Ebooks On Sale Through March 31st

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through March 31, 2015.

Bible Answers: Questions About the Christian Faith & Life by Derek Prime Sale Price: $2.99/£2.03

Salvation By Crucifixion Sale Price: $2.99/£2.03

 Five Points: Towards A Deeper Experience of God's Grace by John Piper Sale Price: $3.99/£2.71

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New From Matthew Harmon: Philippians: A Mentor Commentary

Philippians: A Mentor Commentary by Matthew HarmonChristians throughout the centuries have loved Paul’s letter to the Philippians for its call to rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of life’s circumstances. But our familiarity with the letter can cause us to neglect or overlook Paul’s message to the Philippians. Dr. Matthew Harmon in this uplifting and inspiring work brings context and application to this wonderful book.

See the full list of Mentor Commentaries here:  LINK

Praise for Philippians: A Mentor Commentary:

“… a model of good commentary writing…I commend his work to students, teachers, and preachers who seek better to understand this important letter of Paul.”
-Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

“Matthew Harmon has given us a fresh and faithful reading of Philippians that will be a powerful help to all who preach and teach the Word.”
-James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Matt Harmon explains Paul’s letter clause by clause, traces Paul’s argument, reads Paul’s argument in light of the rest of the Bible, and applies the letter to people today.”
-Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Matthew HarmonAbout Matthew Harmon:
Dr. Matthew Harmon serves as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He also serves on the preaching team of Christ’s Covenant Church.

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Where to Buy:
Philippians: A Mentor Commentary is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Monday Meditations: The Power of Christ’s Resurrection

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The Power of Christ’s Resurrection

‘Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life’ (Rom. 6:4).

The keynote of this inspiring paragraph is life in union with the risen Christ. Behind us lies the death of our Lord, which severed for his people their fellowship with the world. As the voice of praise or blame cannot reach the dead, but are arrested at the fast-closed ears, so it is intended that the murmur of the world should not affect us, but that we should be set only on the will of God.

It is not wise, however, to dwell always on the negations of the Christian life. It is true that they are always present, but to dwell on them is to miss the power by which self-sacrifice and self-denial become easy. Do not live on the dying but on the risen side of the Saviour’s work. Behold him as he goes forth upon his upward way to the throne of glory. Seek to experience union with him in the likeness of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10).

There ought to be a finality in our experience. It is good for us to recognize the break with our past life. It must be clearly defined; we must have done with it for ever. It is possible that we may be tempted, and come temporarily beneath the dominion of old sins; but in principle, like the Israelites, we have passed from Egypt, never to return to it, and the Red Sea of Christ’s redemption severs us from our former condition. We do not reckon ourselves to be dead to sin in the sense that our nature is henceforth incapable of sinning. If we think thus, we shall soon be disillusioned, and find that tendencies and strivings are within us which prove the contrary. But we must reckon that we have died to sin, and whenever temptation comes, that it has no claim upon us. Nelson turned his blind eye to the signal to retreat from action, and we are to turn blind eyes and deaf ears to the tempter.

The apostle says that we are to present our members as instruments of righteousness to God. Do not look at the tempter, but at Christ; yield the eyes, ears, heart and mind to him, that he may make the best possible use of them; and that which becomes the habitual practice of the outward life will inevitably affect the soul and spirit.

Prayer:
Constrained by thy love, O Lord, we would here present ourselves, spirit, soul and body, not to live unto ourselves, but unto thee who didst die and rise again. Amen.

*Excerpted from Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer (Christian Heritage, 2010).

