A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in ChristThe grace that stimulates the fruit and maturity of a sanctified life comes to us through Jesus Christ. We bear much fruit only as we abide in Him. In A Vine-Ripened Life, author Stanley Gale points us to Jesus, the Vine of life of John 15, in whom we, as branches, must live and grow to bear the fruit of a grace-grown life. He explains, “Having begun in Christ we remain in Christ, continuing to draw our life from Him and maturing in grace.” With pastoral sensitivity and an engaging style, Gale teaches readers both about the fruit of Christian character and how to cultivate it. Questions at the end of each chapter make this an ideal study for individuals or groups.

Praise for A Vine-Ripened Life:

“Looking for a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered vision for spiritual growth and maturity? That’s what you will find in A Vine-Ripened Life. In this compelling and challenging book, Stan Gale guides us through a study of the fruit of the Spirit that connects our active growth in Christian graces to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus had a reason for calling Himself the vine and us the branches. This fine volume explains why. If you want to grow in your walk with Christ, a prayerful and attentive reading of A Vine-Ripened Life is an excellent place to start.”
— Rhett Dodson, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Hudson, Ohio

“This was too important to read just once. The possibilities for growth were too good to pass up, so I read it again. So consider reading it this way: go through it slowly, try to do it with someone else, read it aloud, and pray together as you go. Blessing and growth will follow.”
— Edward T. Welch, counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and author of When People Are Big and God Is Small.

About the Author:
Stanley D. Gale serves as senior minister of The Reformed Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles, leads seminars on various topics, and is the founder of Community Houses of Prayer (www.CHoPministry.net).

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Biblical Portraits Of CreationA faithful and edifying exposition of key chapters or sections of the Bible that speak of the glories of creation. It represents an ideal resource for pastors who want to preach a series on creation. And with its use of study questions, it can be used with profit for group Bible study.

Praise for Biblical Portraits of Creation:

“Drs. Kaiser and Little have done a big service to the evangelical community in setting forth a broad, biblical, and engaging presentation of the doctrine of creation. Their Biblical Portraits on Creation provides a refreshing picture covering important, but often neglected, biblical texts. Further, it contains some of the best material available on the historicity of the Genesis account of creation as opposed to contemporary critical and evolutionary denials. In addition, it captures the grandeur and majesty of the biblical text without stalling in the contemporary debate over the time of creation. It roots are deeply embedded in good biblical exposition and blossom in fruitful and bountiful portrayal of the most basic of all acts of our omnipotent God—the creation of the heavens and the earth! “
—Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D., Professor of Apologetics, Veritas Evangelical Seminary

“Christians of all confessions refer to the God of the Bible as the maker of heaven and earth. This book explores the dynamic doctrine of creation from Genesis through the Psalms and Prophets to Jesus himself. Combining scholarly depth and pastoral wisdom, Kaiser and Little have given us here a beautiful call to praise—a hallelujah book!”
—Timothy George, Ph.D., Dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

“The doctrine of creation holds crucial importance in the Christian theology of redemption. Kaiser and Little illustrate this point as they survey creation texts throughout the Historical, Wisdom, and Prophetic books of the Old Testament as well as in the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament. Their integration of the creation message throughout the Bible’s sixty-six books holds the key to resolving divisive contention over this topic among Christians. What’s more, it brings renewed excitement to integrative study of the whole Word of God. I heartily recommend this book to all Christians. Its contents, notes, and study questions make it an excellent resource for pastors, teachers, and Bible study leaders.
—Hugh Ross, astronomer, author, pastor, and president of Reasons to Believe

