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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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Where to Buy:

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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Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) A Tribute

Christian Focus Publications would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our dear Helen Roseveare, who passed away this morning. She dedicated her life to serving others even in the deep trials of life. She pioneered vital medical work in the rainforests of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and was an internationally respected speaker with WEC ministries. We are thankful at Christian Focus for Helen’s ministry through the books we have been blessed to publish. She spent her life in service for the Lord and today she is with Him, worshipping Him, in heaven.

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Catherine Mackenzie, Children’s Editor at Christian Focus, shares the impact Helen Roseveare had on her life.

This morning a good friend and encourager Helen Roseveare passed away, she had been longing to go home to be with Christ. Now this has happened we who remain look back at her life and rejoice in the work that the Lord gave her and in the witness she gave to his worthiness.

It was eleven years ago that I met Helen Roseveare for the first time. She had not long celebrated her eightieth birthday. I’d read her books and knew her story and somehow or other I had been invited to stay with her in Belfast. It was great to actually meet one of my heroines. She was not only encouraging, she was challenging. It was an environment – all be it just for a weekend – where I felt safe to be honest with her and Pat, her friend, about the challenges and struggles of my own little life. Even though she had been through so much herself (if you don’t know what I mean then read her books) my problems didn’t feel too insignificant to share. And the words she gave me before I left on the flight from Belfast to Inverness were straight forward – just telling me to keep on going. And I’m thankful to her and to God that I have through His strength.

After that she came over to my congregation to do a conference. It was there that she gave, as part of her message, four little words that I believe were the backbone to her life and reinforced, for me, the message of her books, the message she gave me before I left Belfast and the message her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, gives all believers.

“Jesus is Worth it”.

Towards the end of that conference I had the pleasure of taking her and Pat for a tour of the Black Isle – a Scottish peninsula near Inverness. What took place at lunch that day is one of several distinct ‘Helen and Pat’ memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. If you’ve not met either of them – let me describe these two women of God… in two words (believe me I could pick another 100 words to describe them and I wouldn’t do them justice.)

Smart. They both graduated in medicine at a time when to be a female graduate in any discipline like this was rare.

Cosmopolitan. Both travelled extensively – before the easy days of online booking and satnav.

But if you had been the couple sitting beside us in the restaurant that day you wouldn’t have looked twice. You would have presumed ‘they’re just two little old ladies’. But that’s one point where the church and the world differs – God’s kingdom never puts the word ‘just’ before any category of believer – particularly little old ladies.

Our neighbouring diners were given a visual and audible lesson in this when, after lunch, Pat and Helen’s conversation went as follows:

“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to get back to Afghanistan but it is a beautiful country, and the Lord is at work there…” – or words to that effect.

As my chin dropped I could see the looks on the people at the table beside us as they turned and stared. Two women they had just spent the last hour ignoring were talking about a trip they had made to what was now one of the most notoriously violent countries in the world.

Helen and Pat started reminiscing about people who had lived and worked in that region and about the brief time they had spent in a nation that was now in the thick of a conflict that threw up words like Taliban and Terrorist.

I drove them back to my parent’s house and before too long they were on their way back to Belfast discussing, no doubt, their plans for the development of the girl’s clubs they were involved in and the future fundraising for their local church.

So don’t make assumptions about little old ladies… especially when you hear the word church and missionary in the same sentence … they may very well have been where we will never go, have done what we wouldn’t dream of, and have given up what we just aren’t willing to.

Helen Roseveare was a little old lady, during the time I knew her, but really age didn’t come into it. She was a woman after God’s own heart and Jesus was the one that her heart longed after. She’s with him this morning – still part of the church as she worships more fully in heaven. We who remain, continue as she did once to long for home.

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Prince Edward Presented with CF4K Books at Free Church General Assembly

Yesterday at the Free Church General Assembly, the Moderator (Rev David Miller) presented Prince Edward (Lord High Commissioner) with Ten Boys Who Changed the World and Ten Girls Who Changed the World by Irene Howat. You can see the presentation in the last five minutes of the video below.

