New From Timothy Cross: A Little Bird Told Me, Everyday Expressions from Scripture

A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross“The writing is on the wall”, “a drop in the ocean” and “from strength to strength”. Just some of our everyday expressions which find their roots in the Bible! People quote biblical expressions without even knowing that they are doing so. Historically, the influence of the Bible has been so great that it has permeated the very fibre of the English language. Timothy Cross in this enlightening and Scripture rooted book reveals the origins of these sayings and considers their meaning.

Featured sayings inclue:

  • The apple of my eye
  • No room at the Inn
  • The writing is on the wall
  • The powers that be
  • God forbid!
  • God willing
  • ‘He’s been made a scapegoat …’
  • Worthy of his hire

The full list of sayings found in the book can be found here:  LINK.

About the Author:
Timothy Cross is a graduate of the University of Wales and an experienced preacher and Bible teacher. He is the author of over thirty Christian books and numerous articles in various Christian periodicals.

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Monday Meditations: Faith – Luke 17:5

Monday Meditations
FAITH

“And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” -Luke 17:5

The important request which the Apostles made.

They said unto the Lord, ‘Increase our faith’.

We know not the secret feelings from which this request sprung. Perhaps the hearts of the apostles failed within them, as they heard one weighty lesson after another fall from our Lord’s lips. Perhaps the thought rose up in their minds, ‘Who is sufficient for these things? Who can receive such high doctrines? Who can follow such a lofty standard of practice?’ These, however, are only conjectures. One thing, at any rate, is clear and plain. The request which they made was most deeply important: ‘Increase our faith’.

Faith is the root of saving religion. ‘[H]e that cometh unto God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him’ (Heb. 11:6). It is the hand by which the soul lays hold on Jesus Christ, and is united to Him and saved: it is the secret of all Christian comfort, and spiritual prosperity. According to a man’s faith will be his peace, his hope, his strength, his courage, his decision and his victory over the world. When the apostles made request about faith they did wisely and well.

Faith is a grace which admits of degrees. It does not come to full strength and perfection as soon as it is planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost. There is ‘little’ faith and ‘great’ faith; there is ‘weak’ faith and ‘strong’ faith: both are spoken of in the Scriptures; both are to be seen in the experience of God’s people. The more faith a Christian has, the more happy, holy and useful will he be. To promote the growth and progress of faith should be the daily prayer and endeavour of all who love life. When the apostles, said, ‘Increase our faith’, they did well.

If we have any faith let us pray for more of it. It is a bad sign of a man’s spiritual state when he is satisfied to live on old stock, and does not hunger and thirst after growth in grace. Let a prayer for more faith form part of our daily devotions. Let us covet earnestly the best gifts. We are not to despise ‘the day of small things’ in a brother’s soul, but we are not to be content with it in our own.

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

J.C. Ryle

About J.C. Ryle:
J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He was one of the most authoritative churchmen of his time and his writings have been in constant demand throughout the last hundred years. His popularity was due to his clear and simple style, his longevity due to his being a profound thinker and compassionate pastor.

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 April 22nd

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through April 22, 2015.

Lives Jesus Changed Sale Price: $2.99/£2.00

Everyday Worship Our Work Heart and Jesus by Trisha Wilkerson Sale Price: $3.99/£2.67

 If I Should Die Before I Wake Sale Price: $3.99/£2.67

 

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Books To Watch For at the 2015 Gospel Coalition Conference in Orlando

It’s almost time to hit the road for next week’s Gospel Coalition Conference in Orlando, FL. We’re excited to catch up with old and new friends, so be sure to stop by the conference bookstore and say hi. Here are some of the new Christian Focus titles that you’ll want to pick up during the event:

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Conversations about Heaven, How I Got Here – Episode # 4: How Lasting Change Happens

In this video series, Pastor Colin Smith shares about his new book, Heaven, How I Got Here.

Episode # 4: How Lasting Change Happens – Many of us have seen the struggles of our past and wondered, “Will I ever change?” Pastor Colin Smith, author of “Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross,” talks about the change of heart that comes about when a person believes in Jesus Christ.

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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Conversations about Heaven, How I Got Here – Episode # 3: The Limitations of Religion

In this video series, Pastor Colin Smith shares about his new book, Heaven, How I Got Here.

Episode # 3: The Limitations of Religion – Does a person get to heaven by living a good, religious life? Pastor Colin Smith, author of “Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross,” discusses the value of religion and what the thief on the cross learned about what it takes to enter heaven.

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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Conversations about Heaven, How I Got Here – Episode # 2: From God-Skeptic to Believer

In this video series, Pastor Colin Smith shares about his new book, Heaven, How I Got Here.

Episode #2: From God-Skeptic to Believer – How could the thief go from skeptic of God to believer in Jesus? Pastor Colin Smith, author of “Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross,” talks about the change within the heart of the thief and what today’s skeptics can learn from his story.

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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Conversations about Heaven, How I Got Here – Episode #1: Breakfast with the Devil, Supper with the Savior

In this video series, Pastor Colin Smith shares about his new book, Heaven, How I Got Here.

Episode #1: Breakfast with the Devil, Supper with the Savior – Pastor Colin Smith talks about the inspiration behind the book and why he was compelled to share the thief’s story.

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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New From Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton: In Defense of the Fatherless

In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara BrintonIn Defense of the Fatherless is designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, seeking to empower and inspire them to reform international adoption and orphan care. The book casts a powerful vision for the end of the orphan crisis, inviting Christians to protect and provide for orphans and widows in response to God’s mercy.

Praise for In Defense of the Fatherless:

“This book should be on the 2015 reading list for all those in church leadership.”
-Steve Timmis, Executive Director of the Acts 29 Network & Pastor, The Crowded House, Sheffield

“Any couple thinking of adopting, any church wanting to be involved in solving this problem should read this book.”
-Mary Whelchel, Director of Women’s Ministries, The Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

About Amanda Bennett:
Amanda Bennett is a lawyer living in in Kigali, Rwanda with her husband and son. She serves on the board of directors for Reeds of Hope, a non-profit serving vulnerable families and children in DRC.

About Sara Brinton:
Sara Brinton is a writer and social entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She lives in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

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In Defense of the Fatherless 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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Heaven, How I Got Here Radio Tour

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. SmithToday is a big media day for Colin S. Smith. He’s going to be on three different radio programs discussing his new book Heaven, How I Got Here. Be sure to tune in using the links below:

  • 8 AM CDT – Current Affairs with Paul Hammond
  • 2 PM CDT – Chris Fabry Live – Listen Here
  • 3 PM CDT – The Janet Mefferd Show – Listen Here

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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