F. B. MeyerAbout F. B. Meyer:
On F. B. Meyer’s death in 1929 The Daily Telegraph called him ‘The Archbishop of the Free Churches’. The New York Observer noted that ‘He has an international fame and his services are constantly sought by churches over the wide and increasing empire of Christendom.’ To the secular press of his time he was a key player on the world scene. Meyer was the minister one of Britain’s first ‘megachurches’. He was friends with D. L. Moody and ministered on both sides of the Atlantic, mirroring in America what D. L. Moody was able to undertake in the U.K. He came from a conventional, middle class Victorian background and experienced no dramatic conversion. He was not a distinguished scholar or dramatic orator. His slight figure and retiring manner meant that he did not stand out in a crowd. Yet he drew crowds by the thousands, wrote books, which sold by the millions, and attracted working class people.The range of Meyer’s activities is astonishing: preacher, pastor, writer, social activist, free church leader, Baptist president, advocate for missionary work and more. In his last years, he declared, ‘If I had a hundred lives, they should be at Christ’s disposal.’ At times, it seemed as though he was living a hundred lives!

Where to Buy:
Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Featured Review: The Easter Story – Reviewed by Danika Cooley

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The Bible does a wonderful job of telling the Resurrection / Easter story. It is, after all, God’s Word. The Bible is all about Jesus. It’s nice, though, to have an illustrated, concise version of the Resurrection story to read to kids. You can’t beat Carine Mackenzie’s prose and faithfulness to the Word.

Here’s what I love about The Easter Story: The Bible Version by Carine Mackenzie (CF4K, 2015):

  • It’s in chronological order. The gospel accounts of Jesus’ last days on earth, trials, crucifixion, resurrection, appearances to believers, and ascension all highlight different aspects of his story. Here they’re all told together. (I thought the narrative about the women finding the tomb required a little interpretation as the biblical accounts tell it a little differently, but I appreciate the way the story Mrs. Mackenzie wove them together.)
  • It’s faithful to the biblical account.
  • There are 21 numbered 2-page spreads, so if you’d like, you can read a small part of the story each day leading up to Easter.
  • It starts with an explanation of God’s plan for salvation and ends with the assurance of eternal life if we trust in Jesus.
  • I really like Carine Mackenzie’s storytelling.
  • Natascia Ugliano’s whimsical pastels are just lovely. (There are no pictures of Jesus, for those who consider that a violation of the second commandment.)

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The Easter Story: The Bible Version is a great addition to every Christian family’s library.

This review originally appeared at ThinkingKids Blog.org.

Where to Buy:
The Bible Story: The Easter Version is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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New From Sam Storms: Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions

full size image Tough Topics 2: Biblical answers to 25 challenging questions by Sam StormsCountless people are worried, angry, fearful and just plain confused when it comes to some of the more perplexing issues that life poses and the Bible provokes. Tough Topics 2 provides solid and scriptural answers to 25 such questions. Sam Storms seeks to tackle frustration by looking deeply, not superficially, at what Scripture says, deriving clear and persuasive explanations for these thorny matters.

Topics covered include:

  • Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?
  • Is God Guilty of Genocide?
  • Does Prayer Really Change Things?
  • How Did Jesus Perform His Miracles?

Praise For Tough Topics 2:

“Sam Storms tackles difficult questions in Tough Topics 2 like only a seasoned pastor can… This is a great book to use as a resource or to read straight through.”
-Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church & President-Acts 29 Church Planting Network, Flower Mound, Texas

“… thoughtful brief answers that aren’t superficial. As a model pastor-theologian, he answers with clarity, wisdom, and grace.”
-Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“This is a truly refreshing and thought-provoking read.”
-Adrian Warnock, Author of Raised with Christ and Hope Reborn and prolific Blogger at adrianwarnock.com

Sam StormsAbout Sam Storms:
Sam Storms is the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the President of Enjoying God Ministries.

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Other Books by Sam Storms:
One Thing by Sam Storms  Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative by Sam Storms

Where to Buy:
Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Colin Smith Discusses Heaven, How I Got Here on Live The Promise with Susie Larson

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. SmithColin S. Smith and Susie Larson discuss Colin’s new book, Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story Of The Thief On The Cross on Live The Promise. You can stream or download their conversation here: LINK.

About The Book:
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

Praise For Heaven, How I Got Here:

“…brilliant idea beautifully executed…combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.”
-Justin Taylor, author and blogger, “Between Two Worlds”, Wheaton, Illinois

“I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.”
-Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition, Co-author, “A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir”

“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.”
-Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Colin S. SmithAbout Colin S. Smith:
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website,UnlockingtheBible.org.

