Some Christians struggle with doubts and dread the thought of participating in the Lord’s Supper for fear of taking it unworthily. In this book, Arie Elshout provides tender encouragement to such sensitive souls. Distinguishing between the assurance of faith and the assurance of sense, Elshout reminds us that weak faith is faith nonetheless. Wise pastoral counsel is also given on areas of self-examination and the distinguishing marks of true grace. Here is a helping hand extended to all who are sorry for their sins and take refuge in Christ, and a reminder that the Lord desires to comfort and refresh penitent sinners with the gospel promises of His Table.
Arie Elshout (1923–1991) served as a minister for 32 years in the Gereformeerde Gemeenten of the Netherlands, and in its sister denomination, the Netherlands Reformed Congregations of North America.
“Where can doubting Christians find reliable guidance concerning the Lord’s Supper? In a day when the professing church is full of leaders who do not know how to care for the flock, fearful souls are sure to find comfort from the pen of this proven shepherd of souls. Arie Elshout’s book was born out of the crucible of ministerial experience and furnishes a scriptural staff to lead the tossed and tempted beside quiet streams and green pastures. May it lead many to profit from the meal of which Christ said, ‘With desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you’ (Luke 22:15).” – Gerald M. Bilkes, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Grace. It’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others—especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.
Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It’s the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.”
We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God.
From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders.
Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, “It can’t be that easy!”
“What about obedience?”
“What about disobedience?”
“What about repeated misbehavior?”
“What about bad habits?”
“What about justice?”
“What about repentance?”
It’s this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that’s the beauty and the truth of grace. We don’t deserve it. We can’t earn it. It can’t be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally.
The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
“God, please help me…another game of Candy Land…”
Quite a few dads spend time with their kids. However, many have no clue what their kids really need.
Enter author Jay Payleitner, veteran dad of five, who’s also struggled with how to build up his children’s lives. His 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad combines straightforward features with step-up-to-the-mark challenges men will appreciate:
a full year’s worth of focused, doable ideas—one per week, if desired
uncomplicated ways to be an example, like “kiss your wife in the kitchen”
tough, frank advice, like “throw away your porn”
NO exhaustive (and exhausting) lists of “things you should do”
NO criticism of dads for being men and acting like men
Dads will feel respected and empowered, and gain the confidence to initiate activities that build lifelong positives into their kids. Great gift or men’s group resource!
Praying is one of the most important pieces of a Christian’s life in the six sermon’s in ‘The Power of Prayer’ collection Spurgeon shows why it is powerful and how a believer might go about prayer.
Steve Chapman’s popular A Look at Life from a Deer Stand (more than 280,000 copies sold) now includes new stories and illustrations as well as a stunning new cover.
From the incredible rush of bagging “the big one” to standing in awe of God’s magnificent creation, Steve Chapman captures the spirit of the hunt. In short chapters filled with excitement and humor, he takes readers on his successful—and not-so-successful—forays into the heart of deer country. As they experience the joy of scouting a trophy buck, they’ll discover how the skills necessary for great hunting can help them draw closer to the Lord.
This popular outdoor devotional focuses on time spent in the woods to offer unique insights into living for God. The perfect gift for every hunter and outdoorsman.
“Whatever burden you carry (and we all have one) this story will point you to strength beyond yourself. Read it twice!”
—John Ortberg, author and pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
“Running on Faith is a triumph! Jason Lester is proof that as one wise man said, ‘Triumph is when you try and add a little umph!’ Jason Lester shows us ALL that you can achieve whatever you put your mind body and soul into!”
—Rev Run, author of Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run’s House to Yours
“Jason’s story is a must read! It is a true testimony of the human spirit and confirmation that we all have so much more in us than we may believe. The challenges he conquered will create a shift in your life”
—Tyrese Gibson, singer and actor
Jason Lester is a disabled ultra-endurance athlete and winner of ESPN’s 2009 ESPY Award for “Best Disabled Male Athlete.” He tells his remarkable story in Running on Faith, offering readers an inspirational guide to overcoming adversity, reaching your goals, and recognizing God’s guiding hand in your life.
Why be colorblind when we can be colorFULL instead?
Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God’s creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.