#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Every Church, Every Nation: Giving Thanks for One Another: Meredith Cook

There are a number of reasons it’s great to be a part of the Southern Baptist Convention. The pinnacle, however, is 47,000 churches working together to get the gospel to people all around the world who haven’t heard it. Every church and every church member has a role to play in reaching every nation.

Through giving to the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, sending your members to be full-time missionaries, and mobilizing many short-term teams from your church, local church partnerships are vital to the work of IMB missionaries as they take the gospel to unreached peoples. Every church plays a significant role in reaching every nation for the glory of Jesus Christ.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to share with you just a few of the reasons we are thankful for the partnerships between local churches and IMB missionaries. …Read More.

How Envy Forgets God’s Goodness: J.D. Greear

The Reformer Martin Luther said that God concluded the Ten Commandments with “Thou shalt not covet” (envy) because if we kept that command, we would keep all the others. The reason people lie, steal, commit adultery, and even kill is usually because of envy.

In Numbers 11, the children of Israel were about a year out from being delivered from slavery. They were passing through a wilderness, where God led them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and every morning provided manna for them to eat. Yet despite his miraculous provision, the Israelites still complained about their circumstances, and their complaining is a direct result of envy.

Recognizing the three root causes of envy in Numbers 11 will allow us to pull up envy by its roots in our own lives. …Read More.

12 Recommended Books on Preaching: Chuck Lawless

We at Southeastern Seminaryhave an incredible preaching faculty, including Danny AkinJim ShaddixScott PaceDwayne Milioni, and Ronjour Locke. Actually, while I had good preaching professors as a student, I’m jealous of our students who get to learn from these men (especially our doctoral students who get significant interaction with them). I asked them to give me some books on preaching they would want preachers to read, and here are their recommendations in no order of preference. …Read More.

6 Ways to Be Strategic About Black Friday: Art Rainer

Black Friday is already here. Not the day. But the sales.

Historically, Black Friday sales were on, well, Friday. But now, the sales are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…you get the idea. Black Friday is now more of a season than a day. Which means you have an even greater opportunity to find yourself in January with a little bit of Christmas debt and a lot of Christmas regret.

So how do you avoid being one of those individuals who spends more than they should this year? You need a strategy. And here are some ways to do it. …Read More.