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1st February 2012
On Sunday, Paul continued the 1 Timothy preaching series, emphasising that if we put in truth, we get out a right life – a life full of love. He encouraged us not to just leave our Bibles by our bedsides, but instead to make sure we are digging deep into the Word of God, fertilising our lives with the truth of the gospel.
In response, are you looking for something to help you to focus your daily devotions or Bible study, or do you need the next wholesome and practical 'good read' to help you get into God's Word? If so, you might like to discover Phil Moore's Straight to the Heart series. These books are based on individual books of the Bible, from Matthew's Gospel to the Acts of the Apostles to 1 & 2 Corinthians, as well as some Old Testament books too.
Each book in the series features '60 Bite-sized Insights'. They are not comprehensive commentaries – usually each insight is just three or four pages bringing fresh, and often challenging, perspectives on familiar texts and stories, flavoured with Phil's spiritual wisdom and historical knowledge.
Try the book on Acts; usually the book we turn to when we want to understand how to 'do church'. But Acts is much more than that and Phil leads us through the Acts of the Apostles and of the Holy Spirit, drawing out much practical application. For example, from Acts 2 you will be helped, and possibly challenged, about how we present the gospel; from Acts 4, Phil's delightful example – using Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story films! – brings insight as to how we relate to God in prayer; from Acts 10, we are reminded that we must not let Satan fool us into reducing our expectations of the Holy Spirit; while from Acts 16 Phil clearly explains our election, its many dimensions, and the fact that it gives us complete assurance – past, present and future.
Once you've read one of the series you will be back for more (Moore!).
Some of Phil Moore's Straight to the Heart books are available at the Resources Area on Sunday mornings.
Posted by Natalie Williams