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Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible’s emphasis that “Jesus must increase, and we must decrease” (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place. Continue Reading…

In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur.  Sarah’s book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005.  Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar:  Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still PointNoah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life.  In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God’s kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value.

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(Ladies, I originally wrote this for men and left the language that way in the blog post.  Please swap out “wife” for “husband”, “her” for “him” etc. as these principles should apply to you as well)

Your love for your wife cannot be rooted in her love for you. 

You cannot wait to do nice things for your wife until she does nice things for you. 

You cannot do nice things for your wife, expecting her to do nice things in return.  There is no “magic nice thing” you can figure out to do for your wife where she, in response, will finally become the woman of your dreams. 

This merry-go-round approach to marriage is one that simply gets us nowhere.  It’s rooted in selfishness, it’s not sustainable, and at the end of the day, it’s not love.  Continue Reading…

The gospel frees us from this pressure to perform, this slavish demand to “become.”  The gospel liberatingly declares that in Christ “we already are.”  If you’re a Christian, here’s the good news: who you really are has nothing to do with you—how much you can accomplish, who you can become, your behavior (good or bad), your strengths, (What the opposite sex thinks of you), your weaknesses, your sordid past, your family background, your education, your looks, and so on. Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ’s accomplishment, not yours.

-From the book Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian