Monthly Archives: April 2014

David Robertson Interviewed on Author Talks With Shaun Tabatt Podcast

David Robertson

David Robertson

Christian Focus author David Robertson was recently interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt podcast about his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can stream or download 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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Monday Meditations: A Changed Occupation

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A Changed Occupation

‘He went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me. And he forsook all, and rose up and followed him’ (Luke 5:27, 28).

The trade between the Orient and the vast populations on the Mediterranean, passed through the Lake of Gali- lee, making a highly profitable trade for Capernaum, and the smaller cities and towns. The custom-house in which this man Levi held a lucrative position was probably quite near the lake, which was much frequented by our Lord, and thus he may have had opportunities of listening to his teaching. On the other hand, it is possible that the Saviour’s summons to him was absolutely unexpected, though it elicited an instant response, for he rose up, left all and followed Jesus. No doubt he returned later to make up his books, and hand in the balance that may have been in his charge.

Our Lord called him ‘Matthew’ – which means ‘a gift’. He was a great addition to the band of disciples, and the gift of his Gospel to the church has made the whole world his debtor. Matthew conceals, with beautiful modesty, the fact that he prepared a great feast for the Master, which was perhaps partly to signalize his adherence to his new calling, and partly as an opportunity to introduce his new-found friend to the publicans and sinners – i.e. the excommunicated persons of the city (vv. 29, 30). That feast may have been the first step to the foundation of the Christian church. Our Lord gladly availed himself of the opportunity to declare his purpose to seek and save the lost, to create a new society on that principle and to make possible the enclosure of these lost sheep with the flock.

If Zacchaeus happened to be in the party that day, it is likely that for him it was the inauguration of a new life, and as he sat there under the fascination of Christ, he resolved to make reparation to any whom he had cheated and over-charged!

Let us see to it that there is more joy in our religious life. Let us seek the people who think themselves for ever excommunicated from the church. It may be that we shall find Matthew, or Augustine, or John Bunyan among them!

Prayer:
O God, wherever thou leadest we would go, for thy ways are perfect wisdom and love. Blend our wills with thine, and then we need fear no evil nor death itself, for all things must work together for our good. 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:

Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer

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Christian Focus Across the Web – April 25, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Stephen Witmer reviews The Life of God in the Soul of the Church:  In the April 2014 issue of Themelios, Stephen Witmer reviews Thabiti Anyabwile’s The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship. Here’s a bit of what Stephen shared in his review:

“Anyabwile’s book is an important one for two reasons. First, the word “fellowship” has become a vacuous one in evangelicalism. In standard evangelical language, “to fellowship” means “to chat together after church” or “to eat a meal with another Christian.” Anyabwile recovers the excitement and God-centered profundity of the term. Writing as one who is the pastor of a church with the word “Fellowship” in its name, I am grateful. A second reason for the importance of the book is our largely individualistic Christian culture. Anyabwile’s relentless focus on the corporate nature of the Christian life and his grounding of this nature in the purposes of God are much-needed correctives.”

Read Stephen’s full review at thegospelcoalition.org/themelios.

Brian Dennert reviews A Neglected Grace:  We were fortunate enough to have a second review in this month’s issue of Themelios. Brian Dennert reviews Jason Helopoulos’ A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. In the review, Brian says:

“Helopoulos’s focus on grace will lead families to worship more faithfully and church leaders to feel more confident in discussing the topic of family worship with the members of their congregations. The book is readable and short enough for a layperson to read in the midst of a busy life, so it would be a great resource to give to families with children as well as married or engaged couples.”

Read Brian’s full review at thegospelcoalition.org/themelios.

Sam Storms Interviewed on Knowing the Truth: In Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism; the belief that 1,000 years mentioned in the book of Revelation is symbolic with the emphasis being the King and his Kingdom. Learn more in Sam’s recent interview on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling. Listen to the interview here:  LINK.

