12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke is the January 2018 free audiobook of the month from Christian Audio. Download book here.

12Ways_3DCoverDescription: “Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool.”

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Jan Blonk’s Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary is now $2.99 for Kindle until January 27, 2018.

Are you weary? Have you come to the end of yourself?At times, we can be so overwhelmed with life’s struggles that we don’t know what to do or even say. “Where is God?” we may wonder.”Meeting God at Wits’ End” encourages you to look to the One who can give you unwavering hope amidst all your afflictions! He will meet you right where you are.There are 31 devotionals, highlighting His all-sufficiency and helping you find rest in His steadfast love.

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Jan Blonk’s book Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins: Overcoming through God’s Word and Spirit Kindle Edition is now on sale for $2.99. Sale ends January 27, 2018.

Are you enjoying Jesus’ forgiveness and victory on your behalf? Years ago, a mature Christian asked me: “Are you wiser than Solomon? Are you stronger than Samson? Do you love God more than David?” My three-fold answer was negative. He responded: all three fell into sexual sin. What are your answers to these questions?No one is immune to sexual temptations and sins. Therefore, you need to properly arm yourself with God’s Word and Spirit. Even when you fall, God has graciously provided for your forgiveness and restoration.Whether you occasionally struggle with sexual temptations or it’s a daily battle, having been overcome by them, there’s definite hope, genuine encouragement, and real victory, even in your defeat.”Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins” contains 40 devotionals, helping you enjoy Jesus’ victory on your behalf, making you an overcomer.

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Encouraging Charles Spurgeon Quotes on Prayer

These encouraging quotes about prayer come from Encouraged to Pray: Classic Sermons on Prayer by Charles Spurgeon.


Encouraged to Pray - Classic Spurgeon Sermons on Prayer CoverTo make prayer of any value, there should be definite objects for which to plead. My brethren, we often ramble in our prayers after this, that, and the other, and we get nothing because in each we do not really desire anything.

Now, my own soul’s conviction is, that prayer is the grandest power in the entire universe; that it has a more omnipotent force than electricity, attraction, gravitation, or any other of those secret forces which men have called by names, but which they do not understand.

God has promised to hear prayer, and he will perform his promise.

Unless I believe my prayer to be effectual it will not be, for on my faith will it to a great extent depend.

Christian, look up then and rejoice. There is always an open ear if you have an open mouth. There is always a ready hand if you have a ready heart.

Charles Spurgeon Quote on Prayer and Communion with God
Prayer is the natural outgushing of a soul in communion with Jesus. Just as the leaf and the fruit will come out of the vine-branch without any conscious effort on the part of the branch, but simply because of its living union with the stem, so prayer buds, and blossoms, and fruits out of souls abiding in Jesus.

Hearts abiding in Christ send forth supplications as fires send out flames and sparks.

True prayer is measured by weight, and not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.

The best praying man is the man who is most believingly familiar with the promises of God. After all, prayer is nothing but taking God’s promises to him, and saying to him, “Do as thou hast said.” Prayer is the promise utilized. A prayer which is not based on a promise has no true foundation.

When we cannot pray as we would, it is good to pray as we can.

Nor should a true Christian relax his prayer through mental difficulties, I mean those perturbations which distract the mind, and prevent the concentration of our thoughts. Such ills will happen to us.

It is a grand thing when the soul can bolt the doors against distractions, and keep out those intruders; for then it is that prayer and faith will perform their miracle, and our soul shall be filled with the blessing of the Lord.

Charles Spurgeon Quote about Prayer

Not to pray because you do not feel fit to pray is like saying, “I will not take medicine because I am too ill.” Pray for prayer: pray yourself, by the Spirit’s assistance, into a praying frame.

If I feel myself disinclined to pray, then is the time when I need to pray more than ever.

We often pray best when we stammer and stutter, and we pray worst when words come rolling like a torrent, one after another. God is not moved by words; they are but a noise to him. He is only moved by the deep thought and the heaving emotion which dwell in the innermost spirit.

The Lord hears the poor, and the ignorant, and the needy; he loves to hear their cry.

Prayer occupies a most important place in the life of the Christian.

Do you always remember, beloved, in coming to the mercy-seat, that you are coming to a King, and to One who gives like a King? Do you always open your mouth wide, and ask great things of the King who is so ready to bestow them upon you?

I have heard prayers that have seemed to me like dictating to God, rather than the humble, reverent petitions which should be presented by the creature to the Creator, or by the children of God to their loving Father in heaven. We are to come boldly unto the throne of grace, yet always with submission in our hearts,

Think not that God will be angry with thee for asking too much from him, and imagine not that thou wilt insult him by asking him for little things. If thou art a believer in Jesus, God is thy Father, so speak to him as thou wouldst to thine earthly father, only have far more confidence in coming to him than thou wouldst have in approaching the most affectionate earthly parent.

Charles Spurgeon Quote about Prayer

The very invitation to us to pray implies that there are blessings waiting for us at the mercy-seat: “let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace.”

Prayer is often the shadow of God’s coming blessing.

There has never been an instance yet of a man really seeking spiritual blessings of God without his receiving them.

It is the power of the Holy Ghost in us which creates all real prayer, even that which takes the form of a groan because the mind is incapable, by reason of its bewilderment and grief, of clothing its emotion in words.

A mother can translate baby-talk: she comprehends incomprehensible noises. Even so doth our Father in heaven know all about our poor baby talk, for our prayer is not much better.

Charles Spurgeon Quote about Prayer and Praying

That prayer which came from heaven will certainly go back to heaven. If the Holy Ghost prompts it, the Father must and will accept it, for it is not possible that he should put a slight upon the ever blessed and adorable Spirit.

We do not forget to eat: we do not forget to take the shop shutters down: we do not forget to be diligent in business: we do not forget to go to our beds to rest: but we often do forget to wrestle with God in prayer, and to spend, as we ought to spend, long periods in consecrated fellowship with our Father and our God.

The streaming wounds of Jesus are the sure guarantees for answered prayer.

Charles Spurgeon Quote about Answered Prayer

If there be anything I know, anything that I am quite assured of beyond all question, it is that praying breath is never spent in vain.

The best way by which a prophet and teacher and learner can know the reserved truths, the higher and more mysterious truths of God, is by waiting upon God in prayer.

The saint may expect to discover deeper experience and to know more of the higher spiritual life, by being much in prayer.

My dear friends, wait upon God much in prayer, and you have the promise that he will do greater things for you than you know of.

Not to pray because you do not feel fit to pray is like saying, “I will not take medicine because I am too ill.” Pray for prayer: pray yourself, by the Spirit’s assistance, into a praying frame.

Prayer gives a channel to the pent-up sorrows of the soul, they flow away, and in their stead streams of sacred delight pour into the heart.

When joy and prayer are married their first born child is gratitude.

If I am to pray without ceasing, then every second must be suitable for prayer, and there is not one unholy moment in the hour, nor one unaccepted hour in the day, nor one unhallowed day in the year.

Nothing can set a barrier between a praying soul and its God.

As we breathe without ceasing, so must we pray without ceasing.

Never, never, never renounce the habit of prayer, or your confidence in its power.

He who prays without ceasing uses many little darts and hand-grenades of godly desire, which he casts forth at every available interval.

Praying is the end of preaching. Preaching is but the wheat-stalk, but praying is the golden grain itself, and he hath the best who gets it.

I believe that no man loves prayer until the Holy Spirit has taught him the sweetness and value of it.

When prayer is a mechanical act, and there is no soul in it, it is a slavery and a weariness; but when it is really living prayer, and when the man prays because he is a Christian and cannot help praying, when he prays along the street, prays in his business, prays in the house, prays in the field, when his whole soul is full of prayer, then he cannot have too much of it.

You need fear no foe if you can but pray.

You need always to pray, for you always want something. In no condition are you so rich as not to need something from your God.

Dear brethren, if we shut our ears to what Jesus tells us, we shall never have power in prayer, nor shall we enjoy intimate communion with the Well-beloved.

An obedient heart is needful if there is to be any happy converse between God and the soul.

God will not draw inconsistent professors and those who are dallying with sin into close contact with himself.

Your life, your heart, your whole being should be one perpetual discourse of the lovingkindness of the Lord, and your heart, even if the Lord be silent, should carry on fellowship by adoring his blessed name.

