New from Mez McConnell: What’s the Point of Life?

Whats the Point of LifeAbandoned by my mother, I was often clueless about my father’s whereabouts, while his girlfriend-a cruel, angry, and violent woman ‘looked after us’. She wasn’t nice and would get angry with us kids and hit us. She would get angry a lot”

You might think that this is just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood but the difference is that Mez discovered a hope that transformed his life.

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Mez McConnellAbout Mez McConnell:
Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland’s poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.

Other Books by Mez McConnell:
Is There Anybody Out There? by Mez McConnell

Where to Buy:
What’s the Point of Life? by Mez McConell 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: To whom be glory for ever. Amen

Monday Meditations Spurgeon

‘To whom be glory for ever. Amen’
Romans 11:36

‘To whom be glory for ever.’This should be the single desire of the Christian. All other wishes must be subservient and tributary to this one. The Christian may wish for prosperity in his business, but only so far as it may help him to promote this – ‘To Him be glory for ever’. He may desire to attain more gifts and more graces, but it should only be that ‘To Him may be glory for ever’. You are not acting as you ought to do when you are moved by any other motive than a single eye to your Lord’s glory. As a Christian, you are ‘of God, and through God’, then live ‘to God’. Let nothing ever set your heart beating so mightily as love to Him. Let this ambition fire your soul; be this the foundation of every enterprise upon which you enter, and this your sustaining motive whenever your zeal would grow chill; make God your only object. Depend upon it, where self begins sorrow begins; but if God be my supreme delight and only object,

‘To me ’tis equal whether love ordain
My life or death – appoint me ease or pain.’

Let your desire for God’s glory be a growing desire.You blessed Him in your youth, do not be content with such praises as you gave Him then. Has God prospered you in business? Give Him more as He has given you more. Has God given you experience? Praise Him by stronger faith than you exercised at first. Does your knowledge grow? Then sing more sweetly. Do you enjoy happier times than you once had? Have you been restored from sickness, and has your sorrow been turned into peace and joy? Then give Him more music; put more coals and more sweet frankincense into the censer of your praise. Practically in your life give Him honour, putting the ‘Amen’ to this doxology to your great and gracious Lord, by your own individual service and increasing holiness.

*Excerpted from Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Where to Buy:
Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon 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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Come Visit Us at ETS in San Diego

If you’re heading to the 66th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, be sure to pay a visit to the Christian Focus Publications booth. Here are a few of our recent titles that you’ll want to pick up at the conference.
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New From Peter Mead: Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation

Pleased to DwellAt the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas. Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was pleased to dwell with us.

Building anticipation with the great themes of the Old Testament, enjoying the remarkably distinct birth narratives of Matthew, then Luke, before surveying some great New Testament passages, Pleased to Dwell is an engaging introduction to the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. This book offers a wealth of ideas for preachers, an easy access mini-reference tool for Bible students, and an enjoyable cover-to-cover read for everyone. Twenty-four short chapters would make a great advent devotional, but this book is not just for Christmas. God’s Son stepped into our world and that changes every day of the year!

Praise for Pleased to Dwell:

“This book is perfect food for the heart for all of us who long for a richer understanding of the birth of The King!”
-Joseph M. Stowell ~ President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“What a really useful resource! As I read through it, I found that ideas for carol service talks just kept leaping off its pages.”
-Rico Tice ~ Author, Christianity Explored & Associate Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

Peter MeadAbout Peter Mead:
Peter Mead is director of Cor Deo, a mentored ministry training programme based in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum. He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Where to Buy:
Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead 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 – Warnings

Monday Meditations

November 10
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Matthew 23:37

Those who are lost for ever, are lost through their own fault.

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ are very remarkable. He says, I would ‘have gathered thy children together … and ye would not’.

There is something peculiarly deserving of notice in this expression: it throws light on a mysterious subject, and one which is often darkened by human explanations. It shows that Christ has feelings of pity and mercy for many who are not saved, and that the grand secret of man’s ruin is his want of will. Impotent as man is by nature, unable to think a good thought of himself, without power to turn himself to faith and calling upon God – he still appears to have a mighty ability to ruin his own soul. Powerless as he is to good, he is still powerful to evil. We say rightly that a man can do nothing of himself, but we must always remember that the seat of impotence is his will. A will to repent and believe no man can give himself, but a will to reject Christ and have his own way, every man possesses by nature, and if not saved at last, that will shall prove to have been his destruction. ‘And ye will not come to me,’ says Christ, ‘that ye might have life’ (John 5:40).