Table of Contents:
Preface
Prologue: The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God
1. Wisdom Was There Before God Created the World – Proverbs 3:19–20 & 8:22–31
2. In the Beginning God Created the Universe- Genesis 1
3. A Garden for Adam and Eve – Genesis 2:4–25
4. A Divine Ode to Creation – Psalm 104
5. How Magnificent Is God’s Name in All the Earth – Psalms 8 & 19:1–6
6. The Lord of the Seven Thunders – Psalm 29
7. Creation by the Word of God – Psalm 33:6–13
8. The Noise of Heaven and Earth! – Psalm 148
9. Getting the Facts Straight about God and Creation – Job 38–39
10. Jesus and the New Genesis Advent – Matthew 1:1–17
11. The New Heavens and the New Earth – Isaiah 65:17–25 & 66:22–24
12. Our New Creation Confidence for Proclamation and Living – 2 Corinthians 4:6 & 5:17
Epilogue: A Call and a Challenge
Appendix: The Literary Genre of Genesis 1–11
Author Index
Scripture Index
Subject Index

About the Authors:
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is president emeritus and Colman Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles more than 30 books, including Recovering the Unity of the Bible (Zondervan), Toward an Exegetical Theology (Baker), and Hard Sayings of the Old Testament (IVP).

Dorington G. Little is the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA. Prior to moving to Boston in 1997, he pastored in Boone, Iowa. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Victory through the Lamb Book Cover Victory through the Lamb

Weaver Book Company
September 1, 2014
224
The book introduces Christians to the book of Revelation through a thematic study of one of its key themes: victory. Running counter to Revelation’s prevailing interpretation, it proposes that Christians, represented by the audience in the Seven Churches, have been in tribulation since the first century and that Revelation was written to help Christians be victorious over the challenges of life. Each chapter opens with an account of martyrdom. The final account tells the story of the three believers in Malatya, Turkey, who were brutally killed in 2007. The book is dedicated to the three. The volume also features a new translation of Revelation by the author, a scholar who has worked on Revelation for over two decades and who lives in the land of the Seven Churches—Turkey.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Victory Through the Lamb(Weaver Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

Victory Through The Lamb is readable, understandable and insightful, even for those who have not previously read or studied Revelation.” Reviewer: Ben Toh Rating: 4 Stars

1 Samuel For You Book Cover 1 Samuel For You

The Good Book Company
2014
221

1 Samuel is a book of barrenness and battles, kings and schemes, shepherds and giants. It recounts the history of Israel as it moved from no king, to the king it demanded, to the king God knew his people needed.
But its greatest excitement lies not in the events and characters, but in the person they all point to. 1 Samuel presents us with a wonderful picture of Jesus. Seeing him in and through this Old Testament book enables us to see him with fresh colour and texture, and see afresh what it means for us to follow him today as our Ruler and Rescuer. 1 Samuel is a book about ancient times, that speaks directly into ours.
Written for people of every age and stage, from new believers to pastors and teachers, 1 Samuel For You can be used to:
READ: As a guide to this wonderful letter, exciting and equipping you to live out the truth in your life. FEED: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God s word. LEAD: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying 1 Samuel as you preach or lead a Bible study.
Whoever you are, and however you use it, this is... 1 Samuel For You

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for 1 Samuel For You (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book is best suited for Bible students who are looking for a devotional introduction to 1 Samuel.” Reviewer: Joshua Torrey Rating: 5 stars

“It is my prayer that God will use this book to guide many people into a proper reading and love of His Word.” Reviewer: Josh Skinner Rating: 5 stars

“I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking deeper study in 1 Samuel. What a treasure!”  Reviewer: Zach Kendrick Rating: 5 stars

“1 Samuel For You by Tim Chester is a great layman’s commentary and Bible study.” Reviewer: Mike Chitwood Rating: 5 stars

“I highly recommend this book for all believers. It would be useful for personal Bible Study or small groups.” Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 5 Stars

“1 Samuel for you is good for both new Christians and more seasoned believers.” Reviewer: Greg Wilson Rating: 4 stars

“1 Samuel For You is devotionally rich and full of practical application.” Reviewer: Kara Haschke Rating: 5 stars

“1 Samuel for you will help readers become good leaders while pointing them to Jesus as the true and better King.” Reviewer: Chris Land Rating: 5 Stars

