Deliverance of the Church
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…
God suffers the enemies of his people sometimes to prevail very far against them, that his power may be seen the more in their deliverance. Happy the people whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan. God is the Author of all our deliverances, and he must have the glory. The enemies lay snares for God’s people, to bring them into sin and trouble, and to hold them there. Sometimes they seem to prevail; but in the Lord let us put our trust, and we shall not be put to confusion. God’s people are taken in the snare, and are as unable to help themselves out as any weak and silly bird is; and then is God’s time to appear for their relief, when all other friends fail; then God breaks the snare, and turns the counsel of the enemies into foolishness. The believer will ascribe all the honor of his salvation, to the power, mercy, and truth of God, and look back with wonder and thanksgiving on the way in which the Lord has led him. Let us rejoice that our help for the time to come is in him who made heaven and earth. It is a comfort to all that lay the interests of God’s Israel near their hearts that Israel’s God is the same that made the world, and therefore will have a church in the world, and can secure that church in times of the greatest danger and distress. In him therefore let the church’s friends put their confidence, and they shall not be put to confusion.
*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:
This week’s highlights are below:
Graham Veale Interviewed on the Deeper Waters Podcast – Graham Veale recently appeared as a guest on the Deeper Waters podcast. The interview covers the historical Jesus, the design argument, fideism, the meaning of faith, evangelical preaching, evolution, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Blind Watchmakers, 747 Gambits and more. The interview is available to stream or download at saintsandsceptics.org.
Chris Sinkinson interviewed on the Author Talks Wish Shaun Tabatt Podcast – Chris Sinkinson was recently interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt podcast about his book Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics. The talk about Backchat begins at 12:49. The interview is available to stream or download at BibleGeekGoneWild.com.
Danika Cooley reviews When God Says It – He Does It – Earlier this week Danika Cooley shared her thoughts on When God Says It – He Does It by Carine Mackenzie. Here’s a bit of what Danika had to say in her review:
“When God Says It – He Does It is recommended for ages 5-11… This book is a great visual way for kids to connect the dots in Scripture. I think it’s a wonderful way for them to really grasp the amazing truths revealed in God’s Word.”
Read Danika’s full review at ThinkingKids.WordPress.org.
E-book Sale – Take advantage of our current selection of e-books on sale through October 23rd. See the list of sale e-books here: LINK.
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Graham recently appeared as a guest on the Deeper Waters podcast. The interview covers the historical Jesus, the design argument, fideism, the meaning of faith, evangelical preaching, evolution, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Blind Watchmakers, 747 Gambits and more. The interview is available to stream or download at www.saintsandsceptics.org.
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:
A Bent of Affection
“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.” -Psalm 107:19
The poor woman prayed with good will, with a bent of affection. Why is crying used in praying? Had it not been more modesty to speak to this soul-redeeming Savior, who hears sometimes before we pray, than to cry out and shout? for the disciples do after complain, that “she crieth so after them.” Was Christ so difficult to be entreated? The reasons of crying are: want cannot blush. The pinching necessity of the saints is not tied to the law of mod- esty. Hunger cannot be ashamed. “I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise” (Ps. 55:2); and Hezekiah, “Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter; I did mourn as a dove” (Isa. 38:14). “I went mourning without the sun; I stood up, and I cried in the congregation” (Job 30:28). Second, though God hear prayer, only as prayer offered in Christ, not, because very fervent; yet fervor is a heavenly ingredient in prayer. An arrow drawn with full strength has a speedier issue; therefore, the prayers of the saints are expressed by crying in Scripture. “O my God, I cry by day, and thou hearest not.” (Ps. 22:2); “At noon will I pray, and cry aloud” (Ps. 55:17); “In my distress I cried to the Lord” (Ps. 18:6); “Unto thee have I cried, O Lord” (Ps. 88:13); “Out of the depths have I cried” (Ps. 130:1)…There is violence offered to God in fervent prayer. Moses is answered, when he is wres- tling with God by prayer for the people, “Now, therefore, let me alone, that my anger may wax hot against them” (Exod. 32:10). “Let me alone,” is a word of putting violent hands on any.
*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).
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Daily Readings – The Puritans by Randall 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:
This week’s highlights are below:
Josh Moody Interviewed on The Janet Mefferd Show - This week, Josh Moody made an appearance on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections. The interview is available to stream or download at JanetMefferd.com.
CF4K Blog October Book Giveaway – Head over to the CF4K blog and enter to win a copy of 40 Days 40 Bites: A Family Guide to Pray for the World by Trudi Parkes. Submit your entries at cf4k.christianfocus.com.
Frankfurt Book Fair – Here are a couple of shots of the Christian Focus team hard at work during the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Christian Focus author Josh Moody will be interviewed live Monday October 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM CT on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections. 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:
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
About Josh Moody:
Josh Moody is Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. His books include Journey to Joy, No Other Gospel, and The God-Centered Life. For more, visit www.GodCenteredLife.org.
Where to Buy:
Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody and Robin Weekes 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:
The Godly Poor
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” -1 Timothy 6:10
Did the tempter come to Christ when he saw that he was hungry? Then let those of you who are reduced to a low estate learn that an hour of poverty is an hour of temptation, not only to murmur and doubt your own sonship and the divine favor, but also to advance yourself through unlawful means. “If you are the Son of God, command these stones into bread.” Remember the prayer of Agur who begged for moderation “lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God” (Prov. 30:9). Learn, therefore, you godly poor to be upon your guard and remember that poverty and temptations are no marks of your being cast off by God; for your Lord was hungry, he was tempted to doubt his sonship on account of this. Learn not to distrust the Lord but to see him as your Father who is in heaven. Angels came and ministered to Jesus, and he who is Lord of the angels will send some kind of messenger or other to relieve your wants. Your extremity will be Christ’s opportunity. Make your wants known to him, for he cares for you … and those of you who are rich in this world, watch and pray unless you fall into Satan’s temptations. Those who are exalted above your fellow man, as on the pinnacle of the temple, take heed lest by spiritual pride, vanity, or any other sin that entangles you cast yourselves down. Oh, that it may be said of us as the papists used to say of Luther: “That German beast does not love gold.”
*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 224 (Christian Heritage, 2010).
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George Whitefield 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:
Everyone 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 of Raised With Christ. He is a medical doctor, currently working in clinical research. Adrian blogs at adrianwarnock.com.
Where to Buy:
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: