Tim and Kathy Keller: The Meaning of Marriage Bundle: 38% off

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Announcement | No Comments
Tim and Kathy Keller: The Meaning of Marriage Bundle: 38% off

meaning-of-marriage-bundlemTim and Kathy Keller have been married for many, many years. They have teamed up to put out a book on marriage called Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

Here is what the book is about:

Based on the sermon series by Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong.

Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Zondervan has just put out a DVD and Study Guide Book as well. For a short time, Westminster Bookstore is selling a bundle of each of them for 38% off! It’s called The Meaning of Marriage Bundle.

Here is what it’s all about:

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean ’til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution. According to the Bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage a six-session video-based Bible study Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of forty years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This six-session video Bible study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married recently or for a long time.

The six sessions are:

  • Service: Marriage Isn’t about You
  • Covenant: Created to Make Promises
  • Roles: Loving through Mutual Submission
  • Singleness: Strengthening the Spiritual Family
  • Sex: The Act of Covenant Renewal
  • Hope: Seeing the Great Horizon

Here is a video where Tim and Kathy talk about marriage.


Credo’s Cache

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Credo's cache | No Comments
Credo’s Cache

Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:

1. A Case For Public Discipleship: Kevin Garcia – Garcia says, “What we talk about and the words we use when we approach discipleship are important. If the direction of our discipleship is unclear or incomplete, that shortcoming will affect our pursuit of the image of Christ. For example, if you were asked what do spirituality and discipleship look like what are your initial thoughts? Does it include people’s work place? Does it include business, art, or music?”

2. The Lion Roars, and We Are Free: Michael Kelley – Kelley notes, “Let me take you back to Narnia for a second. One of the children from earth, the sons and daughters of Adam, is a traitor. He has aligned himself with the White Witch, and though he has been returned to his brother and sisters, she now has a claim on his life. We pick it up as the White Witch comes to the children and Aslan, the great lion, seeking that Edmond be handed over…”

3. Give Your Weakness to God: Steven Lee – Lee says, “We can embrace our varied weaknesses in order that God’s power might be displayed. It’s the reminder we all need daily. God is sufficient. God is good. God loves you. And Jesus Christ will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter how weak or vulnerable we may be, we can look to Christ, whose grace is sufficient for us and made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).”

4. J.I. Packer on Why Annihilationism is Wrong: Gavin Ortlund – Ortlund notes, “The doctrine of hell is the most difficult aspect of the Christian faith for many people. It is for me. I feel acutely the unremitting sadness of this doctrine. But to be a Christian is—at the very least—to confess Christ the Son of God, and to confess Christ the Son of God is—at the very least—to submit to his teaching. And this includes his teaching on hell (which was quite copious and colorful).”

5. The Raging Waters: Derek Thomas – Thomas says, “Our beautiful city has been ravaged, more than a dozen lives have been lost and thousands have been displaced and ruined; and as I write, further threats are in view.”

Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.


The Curse of Eve: Part One (Chris Marley)

The Curse of Eve: Part One (Chris Marley)

The narrative of God’s curse on Eve is iconic. The danger with iconic narratives in Scripture is that we do not take the time to ensure that we understand them, or worse yet, we might press application from a wrong understanding. We have already seen that the weight of the fall is attributed to Adam as the federal head in Bridefall. Yet Eve did sin, and that sin carried a curse and chastisement.

There are four phrases here dealing with two concepts, but we will get to the second concept and phrase set in the next article. The first two phrases, recorded in Genesis 3:16, are about children. Eve’s punishment, and the punishment of female offspring, is increased pain in childbearing and bringing forth children. As a side note, I have never liked the translation of “multiply your pain” as it accidentally implies that there would have been pain prior to the fall, but it is admittedly difficult to find a natural verb form for the “I will much make-great” of the original text. This repetition in the curse is common for Hebrew, and the emphasis is that childbirth will be a painful experience.

It is important to note here that there is grace even in the curse. Eve is not declared barren and unable to bear children, only that she will endure great pain in childbirth.[1] This is a beautiful theme of scripture seen time and again, where chastisement will show the gravity of sin, but there is always grace amidst discipline (though not with judgment). Hebrews tells us that it is a sign of our being children of God.[2] God loves us enough to reprove us as Father.

It is extraordinary that God would bring the greatest pain into her life in tandem with the greatest joy. Paul, in Romans 8:18-23, extends the metaphor beyond just the church to all of creation. In his letter to the Roman church, Paul speaks of all of creation in bondage to decay groaning in pains of childbirth, and that this applies especially to the saints waiting for redemption of their bodies. Obviously, this is dealing with looking forward to Christ’s return and the creation of new heavens and new earth.