If you’d like to jump directly to the part of the video with the presentation, click here: LINK.

Learn more about the LightKeepers series here: LINK.
Ten Boys Who Changed the World by Irene Howat  Ten Girls Who Changed the World by Irene Howat

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Happy 71st Birthday William Mackenzie!

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Today is May 1st and that means it’s time to say happy birthday to our Managing Director and co-founder William Mackenzie, who turns 71 today. You may remember that Colin Buchanan recorded a song in honor of William’s 70th birthday. Be sure to give it a listen.

 Willie’s 70th Song

Here are a few photos of William Mackenzie through the years.

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In The News: Dayuma, First Auca Convert Passed Away On March 1

Dayuma, the first indigenous convert from the Auca/Huaorani tribe, passed away on March 1st. She is a key figure in Elisabeth Elliot’s best-selling book Through Gates of Splendor. Dayuma helped the five missionary men (Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Peter Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully) begin to speak her tribal language. After the five men were martyred, she would open the way for Rachel Saint (Nate’s sister) and Elisabeth Elliot (Jim’s wife) to make contact with and begin sharing the gospel with the Auca/Huaorani people.

Want to learn more? Here are a few of our related books.

Nate SaintJim ElliotMission to the Headhunters

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Interview with William & Carine Mackenzie at the 2013 PCA General Assembly

Interview with William & Carine Mackenzie at the 2013 PCA General Assembly

This week Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling is broadcasting from the PCA General Assembly, which is being held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. Yesterday Kevin sat down with William and Carine Mackenzie to talk about the work and ministry of Christian Focus Publications. The interview is available in both audio and video formats below:

 

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Happy 70th Birthday William Mackenzie!

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Wednesday the 1st of May 2013 is a day of note at Christian Focus Publications for seventy years ago our Managing Director and co-founder William Mackenzie was born. Yesterday we celebrated early with cake, a very robust singing of Happy Birthday, best wishes from friends, family and colleagues and a specially commissioned song.  Yes, you read that right – a song by Colin Buchanan, 7 times Golden Guitar winner, Australian T.V. Presenter, and Christian author. He was challenged to write a poem by one of the staff at Christian Focus, Derry Brebner and as usual went the extra mile, composed a song, made an mp3 recording – and here it is. Colin is a good friend of William’s, respects him highly but isn’t afraid to make a joke at the M.D.s expense! Enjoy.

 Willie’s 70th Song

Here are a few photos of William Mackenzie through the years.


Not only did we have a special song, but we had poetry too. Dale Ralph Davis and his wife Barbara sent along the following poem to help commemorate the special ocassion.

Ode to William on his 70th Birthday

Threescore and ten years ago—so runs the rumour—
heaven disclosed its own sense of humour
at the birth of a child neither peelie-wally nor sad,
in fact, a right robust and likely mischievous lad
born in ’43, in the midst of a war and hence
he’s kept things in a muckle big stir ever since,
and, although we rejoice he has been an object of grace
there are some traits neither heaven—nor Carine—can efface,
so here he is with rosy cheeks and a nature that’s new
and yet he may harbour hidden and devious plans for the future of you!
For surely he has a most lovable yet fearsome quirk
–Scots call it a ‘gliff’—of helping others find work
(if only Obama had William he wouldn’t be so solemn
for then unemployment would no longer be a problem)
and yet one has to admit: though he may allow you neither repose nor rest,
when it comes to taskmasters, he’s one of the best!
So…may your step not falter, may your hand stay steady
for whatever task the Lord says is ready
and we join with a host of others—otherwise, we’d be daft—
in wishing you more success in the Lord’s calling and craft.

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Desiring God Shares the Story of Robert Duncan Culver

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Many thanks to David Mathis and Tony Reinke for recently interviewing Christian Focus author Robert Duncan Culver. If you haven’t had a chance to read David’s blog article yet, be sure to visit the Desiring God website and take a few minutes to read The Old Man and His Big Book – The Story of Robert Duncan Culver. You won’t be disappointed.

