Two Books and a Blog

Lysa Terkeurst’s book Unglued is just 99 cents on Kindle for the next day only.

Free book of the month from Logos is The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann and for 99 cents you can pick up an additional book of his as well.

Also, check out Trevin Wax’s blog at Gospel Coalition for some great insights and more book leads.

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Books Deals and a Blog to Follow

Today only, Start Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus by David Dwight and Nicole Unice is Free from David C. Cook. Available for Kindle, Vyrso and more.

50% off deals on Sacred Parenting, Sacred Parenting Devotions, and more, with free shipping on orders of $25 or more (code SACRED) from FaithGateway Deals.

A convicting read from MORF Newsletter on how we handle the pressures of life, what it says about us and what it teaches others.

A good read for parents and young men; Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle.

WTS has on sale a new printing of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion and A Guide to Christian Living at just $35 for both.

Christian Book Distributors always has tons of books on sale, bargain price, and more. Check out their current sales.

Terrific Tuesday Sale items at The Thoughtful Christian include many books at 20-30% off and a Bargain Book section at higher discounts.

Don’t forget about the 125+ free ebooks at Monergism.

And, as a last plug, I encourage you to follow the blog of Tim Challies for great deals on books, relevant blogs and other bits of information that will be beneficial to your life.

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The Roots of Racism

Racism has a brutal and devastating history no matter the continent it is found on, but the roots of racism are deeper than humanity itself.[1]

The roots of racism go back to man’s rebellion against their Creator. When man rebelled he began a process of self-preservation and self-promotion. This process over time has led to a variety of destructive behaviors, one of which is racism – the idea that one group of people is superior to another.

A surface reading of Scripture reveals that (1) racism is rampant, and (2) racism is sinful opposition to God’s Kingdom Plan. In John 4 we see Jesus makes an appointment with a Samaritan woman from Sychar. Here we see the Savior of the World take on the Sin of the World.

The Samaritans, seen as half-breeds by the Jews, were outcasts. Many a Jew would walk many extra miles to get to Galilee rather than go through Samaria to get there. Going back to the Assyrian oppression the Samaritans were the offspring of Jews and Assyrians. This ‘impurity’ led to them having their own place of worship (Mt. Gerizim). Thus in John 4 Jesus converses with the Samaritan woman about worship. She wants to discuss where to worship. Jesus; however, cuts straight to the Kingdom of God and in the Kingdom of God it is not so much where you worship but who you worship and how you worship. Thus Jesus insists that worship must be in Spirit (thus necessitating the Spirit and requiring a belief/trust in God the Father and now Jesus the Son) and in Truth (according to the revealed truth of God and His character).

The Sin of the World System leads to division and disdain, both of which Jesus flips on their head. In John 4 Jesus is conversing with a woman of a different ethnicity. Jesus is violating cultural barrios regarding ethnicity and gender. But these barriers are tradition derived, not Kingdom derived. As the Apostle Paul clearly expounds in Ephesians 2:14, the dividing wall has been removed. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, male or female – there is just one new people – Children of God! In Christ, racism disappears. This alone should be cause for people to see the benefits of Christianity but alas we too are plagued with the worldly notions of superiority and self-aggrandizement. We are little different from the Caesars of Rome in desiring to be king and having things our way.

The radical nature of God; however, is such that His love flows through us and abolishes (1) our desire to be first, and (2) our thinking that we are better than another group of people. As Satan via the serpent pitted man against God, so God came to destroy that enmity and bring reconciliation.

Self-centered pre-occupation and pride elevate our ancestry and heritage above others and Jesus comes in and destroys that, teaching us that it is the Kingdom of God that must rule our hearts and homes.

You don’t have to be a Hitler to elevate ethnicities. Our cultural upbringing does it for us. What people(s) are you most likely to look down on? Distrust? Not associate with? These are red flag areas that God is wanting to break down. These are areas that have lowered others to elevate self. Let us humble ourselves so that God does not have to humble us.

[1] Evolutionary ideas that man evolved from lesser animals provided further impetus to single out particular ethnicities as lower or lesser than others. Without the evolutionary mindset this may still be possible but it loses its ‘scientific’ credibility.

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WTS Book Sale

WTS Book Sale (through 9/23) consists of Not Just a Soup Kitchen by David Apple along with When Helping Hurts, Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller and Word vs. Deed. The Church has made good progress in these areas in the last several years (though we still have much work to do), moving from just hand outs to long term help. These books will help you in that journey.

While you’re at the site check out their Bargain section, including Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage, one of the best books (top 5 for couples and counseling in my opinion) for 50% off – only $12.98.

Other titles that are 50% off include Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling, Step By Step: Divine Guidance, Why Cities Matter To God and more.

Preparing Your Teens For College is also a steal at only $2.00 (clearance title).

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Thoughts on Killing Sin from John Owen

Mortification of Sin in Believers

From Chapter 1

Rom. 8:13, “If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live;”

First, A duty prescribed: “Mortify the deeds of the body.”
Secondly, The persons are denoted to whom it is prescribed: “Ye,”—“if ye mortify.”
Thirdly, There is in them a promise annexed to that duty: “Ye shall live.”
Fourthly, The cause or means of the performance of this duty,—the Spirit: “If ye through the Spirit.”
Fifthly, The conditionality of the whole proposition, wherein duty, means, and promise are contained: “If ye,” etc.

The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.

The body, then, here is taken for that corruption and depravity of our natures whereof the body, in a great part, is the seat and instrument, the very members of the body being made servants unto unrighteousness thereby, Rom. 6:19. It is indwelling sin, the corrupted flesh or lust, that is intended.

the mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the forth is the constant duty of believers.

The vigour, and power, and comfort of our spiritual life depends on the mortification of the deeds of the flesh.

From Chapter 2

He that is appointed to kill an enemy, if he leave striking before the other ceases living, doth but half his work, Gal. 6:9; Heb. 12:1; 2 Cor. 7:1.

Sin doth not only still abide in us, but is still acting, still labouring to bring forth the deeds of the flesh. When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it to be vigorous at all times and in all conditions, even where there is least suspicion.

Who can say that he had ever any thing to do with God or for God, that indwelling sin had not a hand in the corrupting of what he did?

There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails or is prevailed on; and it will be so whilst we live in this world.

Sin will not only be striving, acting, rebelling, troubling, disquieting, but if let alone, if not continually mortified, it will bring forth great, cursed, scandalous, soul-destroying sins.

Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could; every covetous desire would be oppression, every thought of unbelief would be atheism, might it grow to its head.

This is one main reason why the Spirit and the new nature is given unto us,—that we may have a principle within whereby to oppose sin and lust.

Not to be daily employing the Spirit and new nature for the mortifying of sin, is to neglect that excellent succour which God hath given us against our greatest enemy.

Not to be daily mortifying sin, is to sin against the goodness, kindness, wisdom, grace, and love of God, who hath furnished us with a principle of doing it.

It is our duty to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God,” 2 Cor. 7:1; to be “growing in grace” every day, 1 Pet. 2:2, 2 Pet. 3:18; to be “renewing our inward man day by day,” 2 Cor. 4:16. Now, this cannot be done without the daily mortifying of sin. Sin sets its strength against every act of holiness, and against every degree we grow to. Let not that man think he makes any progress in holiness who walks not over the bellies of his lusts. He who doth not kill sin in his way takes no steps towards his journey’s end. He who finds not opposition from it, and who sets not himself in every particular to its mortification, is at peace with it, not dying to it.

The root of an unmortified course is the digestion of sin without bitterness in the heart. When a man hath confirmed his imagination to such an apprehension of grace and mercy as to be able, without bitterness, to swallow and digest daily sins, that man is at the very brink of turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

If vain spending of time, idleness, unprofitableness in men’s places, envy, strife, variance, emulations, wrath, pride, worldliness, selfishness, be badges of Christians, we have them on us and amongst us in abundance.

When a man hath confirmed his imagination to such an apprehension of grace and mercy as to be able, without bitterness, to swallow and digest daily sins, that man is at the very brink of turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

To use the blood of Christ, which is given to cleanse us, 1 John 1:7, Tit. 2:14; the exaltation of Christ, which is to give us repentance, Acts 5:31; the doctrine of grace, which teaches us to deny all ungodliness, Tit. 2:11, 12, to countenance sin, is a rebellion that in the issue will break the bones.

From Chapter 3

The Spirit kills sin by:

By causing our hearts to abound in grace and the fruits that are contrary to the flesh, and the fruits thereof and principles of them.

By a real physical efficiency on the root and habit of sin, for the weakening, destroying, and taking it away.

He brings the cross of Christ into the heart of a sinner by faith, and gives us communion with Christ in his death, and fellowship in his sufferings: of the manner whereof more afterward.

He “works in us to will and to do of his own good pleasure,” Phil. 2:13; he works “all our works in us,” Isa. 26:12,—“the work of faith with power,” 2 Thess. 1:11; Col. 2:12; he causes us to pray, and is a “Spirit of supplication,” Rom. 8:26, Zech. 12:10; and yet we are exhorted, and are to be exhorted, to all these.

He doth not so work our mortification in us as not to keep it still an act of our obedience. The Holy Ghost works in us and upon us, as we are fit to be wrought in and upon; that is, so as to preserve our own liberty and free obedience. He works upon our understandings, wills, consciences, and affections, agreeably to their own natures he works in us and with us, not against us or without us; so that his assistance is an encouragement as to the facilitating of the work, and no occasion of neglect as to the work itself.

Owen, John. The Works of John Owen. Ed. William H. Goold. Vol. 6. Edinburgh: T&T Clark. Print.

For a ‘cheat sheet’ on the book and various formats and locations for acquiring the book visit Fallen and Flawed.

You can also obtain a pdf of the modernized edition from Crossway here and a conceptual outline of the book here.

Also, as previously mentioned, Tim Challies is currently doing a readers club on the book. Join him to learn more and be encouraged in fighting sin.

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Free Books and More

Get the 30 Day Prayer Challenge and Flesh by Hugh Halter e-books Free from David C. Cook here for a limited time.

In audio format Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then LIve is available for free here during the month of September.

Free Biblical Training in Bible, Leadership and more here on a regular basis. Let others know about this great equipping and disciple making resource.

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CBD Book Sale

Christian Book Distributors has some great books on sale (they always do) including Theology and Academic up to 80% or more through September 9th. If you have $50 to spare you can get a great 6 volume Hebrew and Greek Lexicon, for $100 you can get the classic 10 volume NT Dictionary by Kittel. They also have lots of “imperfect” books at up to 97% off.

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