Monthly Archives: May 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web – May 31, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - May 31, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

Witness Men Blog Tour – We’re hosting a book review blog tour for Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis on the Christian Focus 4 Kids blog July 8-12, 2013. You can join the tour here:  LINK.

Win a copy of Get Over It! by Mary Whelchel in our May Book Giveaway – Today is the final day to enter our May Book Giveaway on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog for a chance to win a copy of Get Over It! by Mary Whelchel. Submit your entry on the giveaway page:  LINK.

Spurgeon’s First Five Years in Ministry: An Interview with Tom Nettles and Christian George – Christian Focus authors Tom Nettles and Christian George were recently interviewed on Desiring God’s Authors on the Line podcast. You can listen to the podcast here:  LINK.

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Spurgeon’s First Five Years in Ministry

Stop by the Desiring God blog and take a few minutes to read Tony Reinke’s brief article on the first five years of Spurgeon’s Ministry (LINK), including a new episode of the Authors on the Line podcast featuring Christian Focus authors Tom Nettles and Christian George. You can access the podcast directly here:  LINK.

Related Books:

Living by Revealed Truth The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom NettlesCharles Spurgeon Prince of Preachers by Christian George

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What are you doing to reach this next generation for Christ? – A Guest Post by Sarah Bubar

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Jack Wyrtzen, the founder of the ministry for which I work, often asked this question when he preached. Growing up with a father in youth ministry, I always assumed ministering to young people was normal; everyone did that, didn’t they? That was part of the core DNA of any ministry: the next generation. As I’ve grown and become actively involved in differing ministries, I can’t help but notice an absence of young people not only sitting in our pews, but also involved in life-changing discipleship in our churches. It begs the question: have we, as believers, lost sight of this goal? Does ministering to this next generation seem like a lost cause because their hearts are so hard from the World’s influence? Or maybe we have forgotten how to minister to them? How do we reach this next generation for Christ?

1. Talk to them! Don’t just assume that they are immune to the effects of the world.
This next generation is becoming exposed to adult content at a younger age than ever before, and it’s not just public schools. This is the world in which this generation has to live, and we must prepare them to do so successfully and not assume they’re okay because they seem like “good Christian” kids. We do this by actively building a relationship with them, talking to them about real issues. We put the iPhones and iPads down, get off Facebook, and interact with the next generation. So they don’t choose to reveal their secrets to a stranger, but to a trusted guide.

2. Show them the difference between acceptance and approval.
There is a big difference between acceptance and approval, but so often our world confuses the two. In their minds, if you don’t approve of their choices, you’re rejecting them because their identity is wrapped up in the decisions that they make. But we must teach this generation that God alone has the right to define them (Gen 2; Eph 1), and there is a difference between acceptance and approval. Although we accept them because we love and care for them, we do not approve of the actions that they may take. When your teenager admits to doing something, remind them that you are for them, you want them to be successful in life, and you accept them always; but you cannot approve of the choices that they are making, because there is a difference between acceptance and approval.

3. Give them love with leadership.
No one did this better than Jesus Christ! When dealing with the woman caught in the act of adultery, first he loved her and then he led her (John 8:1 – 11). Titus 2 talks about how the older generation should protect, love and lead this next generation in the way they should go by example for the sake of the Gospel. What are we doing to fulfill this?

4. Don’t give up on them.
Tenacity is key when working with this next generation. We must be more stubborn about their growth than they are about their own way. Paul encourages us in Galatians 6:9 not to give up! This next generation needs us to not give up on them. We must teach them, guide them, but most importantly, we need to pray for them. We can’t afford to give up on these tasks.

This next generation may seem like it’s chocked full of its challenges; and they are. But they aren’t without hope, because they aren’t without an older generation to teach them.

How are YOU reaching the next generation for Christ?

Sarah BubarSarah Bubar is coauthor of Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life. She blogs at Unlocking Femininity.

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May Book Giveaway – Get Over It! by Mary Whelchel


**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:
The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

Praise for Get Over It!:

“Read this book and then pass it along to others who need to quit wallowing in their past-no matter how terrible it might be-and unload the baggage they have carried far too long.”
Erwin Lutzer ~ Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

“Mary Whelchel draws from her own journey with God and her years of ministry to shepherd readers to the place of letting go of burdens we weren’t meant to carry and
courageously moving forward with God.”
Carolyn Custis James ~ Author of Half the Church

About the Book:
Unrealistic expectations. Hurt feelings. False guilt. As we go about our daily lives, we are so often mired down in all kinds of joy-robbing thought patterns and unhealthy habits. But grounded in God’s Word, we can move on, set free from these burdens. Through more than 25 years of ministry, author Mary Whelchel has developed insightful wisdom for leading women to experience the true freedom of following Christ.

