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Answered Prayers

 

In this wonderful video, the late Helen Roseveare, affectionately known as Mama Luka, shares a story about a time when God provided just what was needed, even when she didn’t believe he could.

To read about this story, and lots more, try ‘On His Majesty’s Service’, written by Irene Howat and part of our Trail Blazers series.

Or try ‘Digging Ditches: The Latest Chapter of An Inspirational Life’, one of several books written by Helen Roseveare herself.

 

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Creation Sings with Carine Mackenzie

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  • Learn about the Creation story
  • Hear how God speaks to us
  • Beautiful colour illustrations throughout
  • For 8-12 Year Olds

Listen as the heavens declare the glory of God. Watch as the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) And Learn from the one true God, as his work shows you who he is and what he is like. Powerful, Creative, Just, Merciful. Creation sings about him! God’s work declares God’s truth! In Creation Sings, see how each day of Creation links in to Old and New Testament stories that teach us more about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – the Creator.

Inside Creation Sings

About the Author: 

Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. Carine’s 150th book 365 Great Bible Stories was released in July 2011. She has sales of several million books and lives in Inverness, Scotland.

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Creation Sings: How God’s Work Declares God’s Truth 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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Christmas with CF4K

Our children’s imprint, CF4K, provides a range of resources which are ideal for sharing the wonders of Christmas with your kids. Here is just a selection, perfect as presents, gifts or as a resource for leaders :


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It’s the countdown to Christmas. There are 25 days to go until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In this book there are puzzles and codes, activities and crafts to help you remember the real reason for Christmas – the fact that God sent his Son to the world so that people could become God’s friends once more.

Look out for the full colour pull out advent calendar! Something you can use each day as you go through the book and as you count the days until the big day itself.


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What parent, Sunday School teacher or Pastor would not want a Christ-centered, Biblically faithful and understandable story written for children that is also well illustrated and well written? Now we have one which will not only benefit our children but will be loved and devoured by the adults who read it to them.

Harry L. Reeder, Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama


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“I remember your first Christmas. We said, ‘You’re here at last. We had waited for you for sooo long. On the very first Christmas another baby was born. The world had been waiting for Jesus, God’s Son, for many years.”

A family revisits Christmases gone by while also remembering the very Christmas and the child that God sent to save the world. Make your own memories by reading this book with a child.


Where to Buy:

Our Christmas selection 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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Reformation Day – The Trailblazers Series

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October 31st is an important day for lots of people, where candy and all things scary are the focus. But this date should be remembered by Christians for a much more significant event – Reformation Day. On the 31st October, 1517, Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the door, provoked a debate that culminated in what we now call the Reformation.

The Trailblazers series, aimed at teens and tweens, features a number of Christian figures who were to play a significant role in this historic period in history. These inspiring biographies are perfect introductions to young and old alike to these vital characters.

“An excellent series, great reading for kids and adults alike.”

Tim Challies, Blogger at www.challies.com

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Books in the ever growing Trailblazers series are 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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Ulrich Zwingli – The Shepherd Warrior

Our guest post for today comes from William Boekestein, author of one of our latest titles in the popular CF4K Trailblazers series. The Trailblazers series, geared for tweens through to teens, feature some of the great Christian men and women from across history in these exciting biographies. 

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In front of me sat a few dozen prisoners including men who were serving life sentences for murder. One of the men in the room was in his seventies. Others were in their twenties. The men had lived hard lives. They had caused deep pain and experienced crushing disappointment.

From a homemade lectern in the front of the room I began to read—a story for children ages 8-14—about a man who lived and died 500 years ago.

Perhaps most of us in that prison room had misgivings when I started to story-tell. But as the chapter came to life the men seemed to lean into the story. Some fought back tears. Others seemed engrossed in thought.

These convicted men grasped that the hero “had the sentence of death” in himself (2 Cor. 1:9). He was heading for war. He had already said tearful goodbyes to his wife and small children. He steeled himself to use courageously what was left of his time on earth. His story touched theirs.

In the end, the protagonist struggled to stay alive amidst “blasting muskets, groaning men, screaming horses, mud-slurping boots tromping through the marsh, pain [and] loss of blood.” After echoing Jesus’ words, “They can kill the body, but not the soul,” he slumped over dead.

The story was over.

I closed the session in prayer, but only after a protracted pause. The only sound came from a few whirring box fans swirling the heavy heat around the room. Perhaps the pause should have been longer. Stories can be like Paul Simon’s visions that are planted in our brains and linger in the sound of silence.

But the story wasn’t really over. William Faulkner said, “The past is never deadIt’s not even past.” Whenever we hear a good story it mingles with our present experience. As the reader revives the story, the story revives the reader. It was for this reason that, when invited to speak to this group of several-dozen convicts, I chose to read a chapter from a juvenile biography. I chose this story because I wrote it. Maybe it is better say, it was a story that I was privileged to put my name on after it came alive to me. It had become a story that I wanted to see reborn into the imaginations of a group of men that needed a story.