“1 Samuel points us towards the King.” Reviewer: Jeff Randleman Rating: 5 stars

“I will be recommending this book often to those wanting a deeper understanding of 1 Samuel.”  Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 5 stars

“This is a very helpful book on 1 Samuel.”  Reviewer: Richard Lucian Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend this resource for anyone who desires to understand 1 Samuel and to apply it to their lives”
Reviewer: Thereon St. John Rating: 4 stars

“This is good application commentary on 1 Samuel.”  Reviewer: Doug Hibbard Rating: 5 stars

“This book helped me to turn my eyes to God, the creator and sustainer of all things, and praise Him.” Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell Rating:  5 stars

“The combination of accessible Christ-centered exposition and devotional/practical application makes 1 Samuel for You an ideal devotional and guide to the book of 1 Samuel for laymen.” Reviewer: Jennifer Guo Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very helpful and practical book on 1 Samuel.” Reviewer: GP vdBeek Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would be good for the lay person or serious Bible student.”  Reviewer: James Matichuk Rating: 5 stars

“1 Samuel For You is an excellent resource.”  Reviewer: Amanda Cain Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book on 1 Samuel.” Reviewer: John Wolf Rating: 4 stars

“I wholeheartedly recommend this book.” Reviewer: Mandy Johnson Rating: 5 stars

“Chester in 1 Samuel For You shows how the story of 1 Samuel is really the story of God and points forward to Jesus.” Reviewer: Tom Farr Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.” Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts Rating: 4 stars

“This is a great book on 1 Samuel!” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this helpful book on 1 Samuel.” Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 5 stars

“This is a clear and very helpful look at 1 Samuel.”  Reviewer: Mike Knox Rating: 5 stars

“1 Samuel For You is a very helpful devotional commentary.” Reviewer: Scott Slayton Rating: 4 stars

“1 Samuel For You is a worthwhile read and will bless you. I highly recommend it” Reviewer: Eric O’Dell Rating: 4 stars

1 Samuel in about being a good leader or facing your giants, but points to Jesus as the true and better King. – See more at: http://keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-1-samuel-for-you-by-tim.html#sthash.P6gtiBcP.dpuf
1 Samuel in about being a good leader or facing your giants, but points to Jesus as the true and better King. – See more at: http://keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-1-samuel-for-you-by-tim.html#sthash.P6gtiBcP.dpuf
1 Samuel in about being a good leader or facing your giants, but points to Jesus as the true and better King. – See more at: http://keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-1-samuel-for-you-by-tim.html#sthash.P6gtiBcP.dpuf
1 Samuel in about being a good leader or facing your giants, but points to Jesus as the true and better King. – See more at: http://keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-1-samuel-for-you-by-tim.html#sthash.P6gtiBcP.dpuf Reviewer: Chris Land Rating: 5 stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing How can I be sure?. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

How can I be sure?Many Christians experience times of doubt and uncertainty. At various times we can ask: Does God love me? Am I really a Christian? – and even Is there a God at all?!

This short, readable book unpacks the difference between good and bad doubt, shows us where it comes from and how to deal with it in ourselves and others.

It explains clearly and simply the liberating reality of what the Bible tells us about doubt, assurance and the Christian life.

Praise for How can I be sure?:

“A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn’t ask for anything more. So don’t. Buy these and use them well.”
- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe

“John writes with customary care and clarity about an often-neglected subject. I hope this pocket-sized anatomy of doubt will be a great reassurance to many.”
- Barry Cooper, Author and Speaker

Table of Contents:
Introduction: The many faces of doubt
1. What is doubt?
2. Why is doubt dangerous?
3. What do I have to believe to be a Christian?
4. How can I overcome doubt as a Christian?
5. How can I develop a confident faith?
Conclusion: Living with faith and doubt

John StevensAbout the Author:
John Stevens lectured in law at the University of Birmingham before entering full time ministry. He is the National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK, and co-pastor of a church plant in Market Harborough. John is married to Ursula and they have four children.

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Thank you for your interest in reviewing How can I be sure?. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.