Monthly Archives: August 2013

Christian Focus Across The Web – August 30, 2013

Christian Focus Across The Web - August 30, 2013

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

Catherine Mackenzie Interviewed on Premier Christian Radio – Don’t forget to check out Catherine Mackenzie’s recent interview on Premier Christian Radio talking about her book How Prayer Impacts Lives: 41 Christians and their Conversations with God. Click below to play or download the interview:

Catherine Mackenzie – Interview on Premier Christian Radio

August Book Giveaways End Tomorrow – Remember to stop by the Christian Focus Booknotes and Christian Focus 4 Kids blogs and enter for a chance to win Living By Revealed Truth by Tom Nettles and The Bible’s Big Story by James M. Hamilton Jr. Both giveaways end Saturday night at midnight CST.

Jalynn Patterson reviews Wild West Adventures – Many thanks to Jalynn Patterson for her 5-star review of Wild West Adventures by Donna Vann. Here’s a bit of what she had to say in her review:

“In Wild West Adventures, the author Donna Vann shows us a little snippet of what it was like in America during those days… The best part of the book is the underlying message of having a standing relationship with Christ, the maker of all that is around us.”

You can read Jalynn’s full review here:  asimplelifereally.blogspot.com

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Hear Robert Cheong Live on Viewpoint Radio – 8/29/2013 @ 4:00 PM ET

God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline by Robert K. CheongChristian Focus author Robert Cheong will be interviewed live Thursday August 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM ET on the ViewPoint Broadcast with attorney and author Chuck Crismier to discuss his book God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.saveus.org.

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

About the Book:
Church discipline is a term that is fraught with problems for the church today. However from the Biblical witness it is clear that it is an essential component of a healthy, God-honoring church – a church where Christians grow and mature in grace and develop solid foundations with which they can, with the help of the Spirit, withstand the storms of life.

With many years of pastoral experience, Robert K. Cheong has faced this issue many times. Additionally he interviewed over 30 pastors from different countries and a wide variety of church settings.

Robert Cheong

Robert Cheong

About the Author:
Robert Cheong is the pastor responsible for Care and Counselling at Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Karen and they have three grown children.

Where to Buy:
God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline 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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Hear Jason Helopoulos Live on The Bob Dutko Show – 8/29/2013 @ 1:08 PM ET

A Neglected Grace Family Worship in the Christian HomeChristian Focus author Jason Helopoulos will be interviewed live Thursday August 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM ET on The Bob Dutko Show to discuss his book A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.wmuz.com.

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.

Jason Helopoulos

Jason Helopoulos

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.

Where to Buy:
A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos 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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Catherine Mackenzie Interviewed on Premier Christian Radio

How Prayer Impacts Lives 41 Christians and their Conversations with GodChristian Focus author Catherine Mackenzie was recently interviewed on Premier Christian Radio about her book How Prayer Impacts Lives: 41 Christians and their Conversations with God. Click below to play or download the interview:

Catherine Mackenzie – Interview on Premier Christian Radio

About the Book:
Forty-one different people from various stages and walks of life summarise what prayer means to them, how it has been their life strength and a direct communication with their Creator, Lord and Saviour. Contributors include: David Robertson, Dorothy Paterson, John Piper, Steve Brady and Wallace Benn

About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!

Where to Buy:
How Prayer Impacts Lives: 41 Christians and their Conversations with God by Catherine Mackenzie (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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The Cost of the Kingdom by Elliott Tepper

The Cost of the Kingdom by Elliott Tepper“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field” Matthew 13:44

Elliott writes, “I believe that the only reasonable response to Jesus’ demand, if one has tasted the mystery of the King and His Kingdom, is to pay Him His price and purchase the treasure in the field.” Any sacrifices made pale into insignificance in the light of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Table of Contents:
1: How Much Is a Treasure in a Field Worth? – Ask the Plumber
2: What is the True Cost of Discipleship? – Ask the TAx Collector
3: Where Is the Kingdom? – Ask the Fisherman
4: The Details in the Greater Picture
5: Divine Prosperity – A Cost-Benefit Analysis
6: They Had Everything Except the One Thing They Lacked
7: They Had Nothing Left to Give Save Ashes

Elliott TepperAbout the Author:
Elliott Tepper is a missionary serving with WEC International. He is the founder of Betel, International Director of Betel, President of AMEC (The assemblies of WEC, Int.) and the Senior Pastor of Iglesia Betel in Madrid, Spain.

Praise For The Cost of the Kingdom:

“This volume contains a distillation of these hard-learnt lessons, precious truths discovered and powerful illustrations from his practical involvement on the front lines of Gospel advance. Read it prayerfully, and apply its truths, and you will be blessed indeed.”
-Patrick Johnstone ~ WEC International Regional Director for Europe & Author Emeritus, Operation World

“Elliott Tepper was saying all that I knew needed to be said to today’s Christians. I was thrilled, challenged, encouraged all at once. If you are afraid of another challenge to whole-hearted Christianity, don’t buy this book. If you are afraid to step out of a mediocre, half-hearted, divided life-style, don’t read this. To be a Christian is to fall in love with Jesus, who gave His all for us, and demands that we give our all for Him. Simple – but costly!”
-Helen Roseveare ~ Former missionary in Congo, internationally respected speaker with WEC ministries and author

Where to Buy:
The Cost of the Kingdom by Elliott Tepper 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 Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles


*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.

Living By Revealed TruthPraise for Living By Revealed Truth:

“Charles Spurgeon is a mountain – a massive figure on the evangelical landscape. Tom Nettles now helps us to understand Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a man, a theologian, and one of the most influential pastors in church history. Nettles takes us into the heart of Charles Spurgeon’s conviction and his pastoral theology. This is a book that will encourage, educate, and bless its readers.”
-R. Albert Mohler ~ President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Tom Nettles’ new biography of Charles Spurgeon will be the new standard for a long time.”
-John Piper ~ Founder DesiringGod.org, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, Author of spiritual classics including Desiring God and Don’t Waste Your Life

About the Book:
Tom Nettles has written this biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous 19th century preacher and writer. It covers his life, ministry and also his theology. He draws on material from The Sword and Trowel, the magazine of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, where C H Spurgeon ministered.

Tom NettlesAbout the Author:
Thomas J. Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

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Christian Focus Across the Web – August 23, 2013

Christian Focus Across The Web August 23, 2013

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

Ed Stetzer Interviews Jason Helopoulos About Family Worship – Ed Stetzer says he is “encouraged to see a growing emphasis on family worship—and resources to promote the practice,” including Jason Helopoulos’ book A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. Read their interview at ChristianityToday.com.

Mez McConnell Reviews God Redeeming His Bride – Christian Focus author Mez McConnell recently shared his review of Robert Cheong’s book God Redeeming HIs Bride: A Handbook For Church Discipline. Here’s a bit of what Mez had to say:

“Without doubt the best book I have read on the issue by far, largely because of the way in which he grounds the issues with questions at the end of each chapter and the story of the couple and their troubles. It doesn’t get all idealistic and it has both feet firmly planted on the messy reality of church life.

A 5-star must buy!”

You can read Mez’s full review at 20schemes.com.

Zack Ford Reviews Kingdom Come – In his recent review of Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative by Sam Storms, Zack Ford talks briefly about his own journey from Pre-tribulational, Pre-millenial dispensationalism to Amillennialism. Here’s a brief excerpt from Zack’s review:

“Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It is a dense book to work through, and one that you may not work through cover to cover. But I can assure you that this will be a helpful resource for studying the doctrine of eschatology from an amillennial perspective for years to come.”

You can read the full review at ztford.wordpress.com.

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Christian Focus Across the Web – August 16, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web -  August 16, 2013

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

Review of Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching on the Reformation 21 Blog – Be sure to stop by the Reformation 21 blog today and read Paul Levy’s review of Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by Alec Motyer. Here are some of our favorite quotes from Paul’s review:

“I started to take notes on the book but in the end gave up because on every page there is gold.”

“If you’ve not read Alec Motyer you’re in for a treat. He’s one of the last of the big beasts of conservative Evangelical Anglicanism along with JI Packer and Dick Lucas.”

You can read Paul’s review in full at Reformation21.org.

Don’t miss out on the Adventure Series Blog Tour – Although summer is quickly fading, there’s still time to take your kids on a reading adventure! Visit our Christian Focus 4 Kids blog and sign up to review Rain Forest Adventures and Antarctic Adventures. Blog tour details can be found at cf4k.christianfocus.com.

Wrapping Up the Neglected Grace Blog Tour – Today we’re finishing up the Neglected Grace blog tour here on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the blog tour:

“If you’re a pastor reading this, I would recommend buying a dozen or so and keeping them around to share with your congregation. It’s a short book and a straightforward, biblical resource. It’s a can’t miss.”

“Jason Helopoulos does families a great service by bringing this much needed, fresh exhortation to pursue God together as families. May many families be encouraged to introduce their families to or persevere in family worship through this helpful resource!!”

“If you’re a guy, you probably ought to pick up this book. That is, unless you are already a family worship master. But, since we could all probably use some help with leading our families well, this is a great little volume to pick up.”