The listeners were students in a reformed Bible seminary that holds classes within their penitentiary. While serving long sentences they are trying to live for Jesus and serve as restoring instruments in the hands of their heavenly Father. I was invited to speak to them about the life of reformer Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531). For the first half of the class—before closing with the story—I lectured. I told them facts, hopefully meaningful facts.

As a child, Ulrich Zwingli worked hard to sharpen his mind and fuel his imagination. As a young pastor, he labored tirelessly to promote biblical change in the churches of Switzerland, his beloved homeland. In the pulpit, he opened God’s word, showing Christ’s beauty to everyone who had ears to hear. As a churchman, Zwingli strove to strengthen the ties between reform-minded people, including Martin Luther. In the home, he fervently loved his wife and children. In broader Swiss society, he was both wildly popular and passionately hated. In Zwingli’s world people of unlike faith could not conceive of coexisting peacefully. Switzerland became divided, Catholics against Protestants. By the 1530s, Zwingli’s State of Zurich had become largely isolated from the rest of the mostly Catholic confederacy. In 1531, a sort of cold war flared into a heated civil conflict. Serving as a citizen-chaplain, Zwingli was killed on October 11.

These facts are important. But when facts are woven into a story they stop merely telling and begin showing. They help us feel and dream. They can bolster courage and strengthen hope. Stories can remind us that the strands of our lives are woven into a far grander tapestry than we sometimes realize.

Prisoners serving life sentences need facts. They need to be able to live and die standing on the granite-like facts of Jesus’ death and resurrection. But even these pivotal facts are told in a story, the greatest story. All redemptive stories are tributaries that swirl us into the roaring river of God’s grand plot.

Prisoners need stories. So do you. Maybe you need this one.

William Boekestein pastors Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His most recent book is Shepherd Warrior, a lively retelling of the life of Ulrich Zwingli.

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Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior by William Boekestein 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 – May 2016

Here are all of our May 2016 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

The Grand Design Your Days are Numbered Presbytopia

A Heart Set Free Why Jesus? God-Is He Out There?

Christian Heritage:

Checque Book of the Bank of Faith Journal

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

My 1st Books and More Big Bible Science

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New From Carine MacKenzie: The Promise: How God Told the World about Jesus

The Promise by Carine MackenzieAt the beginning of time a promise was made by God. He promised to save from sin by sending his Son, the Saviour. One after the other people heard the message and told the world about God’s plan to send a Saviour, God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The promise that was made in the Garden of Eden came true in the Garden tomb, when the Saviour who was sacrificed, crushed death and came back to life.

All through history God had told the world that this would happen – and it did!

The promise was kept.

About Carine Mackenzie:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. Carine’s 150th book 365 Great Bible Stories was released in July 2011. She has sales of several million books and lives in Inverness, Scotland.

For a full list of books by Carine Mackenzie, visit ChristianFocus.com.

Where to Buy:
The Promise: How God Told the World about Jesus  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 Danika Cooley: Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth

Wonderfully Made by Danika CooleyDanika Cooley’s new book Wonderfully Made is an excellent way to introduce a young child to the wonder of God’s creation – the wonder and miracle of birth. From conception in the womb through the nine months within the mother’s womb, Danika takes us on a journey of discovery… the discovery of life.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13



Additional Resources:

  • Press Release: PDF
  • Sample Pages: PDF

Danika CooleyAbout the Author:
Danika Cooley is a married mother of four, a grandmother, a blogger, a curriculum developer, and a writer. Danika’s three year Scripture survey for preschool to high school, Bible Road Trip, is used across the globe. You can connect with Danika and find great resources for discipling your children at ThinkingKidsBlog.org.

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US New Releases – March 2016

Here are all of our March 2016 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

John: Jesus Christ is God by William F. Cook A Great Blessing to Me by Grant Gordon Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer
A Clearning of the Mists by Martin C. Haworth

Christian Heritage:

Living with the Living God The Experience that Counts by Jonathan Edwards Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

The Promise by Carine Mackenzie Wonderfully Made by Danika Cooley

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US New Releases – January 2016

Here are all of our January 2016 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

Theodore Beza: The Man and the Myth by Shawn D. Wright Joel & Obadiah: Disaster And Deliverance by Iwan Rhys Jones Speaking in Public Effectively: How to prepare, How to present, How to progress by Richard Bewes

Renewing Broken Lives: Even More Miracles from Mayhem by May Nicholson & Irene Howat    Whispers of Hope: Finding Perspective Post Adoption by Twila Miles

Christian Heritage:

full size image The Person of Christ: Declaring a Glorious Mystery—God and Man by John Owen Delighting in the Sunlit Uplands of Grace: Spurgeon on Joy by C. H. Spurgeon The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

D.L. Moody: One Devoted Man by Nancy Drummond Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by K C Murdarasi

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