Posts for December 2011

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Thank You!

Thank You!

publish date December 31, 2011
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As 2011 winds to a close, we at Truth For Life are grateful for the opportunity that God has given us to spread the good news of Jesus Christ! Through God’s grace, we have been busily talking with many of you on the phone, opening your letters and hearing about the transforming power of the Ggospel in your lives.

Listener Stories: Week 51, 2011

Listener Stories: Week 51, 2011

publish date December 30, 2011
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Ever since I stumbled on the Truth for Life page on a search on the internet my walk with Jesus has never been the same. In the early days, I used to pause the message and get into the scriptures because Alistair seemed to be sharing something new. In doing so, I realized there *is* truth for life that I must learn and "false for death" I must discard! God has greatly used this ministry to build me up in His truth. I can't thank you enough but I pray for this ministry that God will make both physical and spiritual provision. Grace and peace and much brotherly love.
Anonymous from Kenya

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

publish date December 30, 2011
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It is encouraging to pause and look back at what God accomplished through Truth For Life over the airwaves and online in 2011. He IS good!

2011 By the Numbers...

Stott: Death a Neglected Issue

Stott: Death a Neglected Issue

publish date December 29, 2011
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As we conclude the month of December, we’re also concluding the Radical Disciple excerpts from John Stott. While most people do not think about death near the holidays, Stott addresses the issue of death as a neglected issue. However, it might not be the type of death you are thinking of.

Stott writes:

The Paradox of Life Through Death
“The eighth and last characteristic of the radical disciple that I have chosen is death. Let me explain. Christianity offers life—eternal life, life to the full. But it makes it plain that the road to life is death. It underlines this in at least six areas, as I will go on to show in this chapter. Life through death is one of the profoundest paradoxes in both the Christian faith and the Christian life.

Sunday Sermon: "A Canticle"

Sunday Sermon: "A Canticle"

publish date December 28, 2011
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The Magnificat records Mary's response to all that God revealed to her about the child she would bear - a response that drew from all that she had learned about God and how he dealt with his people. Mary's song continues to teach us about the kingdom of God and the Savior she celebrated with reverence, humility, and eagerness to see the promises of God fulfilled.

Stott: Dignity of Dependence

Stott: Dignity of Dependence

publish date December 27, 2011
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As one of our last excerpts from Radical Disciple by John Stott, we examine another neglected facet of discipleship: dependence. He gives an anecdote from his own life to show his weakness and then exposits the Lord’s Prayer to summarize our two-fold essential calling as disciples.

A Moment of Weakness

“A recent experience of mine demonstrated my own weakness and dependence. It was Sunday morning, August 20, 2006, and I was due to preach in All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. I was putting away some clean laundry when I tripped over the protruding feet of a swivel chair and fell between my bed and bookcase. I knew at once that I had broke or dislocated my hip, for I could not move, let alone get up. I was able, however, to push the panic button I was wearing, and kind friends immediately came to my rescue. Hugh Palmer, rector of All Souls, found my sermon notes and somehow managed to preach my sermon. Only later did I note its appropriateness, for I had prepared an exposition of the Lord’s Prayer.

And the Word Became Flesh

And the Word Became Flesh

publish date December 24, 2011
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Today, you celebrate Christmas with your friends and family, take time to reflect on the immensity of this statement: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1,14)

God's Great Generosity

God's Great Generosity

publish date December 24, 2011
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Dear Friends,
George Whitefield was greatly used by God as an evangelist in North America in the 18th century. He was born in 1714 and died in 1770. Halfway through his relatively short life, we find this quote in his diary, written in North Carolina on Christmas Day 1739...

Listener Stories: Week 50, 2011

Listener Stories: Week 50, 2011

publish date December 23, 2011
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I just wanted to write and say that I've been blessed by the recent series on Joseph. I'm 27 and have chronic Lyme disease, which gives me a lot of fatigue and some cognitive symptoms. I caught a few of the early episodes on the radio as I was getting into work later due to declining health. I've found the episodes on your website and have been listening through. It has been a great encouragement to me. Just last week I had to stop working even part-time. I love the way Alistair brings the events of Joseph to life. When I'm overwhelmed or discouraged, listening to an episode points me back to God and his love and sovereignty, giving me hope. Thank you for your ministry.
Ken from Kentucky

Rooted in the Truth: Help Us Reach our Year-end Goal

Rooted in the Truth: Help Us Reach our Year-end Goal

publish date December 22, 2011
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We are quickly approaching the end of another year of faithful ministry here at Truth For Life. We are so encouraged and thankful for the many ways that God has blessed us this year and for the many lives that he has changed through the power of His Word.

