Monthly Archives: January 2015

David Robertson Discusses The Real Heaven and Hell on In the Market with Janet Parshall

David Robertson

David Robertson

Listen to an interview with Christian Focus author David Robertson on In the Market Janet Parshall discussing the biblical facts about what heaven and hell are really like. You can stream the interview here:  LINK.

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.

 

Books by David Robertson:
Magnificent Obsession by David Robertson The Dawkins Letters, Revised Edition by David Robertson  Awakening: The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne by David Robertson

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New From Zack Eswine: Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack EswineChristians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.’

Praise for Spurgeon’s Sorrows:

“…Spurgeon from early years to final days found dark distress ever hovering on the edges of his mind and sometimes launching an all out assault on his very being. How he managed all this, by the grace of God, both for himself and for others, drives both the gripping content and the riveting literary style of Zack Eswine in Spurgeon’s Sorrows.”
-Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.”
-David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling

Zack EswineAbout Zack Eswine:
Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church, St Louis, Missouri. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary, St Louis. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter.

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Where to Buy:
Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression 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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UK New Releases – January 2015

Here are all of our January 2015 UK new releases at a glance. These titles are currently available in the UK and will be available in the United States in March 2015. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith  full size image Tough Topics 2: Biblical answers to 25 challenging questions by Sam Storms Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan
A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton

Mentor:

Philippians: A Mentor Commentary by Matthew Harmon

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

Children's Stories By J.C. Ryle The Easter Story: The Bible Version by Carine MacKenzie The Bible Is God's Word by Catherine MacKenzie

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Monday Meditations: I sought him, but I found him not – Spurgeon

Monday Meditations Spurgeon

‘I sought him, but I found him not’
Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, ‘Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there’. So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, ‘O that I knew where I might find Him!’ Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest – not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek Him, and He will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover Him to thy joy and gladness.

*Excerpted from Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Where to Buy:
Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. 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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New From Bruce McLennan – Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God

Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God by Bruce McLennanMary Slessor was no ordinary woman, indeed she was no ordinary missionary. Brought up in Dundee, one of eleven children, Mary was called to mission. Setting sail for West Africa on the 5th August 1876, Mary arrived one month later. Bruce McLennan examines this remarkable story of a woman who shared the Gospel, stood up against inequality and impacted all areas of life in Calabar with boldness and conviction. McLennan also considers the debt owed to the work of previous missionaries who had established the work and looks at the legacy of Slessor after her death.

Praise for Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God:

“What a story and what a woman of God. Mary Slessor was a hero of the faith indeed – worthy to be ranked with those mentioned in the latter part of Hebrews chapter 11. This book is a good summary of her life and mission service with an incisive assessment of her character, ministry and impact on both Calabar and Scotland. She broke the accepted norms of 19C mission in her identification with the people, commitment and willingness to suffer for the gospel – and with what remarkable results.”
-Patrick Johnstone, WEC International Regional Director for Europe & Author Emeritus, Operation World

“Every generation of Christians needs to go back in history to study the lives of some of the towering figures that bore the brunt of pushing back the domains of darkness in order for Christianity to be where it is today. For those of us in Africa, one such pioneer missionary worth learning about is Mary Slessor, who laboured with others to establish the Christian faith in southern Nigeria. This biography not only tells us what she accomplished but also analyses why her labours had such a deep impact. We do well to learn from her example!”
-Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

About the Author:
Bruce McLennan holds degrees from Edinburgh University, the University of Guelph, Ontaria, the University of Aberdeen and Dundee University. Specializing in Church History, particularly the Reformation in the North-east of Scotland he has contributed to a number of journal articles and has spent most of his career in secondary education in England, Scotland and Western Australia.

Where to Buy:
Marry Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God 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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Ebooks On Sale Through January 17th

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through January 17, 2015.

Practical Prayer by Derek Prime Sale Price: $2.99/£1.95

Why I am not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief by David J Randall Sale Price: $3.99/£2.60

 Timeless Stories: God's Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians by Vance Christie Sale Price: $3.99/£2.60

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Monday Meditations: Baptism – Mark 1:11

Monday Meditations

BAPTISM

“And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11

The voice from heaven which was heard at our Lord’s baptism.

We read, ‘there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.

That voice was the voice of God the Father. It declared the wondrous and ineffable love which has existed between the Father and the Son from all eternity. ‘The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand’ (John 3:35). It proclaimed the Father’s full and complete approbation of Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost. It announced the Father’s acceptance of the Son as the Mediator, Substitute and Surety of the new covenant.

There is a rich mine of comfort in these words, for all Christ’s believing members. In themselves, and in their own doings, they see nothing to please God. They are daily sensible of weakness, shortcoming and imperfection in all their ways. But let them recollect that the Father regards them as members of His beloved Son Jesus Christ. He sees no spot in them (Cant. 4:7).

He beholds them as ‘in Christ’, clothed in His righteousness, and invested with His merit. They are ‘accepted in the Beloved’, and when the holy eye of God looks at them, He is ‘well pleased’.

That voice was the voice of God the Father. It declared the wondrous and ineffable love which has existed between the Father and the Son from all eternity. ‘The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand’ (John 3:35). It proclaimed the Father’s full and complete approbation of Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost. It announced the Father’s acceptance of the Son as Mediator, Substitute and Surety of the new covenant.

*Excerpted from Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle (Christian Heritage, 2011).

J.C. RyleAbout J.C. Ryle:
J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He was one of the most authoritative churchmen of his time and his writings have been in constant demand throughout the last hundred years. His popularity was due to his clear and simple style, his longevity due to his being a profound thinker and compassionate pastor.

Where to Buy:
Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle 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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US New Releases – January 2015

Here are all of our January 2015 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

John Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God by Bruce McLennan
And Some Evangelists: Growing Your Church Through Discovering and Developing Evangelists by Roger Carswell

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn't Stop Writing by Sarah Allen Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains by Lucille Travis Lottie Moon: Changing China for Christ by Nancy Drummond
Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Christian George John Calvin: After Darkness Light by Catherine MacKenzie Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories by Irene Howat
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: From Wales to Westminster by Christopher Catherwood  Hudson Taylor: An Adventure Begins by Catherine MacKenzie

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