Monthly Archives: January 2014

Come Visit Us at the Desiring God 2014 Conference For Pastors

2014 Conference For Pastors
If you’re heading to Minneapolis next week for the Desiring God 2014 Conference For Pastors, be sure to stop by the book area and pay us a visit. Here are a few of the titles you’ll want to pick up at special conference-only prices:

Magnificent ObsessionFive Points: Towards A Deeper Experience of God's Grace by John PiperWhy I Am Not An Atheist

Living By Revealed Truth The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom NettlesPreaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by Alec MotyerThe Lord's Supper As A Means Of Grace by Richard C. Barcellos

There will also be books available from Christian Focus 4 Kids, so you can take some great children’s books home for your family too.

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Radio Inteview: Alec Motyer – The Janet Mefferd Show

Alec MotyerChristian Focus author Alec Motyer was interviewed on The Janet Mefferd Show this past Wednesday (01/29/2014) to discuss his book Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Teaching. You can listen to the archive of this broadcast here:  LINK.

About the Book:
Like many things in life, the skill of good preaching is 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration. At its basic level he tells us that preparing a good sermon is like baking a cake. It requires the correct ingredients for each type of cake to be baked, likewise with preaching, know your subject and pull all the pieces together to make up the winning recipe. Preaching is a privilege accorded to few and the fruits thereof welcomed by many—let Alec Motyer help you reach out and make the best of the gifts God has given you.

About the Author:
Dr Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God’s Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol.

Other Books by Alec Motyer:
Isaiah By the Day:  A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer Life 2: The Sequel by Alec MotyerRoots: Let the Old Testament Speak by Alec motyer

Where to Buy:
Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by Alec Motyer 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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Mez McConnell Amazing God Amazing Testimony

Mez McConnell, Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church Edinburgh, tells his story of God’s amazing grace.

Mez McConnell Amazing God Amazing Testimony from Smithton Church on Vimeo.

Read more of Mez’s story in his biography Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope.

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Radio Interview: Liam Goligher – The Janet Mefferd Show

Liam GoligherChristian Focus author Goligher was interviewed on the Janet Mefferd Show this past Friday (1/24/2014) about his book Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God. You can stream or download the interview in its entirety here: LINK.

About Liam Goligher:
Liam Goligher is the Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to his move to the US he was Senior Minister at Duke Street Church, Richmond. He is a respected author, Bible teacher & conference speaker. He is married to Christine and they have five children and three grand-daughters.

Books by Liam Goligher:
Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God by Liam GoligherA Windnow On Tomorrow by Liam Goligher

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Monday Meditations: Christ Pleading for Admission

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Christ Pleading for Admission

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me’ (Rev.3:20).

Do not forget the majesty and glory of him who asks for admission! In the following verse, he declares that he is able to give the right of sitting with himself on his throne. He stands, that some day we may sit! O child of two worlds, shut your ear to the chatterings and noise of this passing age, and listen to him who stands at the door of your life and knocks!

Of course, we know that the Saviour never with- draws himself from hearts that are really his own. He abides in them, as they abide in him. But with us there may be ebbs as well as flows. The current may drop from feet to inches. The light may linger in the sky, while clouds obscure the face of the sun. The heat of the body may remain, but the extremities may become chilled. It is under these circumstances, that the Lord of all worlds comes to the door of our poor tenement, and stands, and knocks, and asks for admission!

We may expect his knock when our love is cooling. Once our hearts beat quickly when we heard his approaching step; now, when he is at hand, we keep him waiting on the doorstep till his head is filled with dew, and his locks with the drops of night. Do we not all know what it is to be ‘neither hot nor cold’? Somehow our heart has gone dead! It is then that we may expect to hear the knock of Christ. He only asks us to admit him and he will restore the soul to love, and love to the soul.

We may expect his knock when we must go forth from this world. The moment comes when the post will present us with a letter like that received by Christiana: ‘The Master expecteth thee to stand in His Presence, in clothes of immortality, within ten days’. The same summons will come to Mr Honest and Mr Ready-to- halt; to Mr Despondency and to Miss Much-afraid; to Mr Stand-fast and Mr Valiant-for-truth. But in each case there will be the accompanying knock of Jesus, saying, ‘Fear not, I will be with you. I have called you by your name, you are mine’ (Isa. 43:1).

Prayer:  We thank thee, O God, that thy love has come to us in a human Form, that it shines from the face of the Man Christ Jesus, and speaks to us in gentle tones we can understand. We thank thee that he stands at the low doorway of our hearts, and knocks, and waits to come in and dwell with us for ever. We humbly ask that the Holy Spirit may open our eyes more fully to behold him, and our hearts more ardently to love and welcome him. 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 – January 24, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

David Robertson on the Deeper Waters Podcast – Christian Focus author David Robertson was a recent guest on the Deeper Waters podcast to discuss his new book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can listen to the interview here: LINK.

