The Challenge 2011

The Challenge Is Coming!
In 2010, over seventy people at Woodbury Community Church tookThe Challenge, a challenge to read through the Bible over the course of one year. Many of those who took The Challenge completed that challenge yesterday. Many did not, but in taking The Challenge, they read more of the Bible in 2010 than they did in 2009.In 2011, I want to challenge you once again to attempt to read through the Bible. There is nothing that will change you as much as God’s Word. D. L. Moody once said, “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book,” when referring to the Bible. When we spend time in God’s Word, we are changed.In 1959, D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, the minister of Westminster Chapel in London wrote, “There is nothing more important in the Christian life than the way in which we approach the Bible, and the way in which we read it. It is our textbook, it is our only source, it is our only authority. We know nothing about God and about the Christian life in a true sense apart from the Bible. We can draw various deductions from nature (and possibly from various mystical experiences) by which we can arrive at a belief in a supreme Creator. But I think it is agreed by most Christians, and it has been traditional throughout the long history of the Church, that we have no authority save this Book. We cannot rely solely upon subjective experiences because there are evil spirits as well as good spirits; there are counterfeit experiences. Here, in the bible, is our soul authority.” (D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Second Edition, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1976, p. 6.)One of the common requests that I received last year was for a reading plan that would allow us to read through the Bible chronologically. This year we’ll use the Chronological Reading Guide, which was put together by Back to the Bible Ministries. You can download your copy of the Chronological Reading Guide by clicking here.

Some Kindle Freebies

hcsb
I’m so excited! My wife bought me a Kindle for Christmas and I am loving it! Before I even received my Kindle I was downloading free Kindle books. Here’s the deal. Not all of these books stay free forever. Some are free for a couple days or a couple weeks, some are free for one day, so you want to download them when you can.You don’t have to have a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can download an application for your computer or smart phone right at Amazon’s web site. So, here are my freebie hints for you today:The Holman Christian Standard Bible is a new translation of the Bible that was put together by a team of conservative biblical scholars. It combines an absolute commitment to being faithful to the original languages that the Bible was written in with an emphasis on readability in the English language. It’s worth downloading to see how you enjoy it. You can download your free copy here

lastlight

Terri Blackstock has long been a favorite Christian fiction writer of my wife. She writes adventure fiction stories that keep you turning the pages. Her book Last Light, is free for a limited time on Amazon. From the beginning, the book will catch you with airplanes falling out of the sky due to a natural phenomenon. I’m preaching on the Sermon on the Mount this year, and the book has a direct tie to Jesus’ sermon. It’s a great book that would be worth reading even if it wasn’t free! So hurry up and pick it up by clicking here
deehenderson
Like Terri Blackstock, Dee Henderson is a fantastic author of adventure fiction. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to download Henderson’s book, Danger in the Shadows, which introduces you to an author who has to live in the shadows because of being a part of the witness protection program. This book will keep you guessing and keep you interested throughout. You can download this book by clicking here

deeperwater

Like John Grisham? If so, you may enjoy the stories of Robert Whitlow. Deeper Water is the story of Tami Taylor, a young attorney whose faith, values, and integrity are tested in huge ways as she begins life at a prestigious law firm in Savannah, Georgia. You’ll enjoy the twists and turns in this novel, the first in Whitlow’s Tides of Truth series. You can download the book by clicking hereHappy reading!