I never expect, until I get to heaven, to be able to cease confessing sin every day and every time I stand before God.


Encouraged to Pray - Classic Spurgeon Sermons on Prayer CoverEncouraged to Pray: Classic Sermons on Prayer by Charles Spurgeon is available in paperback and for Kindle.

You may also be interested in Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts: Trading Fear and Worry for the Peace of God. Read 40 Spurgeon quotes on anxiety, fear, and worry.

Encouraged to Pray - Classic Spurgeon Sermons on Prayer CoverLet’s face it: we all need encouragement to pray. So many things can impede our pursuit of God through prayer that we feel like giving up.

In Encouraged to Pray: Classic Sermons on Prayer, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s faithful expositions of Scripture will provide the push and traction you need to move forward in joyful and effective prayer.

Here is a glimpse of four precious jewels Spurgeon mined from the quarry of prayer:

1. If you struggle getting started in prayer, read the Bible first and respond to what God says.

“If the flesh in its weakness hampers the spirit, then let the Bible reading come before the praying, that the soul may be awakened thereby.”

2. God, our all-powerful heavenly Father, is able and willing to grant our requests.

“Do you always remember, beloved, in coming to the mercy-seat, that you are coming to a King, and to One who gives like a King? Do you always open your mouth wide, and ask great things of the King who is so ready to bestow them upon you?”

3. Our gracious Father doesn’t need eloquent prayers to hear the cries of His children.

“A mother can translate baby-talk: she comprehends incomprehensible noises. Even so doth our Father in heaven know all about our poor baby talk, for our prayer is not much better.”

4. When we don’t feel like praying, pray for help.

“Not to pray because you do not feel fit to pray is like saying, ‘I will not take medicine because I am too ill.’ Pray for prayer: pray yourself, by the Spirit’s assistance, into a praying frame.”

Much more can be said about how Spurgeon’s sermons will encourage you to pray, but I’ll just invite you to read this book for yourself.

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Dispatches Video GraphicThis #GivingTuesday, we invite the Cross-Points community to strengthen the church in Cuba by funding Bible training for pastors through Leadership Resources International. LRI’s training gives pastors the tools, the feedback, and the confidence they need to preach the Bible faithfully. These pastors then can more faithfully feed and shepherd God’s flock. Learn more about LRI’s training, read endorsements, or watch Tim Keesee call LRI ‘s methods “nation shaking” on Dispatches from the Front.

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IMG_6390The Cuban church faces many challenges: overcoming Catholic frameworks, ministering amongst spiritist religion, a lack of resources, and a lack of equipped gospel workers. All of these factors make advancing the gospel difficult.

LRI’s training gives pastors the tools, the feedback, and the confidence they need to preach the Bible faithfully. These pastors then can more faithfully feed and shepherd God’s flock. LRI Training has already begun in Cuba, but without needed funding, we risk shutting down.


What the pastors are saying

“God has been revolutionizing our personal lives and the lives of the leaders we are training.” Pastor Armando

“The students have involved themselves in this—using the Bible, interpreting the Bible, knowing the Bible, teaching the Bible. TNT has helped us greatly.”  — Pastor Julio Cesar. Watch Julio Cesar share his story below:


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  • For true transformation. This training is not merely an info dump. TNT is practical, hands-on Bible training. Our groups are small and focused on giving students the support and feedback they need to grow as Bible expositors who trust the Word of God to accomplish the work of God.
  • To bring the Reformation to Latin America. 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which largely passed over Latin America. This training will forward Reformation principles by centering life and ministry on the truth of Scripture.
  • To bless the Cuban church with the Word of God. Our train-the-trainer model allows many pastors and churches to be strengthened for faithful Word ministry.
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Happy Black Friday Cyber Monday!

We’ve updated our Black Friday deal list for Cyber Monday. Additions are underlined and italicized.

Heads up: We will be inviting you to an exciting opportunity on Giving Tuesday to strengthen the Cuban church with expository preaching. Stay tuned!

Sale on Cross-Points ebooks:

Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts by Charles Spurgeon ($2.99) and The Chief Exercise of Faith: John Calvin on Prayer ($0.99).

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Many things in their web store are 40% off. The Heaven, How I Got Here DVD is $6.

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R.C. Sproul Crucial Questions Kindle Books

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