On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. While many of us are familiar with this story, I’m willing to bet most of us haven’t taken the time to read what concerns and objections Luther was raising. You can read Luther’s 95 theses here: LINK.
If reading the 95 theses piques your interest in Martin Luther, you may want to dig deeper into his life with one of the books shown below:
Rebecca Davis was in studio this week with Kevin Boling to discuss the Hidden Heroes Missionary series published by Christian Focus for Kids. The interview is available to stream or download here: LINK.
Books in the Hidden Heroes series:
About Rebecca Davis:
Rebecca Davis lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she loves to research and write true stories for children and their families about God’s great work all over the world. In schools and churches she presents dramatic storytelling events based on the books she has written. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.
Join us in wishing a very special happy birthday to Christian Focus 4 Kids author Carine Mackenzie!
Deliverance of the Church
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…
God suffers the enemies of his people sometimes to prevail very far against them, that his power may be seen the more in their deliverance. Happy the people whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan. God is the Author of all our deliverances, and he must have the glory. The enemies lay snares for God’s people, to bring them into sin and trouble, and to hold them there. Sometimes they seem to prevail; but in the Lord let us put our trust, and we shall not be put to confusion. God’s people are taken in the snare, and are as unable to help themselves out as any weak and silly bird is; and then is God’s time to appear for their relief, when all other friends fail; then God breaks the snare, and turns the counsel of the enemies into foolishness. The believer will ascribe all the honor of his salvation, to the power, mercy, and truth of God, and look back with wonder and thanksgiving on the way in which the Lord has led him. Let us rejoice that our help for the time to come is in him who made heaven and earth. It is a comfort to all that lay the interests of God’s Israel near their hearts that Israel’s God is the same that made the world, and therefore will have a church in the world, and can secure that church in times of the greatest danger and distress. In him therefore let the church’s friends put their confidence, and they shall not be put to confusion.
*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:
This week’s highlights are below:
Graham Veale Interviewed on the Deeper Waters Podcast – Graham Veale recently appeared as a guest on the Deeper Waters podcast. The interview covers the historical Jesus, the design argument, fideism, the meaning of faith, evangelical preaching, evolution, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Blind Watchmakers, 747 Gambits and more. The interview is available to stream or download at saintsandsceptics.org.
Chris Sinkinson interviewed on the Author Talks Wish Shaun Tabatt Podcast – Chris Sinkinson was recently interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt podcast about his book Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics. The talk about Backchat begins at 12:49. The interview is available to stream or download at BibleGeekGoneWild.com.
Danika Cooley reviews When God Says It – He Does It – Earlier this week Danika Cooley shared her thoughts on When God Says It – He Does It by Carine Mackenzie. Here’s a bit of what Danika had to say in her review:
“When God Says It – He Does It is recommended for ages 5-11… This book is a great visual way for kids to connect the dots in Scripture. I think it’s a wonderful way for them to really grasp the amazing truths revealed in God’s Word.”
Read Danika’s full review at ThinkingKids.WordPress.org.
E-book Sale – Take advantage of our current selection of e-books on sale through October 23rd. See the list of sale e-books here: LINK.
The following e-books are on sale through October 23rd:
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Graham recently appeared as a guest on the Deeper Waters podcast. The interview covers the historical Jesus, the design argument, fideism, the meaning of faith, evangelical preaching, evolution, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Blind Watchmakers, 747 Gambits and more. The interview is available to stream or download at www.saintsandsceptics.org.
About the Book:
This summary of the arguments that dominate the current scene of thought unravels the philosophies behind modern popular and academic culture. Veale, a high school teacher, uses these arguments to motivate readers to stop and to think about their own direction and purpose, and ultimately, through consideration of the crucial questions, to find the vital answers.
About the Author:
Graham Veale is the head of the Religious Education department at the City of Armagh High School, Armagh, Northern Ireland and co-founded saintsandsceptics.org, a web ministry for apologetics. Graham has been married to Nicola for fifteen years and they have two children, Ben and Rebekah. They worship at Richhill Presbyterian Church in County Armagh.
Where to Buy:
New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham Veale 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 Bent of Affection
“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.” -Psalm 107:19
The poor woman prayed with good will, with a bent of affection. Why is crying used in praying? Had it not been more modesty to speak to this soul-redeeming Savior, who hears sometimes before we pray, than to cry out and shout? for the disciples do after complain, that “she crieth so after them.” Was Christ so difficult to be entreated? The reasons of crying are: want cannot blush. The pinching necessity of the saints is not tied to the law of mod- esty. Hunger cannot be ashamed. “I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise” (Ps. 55:2); and Hezekiah, “Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter; I did mourn as a dove” (Isa. 38:14). “I went mourning without the sun; I stood up, and I cried in the congregation” (Job 30:28). Second, though God hear prayer, only as prayer offered in Christ, not, because very fervent; yet fervor is a heavenly ingredient in prayer. An arrow drawn with full strength has a speedier issue; therefore, the prayers of the saints are expressed by crying in Scripture. “O my God, I cry by day, and thou hearest not.” (Ps. 22:2); “At noon will I pray, and cry aloud” (Ps. 55:17); “In my distress I cried to the Lord” (Ps. 18:6); “Unto thee have I cried, O Lord” (Ps. 88:13); “Out of the depths have I cried” (Ps. 130:1)…There is violence offered to God in fervent prayer. Moses is answered, when he is wres- tling with God by prayer for the people, “Now, therefore, let me alone, that my anger may wax hot against them” (Exod. 32:10). “Let me alone,” is a word of putting violent hands on any.
*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).
Where to Buy:
Daily Readings – The Puritans by Randall 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: