Monthly Archives: July 2013

Why doesn’t God bless me as much as others?

Stop by Christianity.com and watch a brief interview with Christian Focus author Melissa Kruger, where she answers the question, “Why doesn’t God bless me as much as others?” Click the image or link below to watch the interview.

Why doesn’t God bless me as much as others?

Why doesn’t God bless me as much as others? – Melissa Kruger

About the Book:
What’s truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief-a mistrust of God’s sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion.

Melissa B. KrugerAbout the Author:
Melissa is a North Carolina native and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied math and education, as well as met her husband, Mike. She currently works part-time as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Uptown Church, acting as a liaison between the women’s prayer team, program team and staff team. She enjoys meeting with women, studying the Bible, running with friends, reading, and spending her days raising her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.

Where to Buy:
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World 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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Enter to win a copy of Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance Christie


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

Praise for Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life:

“Adoniram Judson remains a fascinating individual and a missionary we do well to remember. There is a great deal we can learn from his life and ministry. Vance Christie is an excellent biographer who brings his subject to life in the pages of this book. I highly recommend it.”
Tim Challies, Christian blogger, Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto, Ontario

Adoniram Judson Devoted for LifeAbout the Book:
Explore the life of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), who was devoted to serving God for over 38 years in Burma, no matter the cost. The son of a congregational minister, Judson was a precocious young man who aspired to gain exceptional worldly fame through some prominent secular career. But following a crisis of faith and a stunning turn of events that exposed the vanity of mere temporal pursuits, he went on to study for the Christian ministry and to dedicate his life to missionary service. With unshakable faith in God and His Word, Judson persevered through staggering difficulties. His unremitting labor and devotion were used of the Lord to spread the Gospel and to establish healthy Christian congregations throughout Burma. Judson’s example was an inspiration to untold thousands in his own day and still has the power to encourage and instruct believers today.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance 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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Notable and Quotable – Walter C. Kaiser Jr. on Ecclesiastes

“Ecclesiastes has as its central concern that basic hunger of mortals to see how the wholeness of life fits into a meaningful pattern where its purpose and plan is owned and directed by God. Can this current age with so much brutality, injustice, and lack of cohesiveness come to be at once accepted, enjoyed, and understood to fit in any way into the divine plan and purpose for life? And if the same laws and plans of the omnipotent God apply to all reality, why does there often seem to be so little evidence of the positive sides of the divine plan in effect? Where are the goodness and joy of life evident in the constant change and transitions of a life that so often puzzles us? Where is the sovereign direction of a wise, powerful, and good God when suffering Christians need Him most and seemingly He is not there?

Ecclesiastes was written to give perspective and some practical advice on the above questions. It is in many ways a companion book to Job. Yet in other ways it is also a book of very unusual, but desperately needed, messages especially for our day. It is no wonder that of all the books of the Bible read by contemporary college and university students, this is the one that, more often than not, “turns them on” the most. There is a good reason for that: it was written for persons just like them, and, in fact, for persons just like all of us who are afflicted with the postmodern, Western trends and diagnoses.”

Excerpted from Coping with Change – Ecclesiastes (Christian Focus, 2013)

Where to Buy:
Coping With Change – Ecclesiastes by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 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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Coping With Change – Ecclesiastes by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Coping With Change - EcclesiastesEcclesiastes is a book filled with good news for those struggling to make sense of what is happening in life. Why does man madly pursue one thing and then another without meaning? True joy comes from the Lord himself, and for the one who has learned to fear God and keep his commandments, all of life holds purpose and delight. In Coping with Change, noted theologian Walter Kaiser mines the riches of Ecclesiastes to reveal the source of true joy.

This new edition includes Dr. Kaiser’s own translation of Ecclesiastes.

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.About the Author:
Dr Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. One of the world’s premier biblical scholars he is a frequent speaker at conferences and has written more than 30 books.

Praise for Coping with Change – Ecclesiastes:

“Perhaps the most helpful feature of Kaiser’s treatment is that he believes the book has a discernible plan and a traceable argument and that Qoheleth was not a cynical old goat who drank Drano or vinegar for breakfast. That makes a difference in the way you understand Ecclesiastes. Buy your own copy and find out how.”
-Dale Ralph Davis ~ Well respected author and Bible expositor

“Ecclesiastes is a wisdom writing from ancient Israel but there is no book more relevant for our postmodern world today. Dr. Walter Kaiser, one of our best biblical scholars, has given us a lively commentary on this part of God’s Word, one that will help us face today’s changing world with integrity and faithfulness.”
-Timothy George ~ Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

“Walt Kaiser’s Coping with Change walks us through the book of Ecclesiastes, functioning like a scholarly tour guide through the mind of a man who had seen and done and achieved it all–and has realized that everything is a “mist” without God”
-Owen Strachan ~ Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky

Book Details:

  • ISBN:  9781781910627
  • Pages:  208

Where to Buy:
Coping With Change – Ecclesiastes by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 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 – July 19, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - July 19, 2013

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

Ligon Duncan Interview on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – Last month at the 2013 PCA General Assembly, Kevin Boling sat down with Christian Focus author Ligon Duncan. The interview is available in both audio and video formats below:

Tim Challies Reviews A Neglected Grace – Earlier this week Tim Challies shared a review of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos. Here’s a bit of what Tim had to say:

A Neglected Grace strikes just the right balance between theory and practice. It is authoritative without being over-bearing, and it models humility, coaching the reader, yet without demanding a particular method. Whether the idea of family worship is new to you, whether it’s familiar but neglected, or whether you have been doing it for years, this is a book you will enjoy and one that with benefit both you and your family.”

Read Tim’s full review at Challies.com.

