Resurrection Sunday has just passed and we have, hopefully, spent a significant amount of time contemplating the importance of our Savior’s resurrection from the dead. Our contemplation, however, might have neglected a key influence of Jesus’ resurrection with regard to His church: how the resurrection empowers, instructs, and provides the driving force for world missions in the proclamation of the gospel concerning Jesus Christ. My blog on this very topic has been published at ParkingSpace23: “The Resurrection of Christ and Missions.” Please visit this site and read the blog. It consists of more than just a doctrinal evaluation–it concludes with practical implications for you, your local church, and your relationship to world missions. He is risen! – He is risen indeed! Now, “Go into all the world . . .”
One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus by John MacArthur offers a very readable harmony of the Gospels printed as one, united, running account. At the beginning and at the end, however, it unites the testimony of Scripture about Jesus, Messiah and Savior, by providing key passages from the rest of the books of the Bible to reveal a broad panorama of Scripture about Jesus from Old Testament prophecies and New Testament teaching. This volume has proven to be a great blessing to my wife and I. We have read through it together once already, but without reading the notes. Now we are going through it again, but reading all of the notes and cross-references as well. The first time through we read four chapters at a time. Now we are reading just one chapter at a time. What a wonderful way to spend time contemplating the life and ministry of Jesus, our Savior and Lord! The Kindle edition is not only cheaper, but can be read on any computer, smart phone, or tablet. The electronic links make it easy to read the notes and to even access the Bible passages cross-referenced in the notes. For the hard copy link, click on Recommendations link below, then scroll down to the start of the recommended New Testament volumes to click on the picture of the volume there.
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Satellite Bible Atlas: Historical Geography of the Bible provides a very handy guide for any Bible land tour of Israel. Bill Schlegel lives in Israel and has led tours for several decades. The atlas combines modern satellite imagery with a conservative handling of the biblical text. This 8-1/2 x 12 inch volume comes in either hardback or paperback. This recommendation arises out of knowing Bill Schlegel personally, having been on a tour with him as one of the leaders, and having led a tour myself with this atlas as one of the guidebooks we asked all participants to possess and use. You don’t need to take a tour to Israel to appreciate this atlas; you only need to have it available as you read the Bible. Geographical awareness enhances Bible reading and Bible study.
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