It is a pain and grief of the fall as the new creation is anticipated. This parallel metaphor depicts the whole of fallen history (from eviction from Eden to Christ’s second coming) as one long season of labor. The Bride of Christ is being composed, constituted, and formed while the birthing pains ensue. Christ was born, lived, and died in part to groan with us to be our sympathetic mediator. Paul says in verse 26 that the Holy Spirit too groans with us. Yet, the labor is not in vain. When the child is born, the pain will be forgotten, just as God designed earthly mothers. Christ uses this same metaphor, explaining the joy of when he sees them again as being like the joy of the mother after birth (John 16:21).

Certainly, Eve’s sorrow in bringing forth children did not fully end after the labor pains stopped. Having known the garden, she would have to raise her children in a fallen world. For Eve, that sorrow would be especially poignant. Often we forget the sorrow Eve must have faced in not only losing a child, but in one of her sons murdering the other. She indeed brought forth her child with pain.

While no record is given of Eve’s tears, we see the grieving of Mary at the foot of the cross (John 19:25-27). As Christ left his earthly mother to cling to his bride (the church), fulfilling Genesis 2:24, he directed Mary’s maternal instinct to the disciple John, that she might see his work as Savior. In this same narrative, later on, there is a beautiful fulfillment of the rejoicing anticipated, when the one who was given charge of Mary would have returned home to report the emptiness of the tomb, that Christ had risen (John 20:10).

The church today is often beset with grief collectively as it strives to raise up saints in a fallen world. When a member of the church is removed from the roles on account of unrepentance in sin or on account of death, the pain of childbearing reverberates throughout the church. Yet again we see the grace in the chastisement. There is a church, and it’s made up of sinners saved by grace. Beloved saints may die, but the sting of death is gone for them, and “we do not grieve as those who have no hope.” All these things should drive us to pray all the more for the day when all is made new. Pray for the day when sin with all its curses is “folded up” with the universe and “changed out like a garment.” Let us cry with John in Revelation 22:20, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

Chris J. Marley is the Senior Pastor of Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott, Arizona.  He holds an M. Div. from Westminster Seminary California (2009).

[1] Hamilton, Victor P. New International Commentary… Genesis p. 200

[2] Hebrews 12:5-11, also Proverbs 3:11-12


5 Things Pastors Should Ask Themselves Before Sunday

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Announcement | No Comments
5 Things Pastors Should Ask Themselves Before Sunday

9781433545870mIn this video below, produced by Crossway, Professor R. Kent Hughes shares five questions he asks himself as a pastor before ever Sunday morning:

  • Do I love Christ?
  • Has this text plowed my soul?
  • Do I believe what I’m preaching?
  • Where does my confidence lie?
  • Is my mic working?

His new book, The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry, is available now for pre-order.


Sunday’s Sermon: Judging, God’s promise, and Perseverance (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Sunday's Sermon | No Comments
Sunday’s Sermon: Judging, God’s promise, and Perseverance (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Three of Credo Magazine’s main contributors include Thomas Schreiner, Fred Zaspel, and Matthew Barrett. Each of them are professors, but they are also pastors. So each Monday morning we will be highlighting their “Sunday’s Sermon” on the blog to provide you with encouragement throughout the week and an opportunity to study God’s Word.


Credo’s Cache

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Credo's cache | No Comments
Credo’s Cache

Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:

1. A Summary of GOD’S KINGDOM THROUGH GOD’S COVENANTS: A CONCISE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum– Check out this book review over at Books at a Glance.

2. Three Ways to Help Bible BeginnersBen Stuart – Stuart notes, “Lots of people, probably many in your own life, are curious about the Bible or maybe even want to read it, but don’t know where to start.”

3. Is Forgiveness a Secular Value?George Yancey – Yancey says, “Over the past few years I have heard some Christian apologetic speakers make a fascinating argument about secular societies. They argued that these societies have borrowed much of their morality from the previous Judeo-Christian culture from which they emerged.”

4. Mars and the Majesty of ChristRussell Moore – Moore notes, “The universe is meant to make us feel small, to stand in silenced awe. The gospel, though, tells us that we have purpose and meaning, not by our strength or our power, but because we’re hidden in the One who was dead, and is now alive forever, the One for whom every galaxy, seen and unseen, was made as an inheritance.”

5. 4 Convictions for Boldness from John KnoxJason Garwood – Garwood says, “Knox is a man worth emulating. While no stranger to controversy, Knox was committed to the kingdom of God first and foremost.”

Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.


