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Monday Meditations: Love Triumphant over Death

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Love Triumphant over Death

It was not possible, said St Peter, that our Lord should be holden of death (Acts 2:24). It behoved Christ to suffer; but all the bitter waters of suffering could not quench his love. He was the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, every man, even those who pierced him, is included in his great love.

Christ died, not only to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, but to rob death of its terrors, and deprive it of its sting. In death our Lord Jesus destroyed both the Devil and his power; the prince of this world has been judged and cast out of the seat of power (Heb. 2:14, 15; John 12: 31; 16:11).

Let us not be afraid of the mystery of death. Christ has shown us that it is the gateway into another life. There is the same spirit, but a different environment. It is a condi- tion of existence in which the same voices are heard; the same human fellowship persists. During the forty days in which Jesus tarried on our earth after his Resurrection, he solved many of the problems of life after death, and illuminated its mystery. To die is to be with him, and to be welcomed into the great company of loving spirits (2 Pet. 1:11).

Let us not fear the loneliness of death. The soul passing through the dark valley becomes aware of Another by its side – ‘Thou art with me’. Death cannot separate us, even for a moment, from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus died alone; he felt forsaken; but none of us need pass through that terrible experience, for he has said, ‘I will come again, and receive you unto myself.’

We need not fear what comes after death. The curse and penalty of sin have been put away for ever. ‘Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again.’ That which others call death, we dread no more than sleep. Our bodies lie down exhausted with our long working-day, to awake in the fresh energy of the Eternal Morning, while our spirit is presented before the Presence of his Glory, faultless, and with exceeding joy (Jude 24).

Prayer:
O God, may we so trust thee this day, that, when the day is done, our trust shall be firmer than ever. Then, when our last day comes, and our work is done, may we trust thee in death and forever, in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 – June 27, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Thanks to all of you who stopped by and visited with us at the 2014 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta this past week. Here are a couple of photos from our booth:

Danika Cooley reviews Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart – Many thanks to Danika Cooley for reviewing another volume in our Trailblazers series. Here’s an excerpt from her review:

“Irene Howat’s Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart (Christian Focus Publications, 2014) is a wonderful story of the life of Robert Moffat and his wife Mary, written for 8-14 year olds. He certainly was brave, facing dangers and challenges that would dissuade most people right away.”

Read Danika’s full review at thinkingkidsblog.org.

June E-book Sale – Don’t miss out on our June eBook deals. Sale prices good through 6/30/2014.

The following e-books are on sale through May 30th:

1-2-1 Discipleship   Sale Price: $2.99/£1.81

Created to Praise   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.42

Warfare Witness   Sale Price: $3.99/£2.42

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 20, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

William Edgar on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – William Edgar discusses his book A Transforming Vision: The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life with radio host Kevin Boling. Listen here: LINK.

David Robertson on In the Market with Janet Parshall – David Robertson makes a third appearance on In the Market with Janet Parshall to talk about his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. Listen here:  LINK.

Basil of Caesarea Blog Tour – Last week the Cross Focused Reviewers reviewed Basil of Caesarea: His Life & Impact by Marvin Jones. Here are a few highlights from the tour:

Many of the resources on Basil the Great and the Cappodocian Fathers may not be easily accessible due to archaic language and outdated translations. Marvin Jones cuts through all these barriers by giving us an updated retelling of the story of the life and impact of this man of God, and reminds us once again that if we want to learn, one of the best ways is via history
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

I was stunned to come to know that we (yep, I am throwing you under the bus with me) knew so little about someone who played such a pivotal role at such a crucial point in church history.  But fret you not, this newest volume in the Early Church Fathers Series is set to rectify this massive injustice!  And it does a fine job.
Reviewer: Josh Skinner (joshrskinner.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Read all the reviews from the tour here: LINK.

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Early Church Fathers Giveaway Winners

Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to enter our June book giveaway for a chance two win the first two volumes from our brand new Early Church Fathers series. The winners are:

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Hear William Edgar Live on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – 6/19/2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

A Transforming VisionChristian Focus author William Edgar will be interviewed live Thursday June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss his book A Transforming Vision: The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life. You can tune in to the live broadcast at knowingthetruth.org.

Listen to the archive of this interview here: LINK.

About the Book:
We can be in danger of no longer really understanding the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer simply because it is heard and spoken so often. Edgar illustrates the depth of the prayer as he shows it in the original context, and shows what that means for us in our context today and in the future. The Lord’s Prayer defines our faith and defines the Biblical worldview.

About the Author:
William Edgar is Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and an accomplished jazz pianist. He is married to Barbara and they have two children, William and Deborah.

