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New in the Focus on the Bible Series: Joel & Obadiah by Iwan Rhys Jones

Joel & Obadiah: Disaster And Deliverance by Iwan Rhys JonesDisaster and Deliverance, these two words sum up something of the message of both Joel and Obadiah. In Joel, the prophet begins by announcing a disaster in terms of a locust invasion, which has affected Judah. This, however, is but the pretext for warning of an even greater disaster on the horizon for Judah. Nevertheless, the prophet holds out the prospect of deliverance. In the case of Obadiah, the focus is on Edom. Edom’s pride and longstanding hostility against the people of God has led her to be party to an attack upon them, and as a result, she is threatened with disaster. The people of God, meanwhile, are assured of better things at the hand of the LORD.

These two prophets and their message of disaster and deliverance will both challenge and reassure all who have ears to hear.

Praise for Joel & Obadiah:

“Writing in an accessible and succinct style, Jones introduces us to grand theological themes that run throughout the prophetic writing of Joel and Obadiah. His ear is attuned to the linguistic and literary features found in both books, and he explains them in a way that will benefit both the pastor and the layperson. As with many commentaries in this series, Jones’s treatment is fitting for both sermon preparation and small group Bible study.”
-John Scott Redd, Jr., President and Associate Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

“Sometimes it is difficult to understand the writings of the Old Testament, especially those writings that come from the minor prophets. It is sometimes even more difficult to see their relevance to people today. It is for this reason Rhys-Jones’ work on Joel and Obadiah is such a welcome contribution. It provides meaningful material for historical background and theological interpretation along with a clear message of the application and relevance of these prophets to the 21st century church.”
-T. J. Betts, Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

About the Author:
Iwan Rhys Jones is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at Wales Evangelical School of Theology in Bridgend, Wales. He is an elder at Freeschool Court Evangelical Church and he and his wife Julie have two grown-up children.

Additional Resources:

  • Table of Contents: PDF
  • Sample Pages: PDF
  • A full list of volumes in the Focus on the Bible commentary series is available at ChristianFocus.com.

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Joel & Obadiah: Disaster And Deliverance 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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The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon

The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon“Pastor Charles Spurgeon was a friend to those who physically and mentally suffered. He and his own dear wife, Susannah, suffered truly through years of physical and mental pains. In this light, Charles preached transparently about sorrows and their many kinds, including depression in all of its forms. He was no trite preacher. He spoke as one who had been there.

This collection of works from C. H. Spurgeon offers a healing taste of his powerful ministry on our sorrows. Among the many and silent shades of sorrow, the sorrowing have a Savior. There is hope for the broken-hearted.”

-From the introduction by Zack Eswine.

About Charles Spurgeon:
C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.

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  • Press Release: PDF
  • Table of Contents: PDF
  • Introduction: PDF

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Peter Mead Talks About the 4 Big Questions Christians Should Be Asking But Typically Don’t on In the Market with Janet Parshall

Peter Mead Janet Parshall Interview

Listen to a great interview with Peter Mead on In the Market with Janet Parshall. Their discussion focuses on the four big questions Christians should be asking, but typically don’t. Stream the interview here: MoodyRadio.org.

FoundationsAbout The Book:
You may never have thought much about these questions. But the fact is we all have a working version of the answers. Instead of speculating about who God is, Peter Mead invites us to begin with the claim that God has revealed Himself in Jesus. What kind of a God emerges from that claim? What kind of a vision for human beings and human flourishing? Christians have a word for it – ‘gospel’. It means ‘good news’. We think that what emerges is good news – THE good news.

Praise for Foundations:

“Many people build their lives on a weak foundation of sand. In Foundations, Peter Mead introduces you to the one concrete foundation poured deep enough to hold your life steady!”
Tony Reinke, Writer for Desiring God & author of Lit!

“The book of Acts tells of God’s plan for us to have relationship in the context of his grace. Foundations fills out this picture beautifully. Read and enjoy!”
-Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Peter Mead

Peter Mead

About The Author:
Peter Mead is director of Cor Deo, a mentored ministry training programme based in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum.

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