Monthly Archives: November 2015

Monday Meditations: Warnings – J.C. Ryle

Monday Meditations
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Luke 16:8

Do not draw from these verses lessons which they were never meant to teach.

The steward, whom our Lord describes, is not set before us as a pattern of morality. He is distinctly called the ‘unjust steward’. The Lord Jesus never meant to sanction dishonesty, and unfair dealing between man and man. This steward cheated his master, and broke the eighth commandment: his master was struck with his cunning and forethought, when he heard of it, and ‘commended’ him, as a shrewd and far-seeing man; but there is no proof that his master was pleased with his conduct. Above all, there is not a word to show that the man was praised by Christ. In short, in his treatment of his master the steward is a beacon to be avoided and not a pattern to be followed.

The caution now laid down is very necessary. Commercial dishonesty is unhappily very common in these latter days: fair dealing between man and man is increasingly rare: men do things in the way of business which will not stand the test of the Bible. In ‘making haste to be rich,’ thousands are continually committing actions which are not strictly innocent (Prov. 28:20).

Sharpness and smartness in bargaining, and buying and selling, and pushing trade, are often covering over things that ought not to be. The generation of ‘the unjust steward’ is still a very large one. Let us not forget this. Whenever we do to others what we would not like others to do to us, we may be sure, whatever the world may say, that we are wrong in the sight of Christ.

*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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Happy Thanksgiving!

The First Thanksgiving
We wanted to take a moment to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers. We pray that you have a wonderful time feasting and giving thanks with your friends and family today.

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Monday Meditations: The God of Hope – F. B. Meyer

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‘Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in Hope, in the power of the Holy Ghost’ (Rom. 15:13).

We all need to abound in Hope. Hope is the artist of the soul. Faith fills us with joy and peace, which brim over in Hope. When Faith brings from God’s word the materials of anticipation and expectation, Hope transfers the fair colors to her palette, and with a few deft dashes of her brush delineates the soul’s immortal and unfading hope. Faith thus excites Hope to her fairest work, until presently the walls of our soul become radiant with frescoes. Our faith rests on God’s word, and hope rests on faith, and such hope cannot be ashamed. It is the anchor of the soul, which enters that which is within the veil, and links us to the shores of eternity (Heb. 6:18, 19).

Faith rests on the promises of God. She does not calculate on feeling, is indifferent to emotion, but with both hands clings to some word of promise, and looking into God’s face, says: ‘ Thou canst not be unfaithful.’ W hen God has promised aught to thee, it is as certain as if thou hadst it in hand. Faith not only takes the word of God, and rests her weight on it, but often when hard-pressed goes beyond the Bible back to God himself, and argues that God is faithful and cannot deny himself. Because God is God, he must ever act worthily of himself.

It was thus that Moses argued when he was with him in the Holy Mount – to do thus, would not be worthy of thyself! (Num. 14:13-20). We may be assailed with a hundred questions of doubt in the day, but must no more notice them than a barking cur. A businessman once said that when he is convinced of the rightness of a certain course, he is sometimes assailed by doubts which arise like the cloud-mist of the valley, or the marsh gas from the swamp; but when thus tempted, he turns to the promises of God, often reading three or four chapters of the Old Testament. This brings him in touch with the eternal world, filling him with joy and peace and abounding hope in believing, through the power of the Holy Ghost. They shall not be ashamed that hope in him!

Prayer:
Make me, O Lord, to know the Hope of thy calling, the riches of the glory of thine inheritance in the saints, and the exceeding greatness of thy power toward them that believe. Above all, grant me the spirit of wisdom and rev- elation in the knowledge of thyself. Amen.

*Excerpted from Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer (Christian Heritage, 2010).

F. B. MeyerAbout F. B. Meyer:
On F. B. Meyer’s death in 1929 The Daily Telegraph called him ‘The Archbishop of the Free Churches’. The New York Observer noted that ‘He has an international fame and his services are constantly sought by churches over the wide and increasing empire of Christendom.’ To the secular press of his time he was a key player on the world scene. Meyer was the minister one of Britain’s first ‘megachurches’. He was friends with D. L. Moody and ministered on both sides of the Atlantic, mirroring in America what D. L. Moody was able to undertake in the U.K. He came from a conventional, middle class Victorian background and experienced no dramatic conversion. He was not a distinguished scholar or dramatic orator. His slight figure and retiring manner meant that he did not stand out in a crowd. Yet he drew crowds by the thousands, wrote books, which sold by the millions, and attracted working class people.The range of Meyer’s activities is astonishing: preacher, pastor, writer, social activist, free church leader, Baptist president, advocate for missionary work and more. In his last years, he declared, ‘If I had a hundred lives, they should be at Christ’s disposal.’ At times, it seemed as though he was living a hundred lives!

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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New Interview with Josh Moody on In the Market with Janet Parshall

How Church Can Change Your LifeEarlier this week, Josh Moody was a guest on In the Market with Janet Parshall, sharing about his recent book How Church Can Change Your Life. You can listen to the full interview here: LINK.

About The Book:
Google books on church, there will be no shortage of choice! Some will be helpful, others less so. So why another book on church? Josh Moody, is, in fact, asking a very different question: why should I go to church at all? Filled with practical advice, this book will help you answer questions you maybe should have known the answer to and other questions you never knew to ask!

Table of Content: PDF
Press Release:  PDF

Praise For How Church Can Change Your Life:

“… a powerful and needed reminder of the central role the local church should play in the life of every Christian.”
-R. Albert Mohler

“This book answers questions about the church that your friends are asking!… Read this book and be encouraged by his answers, and then pass it along to a friend who has considered church attendance to be optional.”
-Erwin Lutzer

Josh MoodyAbout The Author:
Josh Moody is Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. His books includeBurning Hearts, Journey to Joy, No Other Gospel, and The God-Centered Life. For more, visit www.GodCenteredLife.org.

