Charles Spurgeon once said, "Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read." Every year I assemble a list of the best books I've read in the given year. My hope is that this list will serve you in that it 1) inspires you to read more in 2019 and 2) gives you a couple of ideas of books to read. So, Tolle Lege!
10. No Quick Fix by Andy Naselli
9. Teaching as Jesus Taught by Roy Zuck
8. Great at Work by Morten Hansen
7. The Preacher's Catechism by Lewis Allen
6. The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
5. Unstuck by Matt Perman
4. Some Pastors and Teachers by Sinclair Ferguson
3. Charles Spurgeon on the Christian Life by Michael Reeves
2. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren
1. C.S. Lewis on the Christian Life by Joe Rigney
One of my favorite verses on marriage for husbands is Proverbs 5:19, "... be intoxicated always in her love." Nowhere in the Bible do we find any command to be intoxicated except in Proverbs 5:19. I love that. Husbands are to be so in love with their wives that from the outside it appears that they are intoxicated. Make note: this does not happen naturally. Day-by-day, ever Husband is called to take intentional action to develop a deeper, more intimate romance in their marriage. So, here are thirty ways Husbands can love their wives:
*I've adapted a few of these ideas from Justin Buzzard's excellent book, Date Your Wife. I highly recommend it.
The Christmas season is a beautiful time of the year. Full of lights, Christmas cookies, family gatherings, and for some people, egg-nog. In the midst of all of the beauty of this season, there tends to be a tendency for our souls to slip into neutral; going through the motions and slowly losing the affection for God we once had.
So, as we enter this Christmas season let me encourage you to ask yourself six questions on a weekly (or daily!) basis:
R.C. Sproul is known for saying that everyone is a theologian because every person has a view of God. The question, then, is not do you have a view of God? But rather, is your view of God, right? All people have one of four views of God.
1. No view.
These are the people that claim God is non-existent—that He isn’t real. People that have no view of God believe that He is a made-up celestial being that, frankly, seems ridiculous to believe in.
2. Wrong view.
These are the people that believe a variety of things about God: He’s not loving, He is simply the Creator—not Lord, He is one with His creation, and on and on we can go. Friends, let me remind you that it is through His Word that we learn the truth about who God is. The quickest way to avoid error is by embracing truth. So, let me encourage you: read the Bible. Memorize the Bible. Meditate on the Bible. Talk about the Bible. Sing the Bible. Study the Bible. Because it is through the Bible that we learn about who God truly is.
Many of us often view God as being just a bigger version of ourselves.
3. Small view.
These are the people that believe God does exist, but that He isn’t sovereign or all-powerful. I seem to encounter more and more people who view God as nothing more than the man upstairs, ready to help you (if He can) whenever you *might* need Him to. And, let’s be honest, the reason why many of us often view God in this way is because we tend to think of God as being just a bigger version of ourselves. In his book, Radical, David Platt expounds on this when he writes the following:
“We Americans tend to mold God into our own image. He’s beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is who we are most comfortable with. The danger now is when we gather in our church buildings to sing, and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the God of the Bible. Instead, we may be worshipping ourselves.”
If God is just a slightly bigger version of us we have no hope for freedom from our sin, justice in the age to come, or eradication of all wickedness because we have no power to do such things. And this is why we must seek to have the fourth view of God.
4. Biblical view.
We need to know and teach others that God is a holy, powerful, sovereign God. He stretches the heavens like a curtain and is seated enthroned above the heavens. He does all He pleases, as He pleases, as He pleases. He takes no counsel from man because He is, in and of Himself all-wise. He is sustaining all things, orchestrates all things, and knows all things. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end. The King of all kings, the owner of all things. Our God is a consuming fire. That is who God is.
This article is an excerpt from a sermon I preached at College Park Church. You can view the sermon here:
I recently started reading a few books that I hope to finish by the end of the year. I hope you'll find something helpful in this list of current reads.