Hear Carrie Sandom Live on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – 7/24/2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Different by Design by Carrie SandomChristian Focus author Carrie Sandom will be interviewed live Thursday July 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss her book Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women. You can tune in to the live broadcast at knowingthetruth.org.

About the Book:
Different by Design traces God’s specific design for men and women in the Bible from its revelation, rejection and masking, to its restoration in the lives of those who seek to apply it. With practical insights and scenarios, women especially will find this resource both biblical and culturally relevant.

About the Author:
Carrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years.

Where to Buy:
 Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women 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:

Different By Design God's: Blueprint for Men and Women by Carrie Sandom

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster & New Atheism – Graham Veale on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley

New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham VealeOver the weekend Christian Focus author Graham Veale was a guest on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley. Here’s a brief description of the episode:

Graham Veale is the author of “New Atheism: A Survival Guide” which looks at some of the popular objections of new atheism, including the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ parody of God.
Rory Fenton represents Secular Humanist student groups and defended the atheist society at London’s South Bank University when their Flying Spaghetti Monster posters were removed. They debate the use of parody and balancing free speech and religious sensibilities.

You can stream or download the discussion 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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eBook Sale: Jungle Doctor Series Books 1-5 – $2.99 Each on Kindle

For a limited time, books 1-5 in the Jungle Doctor series are available for $2.99 each on Kindle. Click the book covers for details.

 
 

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Hear Orlando Saer Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/10/2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

Big God by Orlando SaerChristian Focus author Orlando Saer will be interviewed live Thursday July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Big God. You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download 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.

Other Books by Orlando Saer:
Iron Sharpens Iron by Orland Saer

Where to Buy:
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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New in the Focus on the Bible series: Hosea: The Passion of God by Tim Chester

Hosea: The Passion of God by Tim ChesterIn the message of Hosea we see the passion of God. We see the jealousy of God, the commitment of God, the heartbreak of God, the enthusiasm of God, the love of God. People often talk about what they feel about God. Hosea tells us what God feels about us. It is the author’s prayer that as we explore the message of Hosea the Spirit of God would reveal God’s passion so that He stirs our passion: our jealousy for God, our commitment to God, our heartbreak at sin, our enthusiasm to serve, our love for the lost.

See the full range of commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series at ChristianFocus.com.

Praise for Hosea: The Passion of God:

“In his commentary Tim Chester has left few scholarly stones unturned yet we are not invited to behave as academic spectators on the text …difficult issues are not avoided and the prophet’s ministry is unerringly allowed to lead us to Christ …The prayer that accompanies this commentary is that it might stir our passion for God and his ways and to that we add our ‘amen’.”
-Ken Armstrong ~ Pastor, Bessacarr Evangelical Church, Doncaster, England

“This is an excellent commentary on an under-preached part of God’s word. It is exegetically faithful so that there is a clear sense of what this would have meant to Hosea and his contemporaries. Moreover, it treats Hosea as Christian Scripture, and each part of the commentary takes us clearly to the Lord Jesus. This book has deepened my love for the One who first loved me, and I think it is a valuable addition to the existing commentaries on Hosea.”
-Robin Weekes ~ Minister, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, London

“This fresh, readable, insightful commentary will lead you to worship a God who is jealous for our affections, and loves us too much to leave us sitting comfortably in apathy! Christians cannot fail to profit from this sound and exciting read.”
-Jeremy McQuoid ~ Teaching Pastor, Deeside Christian Fellowship, Aberdeen, Scotland

Tim ChesterAbout the Author:
Tim Chester is an author, Pastor of The Crowded House, Sheffield and a leader of The Crowded House church planting network. He is married with two daughters.

Connect with Tim at:

Other books by Tim Chester:
The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Jonny Woodrow & Tim Chester

Where to Buy:
Hosea: The Passion of God by Tim Chester 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: MINISTRY (MIRACLES)

Monday Meditations

MINISTRY (MIRACLES)
July 7
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
John 10:38

The importance which our Lord Jesus Christ attaches to His miracles.

He appeals to them as the best evidence of His own divine mission. He bids the Jews look at them, and deny them if they can. ‘If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works.’

The mighty miracles which our Lord performed during the three years of His earthly ministry, are probably not considered as much as they ought to be in the present day. These miracles were not few in number. Forty times and more we read in the Gospels of His doing things entirely out of the ordinary course of nature – healing sick people in a moment, raising the dead with a word, casting out devils, calming winds and waves in an instant, walking on the water as on solid ground.

These miracles were not all done in private among friends. Many of them were wrought in the most public manner, under the eyes of unfriendly witnesses. We are so familiar with these things that we are apt to forget the mighty lesson they teach. They teach that He who worked these miracles must be nothing less than very God. They stamp His doctrines and precepts with the mark of divine authority. He only who created all things at the beginning, could suspend the laws of creation at His will. He who could suspend the laws of creation, must be One who ought to be thoroughly believed and implicitly obeyed. To reject One who confirmed His mission by such mighty works, is the height of madness and folly.