Rebecca Davis on the Christian Devotions Speak Up! Podcast – Christian Focus 4 Kids author Rebecca Davis was interviewed earlier this week on the Christian Devotions Speak Up! Podcast. In the interview she talks about her exciting books in our Hidden Heroes series. You can listen to the interview here:  LINK.

Church gives a copy of Magnificent Obsession to every home in its parish! – A congregation in the Highlands has given every household in their village a free copy of David Robertson’s evangelistic book Magnificent Obsession, which explains the Christian faith. Read more at FreeChurch.org.

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New From David J. Randall – Why I Am Not An Atheist

Why I Am Not An Atheist by David J. RandallEleven different people travelled on eleven diverse paths to faith in Jesus Christ, and this book is the point where they meet. In Why I Am Not an Atheist, these travellers relate their stories and the reasons why they believe.

What do a CEO, a psychiatrist, a journalist and a missionary have in common? This book is a good place to find out.

Contributors include Ravi Zacharias, Heather Tomlinson, David Robertson, Donald Bruce, Alistair Donald, Henk Drost, Elaine Duncan, Alex MacDonald, Pablo Martinez, Chris Sinkinson, and David Randall.

Praise for Why I Am Not An Atheist:

“Read it, pass it on – then get more copies and repeat the process!”
-John Blanchard ~ Internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author

“For the many honest, open-minded sceptics who do want to reasonably weigh all the evidence, this book will be thought-provoking, stimulating and perhaps even life-changing.”
-William Philip ~ Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow

“The authors faithfully fulfill the apostle Peter’s exhortation to give the reason for the hope that they have in Christ.”
-James Anderson ~ Associate Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina

David J. Randall

David J. Randall

About the Author:
David J. Randall has been in ministry for more than forty years and is presently locum minister in the newly-formed Grace Church, Dundee. He is Vice-chairman of the Borad of SOLAS – Centre for Public Christianity.

Where to Buy:
Why I Am Not An Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief  by David J. Randall (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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Hear David J. Randall Live on The Bob Dutko Show – 1/21/2014 @ 1:08 PM ET

David J. Randall

David J. Randall

Christian Focus author David J. Randall will be interviewed live Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM ET on The Bob Dutko Show to discuss his book Why I Am Not An Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief. You can listen to the live broadcast at wmuz.com.

About the Book:
Eleven different people travelled on eleven diverse paths to faith in Jesus Christ, and this book is the point where they meet. In Why I Am Not an Atheist, these travellers relate their stories and the reasons why they believe.

What do a CEO, a psychiatrist, a journalist and a missionary have in common? This book is a good place to find out.

Contributors include Ravi Zacharias, Heather Tomlinson, David Robertson, Donald Bruce, Alistair Donald, Henk Drost, Elaine Duncan, Alex MacDonald, Pablo Martinez, Chris Sinkinson, and David Randall.

About the Author:
David J. Randall has been in ministry for more than forty years and is presently locum minister in the newly-formed Grace Church, Dundee. He is Vice-chairman of the Borad of SOLAS – Centre for Public Christianity.

Where to Buy:
Why I Am Not An Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief  by David J. Randall (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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David Robertson Interviewed on the Deeper Waters Podcast

Christian Focus author David Robertson was recently a guest on the Deeper Waters podcast to discuss his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can stream the interview below:

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About the Book:
David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters, was told by the leader of an atheist society: “Okay, I admit that you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?” His answer was “I believe in and because of Jesus.” This book shows us why Jesus is the reason to believe. In response to the shout of “God is not Great” by the late Christopher Hitchens, David shows us why Jesus is God and is Great.

About the Author:
David Robertson is pastor of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland. Robertson is a trustee of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and works to fulfill the Centre’s mission to engage culture with the message of Christ.

Where to Buy:
Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great by David Robertson 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 David Robertson Live on The Bob Dutko Show – 1/20/2014 @ 2:40 PM ET

David Robertson

David Robertson

Christian Focus author David Robertson will be interviewed live Monday January 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM ET on The Bob Dutko Show to discuss his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can listen to the live broadcast at wmuz.com.

About the Book:
David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters, was told by the leader of an atheist society: “Okay, I admit that you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?” His answer was “I believe in and because of Jesus.” This book shows us why Jesus is the reason to believe. In response to the shout of “God is not Great” by the late Christopher Hitchens, David shows us why Jesus is God and is Great.

About the Author:
David Robertson is pastor of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland. Robertson is a trustee of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and works to fulfill the Centre’s mission to engage culture with the message of Christ.

Where to Buy:
Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great by David Robertson 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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