Stott: Christian Maturity

Stott: Christian Maturity

publish date December 21, 2011
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Following are some excerpts on Christian growth and maturity from John Stott’s book Radical Disciple that Truth For Life is offering this month.

Growth without Depth

"There is no doubt of the phenomenal growth of the church in many parts of the world. The statistics of church growth are amazing. Explosion is no too dramatic a word to describe it. For example, the church in China has grown at least a hundredfold since the middle of the twentieth century. More Christian believers now worship God every Sunday in China than in all the churches of Western Europe put together...

Sunday Sermon: "What a Mystery"

Sunday Sermon: "What a Mystery"

publish date December 20, 2011
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According to a familiar Christmas carol, Jesus was "born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth." The prologue to John's gospel introduces us to this mystery: that God became man so that the sons of men could become children of God.

Free Book Giveaway Winners Chosen!

Free Book Giveaway Winners Chosen!

publish date December 20, 2011
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Congratulations to 25 winners chosen to receive "The Christ of Christmas" as our free book giveaway in December. We've sent an email to the following entries asking for an address. Merry Christmas!

A Future Hope - Matters of Life and Death

A Future Hope - Matters of Life and Death

publish date December 19, 2011
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Lord, it belongs not to my care whether I live or die
My knowledge of this life is small, the eye of faith is dim
It is enough that Christ knows all and I shall be with Him
--Richard Baxter

Listener Stories: Week 49, 2011

Listener Stories: Week 49, 2011

publish date December 15, 2011
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Dear Truth for Life, I would just like to relate to you my gratitude in the work you are doing to advance the Kingdom of God. It is an incredible blessing to me. I have been listening to your podcasts every morning when I go running. They are a great encouragement and help me start my day right. As a teen of sixteen, I am delighted that Mr. Begg's sermons are relatable to people of all ages. So much truth in each sermon, and so grounded in the Gospel. Thank you, really, from the bottom of my heart for all that you do! Alistair Begg has been one of my heroes because of his pure dedication to God and the truth of the Gospel. Thank you! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers in the coming years, and that your ministry will be strengthened and that many more hearts and minds will be encouraged through the Truth of the Gospel that you teach so well. God Bless you!
Charity from Virginia

Costly Commitment Means Christlikeness

Costly Commitment Means Christlikeness

publish date December 14, 2011
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Stott mentions in his second chapter that the biblical basis for Christlikeness is not derived from one single text, rather the call for followers of Christ to be like Christ goes much deeper than one verse. He then uses Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2 as examples.

Beware and Be Aware!

Beware and Be Aware!

publish date December 13, 2011
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From last Sunday, December 11 -- What does true devotion look like? In Mark 12, Jesus contrasts the ostentatious religious life of the scribes with the humble gift of an anonymous widow, and we learn that devotion to God is not measured by outward appearances, but by sacrifice. Topics: Giving, Pride, Humility, Alistair Begg, Truth For Life

Providence is Personal

Providence is Personal

publish date December 12, 2011
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Over the last couple months we have been airing our “Providence” series, where Alistair considered the life of Joseph. As Alistair mentioned, our comprehension of Joseph and his story is often constrained by the techni-colored coat, a few jealous brothers and the persistent adulteress, Potiphar’s wife.

However, when we dig deeper into the story of Joseph we realize that (like every Bible “story”) it occurred in real time and within a real context. While we can see God’s providential hand throughout Joseph’s individual life, we can also see how the life of Joseph fits into God’s providential and sovereign plan for all of creation. The story of Joseph is just one part of God’s plan to redeem a people for himself and to provide salvation for them.

A Truth For Life Christmas

A Truth For Life Christmas

publish date December 9, 2011
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Not sure what to get that certain family member or friend for Christmas? Or maybe you’re tired of commercialism around Christmas and want to study the true story more in-depth? How about one of Truth For Life’s Christmas series, available for free download or to purchase as CD’s. You can also order any of the series by December 14 in order to receive it by Christmas.

Rooted in the Truth: Changed by the Word of God

Rooted in the Truth: Changed by the Word of God

publish date December 9, 2011
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Have you ever wondered what makes the Bible such a unique book? Why has it remained so popular for thousands of years? It's longevity is because it is the true, powerful, life-changing Word of God.