Children’s Bibles: Which One? (Jessalyn Hutto)

Children’s Bibles: Which One?  (Jessalyn Hutto)

In the new issue of Credo Magazine, “Let the children come to Jesus,” Jessalyn Hutto has contributed an article helping parents navigate the plethora of Children’s Bibles on the market. Her article is titled: “Children’s Bibles: Which One?” Jessalyn Hutto is a regular contributor to Credo Magazine. Her passion for theology led her to create the blog DesiringVirtue.com which encourages women to study, treasure, and apply the Word of God to their daily lives. She is blessed to be the wife of Richard Hutto (a Pastoral Resident with Acts29) and the mother of three little boys: Elliot, Hudson, and Owen. She is also a regular contributor to The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s women’s channel: Karis. Jessalyn is also the author of the new book Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb.

A1COA5pdQCL._UX250_Here is the start of her article:

Children are naturally captivated by stories. Their budding imaginations crave tales of thrilling adventure, brave heroes, and sacrificial love as ferociously as their stomachs crave food. Never has a parent had to bribe his or her child into curling up on the couch together to enjoy a good story. Happily, this makes the monumental responsibility of sharing the world-altering, soul-saving gospel with our little ones a joyous and altogether natural task, because the gospel is unmistakably the greatest story ever told.

Therefore, reading the Bible with our children can be a delight, an adventure, even a thrill! Within the covers of our Bibles, God’s story of love toward humanity has been penned for our families to relish over and over again. And yet, diving into the 66 books of the Bible is often an intimidating task for parents—especially if they are just becoming literate in its various genres, themes, and storylines themselves. It can be hard to know where to start, and even harder at times to know how to explain the trickier parts of the Bible to little ears.

This is where I wholeheartedly believe that children’s storybook Bibles can be an asset to parents. While these books should never be used as a substitute for the actual God-breathed Scriptures, they can be used as a helpful supplement in a child’s regular intake of the gospel story. These books can help in two ways: First, they give children a broad understanding of the Scriptures. Because these Bibles typically pick out the most important moments in salvation history, children can quickly develop a firm mastery of the overarching biblical narrative from its beginning to its end. Second, storybook Bibles are helpful as they give parents the tools to explain difficult concepts to children in a way they can easily comprehend.

This is not to say that children’s Bibles can’t also be a detriment to our children at times. For instance, many such books morph the Bible into a succession of moral anecdotes meant to teach children how to act better. While a certain level of familiarity with biblical characters and stories is gained from these books, something dangerous lurks within their covers: a moralistic, works-based understanding of Christianity. This idea that the Bible is primarily about morality is a huge detriment to our children’s understanding of the gospel and should be avoided at all cost. Instead, children’s Bibles should strive to make Jesus’ gospel of grace their primary focus, as this accurately reflects the heart of the Scriptures.

Thankfully, there are some wonderful storybook Bibles that do just that. Below I will give an overview of the four most popular and helpful children’s Bibles currently on the market. These Bibles are all faithful retellings of the Word of God that avoid the trap of moralism.

Read the rest of Hutto’s article today!

Click here to view the magazine as a PDF

contentsMinistry is complex. Business meetings, sermons, youth group, small groups, counseling sessions—the list is endless. In the midst of these many important ministries, sometimes churches can neglect one of the most important ministries of all. That’s right, children’s ministry. This is a dangerous thing to neglect. After all, the children filling our churches will carry on the torch long after we are gone. Therefore, whether or not they are being taught sound doctrine should never be underestimated.

But where does this teaching really begin? It begins in the home, when mom and dad take time out of their busy schedule to sit down with their little ones and tell them about Jesus and the great things he has done for our salvation. If you’re anything like me, this is much easier said than done. Home life can be just as busy as church life. Yet, could there be a more important 15 minutes in the day than when dad and mom read the Bible, sing songs, and pray with their children? I think not. Ironically, in my experience it’s not just my kids who are spiritually nurtured during this family worship time, it’s me too!

Having in mind the importance of teaching our children the core doctrines of the faith, this issue of Credo Magazine brings together some outstanding contributors to teach both parents and those in ministry alike how to better approach children so that they know God in a saving way. Perhaps the words of Jesus should hang as a banner over this issue of the magazine: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

Contributors include: Nancy Guthrie, Sally Michael, Simonetta Carr, Jason Helopoulos, Starr Meade, Jessalyn Hutto, Bobby Jamieson, and many others.

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Owen on the Christian Life, by Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin – 50% off!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Book Notes, Matthew Barrett, Michael Haykin | No Comments
Owen on the Christian Life, by Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin – 50% off!