Mary WhelchelAbout the Author:
Mary Whelchel is founder of The Christian Working Woman, a ministry dedicated to equipping and encouraging Christians in the workplace. TCWW began as a ministry of The Moody Church in Chicago in 1984 and now produces two radio program formats, distributes resources, and organizes retreats and conferences.

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Available for Review – The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Tim Chester & Jonny Woodrow

The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Jonny Woodrow & Tim ChesterJoin us June 17-21, 2013 for The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God Blog Tour.

About the Book:
Who is this ascended Jesus? He is King, Priest and man and is still at work. Ultimately he is humanity in the presence of God. Here we discover how we are a part of the Ascension. With the Spirit’s enlightening we can begin to understand the Ascension. Tim Chester introduces us to this important doctrine.

About the Authors:
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.

Jonny Woodrow is the Associate Director of Porterbrook Seminary and part of the leadership team of The Crowded House church planting network.

Blog Tour Details:
The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God Book Review Blog Tour will run June 17-21, 2013. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and at least one internet retailer of their choice such as Amazon.com.

A limited number of entries will be selected via the form below:

This blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God.

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E-Books on Sale Through 5/24/2013

The following e-books are on sale through May 24th:

Helen Roseveare: On His Majesty's Service by Irene Howat Sale Price: $2.99/£2.01

David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost by Brian Cosby Sale Price: $2.99/£2.01

John Newton: A Slave Set Free by Irene Howat Sale Price: $2.99/£2.01

George Whitefield: Voice That Woke the World by Lucille Travis Sale Price: $2.99/£2.01

Joni Eareckson Tada: Swimming Against the Tide by Catherine MacKenzie Sale Price: $2.99/£2.01

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Christian Focus Across the Web – May 17, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

Win some great Christian Focus Books in Challies’ Free Stuff Friday Giveaway – Stop by Challies.com and enter for a chance to win five great books, including Kingdom Come by Sam Storms!

Kingdom Come by Sam Storms is 50% Off at WTS Books – Be sure to stop by WTS Books and pick up a copy of Sam Storms new book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, which is available at 50% off for a limited time.

Sam Storms Interviewed on The Janet Mefferd Show – Be sure to listen to Sam Storms recent interview on The Janet Mefferd Show talking about his book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative. You can listen to it here:  

 Sam Storms on The Janet Mefferd Show

Lara Williams Interviewed on ViewPoint with Chuck Crismier – The archive of Lara Williams recent interview on ViewPoint with Churck Crismier is now available. You can listen to it here:  LINK.

Nancy Drummond Interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt – Nancy Drummond’s interview on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt talking about her new book Nate Saint: Operation Auca is available to stream or download below:

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Why Read Historic Christian Biography? – A Guest Post by Vance Christie

Why Read Historic Christian Biography?

My enthusiasm for historic Christian biography ignited my final semester of seminary. Though I had a couple of thousand pages of assigned reading to do for my classes, I got distracted by two fascinating Christian biographies that I could hardly put down until I had finished them. In the twenty-seven years since then I’ve read hundreds of such biographies. Here are several ways in which I appreciate and benefit from them:

1. Historic biographies provide enjoyable and engaging reading as they relate the life-stories of outstanding Christians of the past. We’re drawn into the narrative of an individual’s life. Once we’ve started, we’re eager to see where the true story will lead and how it will turn out. Some people’s lives are so full of noteworthy developments and amazing events that their biographies rival fast-paced novels in terms of interest. Yet their life-stories have the superior benefit of being entirely true.

2. Through Christian biography we’re introduced to some of the most important and remarkable ambassadors of Christ who have ever lived. These individuals had books written about them because their lives were truly outstanding. Some of them were spiritual giants who were used of God to significantly shape and advance Christ’s kingdom work in their country and/or another part of the world in their generation. The written accounts of their lives and ministries have impacted and profited untold thousands of believers since then.

