

Many Christians today are once more ignorant of the Five Solas. This Good Book Guide helps us rediscover these essential Reformation teachings and connect them to our faith today.

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Kill Pride before it Kills you

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Written by Marshall Segal from DesiringGod.org 

At some point today, someone will probably compliment or praise something you do or say. If not today, it will happen tomorrow, or sometime next week. How will you respond? How do you typically respond?

How we respond to praise from others, especially over time, reveals how highly we really think of ourselves. I’m not talking about every specific email or conversation or social-media update, but about the trends in our emails and conversations and social media. Is our default reaction — our gut heart-level response — to give God credit and glory for our gifts and achievements at work, at home, and in ministry? Or, are we more likely to privately savor that moment for ourselves, to turn the praise over and over slowly in our minds, like a piece of caramel in our mouths?

Every compliment or commendation we receive comes charged with potential for worship. When we quietly, even politely, enjoy affirmation or praise without even thinking to acknowledge God, we’re not only missing an opportunity to worship him (and to call others to worship him), but also robbing God of the glory he deserves for every gift we receive and everything we achieve.

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Book Review: Hope when it Hurts

Authors: Kristen Wetherell & Sarah Walton

Hope When it HurtsHurt is real. But so is hope.

Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life—yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.

This book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with suffering—whether physical, emotional or psychological, and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself, or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering.

Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers, and a space for journaling.

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Our Favourite picks this week

This week's favourites

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read”.
Mark Twain
Basic introduction to the new testament

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Big Picture, The

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90 days in Judges

90 Day Devotional
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Candle bible for toddlersThis is an ideal introduction to the popular and timeless stories of the Bible.  Stories from the Old and New testaments spring to life with exciting , vibrant illustration and clear simple sentences.  Written especially for toddlers, it is also perfect for first-time readers.
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Capturing God

This booklet takes readers to the cross in all its shock, inviting them to see God as they have never seen him before.

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Victory Scripture Prayer Cards

This 40 Scripture Prayer Card set provides a new opportunity for women to pray through God’s Word.

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Click Sample packCLICK is a Bible-based Sunday School programme for teaching and discipling children from 3-11 years.   CLICK is Bible-based, teaching the major events, concepts and doctrines of the Bible. It’s also great fun!  CLICK is based on the kids@church programme from CEP Australia. The material has been revised, expanded and redesigned for use in the UK & SA.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SAMPLE PACK: R45.00

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Equip Book of the Month: May

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Can we talk about Islam? by                           Review by Annabel Nixey – Equip Bookclub

Here are three reasons to read this book:

It’s short
Can We Talk about Islam?This book is short. Super short. Don’t get me wrong – it is good to read long books. But sometimes life means a short book is in order. And at 54 pages this one still packs a punch. If we gave books a value-per-page score, ‘Can we talk about Islam?’ would be 9.5/10.

It’s about Islam (and how to talk about it)
I am no expert on Islam. To be honest (to my shame) this is the first book I’ve read specifically on how to talk about Islam.  And it was so clear and so helpful! In his third chapter Tony Payne summarizes the key teachings of Islam, comparing them to Christianity. For example, in Christianity, the problem is our rebellion against God (sin) and hence the solution is atonement to restore a personal relationship with God. Yet in Islam the problem is ignorance or weakness and so the solution is guidance through the prophets (particularly Muhammad) in order to enable submission to Allah.  There’s also a really helpful summary of the diverse strands of Islam. It left me feeling much better equipped to avoid caricatures which depict extremist groups like ISIS as either representative of all of Islam or none of it.

It’s not just about Islam
The hidden gem of this book is chapter two – ‘Why don’t secular humanists want to talk?’ Don’t know what a secular humanist is? As Payne points out, chances are they are your neighbour, boss, dentist and cousin. Secular humanism is the air we breathe. This chapter is an incredibly helpful discussion of what secular humanism is and why secular humanists don’t want to talk about religion – because to them ‘whatever religious belief you have is a matter of personally chosen faith and values and opinion’ (p12). Payne explores and explains why they think this using a really clear illustration (involving a disappearing staircase!) which he admits to nicking from Francis Schaeffer. Well hats off to Mr Schaeffer because it’s a really helpful illustration! I read this chapter thinking – ‘that is what my friends think…ahhhh….that makes sense of why they think that’. It also was also helpful to see ways that I also can slip into a secular humanist mindset.

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The amazing calling of being “Mom”

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Written by Trillia Newbell from DesiringGod.org

NIV Mom's Devotional Bible (HC)The other morning I woke up while my children were still sleeping and began to pray. I started thinking about my identity. What am I? Who am I? As I settled into my prayer time I began to rejoice at the thought that I am a mother. It is part of who I am. To my children it is my name: Mom.

The modern mom doesn’t always like to be identified as a mother. We are “liberated.” We have names and identities of much greater significance. Even the Christian mommy would prefer to keep her mom identity in check. “I am a Christian first and foremost,” we might say. This is so true and so good. We are first and foremost identified as united to Christ. He has redeemed us and therefore our identities are wrapped up in his righteousness. But this doesn’t mean we have to deny the walking-with-god-in-the-season-of-mothersignificance of being a mother as we embrace who we are in Jesus.

