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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New From Bruce McLennan – Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God

Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God by Bruce McLennanMary Slessor was no ordinary woman, indeed she was no ordinary missionary. Brought up in Dundee, one of eleven children, Mary was called to mission. Setting sail for West Africa on the 5th August 1876, Mary arrived one month later. Bruce McLennan examines this remarkable story of a woman who shared the Gospel, stood up against inequality and impacted all areas of life in Calabar with boldness and conviction. McLennan also considers the debt owed to the work of previous missionaries who had established the work and looks at the legacy of Slessor after her death.

Praise for Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God:

“What a story and what a woman of God. Mary Slessor was a hero of the faith indeed – worthy to be ranked with those mentioned in the latter part of Hebrews chapter 11. This book is a good summary of her life and mission service with an incisive assessment of her character, ministry and impact on both Calabar and Scotland. She broke the accepted norms of 19C mission in her identification with the people, commitment and willingness to suffer for the gospel – and with what remarkable results.”
-Patrick Johnstone, WEC International Regional Director for Europe & Author Emeritus, Operation World

“Every generation of Christians needs to go back in history to study the lives of some of the towering figures that bore the brunt of pushing back the domains of darkness in order for Christianity to be where it is today. For those of us in Africa, one such pioneer missionary worth learning about is Mary Slessor, who laboured with others to establish the Christian faith in southern Nigeria. This biography not only tells us what she accomplished but also analyses why her labours had such a deep impact. We do well to learn from her example!”
-Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

About the Author:
Bruce McLennan holds degrees from Edinburgh University, the University of Guelph, Ontaria, the University of Aberdeen and Dundee University. Specializing in Church History, particularly the Reformation in the North-east of Scotland he has contributed to a number of journal articles and has spent most of his career in secondary education in England, Scotland and Western Australia.

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Marry Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God 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 January 17th

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through January 17, 2015.

Practical Prayer by Derek Prime Sale Price: $2.99/£1.95

Why I am not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief by David J Randall Sale Price: $3.99/£2.60

 Timeless Stories: God's Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians by Vance Christie Sale Price: $3.99/£2.60

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Monday Meditations: Baptism – Mark 1:11

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BAPTISM

“And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11

The voice from heaven which was heard at our Lord’s baptism.

We read, ‘there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.

That voice was the voice of God the Father. It declared the wondrous and ineffable love which has existed between the Father and the Son from all eternity. ‘The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand’ (John 3:35). It proclaimed the Father’s full and complete approbation of Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost. It announced the Father’s acceptance of the Son as the Mediator, Substitute and Surety of the new covenant.

There is a rich mine of comfort in these words, for all Christ’s believing members. In themselves, and in their own doings, they see nothing to please God. They are daily sensible of weakness, shortcoming and imperfection in all their ways. But let them recollect that the Father regards them as members of His beloved Son Jesus Christ. He sees no spot in them (Cant. 4:7).

He beholds them as ‘in Christ’, clothed in His righteousness, and invested with His merit. They are ‘accepted in the Beloved’, and when the holy eye of God looks at them, He is ‘well pleased’.

That voice was the voice of God the Father. It declared the wondrous and ineffable love which has existed between the Father and the Son from all eternity. ‘The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand’ (John 3:35). It proclaimed the Father’s full and complete approbation of Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost. It announced the Father’s acceptance of the Son as Mediator, Substitute and Surety of the new covenant.

*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. RyleAbout 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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US New Releases – January 2015

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

Christian Focus:

John Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God by Bruce McLennan
And Some Evangelists: Growing Your Church Through Discovering and Developing Evangelists by Roger Carswell

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn't Stop Writing by Sarah Allen Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains by Lucille Travis Lottie Moon: Changing China for Christ by Nancy Drummond
Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Christian George John Calvin: After Darkness Light by Catherine MacKenzie Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories by Irene Howat
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: From Wales to Westminster by Christopher Catherwood  Hudson Taylor: An Adventure Begins by Catherine MacKenzie

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Interview with Peter Mead on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling

Peter MeadPeter Mead recently appeared as a guest on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss his new book Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation. You can stream or download the interview here:  LINK

About the Book:
At 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

About 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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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: Praising the Lord

Monday Meditations - Gird and Serve
Praising the Lord

‘Praise ye the Lord; for it is good to sing praises unto our God’ (Ps. 147:1).

It is a comely and befitting thing for us to blend praise and prayer. There is a difference between praise and thanksgiving. We thank God for what he has done for us; we praise him for what he is in himself. In praise we come nearest to the worship of Heaven, where the angels and the redeemed find the loftiest exercise of their faculties in ascribing praise, and honour, and glory to God. In my private devotions, I find nothing more helpful than to recite the Te Deum before asking for any gift at the hand of God. It seems to put God in his right place, and to bow the soul before him in the attitude of adoration and praise. ‘It is good to sing praises, and praise is comely.’

Let us praise his condescending love (vv. 1-6). He counts the number of the stars as a shepherd tells his sheep. The Psalmist likens the constellations to a flock of sheep, which their shepherd is driving through space. What a sublime conception of suns, planets and asteroids! Yet this wonderful and infinite God can bend over our little lives, and take special notice of the outcasts, the broken- hearted, the sorely wounded and the meek. None are too small and insignificant for his notice. Just as a mother is most careful and thoughtful for the smallest and most ailing child in her family, so God’s tenderest, strongest and most efficient help is displayed towards the neediest and most helpless of his children. He always seeks the lost sheep and the prodigal child.

Let us praise God’s work in providence. Notice the present tenses in this Psalm.The Psalmist felt that God was always working in nature, and that everything was due to the direct action of his Providence. And Jesus confirmed this when he said that no sparrow fell to the ground without the Father’s notice. The pure in heart, the child-like and the meek, have this prerogative of seeing God’s hand in all things. God is; God is everywhere active and energetic; and therefore there is no point of space, and no moment of time, in which he does not operate. ‘Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his Name’ (Heb. 13:15).

Prayer:
We beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeign- edly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giv- ing up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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Monday Meditations – More Love – 2 Timothy 2:3

Monday Meditations

More Love
“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” -2 Timothy 2:3

Those who have work to do for God must stir up themselves to do it, and strengthen themselves for it. Being strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus may be understood in opposition to the weakness of grace. Where there is the truth of grace there must be a laboring after the strength of grace. As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian must be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lusts and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that our good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zeal about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who strive lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labor; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We must do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what they hear or read.

*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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