Monday Meditations: Exceeding Great and Precious Promises – Spurgeon

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“Exceeding great and precious promises” 2 Peter 1:4

If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfillment. While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favor which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.

But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, ‘If I were dealing with a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy – that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the Promiser – that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favors, for He knows when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise’. If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.

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

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Monday Meditations: Prayer – Luke 17:3

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Prayer
“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Luke 17:13

How earnestly men can cry for help when they feel their need of it.
We read that as our Lord ‘entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers’. It is difficult to conceive any condition more thoroughly miserable than that of men afflicted with leprosy. They were cast out from society: they were cut off from all communion with their fellows. The men described in the passage before us appear to have been truly sensible of their wretchedness. They ‘stood afar off’; but they did not stand idly doing nothing. ‘[T]hey lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ They felt acutely the deplorable state of their bodies. They found words to express their feelings. They cried earnestly for relief when a chance of relief appeared in sight.

The conduct of the ten lepers is very instructive. It throws light on a most important subject in practical Christianity, which we can never understand too well. The subject is prayer.

How is it that many never pray at all? How is it that many others are content to repeat a form of words, but never pray with their hearts? How is it that dying men and women, with souls to be lost or saved, can know so little of real, hearty, business-like prayer? The answer to these questions is short and simple: the bulk of mankind have no sense of sin; they do not feel their spiritual disease; they are not conscious that they are lost, and guilty, and hanging over the brink of hell. When a man finds out his soul’s ailment, he soon learns to pray. Like the leper, he finds words to express his want. He cries for help.

How is it, again, that many true believers often pray coldly? What is the reason that their prayers are so feeble, and wandering, and lukewarm, as they frequently are? The answer once more is very plain: their sense of need is not so deep as it ought to be; they are not truly alive to their own weakness and helplessness, and so they do not cry fervently for mercy and grace.

*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.

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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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July 15, 1955 – Brother Andrew Makes 1st Visit Behind the Iron Curtain to Visit Persecuted Believers

Brother Andrew Behind Enemy LinesToday marks the 60 year anniversary of Brother Andrew’s first trip behind the Iron Curtain to visit persecuted believers.

If you’d like to introduce your children and grandchildren to the exciting life and work of Brother Andrew, you should pick up a copy of Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines from our Trailblazers series.

About the Book:
In the years before Andrew van der Bijl took the name Brother Andrew, he was no stranger to adventure and intrigue – in fact, he craved it. As a young lad, he was forever getting into mischief, and even risked his life during the Nazi occupation of Holland by setting off fireworks in the faces of German soldiers! Years later, God used this same thirst for danger and excitement as Andrew smuggled Bibles into Communist countries to help the persecuted, underground church and bring light to darkened hearts. Enemy lines and hostile borders mean nothing to God or to Andrew, who still works to assist the persecuted church across the world through the organization he founded, Open Doors.

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Monday Meditations: God’s Challenge to Man

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God’s Challenge to Man

‘I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me’(Isa. 6:8).

From the midst of heaven there comes to our earth this cry for help – an appeal from the Eternal Trinity: ‘Who will go for us!’ It reminds us of the last commission of our Lord to his disciples, that they should go into all the world, and preach his gospel to every creature. The Seraphim may minister to those who have become the heirs of salvation, but only those who have been redeemed from among men have the high privilege of being called to the supreme work of redemption.

Notice the preparation for responding to that ap- peal. The vision of the Eternal: ‘I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne’. Suddenly the material temple, in which Isaiah was probably worshipping, gave place to the eternal; the altar and the laver to the throne of God; the cloud of incense, to the skirts of glory that filled the air; the choir of Levites, to the bands of the Seraphim that engirdled the sapphire throne. And above all, he beheld the glory of Christ (John 12:41).

This led to the vision of his own heart: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone’. It is when a man reaches the snowline that he realizes the comparative impurity of the whitest white that earth can produce. Probably there was no one in all Jerusalem who lived nearer to God than Isaiah; but when he learned that, in the estimation of the Seraphim, God was thrice holy; when he saw them veil their faces in adoration; when he discovered that the whole universe was filled with God; then he remembered the hidden evil of his own heart, and cried out, ‘I am unclean!’ Not a moment intervened between his confession and the cleansing of his iniquity, and he was able to say, ‘Send me!’

Have you heard that cry for help from the heart of Christ? Are you seeking to enter into his yearning love for the souls of men? He says to each one of us: ‘Could ye not watch with me one hour?’ Give yourself to him that you may be used in his service: ‘Here am I, send me, use me’.

Prayer:
Lord, grant us ears to hear, eyes to see, wills to obey, hearts to love; then declare what thou wilt, reveal what thou wilt, command what thou wilt, demand what thou wilt. 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!

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HELP ME TEACH THE BIBLE: DALE RALPH DAVIS ON JOSHUA

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Nancy Guthrie recently sat down with Dale Ralph Davis at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where, in his “retirement” he serves as minister in residence or, as senior pastor Derek Thomas calls him, “the preacher of the night.” Davis is a long-time pastor and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.Davis’s book, No Falling Words, has long been a must-have commentary on Joshua.The interview is available to stream or download here:  MP3 LINK. The show notes for this interview can be found here:  LINK.

Be on the lookout this fall for Dale Ralph Davis’ new book Faith of Our Father: Expositions of Genesis 12-25.

Books by Dale Ralph Davis:

Faith of Our Father The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis Slogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness
Joshua - Focus on the Bible: No Falling Words by Dale Ralph Davis Judges:  Such a Great Salvation by Dale Ralph Davis  1 Kings: The Wisdom And the Folly by Dale Ralph Davis
2 Kings: The Power And Fury by Dale Ralph Davis 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart by Dale Ralph Davis 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity by Dale Ralph Davis
The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts by Dale Ralph Davis The House That Jesus Built

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US New Releases – July 2015

Here are all of our July 2015 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:
How Church Can Change Your Life Crown of Thorns And Then He Knew Her

Far Above Rubies Land of Many Revivals Gamechangers

Facing A Task Unfinished

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

Lottie Moon What Do You Need John Knox Who Will Save You Family Time

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Adrian & Celia Reynolds Discuss God’s Design for Intimacy on In the Market with Janet Parshall

And Then He Knew Her: A Biblical View of SexThis week Adrian and Celia Reynolds sat down with Janet Parshall to discuss God’s design for sex and intimacy, answering some of life’s most difficult questions.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.

About The Book:
Do we really need a book about sex? In a world seemingly obsessed, should this be a subject that stays ‘in the bedroom’? Adrian and Celia Reynolds explore what the Bible teaches about sex. What is sex for? Why is it important? And why does it belong in marriage? Taking on board these simple truths and applying these realities to your own life will ensure that your view of sex is no more and no less than God intends.

Praise For And Then He Knew Her:

“… A great introduction for those who don’t know what God has to say about His good gift. And a profitable reminder for those who have already searched the Scriptures.”
-Robin & Ursula Weekes, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon

“Adrian and Celia take us back to God’s Word and explore how sex is described in the Bible. By doing so they open our eyes to profound truths; as husband and wife experience the close oneness of sexual intimacy they not only point towards a greater truth (Christ and the church) but they also learn and discover something of the very nature of God himself…This excellent short book will enrich any marriage.”
-Greg & Harriet Strain, Spicer Street Church, St Albans

“…no couple will read this without benefit, and every Christian should rejoice in the deeper, richer, more joyful and long lasting the Bible’s view on the matter is than that offered by the world! A brilliant little book and a healthy corrective!”
-Wallace & Lindsay Benn, Retired from Church of England ministry

Celia and Adrian ReynoldsAbout The Authors:
Adrian Reynolds is Director of Ministry of the Proclamation Trust and also serves as associate minister at East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, London.

Celia Reynolds tutors students for the Cornhill Training Course, serves in the church and also works locally as a Community Parent. Along with husband Adrian they run conferences for and work with married couples.

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Ebooks On Sale Through July 7th

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through July 7, 2015.

A Housewifes Adventure with God by Jessie McFarlane Sale Price: $2.99/£1.99

Puritan Portraits by J. I. Packer Sale Price: $3.99/£2.51

 Churches, Revolutions And Empires by Ian J Shaw Sale Price: $4.99/£3.14

 

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Song of Songs – An Interview with James M. Hamilton Jr.

Song of Songs An Interview With James M Hamilton Jr
What are some common misunderstandings today about the Song of Songs?
The biggest problem is when interpreters fail to connect the Song of Songs to the rest of the Bible and treat it as though it is not informed by the Bible’s storyline, enriched by the Bible’s Symbols, and imbued with the Bible’s hope.

Disconnecting the Song from the Bible then leads to all kings of misuses, some of which are more harmful than others. It’s one thing to find it difficult to see how the Song links up with the rest of the Bible, it’s quite another to conclude that it doesn’t and then to read it as though it’s some kind of ancient sex-help guide, or as though it celebrates Solomon’s sin, or as though it’s an opportunity to play free-association and let the allegorical imagination spiritualize the text’s meaning out of all recognition.

You’ve said that your new commentary seeks to “vindicate the age-old Christian reading of the Song of Songs.” How would you describe this traditional view of the book?

The traditional view of the book for Jews was that it was an allegorical love story of the relationship between Yahweh and Israel, for Christians that it was about Christ and the Church. I try to show from valid exegesis and biblical theology that these impulses are going in the right direction.

How does the Song of Songs guide Christians in our marriages?

The Song of Songs is the closest we get in the Bible to a description of life in the Garden of Eden, under the blessing of God, in the presence of God, naked and unashamed. This vision is meant to inspire us with what life looks like when we fear God appropriately and live in his presence. It’s meant to give us hope that the King from David’s line has overcome every obstacle and will roll back every curse. It’s meant to give us his footsteps in which we can follow, imitating the example that typifies the one to come.

Poetry works on us at a different level than Paul’s epistles do. Paul’s letters speak to our mind, to our reason, logically convincing and explaining (not denying for a second that he can inspire the heart as well!). But Poetry has a way of working its way into our hearts and emotions, speaking to us in a visceral way, causing us to feel what we should, desire what we should, and love what we should.

We need Paul’s teaching on marriage in Ephesians 5, and we need the poetic picture of the Song of Songs that Paul is expositing as he points to its fulfillment in Christ and the church.

How does the message ultimately point to Christ?

Paul says that marriage is about Christ and the church in Ephesians 5. I try to show how the covenant between Yahweh and Israel is evoked in the Song of Songs in such a way that it organically finds its culmination and fulfillment in the relationship between Christ and the Church. The details about how to get from point A at Mount Sinai, to point B in the Song of Songs, to the destination of point C at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, are in the book.

Jim HamiltonAbout James M. Hamilton Jr.:
James M. Hamilton Jr. is Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Preaching Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

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