The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB

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The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB | October 18th, 2013

The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB

red_like_blood_210wide_300dpiThe full name of her blog is: Broken at His Feet: Where Jesus Begins to Transform You. I love knowing blogs like this are out there calling people to confrontations with grace! Here’s an excerpt from Heather’s review:

Their writing styles are modern, blunt, humorous and yet raw in all their honesty. This book is about the topic of grace and I think they covered it from every angle possible through sharing their own life stories and those of their friends.

Bob and Joe don’t talk down to you. Their stories are real. They aren’t puffed up to look perfect for they are both broken men saved by grace. Their candid confessions are gut wrenching. Sometimes through reading a chapter I was nodding my head in recognition of what they were going through. You can relate to them.

If you are looking for a life-changing book [Read more...]

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The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Is it the best one for you?

Bob Bevington

The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Is it the best one for you?

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Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood

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Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood | October 11th, 2013

Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood

“. . . if there is someone you know who needs to desperately hear about God’s free gift of grace, this book is definitely one to pick up, read, and share with those in need.”

That’s what book reviewer, Michael Boling, recently wrote about Red Like Blood in his blog, Intelmin Apologetics. I recently learned that over the past 2-3 months twenty different bloggers have reviewed Red Like Blood. Since you’re on the RLB blog I thought you might like to hear what people are still saying about the RLB book. Here’s the whole article:

red_like_blood_210wide_300dpiThe grace of God is far too often just a theological concept that in many cases is overlooked or taken for granted. Unless someone has experienced a tremendous low point in their life, the proverbial rock bottom if you will, the wonderment of God’s grace is just a term the preacher throws around for good measure on Sunday morning. Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington, in their book Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace, provide the reader an upfront and extremely personal look at what God’s grace looks like by allowing the reader to take a journey through their respective lives, noting along the way how God mercifully reached down and lifted them up in their time of need.

Unlike books that take a theological look at the topic of grace, Red Like Blood is extremely practical. The reader is able through the lens of the co-authors Coffey and Bevington, to truly observe how this thing called grace works and what it looks like in the life of individuals who so desperately need it. The authors are extremely frank as they share their respective life stories so the reader should be prepared for some phrases and statements that are definitely not for the faint of heart or for younger eyes to read or hear. The content at times was a bit “mature” but rightfully so given the experiences of these authors and the necessity for the reader to fully grasp that no matter how far someone has fallen, God is there to pick them up. By not beating around the proverbial bush, the authors are brutally honest about their path and confrontation with God’s grace in their life.

I especially appreciated the format of this book. It was a relatively quick read even at right over 200 pages. The back and forth conversational style of writing made me feel as if I was sitting in the room actually listening to these two men share their life story with me. That engaging and personal approach once again sets this book apart from the more theological style texts on grace, affording the reader to feel as if they know the writers personally. Furthermore, I felt while reading this book a great connection to Coffey and Bevington as I was drawn in to their stories and the passionate telling of how God had moved in their lives.

All throughout this book, helpful tidbits of great scriptural truth are interspersed through the story telling, [Read more...]

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Genesis: Are You Missing the Point?

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Genesis: Are You Missing the Point? | October 9th, 2013

Genesis: Are You Missing the Point?

Many people do. This excellent article by Aaron Armstrong brings essential clarity to one of the most foundational passages of Scripture: The creation account of Genesis chapters 1 and 2.            

Jesus on Every Page ImageWhenever we come to the opening chapters of the Bible, we usually spend a great deal of time focusing on one thing: God’s creative work.

This is good and right, to be sure. But too often, it seems our time is spent coming up with ammo for the ongoing creation vs. evolution debate. As important as developing a biblically sound view of how the world came into being is (and it is), in doing so, we sometimes wind up missing the point of the text.

David Murray’s Jesus on Every Page offers a really helpful reminder on this point. Although the creation account has nothing to fear from true scientific inquiry, it is less about science than it is about Jesus—His power, His wisdom, His character and His redemptive work.