Where to Buy:
A Transforming Vision: The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life by William Edgar 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 In the Market with Janet Parshall

David Robertson

David Robertson

Christian Focus author David Robertson was recently interviewed on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can stream the archive of this interview here:  LINK

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 – Cleave to God

Monday Meditations

Cleave to God
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

1 John 5:20

True believers belong to God: they are of God, and from him, and to him, and for him; while the rest, by far the greater number, are in the power of the wicked one; they do his works, and support his cause. This general declaration includes all unbelievers, whatever their profession, station, or situation, or by whatever name they may be called. The Son leads believers to the Father, and they are in the love and favor of both; in union with both, by the indwelling and working of the Holy Spirit. Happy are those to whom it is given to know that the Son of God is come, and to have a heart to trust in and rely on him that is true! … Your God is an incomprehensible Spirit, and is disgraced by such sordid representations. Hold no communion with your heathen neighbors in their idolatrous worship. Your God is jealous, and would have you come out, and be separated from among them; mortify the flesh, and be crucified to the world, that they may not usurp the throne of dominion in the heart, which is due only to God. The God whom you have known is he who made you, who redeemed you by his Son, who has sent his gospel to you, who has pardoned your sins, begotten you unto himself by his Spirit, and given you eternal life. Cleave to him in faith, and love, and constant obedience, in opposition to all things that would alienate your mind and heart from God.

*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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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 13, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

David Robertson reviews Equipped to Serve – Many thanks to David Robertson for his recent review of Equipped to Serve by Richard Bewes. Here’s a bit of what David had to say in his review:

“I hope that everyone in my church gets this book – it would make an ideal training book for small groups.”

Read the full review at theweeflea.wordpress.com.

Enter our June Book Giveaway – Don’t miss out on a chance to win the first two volumes in our new Early Church Fathers series. Submit your entries here:  LINK.

Danika Cooley reviews Augustine: The Truth Seeker – Danika Cooley is a long-time fan of Christian Focus 4 Kids. We were especially encouraged by what she had to say in her recent review:

“I love Christian Focus’ Trail Blazers series (and their Torch Bearers series on Christian martyrs). Currently, the Trail Blazers series has 39 books! That’s enough to keep your middle grade child reading great, God-honoring, character-growing material for a long time.”

Read Danika’s full review at thinkingkidsblog.org.

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New From Alasdair Paine – The First Chapters of Everything

The First Chapters of Everything by Alasdair PaineDespite its enormous significance, it is hard to hear the message of Genesis 1– 4 today. These chapters are widely dismissed as an ancient ‘myth’, a primitive account of origins long since displaced by scientific research. Within some churches, arguments about how to read the book (what are the ‘days’ of chapter 1, etc.?) have become so heated that we end up avoiding it. The result is the silencing of one of the most important messages of all time. This book is written out of a longing to make that message known.

For those seeking to work out the relationship between Genesis and science, I hope that this book, while not giving the answers, will at least give a steer as to what the Biblical text is about.

*Adapted from the preface to The First Chapters of Everything.

Praise for The First Chapters of Everything:

“Deceptively clear and digestible style… He is preoccupied with ‘What is God saying to us here?’ and refuses to allow the elephant of secondary issues to stand between us and the Genesis text (though he provides additional notes for the curious). Here is a book I found refreshing my spirit, stimulating my mind, and nourishing my soul.”
Dale Ralph Davis ~ Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“There is no better brief introduction to [Gen. 1-4] than this. Alasdair Paine helpfully engages with the complex questions of interpretation but never gets bogged down… The focus throughout is God’s contemporary message to us through these chapters, which is presented with great clarity and powerful application.”
-Vaughan Roberts ~ Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford and Director of Proclamation Trust

About the Author:
Alasdair Paine is Vicar of St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge and a trustee of Keswick Ministries.

Where to Buy:
The First Chapters of Everything by Alasdair Paine 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 2 volumes from the Early Church Fathers series!

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For our June book giveaway, we’re featuring the first two volumes in our brand new Early Church Fathers series. The focus of this series is to highlight the magnificent impact that these fathers of the early church made for our world today.

About Basil of Caesarea:
Basil of Caesarea was a Greek Bishop in what is now Turkey. A thoughtful theologian, he was instrumental in the formation of the Nicene Creed. He fought a growing heresy, Arianism, that had found converts, including those in high positions of state. In the face of such a threat he showed courage, wisdom and complete confidence in God that we would do well to emulate today.

About Patrick of Ireland:
Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick’s faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin’s masterful biography of Patrick’s life and faith will show you how you can follow God’s call in your life.

Later volumes in the series will include:

  • Irenaeus of Lyons (d. c.202)
  • Tertullian (fl.190-215)
  • Athanasius (c.297-373)
  • Hilary of Poitiers (c.315-367/8)
  • John Chrysostom (c.347-407)
  • Augustine (c.354-430)
  • Cyril of Alexandria (c.376)

*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:
*Winners from the continental United States and the United Kingdom will be awarded a paperback copy of each book. Winners outside of the US and the UK will be awarded an e-book (.mobi or .epub) copy of each book.

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