Today's Word for Pastors...
The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?
Today's Preaching Insight...
What Every Father Needs to Hear
The Bible is very practical and plain, sometimes disturbingly so. As in the case of the historical account of King David and his son Absalom. David was a great man, but he was guilty of great sin, which infected his home. In 2 Samuel 12:11-13, Nathan confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba. This was not his first sin. He had been married seven previous times. David had seven wives when he took Bathsheba from his servant Uriah the Hittite. In 2 Samuel 12, Nathan said that David's great sin had resulted in judgment. The sword would not leave his home. The universal laws of God had been violated, and David's sin had produced family pain. By Chapter 13 it happens: The damage that was done begins to unfold in the repugnant tale of incest in the royal line between two children of two different wives of David. The act is followed by the murder of Amnon by Absalom, Tamar's full brother. In Chapter 14, Absalom "lived two full years in Jerusalem without coming into the king's presence" (v. 28). Absalom conspires to dethrone his father and become King. Chapter 18 chronicles the climax of the sordid story.
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Christ Among the Dragons
James Emery White of Charlotte's Mecklenburg Church is one of our featured speakers at this year's National Conference on Preaching. Jim is also one of the finest and most insightful writers in the contemporary church. Here are three of his best books, all worth a place on any preacher's bookshelf:
Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges (IVP) is Jim's newest books and among his best. Recognizing that evangelical Christians find themselves in uncharted territory, he helps us understand how to regain our footing on some key issues and move positively into the future.
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