Let us leave the subject with the comfortable reflection that with Christ nothing is impossible. The hardest heart can be made willing in the day of His power. Grace beyond doubt is irresistible, but never let us forget that the Bible speaks of man as a responsible being, and that it says of some, ‘ye do always resist the Holy Ghost’ (Acts 7:51). Let us understand that the ruin of those who are lost, is not because Christ was not willing to save them, nor yet because they wanted to be saved, but could not, but because they would not come to Christ.

*Excerpted from Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle (Christian Heritage, 2011).

Where to Buy:
Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle 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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Ebooks On Sale Through November 13th

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through November 13, 2014.

One Thing by Sam Storms Sale Price: $3.99/£2.56

Living Faith by Helen Roseveare Sale Price: $3.99/£2.56

 You Lift Me Up by Albert Martin Sale Price: $3.99/£2.56

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US New Releases – November 2014

Here are all of our November 2014 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus/Mentor:

In Christ Pleased to Dwell Though He Slay Me
Unashamed Workmen Hope Reborn

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

The Christmas Story Lights in a Dark Place Whats the Point of Life

Bible Heroes Sarah Bible Heroes Moses Bible Heroes Adam Bible Heroes David

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Monday Meditations: The Indwelling Spirit

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The Indwelling Spirit

‘I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever’ (John 14:16).

The gift of the Holy Spirit was due to the intercession of our Lord, and St Peter refers to it when he says: ‘Having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:33). In 1 John 2:1 (RV) the word Comforter is translated Advocate – ‘One who makes us strong by his presence, as Helper, Guide and Instructor.’ Think what this means, to have always beside us, not a vague influence, but a divine Person, who waits to be our strength in weakness, our peace in trouble, our wisdom in perplexity, our conqueror in temptations, our consoler in sorrow. The Lord meant that the Holy Spirit should be to us all that he himself had been. This is the meaning of Another. There are two Advocates, or Paracletes. When the one ascended to the glory, the other descended into the hearts of his disciples. ‘He abideth with you, and shall be in you.’

‘I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.’ Christ had been speaking of sending Another; now he says, I am coming myself, so that we learn that he is so indissolubly one with the Holy Spirit, whom he sends, that the coming of the Spirit is his own coming. Do not look for the Spirit apart from Jesus. As the sun comes in the light, so does Jesus come in the Spirit. When we are filled with the Spirit, we shall not think of him, but of Jesus to whom he bears witness; and when our hearts are taken up with the Lord, we may know that we have received him, who is the Gift of gifts.

Open your whole nature to the entrance of the Holy Spirit. Unlock every door, uncurtain every window, that entering he may fill you with the glorious indwelling of the Father and the Son. ‘I will prepare a mansion,’ Jesus said; and, ‘We will make the holy soul Our Mansion.’

‘He shall teach you all things.’ His lesson-book is the life and words of our blessed Lord. We may think that we are fully informed of all that he has said, but as we study the Bible, the Holy Spirit brings us back to them again and again, always revealing new light, and undreamt of depths. Never let a day pass without reading some of the words of Jesus under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Thou hast not left us comfortless, O God. May life be renewed in its springs, by the gracious operation of thy Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and leading us from grace to grace. Amen.

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

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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Happy Reformation Day!

Happy Reformation Day
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. While many of us are familiar with this story, I’m willing to bet most of us haven’t taken the time to read what concerns and objections Luther was raising. You can read Luther’s 95 theses here:  LINK.

If reading the 95 theses piques your interest in Martin Luther, you may want to dig deeper into his life with one of the books shown below:

Martin Luther: The Man who started the Reformation by Thomas Lindsay  Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine Mackenzie Martin Luther's Tabletalk

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Rebecca Davis Interviewed on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling

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Rebecca Davis was in studio this week with Kevin Boling to discuss the Hidden Heroes Missionary series published by Christian Focus for Kids. The interview is available to stream or download here:  LINK.

Books in the Hidden Heroes series:

WithTwoHands GoodNewsGoOut Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis

Return of the White Book Lights in a Dark Place

About Rebecca Davis:
Rebecca Davis lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she loves to research and write true stories for children and their families about God’s great work all over the world. In schools and churches she presents dramatic storytelling events based on the books she has written. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.

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