Where to Buy:
Heaven, How I Got Here is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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St. Paddy; His Life and Impact

Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact by Michael A. G. Haykin

So many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year, but how much do you really know about his life? Michael A. G. Haykin’s book Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact is an excellent introduction to this famous Saint’s Life.

About The Book:
Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick’s faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin’s masterful biography of Patrick’s life and faith will show you how you can follow God’s call in your life.

The Early Church Fathers series illustrates the magnificent impact these fathers of the early church had on our world today.

Where to Buy:
Patrick of Ireland: His Life & Impact by Michael A. G. Haykin is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Jamie Freeman Introduces Though He Slay Me: Seeing God as Good in Suffering

Though He Slay Me: Seeing God as Good in Suffering by Jamie FreemanAbout The Book:
Can you believe that the pain you feel could be the most loving way for God to show you His goodness? Jamie Freeman brings to this book a deeply personal insight into how God uses trials and adversity to promote His own goodness.

No one escapes suffering in this life. Suffering is such a difficult subject to address. It’s a topic that has the potential to stir our deepest emotions and remind us of past memories we had hoped to forever forget.

Praise for Though He Slay Me:

“To be able to say that his affliction “was an act of the grace of God” tells you a lot about Jamie and this book. You won’t agree with everything he says, but he’s earned the right for you to hear him say it.”
-Sam Storms, Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“His personal story is riveting, inspiring, challenging, and completely countercultural. This message will not be welcomed in some quarters, but it’s right at home with the bloody cross of Jesus.”
-Hershael W. York, Victor & Louise Lester Professor of Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

About Jamie Freeman:
Jamie Freeman was born with cerebral palsy and not expected to walk or talk. However, God had a wonderful plan for Jamie’s life and used his trials with CP to make him into a trophy of grace. Now married with three sons, Jamie is active preaching the Gospel and resides in Arkansas.

Where to Buy:
Though He Slay Me is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Listen To An Interview With Colin S. Smith on In The Market With Janet Parshall

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. SmithThis week Colin S. Smith shared about his new book Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story Of The Thief On The Cross on In The Market With Janet Parshall. The archive of this interview is now available here: LINK.

About The Book:
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

Praise For Heaven, How I Got Here:

“…brilliant idea beautifully executed…combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.”
-Justin Taylor, author and blogger, “Between Two Worlds”, Wheaton, Illinois

“I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.”
-Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition, Co-author, “A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir”

“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.”
-Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Colin S. SmithAbout Colin S. Smith:
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, UnlockingtheBible.org.

Where to Buy:
Heaven, How I Got Here is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Monday Meditations – At Christ’s Feet – Isaiah 30:18

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“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

Whatever our case is, the only way to find ease and relief is to lay it at Christ’s feet, to submit it to him, and refer it to his disposal. Those who would have spiritual healing from Christ must be ruled as he pleases. See what work sin has made; what various diseases human bodies are subject to. Here were such diseases as fancy could neither guess the cause nor the cure of, yet these were subject to the command of Christ. The spiritual cures that Christ works are wonderful. When blind souls are made to see by faith, the dumb to speak in prayer, the maimed and the lame to walk in holy obedience, it is to be wondered at. His power was also shown to the multitude, in the plentiful provision he made for them: the manner is much the same as before. All did eat, and were filled. Those whom Christ feeds, he fills. With Christ there is bread enough, and to spare; supplies of grace for more than seek it, and for those that seek for more. Christ sent away the people. Though he had fed them twice, they must not look for miracles to find their daily bread. Let them go home to their callings and their own tables. Lord, increase our faith, and pardon our unbelief, teaching us to live upon your fullness and bounty, for all things pertaining to this life, and that which is to come.

*Excerpted from Matthew Henry Daily Readings (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Matthew HenryAbout Matthew Henry:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. He was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.

Where to Buy:
Matthew Henry Daily Readings by Randall J. Pederson (editor) is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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