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Sword Play – A Guest Post by Linda Finlayson

Wielding the SwordSwords have been used in many centuries as the soldier’s weapon. Today we might still use them in special settings like Renaissance Fairs or martial arts training schools. Some people like to have them on display on their walls like an art piece. Even though swords are no longer considered an important weapon, people are still interested in them. There is a ‘romance’ or fascination about them.

In times before guns, tanks and missiles, a soldier began early to learn how to handle and care for his sword. Since sharp swords can quickly injure a person, the new recruit began his training with a wooden sword. He learned the important steps to fighting an opponent while protecting himself from injury. He practiced how to correctly draw his sword from its scabbard, making sure to draw it away from his body. Next he learned how to stand, with muscles relaxed, his feet placed solidly on the ground. If he lost his balance at any time during the fight, he could be in real danger. Not only did he learn to use his body correctly, mastering how to thrust and parry, but he also learned to use his mind. He had to assess his situation, looking for obstacles like rocks or trees that could get in the way. He had to check where the sun was and where to stand to keep it out of his eyes. He also assessed his opponent: was he experienced or a beginner? was he angry and impetuous, or calm and ready for battle? Above all he learned how to plan a strong defence, without taking unnecessary chances to defeat his opponent.

Once the trainee is ready for a real sword, he learned how to care for it. The weapon could only be useful if he kept it sharpened. He also oiled his blade to prevent it from rusting, polished it to remove any scratches, and, of course, kept it clean and dry. It had be hung up when not in use and not stored in leather or other types of scabbards. Having mastered all the steps to successfully using his sword, the most important thing for him to do was practice, practice, practice. As the blade needs oil to prevent rust, so the soldier continued drilling to keep his skills from getting rusty.

God’s Word the Bible is compared to a sharp sword in Hebrews 4:12:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

God’s Word is sharp like a sword, and in fact even sharper. Where a sword can cut off a person’s arm, God’s Word can cut even deeper into us, into our very thoughts and plans. When we read the Bible the words act as a sword, piercing our hearts, showing us God in his holiness and us in our sinful condition. As those words penetrate our mind and heart we begin to understand God’s hatred of sin and his great compassion for his wayward creatures. So much love he had for us that he provided a way to deal with our sin in a just way and offer us eternal life. But God’s Word doesn’t stop there. It is full of promises and commands about how to live now and what we can look forward to in the future. There is no other book that can do all that.

As Christians we are armed with our sword, God’s Word. And like soldiers we need to learn how to use it and care for it. We need to learn how to understand what it says. This is where our ministers and teachers become part of our training. We need to pay attention to the preaching and teaching we receive at church and in our homes. We need to think and pray about what we learn. And we need to be ready to share with others what God says in his Word. We need to read it every day, like the soldier who practices to keep his skills ready for use.

God has provided many men and women throughout history who have guarded God’s Word by translating it correctly into many languages, and have wielded or used God’s Word to teach and preach the Gospel. And it hasn’t always been an easy job. Men like John Chrysostom, who had to stand up to an empress, ended up in exile, or John Hus, who encouraged people to read the Bible for themselves, was killed for his preaching. Women like Mary Lyon worked long and hard to convince people that women should be educated in God’s Word so they could become missionaries and teachers. To learn more about God’s Swordsmen and women, check out Wielding the Sword just published by CF4K.

Today, many continue to teach and preach God’s Word so that we might know the truth. Each new generation needs to hear correct doctrine and be taught to guard against believing in heresies. The Apostle Paul uses the picture of a Christian putting on armour in Ephesians 6:16-18a:

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

Preachers and teachers must use the Bible, God’s Word, as a sword, wielding it in their preaching and teaching so that all might know The Truth.

Linda Finlayson, author 2010About Linda:
Linda Finlayson is a Canadian living in the Philadelphia area of the USA. She has enjoyed working with children in schools, churches and children’s clubs. Bringing together her love of books, children and history has given her the opportunity to write the adventure stories of real people. Linda is married and has one son.

