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:
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:

Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer

 

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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

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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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Graham Veale discusses how to survive (and answer) the new atheism on The Steve Deace Show

New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham VealeChristian Focus author 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.

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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Monday Meditations: The Devotional Use of Scripture

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The Devotional Use of Scripture

‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path’ (Ps. 119:105).

In each verse of Psalm 119, the Psalmist mentions the Scriptures, with one exception, and the constant quo-tation of the Old Testament by our Lord and his apostles yields abundant evidence of loving and reverent fellowship with the holy men of past ages, who wrote and spoke as moved by the Holy Spirit. It is specially remarkable that the Lord Jesus in his Temptation, in all his teaching, and in the agony of the Cross bore constant witness to the unique authority of the word of God spoken through the Old Testament saints.

We may know God, says the Psalmist, through a threefold revelation. Though they have no audible voice or language, the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament of space, studded with myriads of stars, shows his handiwork. Though speechless, their words witness for him to the uttermost parts of the earth.

The closing stanza of this great Psalm unfolds God’s handiwork in the construction and direction of our moral nature. Between these golden clasps the Psalmist extols the Scriptures under ten striking similitudes, and that disposition must be indeed extraordinary that does not come within the scope of one of them. The soul that needs restoring; the simple who would become wise; the sad heart who would rejoice; the eyes that would be enlightened; the soul that longs for the gold of truth; the desire for sincerity and reality; the search for understand-ing and righteousness – all such needs and many more are met from a devout reading of Holy Scripture.

All great ministries which have remained fresh and fragrant through long courses of years have proved the wealth of inexhaustible teaching and inspiration which lies hidden in the Bible. Let us each one resolve to soak ourselves in the Scripture before turning to prayer, as water poured in to moisten the sucker will help to draw water up.

Prayer:
Teach us, O blessed Spirit of Inspiration, so to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest thy words, that we may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works, and be enabled to lead others into a true understanding of and love for its hidden treasures. Amen.

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

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:

Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer

 

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September Book Giveaway: Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin WeekesFor our September book giveaway, we’re featuring Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin Weekes.

About the Book:
Affection is often a neglected theme in our generation of Bible believing Christians. It has not always been so. Previous generations thought a great deal about the centrality of the heart in the Christian life and the need to preach to it. This book will prove a valuable resource as we learn about the place of the affections in our walk with Christ and in preaching Him to ourselves and others.

Praise for Burning Hearts:

“For some, this little book will be a healthy reminder; for others, it will revolutionize their preaching.”
-D. A. Carson ~ Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

“…offers a wise reminder that the truth of a sermon – no matter how logically and accurately it reflects Scripture – denies the power of the Word if there is no intention to affect the heart of the listener.”
-Bryan Chapell ~ Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

*If you are unable to see the contest widget in your RSS Reader or e-mail client, click here to view this post on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog.

Terms and Conditions:
*Winners from the continental United States and the United Kingdom will be awarded a paperback copy of the book. Winners outside of the US and the UK will be awarded an e-book (.mobi or .epub) copy of the book.

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E-books On Sale Through August 29th

The following e-books are on sale through August 29th:

The Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson Chinchen   Sale Price: $2.99/£1.84

Killing Fields Living Fields   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.46

It is Not Death to Die   Sale Price: $4.99/£3.08

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Monday Meditations – The Believer’s Happiness

Monday Meditations

The Believer’s Happiness
The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:1b

Here is a reference to the first and to the second coming of Christ: God has fixed the day of both. Those who do wickedly, who do not fear God’s anger, shall feel it. It is certainly to be applied to the Day of Judgment, when Christ shall be revealed in flaming fire; to execute judgment on the proud, and all that do wickedly. In both, Christ is a rejoicing Light to those who serve him faithfully. By the Sun of Righteousness we understand Jesus Christ. Through him believers are justified and sanctified, and so are brought to see light. His influences render the sinner holy, joyful, and fruitful. It is applicable to the graces and comforts of the Holy Spirit, brought into the souls of men. Christ gave the Spirit to those who are his, to shine in their hearts, and to be a Comforter to them, a Sun and a Shield. That day which to the wicked will burn as an oven, will to the righteous be bright as the morning; it is what they wait for, more than those that wait for the morning. Christ came as the Sun, to bring, not only light to a dark world, but health to a distempered world. Souls shall increase in knowledge and spiritual strength. Their growth is as that of calves of the stall, not as the flower of the field, which is slender and weak, and soon withers. The saints’ triumphs are all owing to God’s victories; it is not they that do this, but God who does it for them … How great then the happiness of the believer, when he goes from the darkness and misery of this world, to rejoice in the Lord for evermore!

*Excerpted from Matthew Henry Daily Readings (Christian Heritage, 2009).

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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Barking back at the Black Dog…

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There are a lot of articles about suicide and depression surfacing at the moment due to the suicide of the comedian Robin Williams. Last month I was at the Churchill Exhibition at Blenheim Palace – he also struggled with depression, calling it ‘The Black Dog’. And one of my friends on face book today referred to her own struggles with this particular animal but stating how she had him tied up and muzzled at the moment. Well there are a lot of Christians out there who struggle with depression, some have come through, some haven’t. Here are a few books to take a look at that may be helpful to sufferers, friends and family.

D is for Depression Living with Depression Dealing with Depression
Those Ugly Emotions Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide

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