Excerpts and links for all of the reviews in the blog tour are available at blog.christianfocus.com.

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Hear Mary Whelchel Live on Viewpoint Radio – 8/15/2013 @ 4:00 PM ET

Mary WhelchelChristian Focus author Mary Whelchel will be interviewed live Thursday August 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM ET on the ViewPoint Broadcast with attorney and author Chuck Crismier to discuss her book Get Over It!: Letting Go and Moving on with God. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.saveus.org.

The archive of this interview is now available:  LINK

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.

About 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.

Where to Buy:
Get Over It!: Letting Go and Moving on with God by Mary Whelchel 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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A Neglected Grace Blog Tour

A Neglected Grace Family Worship in the Christian HomeThis week we have several bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“In essence, through the practice of family worship we are growing deeper in love with Jesus and with one another. This is why family worship is so important in a culture where marriages are falling apart. This is also why A Neglected Grace is such a good book because it not only shows the beauty and glory of Christ, but also how to properly love one another in our homes.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

A Neglected Grace is a truly valuable shot in the arm for families to engage worshiping God together as a family unit, something Scripture actually commands us to do.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a short work; short but full… I found myself encouraged to persevere in this neglected grace.”
Reviewer: David West (davidsinkwell.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“it fully accomplishes what Jason intended it to accomplish and that is a book that gently encourages those who are discouraged in family worship to stay faithful, to those who aren’t practicing family worship to “just do it”, and offers those who are thinking about doing it sample ways to do it. I have already given one copy of this book to someone in my church and will fully recommend it to others going forward.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re a guy, you probably ought to pick up this book. That is, unless you are already a family worship master. But, since we could all probably use some help with leading our families well, this is a great little volume to pick up.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne (nathanielclaiborne.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

A Neglected Grace is a much needed book, written with grace, and understanding. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan (lifemoreabundant.me)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope this book is a great encouragement to others desiring to practice family worship.  I was impressed with Jason’s ability to encourage families with the wisdom that comes from family worship while also answering the questions I had in mind regarding family worship.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Perhaps the greatest strength of the book is Helopoulos’ contagious passion for family worship. Reading this book should bolster the faith, passion, and ability for parents to lead their family into God’s presence and make sure that the grace God gives through family worship is not neglected.”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (kevinhalloran.net)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Jason Helopoulos does families a great service by bringing this much needed, fresh exhortation to pursue God together as families. May many families be encouraged to introduce their families to or persevere in family worship through this helpful resource!!”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins (hankinsfamily.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a little book that is big on encouragement. I appreciated how the author covers challenging family situations such as the single parent or unbelieving spouse, squirmy children, and even our own lukewarm faith. You won’t find any guilt trips here but a call to believe that God’s grace is able to stir our hearts and the hearts of our children.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti (triedbyfire.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I cannot recommend this enough… A Neglected Grace is exactly what the title implies. A gift of God available for the taking and you would be wise to do just that.”
Reviewer: Marc Mullins (poreuomai.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re a pastor reading this, I would recommend buying a dozen or so and keeping them around to share with your congregation. It’s a short book and a straightforward, biblical resource. It’s a can’t miss.”
Reviewer: Matthew Sims (graceforsinners.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would commend this book to worship leaders also. The view of worship espoused in the book has a high view of God. As a worship leader I was refreshed and the way I view my role was sharpened.”
Reviewer: Ben Wilson (bnjcwilson.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“[Helopoulos’] argument for Family Worship is the best I’ve heard. It basically boiled down to, ok look, we know we are to train and raise our kids and shepherd and wash with the water of the Word our wives, but unless we are intentional about this, and set aside time to do it, then a lot of the time we can assume we are doing it and before we know it years pass by and we’ve really done nothing.”
Reviewer: Jason Delgado (jxd1689.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“We live in a world that is trying to pull our children and ourselves away from the gospel. How can we make sure that every sphere of our lives are God centred? By gathering together as families to worship God. It doesn’t take long, it is doesn’t require a theological degree, and it will benefit every member of the family. This book will help you towards that goal.”
Reviewer: Emmanuel Durand (erdurand.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“With A Neglected Grace, every Christian family will find an accessible toolkit for family worship. If we had the budget, I’d buy a copy for every household in our congregation. Undoubtedly, this book will become my “go to” resource for encouraging our families to practice and persevere in family worship.”
Reviewer: Steve Meister (affectedbytruth.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

Where to Buy:
A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos 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 Neglected Grace Family Worship in the Christian Home Buy Now:

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