From beginning to end, the creation account points us to Jesus. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earthGenesis 1:1 tells us. And it goes on to reveal some essential specifics:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3

In these last days God has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. Heb. 1:2-3a

For by [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col. 1:16-17

The New Testament authors refuse to budge on this point: God created the world—and He did it through Jesus. This world is His. “He is Lord of the creation,” Murray writes, “as He further demonstrated when He came to this earth: ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’ Answer? The Creator of them.”

This is the real reason people get in a tizzy about creation vs. evolution.

It’s less to do with the particulars of how the world came into being and more to do with an issue of autonomy: [Read more...]

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Jesus’ SCARS: How to Spend Quality Time with God

Bob Bevington

Jesus’ SCARS: How to Spend Quality Time with God

Prayer 2A couple years ago I re-worked the well-known ACTS acrostic and found it to be a game-changer in my morning time with God. Recently I re-worked the re-work to make it clearer and hopefully more useful to others. Here it is:

Jesus:  Start by simply meditating on the Person of Christ. Set your heart and mind on him but don’t necessarily put your thoughts and feelings into words. Remember who he is—a co-glorious Person of the triune God. His glory had no beginning. It existed before the dawn of time.[1] It followed him as he entered our world, and could not be contained as he lived a sinless life, demonstrating authority over nature, sickness, demons and death. In a human body, he obeyed in our place to the point of death, even death on a cross.[2] He rose and ascended and will come again to openly and absolutely and unceasingly reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.[3] Yes, he is unfathomable—the point of this step is to become astonished by trying to fathom him even a little.

Take your time with this. Don’t move on until your heart warms toward him with awe and affection.

S = Sin:  Next, ask God to make you aware of your sin. Focus your attention especially on your words, thoughts, deeds and motives of the past twenty-four hours. Agree with him in no uncertain terms—call your sins what they really are: rebellion and cosmic treason. Ask him to grant you repentance.[4] Acknowledge the fact that much of your sin is still unknown to you. Go so far as to declare your utter unworthiness—not a difficult thing to do when you think about the fact that you are spending time in the presence of an absolutely holy God.

C = Cross:  You know what to do with those sins—take them to the cross! Place your trust in Christ’s all-sufficient sacrifice there, remembering that it’s because of him alone that you are warmly accepted before the Father. Your sin-bearing, wrath-bearing, curse-bearing Savior also clothes you in his perfect righteousness.

If this good news seems too good to be true, apply the Scriptures on the subject to yourself by personalizing them. There are hundreds of go-to passages for this in the Bible. Make your own list of cross-centered verses and then linger over it until you become assured of being enveloped by His love.

A = Adoration:  At this point, how can you not be filled with gratitude? Praise, adoration and worship come easily. Bask in them for as long as you can. It’s a lot easier to worship after taking your sin to the cross! We will cover this subject in greater detail when we discuss the fifth love language, words of affirmation.

R = Responsive Reading:  This is sometimes referred to as conversational prayer or meditative prayer. Start by reading Scripture beginning where you left off the previous day. As you read and re-read, turn it into a conversation with God. Seek to “hear” what he is saying through his Word, the Bible. Spiritual hearing [Read more...]

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Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God

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Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God | September 1st, 2013

Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God

VOWS color big 300When I got divorced 17 years ago, I was the victimizer. In John Greco’s divorce, he was the victim. There’s a big difference. Nevertheless, I was asked to endorse his new book. Here’s what I wrote:

Sadly, divorced Christians are often treated as damaged goods and second-class believers. I’ve felt that sting because, like John Greco, I too am a member of the Scarlet D Club. But there is good news—yes, even for the divorced—and in Broken Vows John shows us the gospel-based path to true forgiveness, personal healing, and life after divorce. When betrayal, rejection, and regret threatened to make John Greco a life-long victim he eventually learned to look beyond the offender to the sovereign God who never stops loving. If you’ve been divorced—or know a Christian who has—you need to get this book!

The book comes out today. Here’s the press release:

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (8/15/13) —“There was never supposed to be a post-marriage period of my life,” says John Greco. He had just accepted his dream position as a church pastor when his wife announced she was divorcing him. In a few short weeks, his marriage ended and his career plans unraveled. He was hurt, angry, and felt abandoned by God.

