10 OF THOSE TUESDAY

PTDEvery Tuesday I want to highlight on this blog a great resource that is available from 10ofthose.com and some great deals for you to check out.

Along with Christ our Life by Mike Reeves, this week’s resource is on my to read list.

Pleased to Dwell by Peter Mead is “an invitation to ponder the incarnation, and a God who was pleased to dwell with us.”

It is available to buy HERE.

And while you’re visiting 10ofthose.com you might like to check out the latest offers on a number of resources including a great book to give away to students who are off to university.

CONFERENCES – AUTUMN 2014

33HIn the Autumn Term of 2014 there are a number of conferences taking place. Here are a few of the highlights:

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TEACH WHAT YOU ARE STUDYING

file7691257815721Patrick Allan:

“When you’re studying something new, think of somebody you know and plan to teach it to them.

Fellow students, a colleague, your significant other, anyone.

As you go over the material, detail specifically how you would convey the knowledge to that person so they could understand it just as thoroughly.

You can even create a lesson plan highlighting the key components. You don’t have to teach anyone anything when it’s all said and done, but you’ll know the material so well, you could if you needed to.”

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MAKE PERSONAL HOLINESS OUR AIM

1131839_29648781Derek Prime & Alistair Begg:

“We are naturally concerned to be successful shepherds and teachers; but our overriding concern must be to live a godly life rather than to achieve what others may consider success. 

As we make personal holiness our aim – God’s stated priority for our personal life – we may leave it to God to add to us whatever else we need.”

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ON THE PIN BOARD (AUGUST ’14)

1289292_99715541Resources, by category, I’ve highlighted over the last month that are worth a look:

1. Books etc

2. Videos

3. Journals

4. Links

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FIELD NOTES (AUGUST 2014)

Field Notes“Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.” (John Piper)

Notes I’ve made this month by category.

1. Pastor

2. Preaching

3. Leadership

4. Productivity

5. Church

6. Reading

A PRAYER BEFORE READING THE BIBLE

962108_96068789John Piper:

“I use the acrostic I. O. U. S as I come to the Bible.

I. Incline my heart to your testimonies. Psalm 119:36 (Since my heart is inclined to sleep and to work and to lots of things other than the Bible.)

O. Open my eyes to see wonders in your word. Psalm 119:18 (Since my heart is so often dull and blind to the wonders of the word.)

U. Unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11 (Since my heart is often divided and distracted in many directions)

S. Satisfy me with your steadfast love. Psalm  90:14 (Since my heart is so tempted to be satisfied in other things.)”

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PRAYING IN CONCENTRIC CIRCLES

file8121255508383John Piper:

“Consider praying in concentric circles from your own soul outward to the whole world.

This is my regular practice.

I pray for my own soul first. Not because I am more deserving than others, but because if God doesn’t awaken and strengthen and humble and fill my own soul, then I can’t pray for anybody else’s. So I plead with the Lord every morning for my own soul’s perseverance and purification and power.

Then I go to the next concentric circle, my family, and I pray for each of them by name.

Then I go to the next concentric circle, the staff and elders of Bethlehem. I name them all by name.

Then I pray for you, Bethlehem Baptist Church.

And then I go out from there to different concerns and groups at different times: our missionaries, our denomination and its schools, the Baptist General Conference, Evangelicalism in general and the church around the world, especially the suffering church. The wider circles include the city and the state and the nation and the cultural and social issues of the world.

“If you ask, What do I pray for myself and my family and my church and the missionaries and the city and the nations, the answer is pray Scripture.”

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