Maybe what we need is not to shed our mommy title, rather see the true significance of it. One great example can be found in the biblical account of Timothy. Timothy was the son of a Jewish woman who was also a believer, Eunice, and a Greek father (Acts 16:1, 2). Though we don’t seem to know much about his father, we get some crucial information about his mother.

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Celebrating our Mothers

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Rhinestone JesusThis book is the spiritual adventure story of one woman who went from living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much , to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a deeper and more authentic way.  This book throws the doors wide open for any woman who has ever thought of herself as “just a mom”. Are you settling for a shiny ornamental faith?  Get ready for one that’s messy, bold and courageous.  Say yes to God right where you are – and stand amazed at how your life will shine.

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Adult Colouring Books: R80 each or R150 for any two
Missional MotherhoodDespite the routine tasks and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant. God has designed motherhood as part of his greater plan to draw people to himself.  This book searches the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. She opens our eyes to God’s life-giving promises intended to empower every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

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Come With MeWhere you are going is not as important as who you go with.  Suzie Eller shows how your faith is just that. How when you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the busy life, the worries and excuses, you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise. Who brings you deeper than you ever thought possible.

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Woman After God’s Own Heart, A

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Power of a Praying Mom, The (3 in 1)

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Managing your Money

Fear, desire and guilt.  Those are often the feelings Christians have about money.  Jesus offers us a better way – a way of being content rather than coveting, generous rather than grasping and peaceful rather than anxious.  Here are some books to help you as you consider this thought.
MONEY COUNTS

Do you have little money, lots of money or something in between? Full of common-sense advice on spending, saving and giving, this book views life and giving in the light of God’s generous grace and his promise of eternal glory.

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family money matters

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FAMILY MONEY MATTERS

How we manage our family finances is an important issue.  As Christians our lives should demonstrate different values from those of the world around us. How should we plan financially for the future? Should we ever get into debt? This thoroughly practical book addresses these matters.

CHRISTIANS IN AN AGE OF WEALTH

This book addresses the tough questions about the place and purpose of wealth and material possessions in a Christian’s life.  Blomberg suggests that the sharing of goods and possessions is the key safeguard against both greed and covertness and expands of the concept of giving generously, even sacrificially to those in more need.

 Christians in an Age of Wealth

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Treasure Principle, The (Incl Journal)

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THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE

95% of Christians have never come to terms with a biblical perspective on their material possessions. God has entrusted His wealth to us and called upon us to manage and invest His money.  When Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” they discovered an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and his children maximum pleasure.  This book introduces us to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity.

HEALTH, WEALTH & HAPPINESS

46% of self-identifying Christians believe that God will make them rich if they have enough faith.  Radio & TV proclaim this type of gospel daily – the gospel of prosperity.  It teaches that God wants to fulfill our every desire for health, wealth and happiness and all it takes is sufficient faith.  Is this the gospel?  Or is it just a feel good, self-centered appeal to our materialistic impulses that omits the message of Jesus and the cross?

 Health-Wealth-Happiness

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Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity

A homicide detective investigates the claims of the Gospels : Author: J. Warner Wallace

Cold-Case Christianity cold case christianityFor the first thirty-five years of his life, J. Warner Wallace was a devout atheist.  After all, how can you believe a claim made about an event in the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence?  Then Wallace realised something.  Christianity was a lot like the cold cases he solved as a homicide detective – it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence.   When Wallace applied his skills as an expert detective to the assertions of the New Testament, he came to a startling realisation – the case for Christianity was as convincing as any cold case he had ever worked as a detective, with evidence, eyewitnesses and records to solve.
This book includes gripping stories from the author’s career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom.   Wallace also uses illustrations to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.
Warner is a unique apologetic that speaks to a readers’ intense interest in detective stories, and inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

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Echoes of the Reformation

 It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.  Today we learn about 5 truths that shaped the Christian Life.

echoes of reformationHow is the Reformation still relevant today? As political pressure mounts, morality drifts with today’s culture, and evangelicalism becomes more and more refined in a post-Christian world, it’s even more important to hold the convictions of the great Reformation closer than ever. In short, the solas point us to vibrant Christian community as well as personal identity in Christ.

This Bible study examines the five core truths that came from the Reformation, now referred to as the solas. Group members will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The solas include:

  • Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone)
  • Sola gratia (by grace alone)
  • Sola fide (through faith alone)
  • Solus Christus (through Christ alone)
  • Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)

As you’ll see in this study, the solas are more than cold Latin terms that academics throw around in church-history books. The five solas, like the Reformation itself, are intensely practical. They were the DNA of the Reformation and are still the DNA of the church today. They are grounded in a real-life, everyday following of Jesus. They’re the most important, basic scriptural truths you can ever believe.  We stand on the shoulders of Christians in the past, and knowing where we came from will help us keep moving forward with passion and biblical clarity.

Echoes of the Reformation Leader Kit contains a Bible Study Book,  1 DVD with a promotional video and another DVD with six 15- to 20-minute video sessions featuring authors Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, and Trevin Wax. These panel discussions introduce the topic, overview historical significance, explore the theological meanings of the solas, and include illustrations for applying these key transformative truths.

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