Listener Stories: Week 48, 2011

Listener Stories: Week 48, 2011

publish date December 8, 2011
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Do you support Truth For Life? Praise God with us and be encouraged as you read just some of last week's comments from listeners and friends...

Greetings from Budapest! My wife, Robin, and I serve here as missionaries... We listen to the Truth for Life podcasts while fixing meals or washing dishes in the kitchen. Your ministry has been a real encouragement to us, especially the series on Joseph. Things have been a bit tough lately and these messages remind us to keep an eternal perspective and to trust in our Lord's sovereignty. Our three teenage children also enjoy Alistair's messages. Robert downloads the podcasts to listen while doing chores or taking public transit. Thank you for making these resources available to us. May the Lord bless and use you mightily for the advance of the Gospel!
Ron and Family from Hungary

Getty Christmas CD: Buy one, GIVE one free!

Getty Christmas CD: Buy one, GIVE one free!

publish date December 8, 2011
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Truth For Life is offering two copies of the Getty's Christmas album for the price of one! Order one for your family and receive another to give as a Christmas gift.

Truth For Life Makes the List of "Shining Light" Ministries

Truth For Life Makes the List of "Shining Light" Ministries

publish date December 6, 2011
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2011 List of 30 Shining Light Ministries

Each year MinistryWatch.com produces a list of 30 Christian ministries that we believe are among the most exemplary of the many great ministries doing the Lord's work. We refer to this list as our "Shining Lights Ministries"...

Last Sunday's Sermon: David's Son, David's Lord

Last Sunday's Sermon: David's Son, David's Lord

publish date December 6, 2011
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Mark 12 - Alistair Begg - Who is Jesus? The answer to that question matters for eternity. The Bible answers clearly: Jesus is both the Son of David and the eternal Son of God.

Free Book Giveaway Contest!

Free Book Giveaway Contest!

publish date December 5, 2011
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Truth For Life is trying something fun this month -- we're giving away 25 free copies of "The Christ of Christmas" to our Facebook and Twitter friends. You can sign up below or on our Facebook page. This contest runs until Dec 15th when 25 winners will be chosen and notified.

Radical Disciple: Costly Commitment

Radical Disciple: Costly Commitment

publish date December 5, 2011
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In John Stott’s final work, Radical Disciple, he sought to address the issue of people claiming Christ as Lord while failing to obey Him. He purposed to “consider eight characteristics of Christian discipleship which are often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.”

We cannot think of Christmas without looking to the cross. And we cannot look to the cross without considering the cost Christ paid for us. And when we think of the cost Christ paid, we cannot neglect the cost of discipleship. Therefore, December seems an appropriate month to consider our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you committed to Christ? In what ways? Is your commitment only words?

Preface from "Radical Disciple" by John Stott

Preface from "Radical Disciple" by John Stott

publish date December 2, 2011
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Disciples or Christians?

Let me explain and justify the title of this book, The Radical Disciple.

First, why ‘disciple’?

It comes as a surprise to many people to discover that the followers of Jesus Christ are called ‘Christian’ only three times in the New Testament.

Providence: Two Hard Phrases

Providence: Two Hard Phrases

publish date December 2, 2011
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Alistair Begg writes: If we were to ask people what they consider the hardest things to say to someone else, I suspect that two recurring answers would be, “I am sorry,” and “I forgive you.” Our pride is so great that we are reluctant to admit to being wrong; and perhaps even sadder, we are slow to grant forgiveness to those who seek it from us.

Listener Stories: Week 47, 2011

Listener Stories: Week 47, 2011

publish date December 1, 2011
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Praise God with us and be encourged as you read just some of last week's comments from listeners and friends...

I listened to your sermon on Annanias this morning to help prepare for Sunday School. What a blessing and a great help to confirm the lesson I had prepared. Although our outline may be different, the truth is the same. God uses the unknown and obscure to do great things in and for the Kingdom. Thanks for you and your ministry. I pray that God would continue to bless you and your church.
Anonymous from Ohio

Learning from Stott: Radical Discipleship

Learning from Stott: Radical Discipleship

publish date December 1, 2011
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The closing of one year into a new one often stirs up a degree of nostalgia, regret, sadness, joy, pain and hope. This transition often causes memories of happy events like a recent graduation, a new marriage, a fun vacation, an impactful mission trip, a new baby in the family etc.

However, the passing of one year into another also leads to recollections of the painful events as well, like a shocking diagnosis, the loss of a job, the suffering of a marriage, the memory of who passed away etc.