Book Review

The Perfect Gift For Those Still On The List

Okay, perfect might be a stretch, but if you are wanting to close out your Christmas shopping and are looking for that last gift, might I recommend Depths, a daily devotional rich with gospel goodness. I am biased of course as the author. But this really is the gift that keeps giving, 366 days of Scripture and reflection that mine the depths of the fullness of Christ.

You can grab your copy on Amazon, and download one for yourself on the Kindle.

To give you a flavor of the devotional, here is today’s entry:

December 3

Studying the works of the Lord

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.” -Psalm 111:2–3

There is so much noise in our lives. The schedules, the responsibilities, the people we love, the people we are required to interact with… It can all add up to some hefty distraction and lead us to miss some important things, specifically the great works God has done and is doing in our lives for his glory and our good.

But his works are there, undergirding all things by his creative genius and authority. And oh, the work of the cross—what a miracle and wonder that God himself would be our substitute, meting wrath for sin and defeating death once-for-all! Then come Jesus’ resurrection and the new life it promises us in salvation. We even have the little things, the subtle kindnesses—the grace of rain on parched land or the sustaining wind of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers.

It is these works, the unending works of splendor, majesty, and righteousness that we are now free to delight in, to enjoy as we live. In our delight, in our thanksgiving for them, we can study them, pursue them, read, hear, and tell of them. Let us be reminded once again of Christ’s great work for us and that we might proclaim it so others can experience it too.

Today, pick a few of the great works of the Lord in your life—be it salvation or the provision of a new day. Think about them, savor them, and rejoice in the giver of those gifts. Rest in his wondrous works.

Review and buy a copy of Depths here and Merry Christmas!

Book Review

Images of Advent

Most years when December hits and the Christmas season gets underway our family scrambles to prepare well. We don’t want to lose the hope and longing for Christ in the midst of a commercialized cultural moment. So to that end, we have tried a number of different books, guides, and calendars to get our hearts fully engaged in Advent (the month-long reminder and celebration of the arrival of Jesus and expectation of his return). But each year we feel like we have to start over with materials more appropriate for our season of life and worthwhile for our kids.

This year, instead of hunting for and ordering what might work, Stacy set out to write a devotional for our family that would make much of Jesus and instill an increasing sense of hope in our hearts. The result is our Images of Advent Family Devotional.

Image 11-29-18 at 3.43 PMImages of Advent shares Scripture and a simple devotional with questions for the days leading to Christmas. There is also a paper ornament families get to decorate for each day as a reminder of the good news of Jesus at Christmas.

We are excited to freely give print copies to our friends at Reservoir Church this Sunday but for those of you far off we are glad to make the pdf of the devotional available to you to download.

Please feel free to print, share, and enjoy Jesus in the Images of Advent Family Devotional. Click the links to download:

Images of Advent.

Advent Ornaments.

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Believing it All

“This I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God…” (Acts 24:14–15 ESV)

Believing in Jesus is not setting aside the voice of the Law and Prophets, all of the Old Testament. No, it is hearing that voice speaking of Jesus. Each and every promise, every interaction between God and man, the burden of the Law, the hope of a coming king, each covenant; it all points to Christ.

Here is Paul claiming belief of it all before Felix and appealing to Rome for safety. This too is our confession as we belong to the Way, as followers of Jesus, we believe everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having hope in God, because we know it reveals Christ.

Moses was speaking of him and every prophetic vision is accomplished in him. It all is meant to show us Christ all the more clearly. And we get to rejoice in every jot and tittle because it is all about our Savior.

How might this impact your life today? Since all of Scripture is revealing Christ, as we read each page we can get excited that Jesus was foretold or a problem uncovered that he would correct. There is no pointless story or boring lineage. It all matters.

Then in the same way we can see his involvement in all things. Jesus involved in all parts of our lives, not just a paragraph in the story but the unifying character that keeps the whole story together. So not only is Esther different to read, but so is your days and weeks and years. It is all playing out under Christ’s control and to bring him glory.

Believing it all is about believing all the more in Jesus. This changes everything and makes all of life worthwhile.