Monday Meditations: Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague

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“Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague” -Leviticus 13:13

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are ‘nothing else but sin’, for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment – it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus.Whosoever cometh unto Him, He will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to Him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner.

Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare; You can’t come too filthy – come just as you are.

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

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Christian Focus Across the Web – September 26, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

New from Tope Koleoso & Adrian Warnock: Hope Reborn – Check out the brand new book trailer for Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus.

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

Hope Reborn is currently available everywhere good Christian books are sold. Learn more about the book at ChristianFocus.com.

Michael Boling reviews Burning Hearts – Earlier in the week, Michael Boling shared his thoughts on Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin Weekes. Here’s a bit of what Michael had to say in his review:

“I highly recommend this book for all pastors. Matters of the heart are daily issues for all believers and something that needs to find more attention from the pulpit. Filled with practical and timely advice from a pastors heart and experience, this book will be of great service to those pastors who recognize the need to shepherd their flocks in dealing with sinful desires, why it is important, and how they can grow in this area in their walk with Christ.”

Read Michael’s full review at IntelMin.org. Find out more about the book at ChristianFocus.com.

New Releases from Christian Heritage – Below you’ll find our September 2014 US new releases from Christian Heritage. Click the cover images to find out more.

Mother, Sister and Follower by C. H. Spurgeon No Tears in Heaven by C. H. Spurgeon

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New from Chris Sinkinson: Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics

Backchat: Answering Christianity's CriticsYou wish you had an answer, now you do. Sinkinson tackles dodgy science and Christian urban myths whilst reminding us that Christians are not called to win arguments but hearts.

  • Darwin’s death bed conversion – truth or myth?
  • Is God a moral monster?
  • Is this really the God particle?
  • Is the Bible an immoral book?
  • Who was Jesus?

Praise for Backchat:

“When Richard Dawkins came on my radio show, I immediately knew who I wanted him to debate it with… Sinkinson, I can think of none better to provide it.”
-Justin Brierley ~ Journalist and host of Premier Radio ‘Unbelievable’ Show

“Provides us with a helpful selection of thoughts and responses,from items in the news, to the big questions of life.”
-Amy Orr-Ewing ~ UK Director, RZIM Zacharias Trust

“Direct, informed, crisp, Biblical, and all with a dash of humour! A great collection of apologetic snapshots.”
-Jonathan Lamb ~ Keswick Ministries, CEO and minister-at-large

Chris SinkinsonAbout Chris Sinkinson:
Chris Sinkinson is lecturer in Old testament and Apologetics at Moorlands College, Christchurch, England and one of the pastors of Alderholt Chapel.

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Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics by Chris Sinkinson 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: Sin

Monday Meditations

SIN
September 22
“Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” -Matthew 27:25

The desperate wickedness of human nature.

The behaviour of Pilate afforded the chief priests and elders an occasion of reconsidering what they were about. The difficulties he raised about condemning our Lord, gave time for second thoughts:  but there were no second thoughts in the minds of our Lord’s enemies. They pressed on their wicked deed; they rejected the compromise that Pilate offered: they actually preferred having a wretched felon, named Barabbas, set at liberty rather than Jesus. They clamoured loudly for our Lord’s crucifixion; and they wound up all by recklessly taking on themselves all the guilt of our Lord’s death, in words of portentous meaning: ‘His blood be on us, and on our children’.

And what had our Lord done, that the Jews should hate Him so? He was no robber, or murderer: He was no blasphemer of their God, or reviler of their prophets. He was one whose life was love: He was one who ‘went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil’ (Acts 10:38). He was innocent of any transgression against the law of God or man, and yet the Jews hated Him, and never rested till He was slain! They hated Him, because He testified of their works that they were evil: they hated the light, because it made their own darkness visible. In a word, they hated Christ, because He was righteous and they were wicked, because He was holy and they were unholy, because He testified against sin, and they were determined to keep their sins and not let them go.

Let us never be surprised at the wickedness there is in the world. Let us mourn over it, and labour to make it less, but let us never be surprised at its extent. There is nothing which the heart of man is not
capable of conceiving, or the hand of man of doing. As long as we live, let us mistrust our own hearts: even renewed by the Spirit, they are still ‘deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked’ (Jer. 17:9).

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

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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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Christian Focus Across the Web – September 19, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Albert Martin Interviewed on the Confessing Baptist Podcast – Christian Focus author Albert N. Martin was recently interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast about his book You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges (Mentor, 2013). The archive of this interview is available to stream or download below:

 Albert Martin on The Confessing Baptist Podcast

Danika Cooley Reviews Water the Earth by Aaron Little – This week Danika Cooley shared her thoughts on Water the Earth from our Student’s Guide series. Here’s a bit of what she had to say in her review:

Water the Earth is a great tool to help your students think through the theology and practical implications and impact of missions, both short-term and long-term.”