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Available for Review – A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos

Available For Review - A Neglected Grace

The Neglected Grace book review blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

Join us August 12-16, 2013 for the Neglected Grace blog tour.

About the Book:
Whether your home includes a single mother with her children, three generations of a family, the immediate family and Uncle Bob, who is living in the spare room, or the traditional mother, father, and 2.5 kids, it is our joyful responsibility to lead our home in worshipping the Lord. In the history of the church, family worship has been one of the Christian family’s strongest characteristics. In the last century, however, this great tradition of the faith has diminished.

In A Neglected Grace Pastor Jason Helopoulos graciously calls church leaders and individual members to reclaim the practice of family worship as a glorious expression of our Christian faith. This indispensable means of grace directs our families to seek and enjoy the love and beauty of Christ daily.

About the Author:
Jason Helopoulos is Assistant Pastor of University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan. Married to Leah, they have two children, Gracen and Ethan.

Blog Tour Details:
The Neglected Grace Book Review Blog Tour will run August 12-16, 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:

The Neglected Grace book review blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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Why I’m Writing the Hidden Heroes Series – A Guest Post by Rebecca Davis

Why I'm Writing the Hidden Heroes Series - A Guest Post by Rebecca Davis

I just finished writing book #5 in the Hidden Heroes series. It’s tentatively titled Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia.

So now I’ll take some time to tell why I’m writing the series.

First and foremost, these books aren’t supposed to be about “exciting adventures in another land” or “strange coincidences” or even “life lessons from a tribal people.” They are about the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Second, the books generally start with a missionary or missionaries from a Western culture. My primary audience is families from Western cultures, and if the children are anything like I was as a child, they’ll want to read about someone that they can relate to, from a life similar to their own, who leaves that life for the glory of God.

But thirdly, and this is a huge BUT, I emphatically do not want that Western missionary to be a “hero” any more than any of the other Christians in the book are heroes.

Which leads to the next point: I want to emphasize as much as possible, the great national Christians, the ones who will probably never write books, who most often will never even speak outside the boundaries of their own land. I want to show their own sacrifice, their love for God, their burning desire for others to know the great truth of the gospel.

My primary audience is children. But in designing the books as family read-alouds, with questions at the end of each story, my audience really goes beyond the children to include the parents. I’m writing for families who want to be pointed together to the glory of God.

I unabashedly want amazing stories. Because we serve an amazing God. And we need to be often reminded of that great truth.

The heroes are “hidden” in the sense that they aren’t household names, they haven’t already had a dozen books written about them, their names may be known to only a few. But in Glory, as they and we throw our crowns at the feet of Jesus Christ alongside Hudson Taylor and George Mueller, which heroes will really be hidden?

Every one of us, my brothers and sisters. Every one of us.

Rebecca Davis

About Rebecca Davis:
Rebecca Davis is a writer and teacher who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. She has written several books for children as well as magazine articles for adults, and loves to speak about the Lord. She and her husband, Tim, have four children. Rebecca blogs at www.heresthejoy.com.

Books by Rebecca Davis:

Witness Men by Rebecca Davis The Good News Must Go Out by Rebecca Davis With Two Hands by Rebecca Davis

Where to Buy:
Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis 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 – July 12, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - July 12, 2013

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

Last Day to Take Advantage of Our Current E-book Sale – Today is the last day to take advantage of our current e-book sale featuring:

  • Walk Worthy by Peter Jeffery
  • The Word Became Fresh by Dale Ralph Davis
  • A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones

Learn more here:  LINK

Witness Men Blog Tour Wrap Up – We’ve been enjoying the reviews coming in this week for Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis. Here are a few highlights from the tour:

“This book is warmly recommended. It was a joy to hear about the love for the Lord expressed by the believers of the mountain tribes and their happiness at the reception of God’s Word.”
Reviewer: Sarah Jones (weshallobtaindeliveringgrace.blogspot.co.uk)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The missionary work in Indonesia is remarkable. It seems to me that the stories that are real are the most intriguing. These stories are certainly among them. I strongly recommend this book for young readers.”

Reviewer: Mike Tiede (vickitiede.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

You can see all of the reviews in this week’s blog tour here:  LINK.

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Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life by Vance Christie

Adoniram Judson Devoted for LifeExplore the life of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), who was devoted to serving God for over 38 years in Burma, no matter the cost. The son of a congregational minister, Judson was a precocious young man who aspired to gain exceptional worldly fame through some prominent secular career. But following a crisis of faith and a stunning turn of events that exposed the vanity of mere temporal pursuits, he went on to study for the Christian ministry and to dedicate his life to missionary service. With unshakable faith in God and His Word, Judson persevered through staggering difficulties. His unremitting labor and devotion were used of the Lord to spread the Gospel and to establish healthy Christian congregations throughout Burma. Judson’s example was an inspiration to untold thousands in his own day and still has the power to encourage and instruct believers today.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance 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.

About the History Makers Series:
The History Makers series brings you the best biographies – new works and classics from the past – of key people in Church History. Reading of how great Christians of the past faced trials, made key decisions and saw God’s blessing is an encouragement to us today. God doesn’t change and seeing how He has worked in the past should inspire  us on to serve Him better today.

See the full lineup of titles available in the History Makers series here:  LINK.

Where to Buy:
Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance Christie 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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E-Books on Sale Through 7/12/2013

The following e-books are on sale through July 12th:

Walk Worthy: Guidelines for the Christian Faith by Peter Jeffery Sale Price: $2.99/£2.03

The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts by Dale Ralph Davis Sale Price: $3.99/£2.70

 A Christian's Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones Sale Price: $2.99/£2.03

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