Hundreds of unbelieving men, no doubt, in every age, have tried to pour contempt on Christ’s miracles, and to deny that they were ever worked at all. But they labour in vain. Proofs upon proofs exist that our Lord’s ministry was accompanied by miracles, and that this was acknowledged by those who lived in our Lord’s time. Objectors of this sort would do well to take up the one single miracle of our Lord’s resurrection from the dead, and disprove it if they can.

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

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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New Releases From CF4K – July/August 2014

Here’s a list of our latest CF4K releases, now available in the US wherever good Christian books are sold.

God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History by Brian Cosby Water the Earth: A Student's Guide to Missions by Aaron Little When God Says It - He Does It: Bible Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus by Carine MacKenzie

Colour the Psalms Book 4 Mercy by Carine MacKenzie Colour the Psalms Book 3 Joy by Carine MacKenzie Colour the Psalms Book 2 Comfort by Carine MacKenzie Colour the Psalms Book 1 Guidance by Carine MacKenzie

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Monday Meditations: Love Triumphant over Death

Monday Meditations - Gird and Serve

Love Triumphant over Death

It was not possible, said St Peter, that our Lord should be holden of death (Acts 2:24). It behoved Christ to suffer; but all the bitter waters of suffering could not quench his love. He was the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, every man, even those who pierced him, is included in his great love.

Christ died, not only to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, but to rob death of its terrors, and deprive it of its sting. In death our Lord Jesus destroyed both the Devil and his power; the prince of this world has been judged and cast out of the seat of power (Heb. 2:14, 15; John 12: 31; 16:11).

Let us not be afraid of the mystery of death. Christ has shown us that it is the gateway into another life. There is the same spirit, but a different environment. It is a condi- tion of existence in which the same voices are heard; the same human fellowship persists. During the forty days in which Jesus tarried on our earth after his Resurrection, he solved many of the problems of life after death, and illuminated its mystery. To die is to be with him, and to be welcomed into the great company of loving spirits (2 Pet. 1:11).

Let us not fear the loneliness of death. The soul passing through the dark valley becomes aware of Another by its side – ‘Thou art with me’. Death cannot separate us, even for a moment, from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus died alone; he felt forsaken; but none of us need pass through that terrible experience, for he has said, ‘I will come again, and receive you unto myself.’

We need not fear what comes after death. The curse and penalty of sin have been put away for ever. ‘Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again.’ That which others call death, we dread no more than sleep. Our bodies lie down exhausted with our long working-day, to awake in the fresh energy of the Eternal Morning, while our spirit is presented before the Presence of his Glory, faultless, and with exceeding joy (Jude 24).

Prayer:
O God, may we so trust thee this day, that, when the day is done, our trust shall be firmer than ever. Then, when our last day comes, and our work is done, may we trust thee in death and forever, in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 27, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Thanks to all of you who stopped by and visited with us at the 2014 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta this past week. Here are a couple of photos from our booth:

Danika Cooley reviews Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart – Many thanks to Danika Cooley for reviewing another volume in our Trailblazers series. Here’s an excerpt from her review:

“Irene Howat’s Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart (Christian Focus Publications, 2014) is a wonderful story of the life of Robert Moffat and his wife Mary, written for 8-14 year olds. He certainly was brave, facing dangers and challenges that would dissuade most people right away.”

Read Danika’s full review at thinkingkidsblog.org.

June E-book Sale – Don’t miss out on our June eBook deals. Sale prices good through 6/30/2014.

The following e-books are on sale through May 30th:

1-2-1 Discipleship   Sale Price: $2.99/£1.81

Created to Praise   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.42

Warfare Witness   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.42

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 20, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

William Edgar on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – William Edgar discusses his book A Transforming Vision: The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life with radio host Kevin Boling. Listen here: LINK.

David Robertson on In the Market with Janet Parshall – David Robertson makes a third appearance on In the Market with Janet Parshall to talk about his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. Listen here:  LINK.

Basil of Caesarea Blog Tour – Last week the Cross Focused Reviewers reviewed Basil of Caesarea: His Life & Impact by Marvin Jones. Here are a few highlights from the tour:

Many of the resources on Basil the Great and the Cappodocian Fathers may not be easily accessible due to archaic language and outdated translations. Marvin Jones cuts through all these barriers by giving us an updated retelling of the story of the life and impact of this man of God, and reminds us once again that if we want to learn, one of the best ways is via history
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

I was stunned to come to know that we (yep, I am throwing you under the bus with me) knew so little about someone who played such a pivotal role at such a crucial point in church history.  But fret you not, this newest volume in the Early Church Fathers Series is set to rectify this massive injustice!  And it does a fine job.
Reviewer: Josh Skinner (joshrskinner.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Read all the reviews from the tour here: LINK.

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