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Apr 13

Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book

We've been reading a new children's Bible during our devotions that both we and our kids are enjoying: Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book.  This volume (which our five year old understands much of) takes a chronological view of the Bible, and tells stories in a way that connects kids to Bible truth.  …

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Apr 08

What Were You Expecting? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

I just finished reading an advance copy of Paul David Tripp’s forthcoming book entitled What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.  Unlike many other marriage books, this one looks at marriage as an act of worship and explores how our vertical relationships with God impacts our horizontal relationships with each other.  Tripp both …

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Mar 17

Dug Down Deep by Josh Harris

Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, says his longtime friend Josh Harris "explains Christian theology in a way all of us can understand" in Harris's new book. "If you are tired of hyped promises and want essential truth, this book is for you." But that's not why I was looking forward to reading Josh Harris's latest …

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Feb 11

Mark Hall on Pure Praise Worship Study

Endorsements by Darlene Zschech (Hillsong), Mark Hall (Casting Crowns), Julie Reid (Worship Leader Magazine), Rick Muchow (Saddleback), Charles Billingsley (Thomas Road), David Edwards (The Worshiper), Dr. Vernon Whaley (Liberty U), Josh Riley (, and others.

Sep 07

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Our kids—two and four (almost five)–love bedtime Bible stories.  We’ve got three kids Bibles we read through, but our family favorite is the Jesus Storybook Bible.  Illustrated by Jago and written by Sally Lloyd Jones, it’s a charming but serious Bible that our kids love to both read and flip through to look at pictures. …

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Jul 07

Marcus Buckingham: The Truth About You

When best-selling author Marcus Buckingham writes, people listen.  At least they should.  He’s one of the few “motivational speakers” with something to say besides the usual platitudes and clichés offered up by many.  Buckingham has become something of an authority in the business world in helping people identify their strengths and weaknesses, and encouraging them …

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Jun 28

Stealing from God

A year or two ago I picked up a book entitled "Worship Matters" by Bob Kauflin.  It was one of about ten books I bought while attending the National Worship Leader's Conference in Austin, TX.  I am sad to say that I had pretty much had forgotten about it and it has remained on my …

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Oct 27

Spectacular Sins, the Sovereignty of God, and the Coddled American Church

John Piper’s latest book is out, and we recently finished reading our review copy.  Entitled Spectacular Sins, the book looks at the sovereignty of God against the backdrop of massive sin.  Even though it’s a thin book by most standards, the content is powerful and it is written in a conversational, easy-to-read manner similar to …

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Sep 17

Free Book Download | Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship

Our friend Dwayne Moore emailed us to let us know about a generous offer currently available on his blog.  For a limited time only, you can download one FREE complete copy of all nine weeks of Moore's soon-to-be-published Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship! This book contains endorsements by Darlene Zschech (Hillsong), Mark …

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Jun 04

Worship from the “Heart”

We are often told by the church not to trust our "feelings".  The modern church’s penchant is to teach us to suppress our emotions and to distrust feelings. Live out of the facts we are told.  Trust the head, not the heart. But if we are to follow the logic implications of that way of …

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