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Christ in All of Scripture – Proverbs 29:23

 

Proverbs 29:23

“One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”


Humility. The surprise of God’s wisdom is that it outfoxes our own intuitive formulas for success. Pride feels smart, but is foolish (Prov. 26:12). Inevitably, pride goes before a fall (Prov. 16:18). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). This is so because in selfishness and impatience our pride overreaches. Pride even hastens judgment, because it scorns the saving Word of God (Prov. 13:13). By contrast, “he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor” (Prov. 29:23). The lowly might be highly talented people, but they are teachable before the Lord (Prov. 15:31–33).

This theme of humility-before-honor opens up the heart of the gospel. Jesus himself walked this path—first the cross, then the crown—and now he is giving us the privilege of following him there (1 Pet. 1:10–11; 4:12–13). Sometimes, when we are bearing the cross of humility, it can be heavy. That is when we can remember that the glorious crown of honor is coming to us just as surely as it came to Jesus himself.

One of the practical ways we can walk in humility together is to confess our sins to one another: “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Prov. 28:13; cf. James 5:16). Rather than save face, we can humbly own up to our sins, because God has justified us by his grace as a gift (Rom. 3:24). The curse of the law’s condemnation fell not on us but on Christ at the cross (Gal. 3:13). We are now free to be honest with God, and with one another, about our real problems. When we walk humbly together in this gospel light, we experience renewed fellowship and fresh cleansing (1 John 1:7). Truly, we will “obtain mercy.”


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

September 22, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Gospel Transformation Bible,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:52 am | 0 Comments »

September’s New & Notable Books


Wellness For The Glory of God: Living Well after 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life

John Dunlop, MD

This book encourages older Christians to embrace aging as a gift from God, incorporating the physical, mental, social, financial, spiritual, and emotional aspects of a person’s life into a holistic definition of wellness.

“This is a fascinating book filled with rich, practical wisdom from the Bible and from a lifetime of treating thousands of patients. Highly recommended!”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

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Loving Jesus More

Phil Ryken

In this powerful book, Phil Ryken reminds us of the true source of the Christian’s love, encouraging us to take Jesus’s words seriously and love him more than anything or anyone else.

“This book balances the shocking honesty of the gospel with its glorious hope. I’m thankful for the surgery done on me through this book, and I think you will be too.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

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The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis

Edited by John Piper and David Mathis

With contributions from a number of well-known evangelical leaders, this book explores the life, work, and theology of one of the most prominent Christians of the twentieth century: C. S. Lewis.

“Altogether an interesting, lively, and thought-provoking read.”
Michael Ward, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford; author, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

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Heaven

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson

This comprehensive study, featuring contributions from a wide range of evangelical scholars, explores the doctrine of heaven from a variety of angles. Part of the Theology in Community series.

“I highly recommend this series to all who want to know, love, and worship our great God.”
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood

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Luke: That You May Know the Truth (2 Volumes in 1/ESV Edition)

R. Kent Hughes

Redesigned and now featuring updated Scripture quotations drawn from the ESV, this insightful commentary will help pastors understand, apply, and preach the Gospel of Luke. Part of the Preaching the Word commentary series.

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September 19, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,New / Notable,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles

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“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.”
Psalm 119:129–131

“The uniqueness of Scripture is found not just in its wisdom or even its divine origin. What makes the Bible utterly unlike any other book–religious or otherwise–is the unsurpassed grace we encounter on its pages. We need Scripture because without it we cannot know the love of God. God’s gracious self-disclosure comes to us through the Word made flesh and by the inscripturated word of God.”
Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word


The Word of God is the primary means by which we can know our Creator. One aspect of Crossway’s ministry is to provide quality Bibles produced to the highest standard of excellence and design to reflect the priceless nature of Scripture.

In this post, Don Jones (Executive Director for Bible Production) and Brian Martin (Bible Production Manager) explain the vision behind Crossway’s expanding Heirloom Line of Bibles.

What was the vision behind the Heirloom line?

As Christians, we cherish the Bible more than any other book, so it is appropriate to produce it with the utmost integrity, with the highest quality materials, and in a format that will last for a lifetime.
In the past when we were designing a high-end Bible, we simply rebound an existing text block with a premium cover. The ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible, a limited edition produced in 2013 to commemorate Crossway’s 75th anniversary, caused us to rethink this process. We saw what was possible when we set aside concerns regarding production costs, and focused primarily on reflecting the elegance and integrity of the edition in every production decision (paper quality, cover, bindery, etc.).