Marriage is supposed to be for life, but divorce still happens. How can a Christian reconcile the reality of divorce with the biblical view of marriage? How can the wronged spouse forgive? And how can God still be good when bad things happen?

In Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God, Greco doesn’t offer pat answers. In the initial aftermath, he says one must simply grieve. “There is a period after a devastating loss when a soul is unable to take in words of healing,” he says. “These are the moments, not to look for answers or try to find any sort of good in the situation, but to pour yourself out to Jesus.”

Broken Vows combines Greco’s personal story with a biblical view of suffering. He provides pastoral help for those who have experienced divorce and gives all Christians a way to think biblically about this difficult subject.

See more endorsements at: http://cruciformpress.com/our-books/broken-vows/#endorsements or visit the book page.

Free download: First 18 pages of the book, including all of Chapter 1.

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Cruciform Press Summer Kindle Sale: 99 cents!

Bob Bevington

Cruciform Press Summer Kindle Sale: 99 cents!

Ten books/ Ten days/ 99 cents each. Click HERE for the sale details.

The titles include:

Torn to Heal by Mike Leake; Modest by Tim Challies & R.W. Glenn; Friends and Lovers by Joel Beeke; Getting Back in the Race by Joel Beeke; Awaiting a Savior by Aaron Armstrong; Licensed to Kill by Brian Hedges; But God… by Casey Lute; The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin; Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson; Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver.

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The Math of God: Word! by Guest blogger Jeff Chen

Bob Bevington

The Math of God: Word! by Guest blogger Jeff Chen

MathJeff Chen is an ex-Marine who lived like a mercenary most of his life, but now serves with full allegiance as a soldier of Jesus Christ. He’s a mechanical engineer by profession. He’s also a husband and a father.

Spend two minutes with him and you’ll learn something else about Jeff: He’s a very bright guy. Follow the progression of Jeff’s logic and you just might find reason to be encouraged today.

The Math of God: Word!  by Jeff Chen

There are only a handful of assumptions in math; these are postulates that are assumed to be true as a starting point before any other laws of mathematics can be deduced. One such postulate is the Transitive Property of Equality, which states:

If a=b and b=c, then a=c.

Because all mathematical truth is derived from God, we should not be surprised to see the thread of the transitive property in the fabric of Scripture. For example, John 1:14 states,

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Then in John 14:6, Jesus says,

I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.

The Word is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Truth, so the Word is Truth. A=B and B=C, so A=C.

But how are we to find truth in this post-modern age where truth is considered to be relative and is based on what is right in one’s own eyes?

Here’s where we need to remember the postulates of the Math of God and remind ourselves that the Truth is not many things; but the truth is one thing, a Person, Jesus Christ, who is the Word. We don’t make the Truth relevant; the Truth makes us relevant. How grounded are we in the Truth, which is the Word?

By being grounded in the Word, I am not referring to reading the words of the Bible, but I am referring to the time-dependent, focus-dependent process of absorbing the words of the Bible from our heads into our hearts so that the outward expression of our lives (i.e. our actions) become transformed into the whole measure of the fullness of the Word who became flesh.

When a lawyer asked Jesus for the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus replied,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt 22:37).

This is the Word (Jesus Christ) quoting from the Word (Deuteronomy) to further affirm the truth of the Word. Where the Greek verb love (agapao) is used in the New Testament, it has connotations of a personal preferment expressed in action. Love is a choice. As humans with physical limitations, we can’t choose everything. Therefore to say you love everyone is a mistake. Perhaps you have goodwill towards everyone, but you only have the capacity to love/choose a few.

So when life isn’t going my way, and I get frustrated, anxious, angry, discouraged, or depressed, I remember the words of Jesus telling us to love/choose Him, the living Word and the Truth. In other words, I remember the Word as I get into the Word!

Sanctify them in the truth, your Word is truth (John 17:17).

I hope this helps. Tell me, does this make sense to you?

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