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Christian Focus Publications Appoints New Sales & Marketing Manager

Donnie MorrisonChristian Focus Publications is pleased to announce that Donnie Morrison has joined our team as Sales & Marketing Manager.  We asked Donnie to do a brief interview for the blog. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

Q: Donnie, tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My full title is Donald John Morrison, Donnie for short or Domhnall Iain in Gaelic. I can still just about speak it even after 12 years on the Mainland.

I am one of five, I have four sisters all younger than me, so I never did a stroke of work in the house growing up, my wife Katie will testify that nothing has changed there. My mother and father are still fit and well and living in the small village where I was brought up, called Crossbost in the Parish of Lochs. It has just about 200 people I think and is located 10 miles south of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

I am married to Katie who is from a very, very small village called Cluer (about 10 people!) on the Isle of Harris. We don’t have any family ourselves, except for two Beagle dogs called Amy and Louis. We are both Christians and attend Smithton Free Church in Inverness. Katie was converted three years ago and two years ago for me. Although brought up in an extended Christian family, prior to seeking the Lord about 5 years ago I led a very materialistic and worldly life.

I went to the Nicolson Institute then Lews Castle College both in Stornoway where I did an HND in business studies then onto Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen where I finished up with a B.A in the subject.

I just sort of fell into sales, it paid well and there was usually some travel involved which I also quite liked. Sales are usually the best paid job in a company and I was very driven by money in previous employments. I always had the best car and a top salary. I’ve sold Training Services, Insurance, Lawn mowers, Engineering services, Lobster pots and for the last 12 years capital equipment for Aquaculture: anchors, chains, ropes and feed barges.

But after conversion my focus on life changed and I felt ill at ease in the “money is king” environment that I was in, but could not possibly see how my only talent (selling) could be put to the Lord’s work. Until that is I saw this post advertised. A Prayer was truly answered.

Q: Do you have a favorite Christian book or author?

A: My favourite book tended to be the last one, or the one I am reading at the moment (but I am reading about four at a time since starting at Christian Focus). But I do like Tim Keller and his book A Reason For God. The “Christian Pockets Guide to– “ are a series that I had been following long before coming to Christian Focus,  because I found them informative and easy to read, offering a basic understanding of both issues in Christianity and some understanding of other peoples beliefs without having to trawl through huge tomes. There were so many things that happened recently in my life that just seem to have led me to this point and this post that I knew that this job was for me as soon as I saw the advert. I pray that I can be a faithful servant to the Lord in it and an asset to CFP and I would like to thank William and Willie for giving me this opportunity.

We’ll close the interview with a few interesting facts about Donnie:

  • I support Glasgow Celtic F.C but have been to watch both Ross County and Caley Thistle and want them to do well.
  • Love hats of all kinds from baseball caps to Fedoras, I have many and wear them when Katie will let me.
  • Don’t have a lucky number as there is no such thing.
  • Interested in Scottish history
  • Like the colour red

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Christian Focus Author Michael Ross Elected Moderator of 40th PCA General Assembly

“Dr. Ross is an author with a particular interest in church revitalization. He has authored two books Preaching for Revitalization and The Light of the Psalms: Deepening Your Faith with Every Psalm. And since 2002 when it began, Ross has authored the Bible studies for the PCA’s 50 Days of Prayer booklet.

At its opening session on Tuesday, June 19, the 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America elected TE Michael Ross as moderator by acclamation. The PCA General Assembly is holding its annual meeting in the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., through June 22. Dr. Ross is Pastor of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Matthews, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte.”

Read more of this article on The Aquila Report

Books by Michael Ross:

Preaching for Revitalization: How to revitalise your church through your pulpit by Michael RossThe Light of the Psalms: Deepening your faith with every Psalm by Michael Ross

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