A full list of Linda’s books published by Christian Focus 4 Kids is available here:  LINK

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Listen to an Interview with Sam Storms on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling

Sam StormsChristian Focus author Sam Storms was recently a guest on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling. The interview focuses on Sam’s recent book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative. You can stream the interview here:  LINK

About the Book:
The second coming of Christ is a matter of sharp disagreement amongst Christians. Many hold to premillennialism: that Christ’s return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgement, a belief popularised in the popular Left Behind novels. However, premillennialism is not the only option for Christians. In this important new book, Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism; the belief that 1,000 years mentioned in the book of Revelation is symbolic with the emphasis being the King and his Kingdom.

About the Author:
Sam is the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the President of Enjoying God Ministries (www.samstorms.com). He and his wife Ann have been married for 41 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren.

Where to Buy:
Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative by Sam Storms 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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Monday Meditations: Flee To Christ

Monday Meditations

Flee to Christ
But Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.

Isaiah 45:17

When careless, ignorant and immoral persons are turned from their carnal pursuits and connections, to believe in and obey the Lord Jesus, to live soberly, righteously, and godly, the matter speaks for itself. The believers under the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah, and believers now wait for his second coming. He is yet to come. And God had raised him from the dead, which is a full assurance unto all men that he will come to judgment. He came to purchase salvation, and will, when he comes again, bring salvation with him, full and final deliverance from that wrath which is yet to come. Let all, without delay, flee from the wrath to come, and seek refuge in Christ and his salvation. And this is one of the peculiarities of our holy religion, to wait for Christ’s second coming, as those who believe he will come and hope he will come to our joy. The believers under the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah, and believers now wait for his second coming; he is yet to come. And there is good reason to believe he will come, because God has raised him from the dead, which is full assurance unto all men that he will come to judgment. And there is good reason to hope and wait for his coming, because he has delivered us from the wrath to come. He came to purchase salvation, and will, when he comes again, bring salvation with him, full and final deliverance from sin, and death, and hell, from that wrath which is yet to come upon unbelievers, and which, when it has once come, will be yet to come, because it is everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

[1 Thessalonians 1:6-10]

*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:

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Make the Most of Easter

Salvation By CrucifixionOver the next week or so we have an opportunity to give gifts to celebrate some pretty amazing words: redemption, forgiveness, salvation, the gospel, the resurrection! Don’t miss it! Take a look at the following books, they are perfect as Easter gifts and suitable for a variety of ages.

Adult Titles:

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E-books On Sale Through April 24th

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

14 Words From Jesus Sale Price: $2.99/£1.84

The Unexpected Jesus Sale Price: $3.99/£2.45

The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord Sale Price: $2.99/£1.84

From Glory to Golgotha Sale Price: $2.99/£1.84

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Happy Easter!

Praying that all of our readers have a blessed weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.

Happy Easter!

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New Release: The Greatest Fight in the World: The Final Manifesto by Charles Spurgeon

Greatest Fight in the WorldSpurgeon gave The Greatest Fight in the World almost as a last word to impart to his followers in the faith his belief in the armoury of Scripture, the armour of the church, and the strength that God gives us to fight. Be encouraged and empowered to take up your sword and join the fray of the Christian life. This powerful advice to Christians is a battle charge for living the faithful life whether in Spurgeon’s day or in ours.

Praise for The Greatest Fight in the World:

“Spurgeon in full flow, facing the critical issue of his day, is an impressive example of a heart burning with, and for, the glory of God.”
-Steve Timmis ~ Global Director of the Acts 29 Network

“It is a jeremiad overladen with a sense of having been defeated for the moment, bloodied, but finally unbowed, and confident that truth will rebound to take a firmer grasp on the people of God than ever.”
-Tom Nettles ~ Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“The clarity and power of the themes… were timely then, and they seem just as timely today.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

About the Author:
Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, left a legacy for modern times that made him known as the ‘Prince of Preachers.’

Other Spurgeon Titles:
Living By Revealed Truth The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom NettlesCharles Spurgeon Prince of Preachers by Christian GeorgeLectures to My Students by C. H. SpurgeonMorning and Evening by C. H. Spurgeon

Where to Buy:
The Greatest Fight in the World: The Final Manifesto by Charles Spurgeon 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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