Owen coverTwo Credo Magazine contributors, Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin, have written a new book together: Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ.

This book is part of the series, Theologians on the Christian Life, edited by Stephen Nichols and Justin Taylor. For only two more days, the book is 50% off at Westminster Books!

John Owen is widely regarded as one of the most influential English Puritans. As a pastor, he longed to see the glory of Christ take root in people’s lives. As a writer, he continues to encourage us toward discipline and communion with God. His high view of God and deep theological convictions flowed naturally into practical application and a zeal for personal holiness.

In Owen on the Christian Life, Barrett and Haykin guide us through the seventeenth-century theologian’s life and doctrine, giving us a glimpse into the majestic vision that served as the foundation for his approach to the Christian life–the glory of God in Christ.

 Praise for the book:

“Theologically rich, carefully researched, and historically grounded, this book leads us into the wisdom of one of the greatest theologians of all time. Barrett and Haykin’s study of John Owen expands our view of the Christian life to embrace the knowledge of God’s glory in Jesus Christ. As our Lord reminded us, that is life indeed (John 17:3). Once you finish this book, you will definitely want to read Owen himself!” — Joel R. Beeke

owen-christian-life-quote02“The writings of John Owen constitute an entire country of biblical, exegetical, doctrinal, spiritual, casuistical, practical, ecclesiastical, controversial, and political theology. Massive in size, Oweniana cannot be visited on a day trip. Indeed a lifetime hardly suffices for all there is to explore. But hire as your tour guides Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin, and the daunting journey seems possible after all. With these seasoned scholars and enthusiasts as companions, visiting the varied counties, the significant towns, and the great cities of Oweniana is as enjoyable as it is instructive. Owen on the Christian Life simply excels as an outstanding contribution to an already first-class series.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson

“Owen on the Christian Life is one of the most valuable accounts yet published of the practical theology of the most eminent English Puritan. Owen’s theology has become known for its difficulty and polemic, and yet, as Barrett and Haykin demonstrate, it was driven by and was intended to develop a life of discipline and devotion. This book will be one of the best studies of Owen’s thinking to be published in anticipation of his anniversary year.” — Crawford Gribben

“John Owen was arguably the most important Puritan; his mind, the most penetrating; and his understanding of the Bible and theology, preeminent. As a pastor, he had a deep concern for the spiritual well-being of his hearers and readers. It is gratifying that this excellent discussion of Owen’s consideration of the Christian life brings his work to a wider readership.” — Robert Letham

“I am delighted to be able to commend this guide to the Christian life drawn so deftly from the writings of John Owen by Drs. Barrett and Haykin. The authors are familiar with the Owen corpus and have drawn widely from the available materials. The result is a delightfully lucid work. When one first comes to Owen’s writings, the sheer bulk may be daunting. Owen was a pastor, and this guidebook is a delight to read and study. Anyone who ventures into these pages will find the result richly rewarding and hopefully will turn to the sources. As I read this book, repeatedly I thought of what a blessing this would have been to me in the late 1950s when I acquired unexpectedly an almost complete set of Owen’s Works.” — Robert W. Oliver

“All that Owen wrote sought to promote contemplation of God and pursuit of godliness. This clear and loving account of his theology provides a sure guide to the spiritual riches of a magnificent Christian thinker.” — John Webster

“John Owen’s work is well worth knowing, especially since he was one of the giants who understood that all good theology is inevitably pastoral. Matthew Barrett and Michael A. G. Haykin strongly believe this as well; therefore, they prove able guides committed to introducing key theological emphases that not only inform Owen’s own conception of the Christian life but should guide ours as well.” — Kelly M. Kapic

“John Owen is one of the church’s greatest minds. His theology runs deep: it is exegetically robust, expansive in scope, and penetratingly insightful. Barrett and Haykin ably guide readers through Owen’s work and mine many brilliant gems. I highly recommend this book for anyone weary of banal and Christless spirituality.” — J. V. Fesko

Carl Trueman’s Foreword to the Book:

We live in an age when the challenges to Christianity, theological and practical (if one can separate such), are pressing in from all sides. Perhaps the most obvious challenge is the issue of homosexuality. Given the high pastoral stakes in this matter, it is important that we make the right decisions.

What has this to do with the thought of a man who died nearly 350 years ago? Simply this: in our era much practical thinking is driven by emotions. Emotions are enemies of fine distinctions. And yet the ethical and practical issues facing the church today demand precisely such fine distinctions if we are to do our task as pastors and church members: comfort the brokenhearted and rebuke those at ease in their sin. And John Owen was of an era when fine distinctions were part of the very fabric of practical theology.