The result is Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles, which are editions that combine an elegant text layout with the highest quality production materials available.

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What are the unique distinctives of an Heirloom Bible?

  • Produced, from start to finish, by Jongbloed, a Dutch bindery widely regarded as the producers of the finest Bibles in the world
  • Highest quality European Bible paper (28 GSM)
  • Hand-crafted, edge-lined binding: in order to achieve the maximum cover flexibility, no board or liner is used in the binding process
  • Goatskin leather cover: vegetable tanned goat skins originate in India, are re-tanned, dyed, and hand finished in the UK
  • Red over gold art gilding: a red dye is added on top of the gilded edges for an added richness to the edition
  • Four ribbon markers: the color of each ribbon is determined by what will accentuate the elegance of the cover material (the ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible currently has two ribbons, but all future Heirloom editions will have four ribbons)
  • Spine hubs – genuine hubs (the ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible currently has imitation stamped hubs, but all future editions will be produced with genuine hubs)
  • Packaged in a black, two-piece box

How many Heirloom editions are available now, and how many are forthcoming?

The ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible, released in January 2014, was the first official Heirloom edition. The ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible (pictured above) will release on September 30, 2014, and the ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference Bible will be available in January 2015. We are currently exploring the possibility of an Heirloom Large Print Thinline (similar to the ESV Omega Thinline Reference), an Heirloom Reader’s Bible, and an Heirloom Psalter.

It is a privilege to be entrusted with the publication of God’s Word, and we pray that Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles brings glory to his name.

September 18, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:32 am | (15) Comments »

Announcing Crossway Direct-to-Church

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What Is Direct-to-Church?

Crossway was founded over 75 years ago with a small budget and a big vision for sharing the good news with the world. Most churches find themselves in the same situation—limited by finances but driven by a great mission.

Crossway’s new Direct-to-Church program enables churches to buy books and Bibles in bulk—with pricing that supports their ministry efforts and honors their church’s budget. As part of the program, churches receive:

  • 40% off bulk pricing
  • Free shipping and handling (US addresses)
  • Updates on new church resources and exclusive seasonal sales

Sign Up Today

If you or your church buys books and Bibles in bulk for ministry purposes, we’d encourage you to sign-up for free at Crossway.org/church.

Members will begin receiving monthly Direct-to-Church newsletters and the opportunity to take advantage of these exclusive benefits from Crossway or a participating bookstore.

We are honored to partner with you in your important work of gospel ministry.

September 17, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book Deals,Company Updates,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | (2) Comments »

Midweek Roundup – 9/17/14

Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.


1. Dave Harvey on the importance of reading for leaders

You’re a pastor, aspiring pastor, or church planter, which means you’re busy. Not to go all DeYoung on you, but you’re “crazy busy!” If you’re already pastoring, then you’ve got stuff to do, people to see, sermons to prepare, meetings to attend, hospital visits to make, and counseling sessions to work through. Then there’s home life – you’ve got kids in soccer, a house in need of some serious repair, a lawn so intimidating that your mower won’t start, and a computer on strike. And there’s always the relentless march of Sunday. Sunday is always coming, and you’ve always got to be ready.

The last thing you have time to do is read. Right?

2. Joe Thorn on 10 ways to love fellow Christians

1. Put Them First
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3)

Self-denial lives at the center of love. True love denies self and supports another. Putting others first should be more than an act of humility, but an act of affection. It’s not that we think so little of ourselves, but that we feel so warmly toward our brothers and sisters in Christ that we are happy to lay aside our interests and preferences so that another may experience blessing.

3. Dane Ortlund on the prevelance of “Gospel-centered” language

“Gospel-centered preaching.” “Gospel-centered parenting.” “Gospel-centered discipleship.” The back of my business card says “gospel-centered publishing.” This descriptive mantra is tagged on to just about anything and everything in the Christian world these days.

What’s it all about?

4.  John Knight on Richard Dawkins and kids with Down syndrome

“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

Richard Dawkins recently tweeted the above in response to a woman who wondered what she should do about her unborn child with Down syndrome.

5. Paul Tripp on camping and Christianity

Camping isn’t my favorite hobby. I enjoy biking, painting, and writing poetry, but I’ll pass on living in a tent.

I’ve been camping before, and within a few hours of arriving at the site, I begin to get pessimistic. I look around and see all the potential problems that will arise over the next few days, and I start to rank the conveniences that I’ll miss the most. I can’t wait to get back home.

As much as I avoid camping, I think the illustration can remind us of a few important things in the Christian life…

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Midweek Roundup,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »