Monday Meditations: Hope in His Mercy – John Bunyan

Monday Meditations - Daily Readings: The Puritans

“God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” -Psalm 67:7

There flows from this grace of fear, hope in the mercy of God. “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy” (Ps. 147:11). The latter part of the text is an explanation of the former; as if the Psalmist had said, Those are the men that fear the Lord, even those that hope in His mercy; for true fear produces hope in God’s mercy. And it is further manifest thus: Fear, true fear of God inclines the heart to a serious inquiry after that way of salvation which God Himself has prescribed; now the way that God has appointed, by which the sinner is to obtain the salvation of his soul, is His mercy as set forth in the Word; and godly fear has special regard to the Word. To this way, therefore, the sinner with this godly fear submits his soul, rolls himself upon it, and so is delivered from that death into which others, for want of this fear of God, do headlong fall. It is the nature of godly fear to be very much putting the soul upon the inquiry which is, and which is not the thing approved of God, and accordingly to embrace it, or shun it. Now this fear, having put the soul upon a strict and serious inquiry after the way of salvation, at last it finds it to be by the mercy of God in Christ; therefore this fear puts the soul upon hoping also in Him for eternal life and blessedness; by which hope he not only secures his soul, but becomes a person in whom God delights. “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy”.

John BunyanAbout John Bunyan:
John Bunyan (1628-1688) is probably the most famous of the English Puritans. He is well-known for his The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), which has gone through more than 1,300 editions and has appeared in more than 200 languages. It is regarded as the seventeenth century’s most popular work of prose fiction, and the most influential work of any Puritan on either continent. Bunyan was largely self-taught and did not know Greek or Hebrew, but his skill in preaching to the common man was so well known that such an esteemed theologian as John Owen said of him: “If I could possess the tinker’s abilities to grip men’s hearts, I would gladly give in exchange all my learning.” Bunyan was imprisoned several times for his itinerant preaching, and though this brought much hardship to his family, it was in prison where some of his most notable works came to fruition. This month’s readings are from Bunyan’s A Treatise of the Fear of God (1679).

*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).

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Adrian Warnock Discusses Hope Reborn on In the Market with Janet Parshall

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Earlier this week, Adrian Warnock discussed his new book Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus on In The Market with Janet Parshall. You can listen to the interview here:  LINK.

About the Book:
Hope RebornEveryone is looking for hope and meaning in life. Are you sure that you really are a Christian and will live forever with Jesus? If you have drifted away, this book encourages you to come back and find certain hope.

Praise for Hope Reborn:

“If you are a Christian, this book will help you know and share your faith. And, if you’re not, it’s a great guide to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I commend them and Hope Reborn to you.”
-Ed Stetzer ~ President, LifeWay Research, Nashville, Tennessee

“An amazing book which will help you follow our amazing saviour.”
-R. T. Kendall ~ Previous minister of Westminster Chapel, London

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is for the new Christian only. You will find your love for the gospel growing afresh as you read its pages.”
-Jack Hayford ~ Founding Pastor – The Church On The Way/Los Angeles, and Founder The Kings University

Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo.

About Tope Koleoso:
Tope Koleoso is the lead pastor of Jubilee Church, London. Tope is also involved in planting and supporting other churches internationally.

About Adrian Warnock:
Adrian Warnock serves on Jubilee’s leadership team, and is also author ofRaised With Christ. He is a medical doctor, currently working in clinical research. Adrian blogs at adrianwarnock.com.

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Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus by Tope Koleoso & Adrian Warnock 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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Orlando Saer Discusses ‘Big God’ on In the Market with Janet Parshall

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Last week Orlando Saer joined Janet Mefferd on In the Market to discuss his book Big God: How to approach suffering, spread the gospel, make decisions and pray in the light of a God who really is in the driving seat of the world. Listen to their conversation here: LINK.

About the Book:
Knowing a God with his hands well and truly on the steering wheel should bring great comfort to believers. But often it just leaves us scratching our heads in confusion. Why then do bad things happen? Where does that leave ‘free will’? Does God choose us or do we choose God? What’s the point of praying if God already knows what he’s going to do?