Like one of his great theological heroes, Augustine, Owen was an acute psychologist of the Christian life.

Further, as part of the great post-Reformation elaboration and codification of Reformed orthodoxy, he was adept at careful distinctions and precise argument.

Finally, as a pastor and preacher, he constantly brought these two things together in practical ways in his congregation. We might add that the pastoral problems in the seventeenth century—greed, sex, anxiety, marital strife, petty personal vendettas—have a remarkably familiar and contemporary feel.

Owen thus wrestled with what he as pastor and his congregants could expect from the Christian life. Is such a life to be marked merely by an increasing appreciation for justification in Christ? Or is it also to involve the steady slaying of sin within our bodily members? Certainly it is hard to read the New Testament and see Paul’s imperatives as simply pointing to legal impossibilities in order to drive us to despair. If they were simply that, why does he typically place them at the end of his letters, after talking about the work that is done in Christ?

Further, Owen wrestled with the nature of sin and temptation. Is it sinful to be tempted? Well, that cannot be true in the simplest and most straightforward way because the New Testament teaches that Christ was sinless while tempted in every way as we are. This is where fine distinctions become helpful. Owen distinguishes between external temptations and internal. Thus one might pass a suggestive poster outside a shop that tempts one to have a lustful thought and yet resist that temptation and not sin. Or one may be sitting at home daydreaming and start to have inappropriate thoughts about a neighbor’s wife. The one represents an external temptation; the other, internal.
That difference is crucial and surely plays into current discussions of same-sex attraction. Some say that the tendency itself is not wrong because temptation itself is not wrong. Owen would reply that it depends on how one is using the term temptation. Thus, Owen has much to say to perhaps the most pressing pastoral issue of our day.

Yet our culture is against Owen. That is not so much a theological statement as a comment on our intellectual life. Owen is hard to read. He wrote in long sentences and sometimes arcane and technical vocabulary. I suspect his theology is not so much rejected by the church today as simply not read. The effort is too great, whatever the actual reward might be.

For this reason, it is a pleasure to write the foreword to this book. Here the neophyte will find Owen’s understanding of the Christian life explained in concise and clear prose. And for committed Owen aficionados, the authors provide a helpful overview. Hopefully, it will be the gateway for many who have never read Owen themselves to now be encouraged to do so. Given the times in which we live, when the most important questions both without and within the church relate to practical, pastoral ministry, a sound understanding of the Christian life is of paramount importance. There is no better place to start than Owen, and this is a fine introduction to the great man on precisely that topic.

Carl R. Trueman
Paul Woolley Professor of Church History
Westminster Theological Seminary

The Theologians on the Christian Life Series

Note that in addition to 50% off this title, WTS is offering 50% off individual titles in the Theologians on the Christian Life series if you buy 5 or more.

Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series was designed to help Christians learn from the great teachers of church history—offering readers wisdom from the past for life in the present.



Sunday’s Sermon: End time love, Abrahamic covenant, and Irresistible grace (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Sunday's Sermon | No Comments
Sunday’s Sermon: End time love, Abrahamic covenant, and Irresistible grace (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Three of Credo Magazine’s main contributors include Thomas Schreiner, Fred Zaspel, and Matthew Barrett. Each of them are professors, but they are also pastors. So each Monday morning we will be highlighting their “Sunday’s Sermon” on the blog to provide you with encouragement throughout the week and an opportunity to study God’s Word.


Credo’s Cache

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Credo's cache | No Comments
Credo’s Cache

Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:

1. Interview with Thomas Schreiner, author of Faith Alone: Books At A Glance – Check out this interview with Dr. Thomas Schreiner about his latest book, Faith Alone.

2. Do We Worship Words or The Word?Mark Hampton – Hampton notes, “If the Bible does not point us to the life that is found in Christ then it is simply empty words on a page. If it does not cause us to confess that Jesus is Lord then it is merely scribbled ink.”

3. Fight YourselfDarrin Patrick – Patrick says, “Many of us have fans not friends and it is showing up in our lives through our lack of character growth. Our friends help us mature or they don’t. Striving for good character is the one battle that will always be worth fighting.”

4. A Glass Half FullTim Lane – Lane notes, “When you start to take a good look at your life, what is your tendency? Is it to think more highly of yourself or to beat yourself up?”

5. The Depth of My DepravityTim Challies – Challies says, “After all, unrighteous deeds are simply the overflow of a deeper rebellion. They are the symptom, not the disease itself. Here’s the thing: You don’t know how deeply sinful you are by your unrighteousness deeds, but by your rejection of God and his grace. That is the most serious, heinous, and damnable sin of them all.”

Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.