Where to Buy:
How Church Can Change Your Life 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 November 25th

ebook sale November through Nov 25
Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through November 25, 2015.

Daniel Trusting the True Hero by Sean Michael Lucas Sale Price: $2.99/£1.99

Jonah: Navigating a God-centred by Life Colin S Smith Sale Price: $2.99/£1.99

 Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God by Liam Goligher Sale Price: $2.99/£1.99

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Off the Shelf: Don’t they make a Lovely Couple? by John and Ann Benton

Off the Shelf Feature

Only half of today’s marriages stick – why is that? Why is it that an institution that forms the basis of society is in crisis? And what can we do to improve things?

Looking to the Bible as our guide, John and Ann Benton with many years of experience in developing and running marriage orienting and enrichment seminars, provide a resource that will benefit all couples.

9781845500467Here are the 6 questions to ask yourselves if you are preparing for, or are already part of, a marriage.

1. WHAT? – The nature of your marriage

2. WHO? – The partners in your marriage

3. WHY? – The reasons for your marriage

4. HOW? – The practicalities of your marriage

5. WHEN? – The timing of your marriage

6. WHERE? – The purpose of your marriage

This book won’t make you feel guilty and suggest impossible solutions (we’ve all read THOSE sort of books before!). It’ll make you realise what you can do and suggest a plan to implement it.

Is your marriage important? – Show that it is! There are also 2 helpful appendices:

1. Pre-marriage Studies

2. Why not? – Sexual temptation in the workplace


About John and Ann Benton

John and Ann Benton have developed and run practical Marriage orienting and enrichment seminars to the benefit of numerous couples (and couples to be). John is a church minister, author and magazine editor, Ann is also the author of the best-selling Aren’t they lovely when they are Asleep? – an introductory book on parenting.


Where to Buy:
Don’t they make a Lovely Couple? 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 Philip G. Ryken: Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes

Why Everything MattersEcclesiastes is for people who have their doubts about God, but can’t stop thinking about him. The author of Ecclesiastes had his doubts, too, and these have enabled him to speak to skeptics as well as believers down through the centuries.

Ecclesiastes is a book rich in literary artistry and multi-layered depths of spiritual meaning. Philip G. Ryken explores this wonderful Old Testament book, and reminds us again of the need to trust God with the questions, even when we do not have all the answers.

Praise for Why Everything Matters:

“… Why Everything Matters is a remarkable read that will inform and elevate every heart with essential wisdom for living a life that matters.”
-R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Philip Ryken has provided another crisp, lively and faithful exposition that will serve both Bible reader and Bible teacher alike. This book will be a great help in opening up the wonderful and unique world of Ecclesiastes. Highly recommended.”
-Sam Allberry, Assistant Pastor, St Marys, Maidenhead and Author of Is God Anti-Gay?

Philip RykenAbout the Author:
Philip G. Ryken became President of Wheaton College in July 2010. Prior to that he was Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific author and a member of the council of The Gospel Coalition.

Additional Resources:

  • PR Kit: PDF
  • Table of Contents: PDF
  • Sample Chapter: PDF

Where to Buy:
Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes 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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Come Visit Us at ETS in Atlanta

If you’re heading to the 67th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, be sure to pay a visit to the Christian Focus Publications booth. Here are a few of our recent titles that you’ll definitely want to pick up at the conference.

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Monday Meditations: To All Eternity – Matthew Henry

Monday Meditations
“I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 146:2

If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious prospect be- fore us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being in honor, did not abide. God has given the earth to the children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet, after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him? Let us take a view of the character here given of those whom God will uphold. Those shall have God for their help who take him for their God, and serve and worship him accordingly, who have their hope in him, and live a life of dependence upon him, who have good thoughts of him, and encourage themselves in him, when all other supports fail. Every believer may look upon him as the God of Jacob, of the church in general, and therefore may expect relief from him, in reference to public distresses, and as his God in particular and therefore may depend upon him in all personal wants and straits.

*Excerpted from Matthew Henry Daily Readings (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Matthew HenryAbout Matthew Henry:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. He was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.

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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New from Plummer & Haste: Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past

Held in HonorAre you ever disappointed in your spouse? Do you fight? Do you disagree about money, sex, or in-laws? What if the very struggles you are facing were addressed by thoughtful Christians hundreds of years ago?

In Held in Honor, you will find 50 devotional reflections on marriage carefully selected from 2,000 years of church history. Alongside each inspiring historical quote is a brief introduction to the person quoted and an accompanying biblical reflection.

You are not alone in your marriage. The Lord has provided encouragement, correction, and hope in his Word. Held in Honor aims to strengthen you by pointing you to the promises of God’s Word and by showing you how past generations have applied this life-giving message to their own marriages.

Praise for Held in Honor:

“… a wonderful resource for Christians as they seek to live out their marriages in a way that glorifies God and exalts the Gospel.”
-R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“… Theologically informative and instructive and yet devotional in approach, it makes a fine contribution to contemporary Christian reflection on a most important institution.”
-Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“As a woman engaged to be married for the first time (in my mid-50s), who loves classic Christian writings and devotional literature, I have found this book to be a treasure trove. A sweet and timely source of wisdom as I seek to honor Christ in a new season and station of life.”
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan

About the Authors:

Robert L. Plummer is professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and serves as an elder at Sojourn Community Church.

Matthew D. Haste is Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry, Columbia, South Carolina.

Additional Resources:

  • PR Kit: PDF
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  • Sample Pages: PDF

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Where to Buy:
Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past 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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