Orlando Saer tackles these questions – and more – in a straightforward and engaging way. If you sometimes struggle to understand the way God works in the world, or to explain it to others, you will find light here. You’ll also be left with a new appreciation of just how big the God of the Bible really is.

Praise for Big God:

“If God has seemed absent, He might start appearing for you in surprising places if you take on board Saer’s words here. Accurate, biblical, clear, short, serious and practical… thinking meets life.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

“Cosmic practicality… he peels off the cultural shrink-wrap from this massive doctrine and thus gives wings to Christian living – and mission. Here is medicine for the soul!”
-R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

About the Author:
Orlando Saer is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Southampton where he is involved in training and discipling university students. He has previously served churches in Sydney, London and Surrey. He is married to Libby and they have four children.

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Big God by Orlando Saer 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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Robert Duncan Culver – July 19, 1916 – February 7, 2015

Robert Duncan Culver
HOUSTON, MINN. – Rev. Dr. Robert Duncan Culver, 98, of rural Houston, Minn. died on Saturday, February, 7, 2015, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Robert Duncan Culver was born at Tampico, Washington (rural Yakima County) on July 19, 1916, to Sinyeard Carpenter (S.C.) and Emma (Mondor) Culver. He married Arlene Leola Hoyt on January 29, 1937, at Ashland, Ohio. Arlene died on October 26, 1974, in Libertyville, Illinois. To this union were born: Douglas Joel Culver, Keith Eugene Culver and Lorraine Adele Culver.

Robert, along with his parents, became a part of a new small village congregation of believers that has sent many of its sons and daughters into various missionary and pastoral careers. His early education was in the public schools. Robert is a graduate of Heidelberg College (A.B.), Grace Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.M., Th.D.). He was ordained into the ministry by the Brethren Church at Harrah, Washington in 1942. He did post-doctoral theological studies at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary and ancient Near-east languages at the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Culver has been an author, preacher, pastor and teacher all of his adult life, until the present. His career as professor has taken him to Grace Theological Seminary (Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew), Wheaton College and Graduate School (Associate Professor of Bible and Theology) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Professor and Chairman of Theology). He was annual director of the Near-east School of Archaeology at Jerusalem in 1962. He has been a special or visiting lecturer at schools in Canada, several states in the USA, Jordan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Argentina. Among his several publications, perhaps best known are: The Life of Christ, A Biblical View of Civil Government, Daniel and the Latter Days, and the section on “Daniel” in the Wycliffe Commentary.

He was married to Celeste Fay Knipmeyer on November 22, 1975, in Wheaton, Illinois. Since 1977, they have lived in rural Houston County, Minn. where they have been busy writing and publishing several books related to Christian life and doctrine, most recently, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical. This is a volume of about 1300 pages.

Dr. Culver is survived by his wife, Celeste; a son, Keith (Sharon) Culver of Stewartville, Minn., a daughter, Lorraine Culver of Houston, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Lyrle Culver of Fort Pierce, Florida; seven grandchildren: Brian (Lauren) Culver of New York City, Schuyler (Andrea) Culver of Indianapolis, Indiana, Nathanael (Sandra) Culver of Hokah, Minn., Jordan Culver of Beaufort, South Carolina, Naomi (Darrin) McCollough of Stewartville, Minn., JoEllyn (Rene’) Espinal of Argentina, David (Renee) Culver of Lake Oswego, Oregon; a granddaughter-in-law, Linda Culver of Blue Island, Illinois; sixteen great-grandchildren: three sisters: Julia Smithwick and Caroline McGraw, both of Yakima, Washington and Joanne McReynolds of Waco, Texas; two brothers: Richard (Diane) Culver of Yakima, Washington and Roger (Donna) Culver of Chiloquin, Oregon.

Besides being preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene, he was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Douglas Culver (died in 2007); sister, Eleanor Culver; brother, Gail Culver; and a grandson, Stuart Culver.

There will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February, 12, 2015, at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Houston, Minn. with the Rev. David Wiersbe officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Houston, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the Money Creek Cemetery in Money Creek, Minn.

The family prefers memorials to be directed to the Bethany Evangelical Church in Houston, Christ Covenant Church in La Crosse, Wis. or to the donor’s choice.
Leave a memory of Dr. Culver, sign his online guestbook and view his tribute video at www.hofffuneral.com.

Books by Robert Duncan Culver:
Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan CulvernThe Earthly Career of Jesus, the Christ by Robert Duncan Culver

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Monday Meditations: Our Great Glory – George Whitefield

Monday Meditations - George Whitefield
Our Great Glory
“Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live.” Deuteronomy 5:24

Dare you say that your God is your glory, and do you aim at glorifying the Lord your God? If your God is your glory, then say, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14). What do you say now? Do not talk of God being your glory if you do not love his cross. If God is our glory, we shall glory not only in doing, but in suffering for him; we shall glory in tribulation, and count ourselves most highly honored when we are called to suffer most for his great name’s sake. I might enlarge, but you may easily judge, by my poor feeble voice this last week, that neither my strength of voice or body will permit me to be long tonight, and yet I will venture to give you your last parting salutation; and though I have been dissuaded from getting up to preach this night, yet I thought, as my God was my glory, I should glory in preaching till I died. O that God may be all our glory! All our own glory fades away, there is nothing will be valuable at the great day but this, “You are my God, and you are my glory!”

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 50 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Listen To An Interview with Graham Veale on In The Market with Janet Parshall – 2/3/2015 @ 5 PM ET

New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham VealeChristian Focus author Graham Veale will be interviewed live Tuesday February 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss his book New Atheism: A Survival Guide. You can listen to the live broadcast at MoodyRadio.org.

The archive of this interview is now available here:  LINK.

About the Book:
This summary of the arguments that dominate the current scene of thought unravels the philosophies behind modern popular and academic culture. Veale, a high school teacher, uses these arguments to motivate readers to stop and to think about their own direction and purpose, and ultimately, through consideration of the crucial questions, to find the vital answers.

About the Author:
Graham Veale is the head of the Religious Education department at the City of Armagh High School, Armagh, Northern Ireland and co-founded saintsandsceptics.org, a web ministry for apologetics. Graham has been married to Nicola for fifteen years and they have two children, Ben and Rebekah. They worship at Richhill Presbyterian Church in County Armagh.

Where to Buy:
New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham Veale 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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David Robertson Discusses The Real Heaven and Hell on In the Market with Janet Parshall

David Robertson

David Robertson

Listen to an interview with Christian Focus author David Robertson on In the Market Janet Parshall discussing the biblical facts about what heaven and hell are really like. You can stream the interview here:  LINK.

About the Author:
David Robertson is pastor of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland. Robertson is a trustee of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and works to fulfill the Centre’s mission to engage culture with the message of Christ.

 

Books by David Robertson:
Magnificent Obsession by David Robertson The Dawkins Letters, Revised Edition by David Robertson  Awakening: The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne by David Robertson

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New From Zack Eswine: Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack EswineChristians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.’

Praise for Spurgeon’s Sorrows:

“…Spurgeon from early years to final days found dark distress ever hovering on the edges of his mind and sometimes launching an all out assault on his very being. How he managed all this, by the grace of God, both for himself and for others, drives both the gripping content and the riveting literary style of Zack Eswine in Spurgeon’s Sorrows.”
-Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.”
-David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling

Zack EswineAbout Zack Eswine:
Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church, St Louis, Missouri. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary, St Louis. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter.

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Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression 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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UK New Releases – January 2015

Here are all of our January 2015 UK new releases at a glance. These titles are currently available in the UK and will be available in the United States in March 2015. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith  full size image Tough Topics 2: Biblical answers to 25 challenging questions by Sam Storms Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan
A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton

Mentor:

Philippians: A Mentor Commentary by Matthew Harmon

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

Children's Stories By J.C. Ryle The Easter Story: The Bible Version by Carine MacKenzie The Bible Is God's Word by Catherine MacKenzie

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Monday Meditations: I sought him, but I found him not – Spurgeon

Monday Meditations Spurgeon

‘I sought him, but I found him not’
Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, ‘Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there’. So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, ‘O that I knew where I might find Him!’ Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest – not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek Him, and He will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover Him to thy joy and gladness.

*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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