Read Danika’s full review at thinkingkidsblog.org.

New Releases in the PT Resources series – Below you’ll find our September 2014 US new releases in the PT Resources series. Click the cover images to find out more.
Introducing 1 & 2 Thessalonians: A Book for Today Introducing 2 Timothy: A Book for Today
Teaching 2 Timothy: From Text to Message Teaching 1 & 2 Thessalonians: From Text to Message

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Interview with Albert Martin on The Confessing Baptist Podcast

You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert N. MartinChristian Focus author Albert N. Martin was recently interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast about his book You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges (Mentor, 2013). The archive of this interview is available to stream or download below:

 Albert Martin on The Confessing Baptist Podcast

About the Book:
It happens little by little. . . Even in the context of a very faithful ministry, a pastor may be at risk of a gradual-but ultimately debilitating-downfall. Al Martin speaks from years of experience as he guides pastors to identify warning signs of dangerous paths:

  • Backsliding-a spiritual decline manifested first in the prayer closet.
  • Burnout-erosion of one’s mental, emotional, psychological, and physical resiliency and buoyancy.
  • Washout-the loss of credibility among the people.

About the Author:
Albert N. Martin served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey, for more than forty years and he taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy for twenty years. Esteemed by leading theologians and pastors, his preaching is the subject of a book, My Heart for Thy Cause.

Where to Buy:
You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert N. Martin 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: Where there’s a Will there’s a Way!

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Where there’s a Will there’s a Way!

‘And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let
him down through the tiling, with his couch, into the midst before Jesus’ (Luke 5:19).

What a lovely human story this is! The crowds that gathered around our Lord, as he taught them, were so great that they filled not only the house where he was staying, with the Pharisees and learned men sitting by, but overflowed into a vast multitude in the forecourt. The Master may have stood on the balcony of a double-storied house, so as to be able to reach the crowds within and without.

As he was teaching, presently four men approached, carrying on a hammock slung between them a paralyzed man. We are not told in so many words that they were young men, but their earnestness and ingenuity incline one to this idea. Perhaps they had been school-chums together, and as they grew up they may have entered upon evil ways – ‘sown their wild oats’ together, and one of their number may have been suffering from the consequences, for our Lord very distinctly set the pardon of his sins before the healing of his body. His four companions had probably heard Christ preach and had become his followers, for it was seeing their faith that he performed this miracle of salvation and healing. They agreed that by hook or by crook they would bring their friend into Christ’s gracious presence. Unable to make their way through the throng, they were not daunted, but climbed up on to the roof, and the record says, ‘let him down through the tiling’. Lowered by strong hands, with its four ropes, the hammock swung to the feet of the Master, and the expectant imploring eyes of this poor fellow could not make a more eloquent appeal for help than did the evident faith of his bearers.

The words with which our Lord saluted him were very tender and gracious: ‘Man, thy sins are forgiven thee!’ One of the sure means of physical health is to be assured of spiritual cleansing and forgiveness (James 5:14-16). Would that we were all equally anxious to bring our friends to Christ. If four would agree about a fifth, and never rest until he or she was brought to Jesus, what a revival would break out (John 4:28-30).

Prayer:
Enlarge our souls with a divine love, that we may hope all things, endure all things and become messengers of thy healing mercy to the grievances and infirmities of men. Amen.

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

Where to Buy:
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E-books On Sale Through September 19th

The following e-books are on sale through September 19th:

Christ Set Forth by Thomas Goodwin   Sale Price: $2.99/£1.88

From Glory to Golgotha   Sale Price: $2.99/£1.84

Minority Report by Carl R. Trueman   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.51

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September Book Giveaway Winners

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the AffectionsMany thanks to all of you who took the time to enter our September book giveaway for a chance to win Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin Weekes. The winners are:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – September 12, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Graham Veale interviewed on The Steve Deace Show – Graham Veale was interviewed last week on The Steve Deace Show about his book New Atheism: A Survival Guide. You can listen to the interview at SteveDeace.com or directly download the .mp3 file here: LINK.

Matt Merker reviews Big God by Orlando Saer – Earlier in the week, Matt Merker shared his thoughts on Orland Saer’s recent book Big God. Here’s a bit of what he had to say in his review:

“Saer tears off this “shrunken God” thinking and showcases the God of the Bible as the God who truly is in control—of everything.”

Read Matt’s full review at TheGospelCoalition.org.

New Releases from Christian Focus 4 Kids – Below you’ll find our September 2014 US new releases from CF4K. Click the cover images to find out more.

40 Days 40 Bites: A Family Guide to Pray for the World  Bible Explorer: God's Word from Genesis to Revelation God's Family: The Greatest Royal Family Ever
Job: The Patient Friend  Samson The Strong Man's Strength

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