We have all probably faced disappointments and discontent over the past eight months to some extent or another. The apostle Paul instructed the Philippians to be anxious in nothing and thankful in everything. And when he said everything--he meant everything. Gratitude seems impossible to find if grumbling becomes a state of mind. Instead of a reaction to when things are going well, what if gratitude is actually necessary to knowing the hope of our gracious God?
Every day, it seems American society is falling further away from Christian values and common decency, and Christians are left unsure of how to respond. In his latest book, We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding to Our Culture’s Assault on Christianity, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer arms believers with a deeper understanding of the hurts and concerns of nonbelievers with regard to social issues so the church is able to respond in a compassionate and gentle manner without affirming their secular beliefs.
Dustin Crowe (B.A. Moody Bible Institute; M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the pastor of discipleship at College Park Church Fishers, just outside Indianapolis, Ind. He has written for websites such as The Gospel Coalition, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Fighter Verses, and contributed a chapter to Make, Mature, Multiply. Dustin and his wife have a two-year-old daughter.
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, is Pastor Emeritus at The Moody Church. He was born and reared near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, a celebrated international conference speaker, and the featured speaker on the radio program Running to Win. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and are the parents of three married children and have seven grandchildren.
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