3. The examples of these notable Christian servants inspire and encourage us in various areas of spiritual life and service. To name but a few of many such areas, they motivate us to higher heights in:

  • Cultivating a deeper devotional relationship with the Lord.
  • Developing a Christlike character and perspective.
  • Serving with singular focus and tireless exertion to help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and advance His kingdom.
  • Resolutely enduring discouragements, hardships, sacrifices and even persecution.
  • Having a heart of concern for the lost as well as for other hurting, needy people.
  • Balancing ministry and family demands.

At times their examples expose our own spiritual mediocrity and convict us of our low-level commitment. But they also hearten us to correct our shortcomings and to rededicate ourselves to serving the Lord in an earnest, worthy fashion.

4. To be sure, great Christians of the past were very real people who, like ourselves, had personal weaknesses, struggles and flaws. Part of the benefit of considering their lives is seeing how they addressed and were able to overcome their own faults. They reassure us that the Lord is able to use in significant ways imperfect individuals who nonetheless continue to pursue and serve Him with wholehearted consecration.

5. Their examples also remind us that God greatly blesses and uses believers of widely differing backgrounds, temperaments and abilities. This encourages us to faithfully serve the Lord to the best of our ability, using the unique background, personality, gifts and opportunities He has given us.

6. Christian biography provides us with a treasure trove of interesting and instructive anecdotes to share in our formal teaching opportunities and informal conversations. Adults and children enjoy and profit from these worthwhile illustrations.

7. Historic biography helps us understand and evaluate contemporary Christianity more fully and accurately. We learn how certain beliefs, practices and emphases developed in the Church. We come to realize that many of our present opportunities and accomplishments have been built on the insights, exertions and sacrifices of exceptional individuals who helped prepare the way before us. In the face of endless, transient issues and trends that confront and sometimes distract the modern Church, we are aided in keeping a clear focus on the primary emphases and priorities that strong evangelical Christians have maintained throughout the centuries.

Vance ChristieVance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. To connect with Vance, visit his website at www.vancechristie.com.

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Nancy Drummond Interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt

Nancy DrummondChristian Focus 4 Kids author Nancy Drummond was recently interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt about her book Nate Saint: Operation Auca. The interview is now available to stream or download via the links below:

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About the Book:
On January 8, 1956, Nate Saint and some other missionaries flew to an area near an Auca village and landed at strip of sand that they had named Palm Beach. This was Nate’s final flight for he and four other missionaries on the plane that day were martyred when tribesmen attacked with spears a few days later.

Although this was Nate’s last flight – it wasn’t the end of his work. What he and the other martyred missionaries had done for the Kingdom of God convicted many to listen to God’s call to mission. And the work of evangelism continued to the Aucas too. Many in that village came to accept Christ including several of the men who had thrown their spears on that terrible day.

Where to Buy:
Nate Saint: Operation Auca 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:

Nate Saint: Operation Auca by Nancy Drummond (Torchbearers) Buy Now:

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New From CF4K – May/June 2013

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God is King by Catherine Mackenzie – The delightful artwork of Andy Robb provides a lively backdrop to this colourful illustration of the popular children’s song, “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” God is not only in control of the jungle, sea, animals, fish and the universe but is also in control of us human beings and we need to obey the Lord Jesus Christ as King.
My God is So Big by Catherine Mackenzie – Based on the chorus “My God is so big!” this is a great book which teaches children about the strength of God.
Glorifying God: Obedient Lives from the Bible by Carine MacKenzie – Find out about the ten commandments, God’s rules for our lives and about the only One who kept them as they were meant to be kept – Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He is the answer to the problem of sin, and to our need to get the better of it.
Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis – In 1938, in the remote highlands of a mountainous island, explorers discovered thousands upon thousands of tribal people. Missionaries began to come, to bring the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Little did they know that many of the people of the tribes were waiting . . . waiting . . . for someone to come and help them out of the darkness of their old way of life. Witness Men consists of true missionary stories that took place throughout the highlands of Papua, Indonesia, from 1955 to 2010, when one of the tribes received their first New Testaments.
Fanny Crosby: The Blind Girl’s Song by Lucille Travis – If you’ve ever picked up a hymn book, the chances are that you’ve sung a song written by a blind girl… and not just any blind girl… Fanny Crosby. As a young child she knew nothing of the sighted world around her but that didn’t stop her interacting with nature, experiencing the thrill of God’s creation. She held her grandmother’s hand but she thought that was because Grandmother needed her help not the other way around.

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