February 17, 2019

Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture by Thomas Vincent

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In the opinion of B. B. Warfield, the Westminster divines left to posterity not only ‘the most throughly thought out statement ever peened of the elements of evangelical religion’ but also one which breathes ‘the finest fragrance of spiritual religion’. Their most influential work, The Shorter Catechism, was intended as a teaching basis for an introduction to the Christian Faith. No London pastor made more effective use of it than Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) and when his ‘explanation’ was first published in 1674, John Owen, Thomas Watson along with 38 other signatories to the Preface, declared their belief that it would ‘be greatly useful to all Christians in general’. Numerous reprints were to verify their judgment of this Puritan classic.

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About the Author: Vincent, a student of Christ Church, Oxford, was ejected from the living of St. Mary Magdalen, MIlk Street, in 1662. He was long remembered for his fearless preaching amidst the dying multitudes of London in the Great Plague of 1665.

True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton

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This book, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom sets forth the place of the law in the Christian life. The author, Samuel Bolton (1606-1654), successively minister of three London parishes before becoming Master of Christ’s College and later Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, expounds the nature of Christian liberty and then clearly sets the bounds of that liberty in answer to the following six questions:

  1. Does our being made free by Christ free us from the law?
  2. Does our being made free by Christ deliver us from all punishments or chastisements for sin?
  3. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to be under obligation to perform duties because God has commanded them?
  4. May Christ’s freemen come into bondage again through sin?
  5. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to perform duties out of respect for the recompense of the reward?
  6. Does the freedom of a Christian free him from all obedience to men?

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Learnin in Christ’s School by Ralph Venning

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In Learning in Christ’s School, this unique account encourages growth in grace, ‘babes’, ‘little children’, ‘young men’ and ‘fathers’ are the stages through which the learners in Christ’s school pass on their way to the ‘academy of heaven’. While supporting and comforting beginners in the school of grace, Venning Encourages all Christians to make further progress towards ‘the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ’ (Eph. 4:13).

284 Pages
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About the Author: Ralph Venning (1621-74) served as lecturer in St Olave’s Southwark until the Great Ejection in 1662. A outstanding preacher, he was the author of several books of which this is the best known.

All Things for Good by Thomas Watson

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Thomas Watson, the 17th-century minister of St. Stephen’s Walbrook, believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God’s grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God’s grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:28 – God works all things together for good for his people; Thus his wonderful book All things For Good.

First published in 1663 (under the title A Divine Cordial), the year after Watson and some two thousand other ministers were ejected from the Church of England and exposed to hardship and suffering, All Things For Good contains the rich exposition of a man who lived when only faith in God’s Word could lead him to such confidence.

Thomas Watson’s exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God’s people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who ‘loves God’ and is ‘called according to his purpose’. All Things For Good provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question; Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Exert From the Preface:
Christian Reader — There are two things which I have always looked upon as difficult. The one is, to make the wicked sad; the other is, to make the godly joyful. Dejection in the godly arises from a double spring; either because their inward comforts are darkened, or their outward comforts are disturbed. To cure both these troubles, I have put forth this ensuing piece, hoping, by the blessing of God, that it will buoy up their desponding hearts, and make them look with a more pleasant aspect. I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that ALL things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.

The Sinfulness of Sin by Ralph Venning

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We cannot understand the Christian gospel until we know what sin is. Yet modern secular counsellors urge us to ignore both the word and what it tells us about our rebellion against God and his law. Sadly, the church too often serves as an echo chamber for such cheap and short-sighted wisdom. It’s literature spreads the deceptive message that all is well. But it is only when we begin to see our sinfulness that we are able to discover god’s forgiveness.

Although The Sinfulness of Sin was written three hundred years ago, it remains an oasis of truth in a desert of lies. First published in the aftermath of the Great Plague of London and entitled Sin, The Plague of Plagues, this book gives a crystal-clear explanation of what sin is, why it is so serious, and what we need to do about it. Here is reliable medicine for a fatal epidemic.

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Ralph Venning

About the Author: Ralph Venning (1621-74) served as lecturer in St Olave’s Southwark until the Great Ejection in 1662. A outstanding preacher, he was the author of several books of which this is the best known.

The Chronicles of Narnia Set by C.S. Lewis

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The complete set of The Chronicles of Narnia has been a well beloved classic set that has sold over 100 million copies and been published in several different languages! These well beloved classics of children’s literature written by C.S. Lewis for Children are allegories of the Christian walk and what Christ has done for us. These books should be a must read for any child! -Haley Dempsey

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C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

A Cup of Cold Water by Christine Farenhorst

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Join Edith and her dog Reddie through an exciting, fascinating read in Christine Farenhorst’s book A Cup of Cold Water. “The secret password is yorc,” the princess whispered. Edith longed for her girlhood in England, when her secrets had been kept safe by her dog Reddie. But now in God’s timing, Edith is director of a nursing school in Belgium. Caught in the turmoil of World War I, Edith finds herself surrounded by enemy spies. As a nurse protected by the Red Cross, will Edith turn her back on the allied soldiers who desperately need her help?

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Wings like a Dove by Christine Farenhorst

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In the book Wings like a Dove, Jeanne d’Albret, born in 1528, is the only daughter of the King and Queen of Navarre. Standing with her beloved Huguenots, Jeanne steps onto the battlefield of history during the tumultuous years of the Reformation (1517–1559). As deadly political events swirl around her tiny Kingdom of Navarre, Queen Jeanne is forced to choose: Will she hide the fleeing Huguenots under the very nose of Catherine de Medicis’s henchmen or save her own life?

The Chosen Daughters series highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things.

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Hostage Lands by Douglas Bond

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Join Neil Perkins, Latin student at Haltwhistle Grammar School in England, in the book “‘Hostage Lands” as he uncovers a story of usurpation, treachery, and betrayal. After unearthing an ancient Roman manuscript, Neil dedicates himself to studying Latin and translates this exciting story from the third century . . . Disaffected centurion Rusticus serves Rome at Hadrian’s Wall, an unruly frontier. He is saved from massacre by Cadwal, a Celt who was deeply changed when he saw Christians martyred in the Roman Colosseum.

Readers will learn the differences between ancient paganism and the primal Christian faith practiced in third-century Britain by only a remnant. They, along with Neil, will begin a more thoughtful approach to life as they reckon with all they have learned.

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About the Author: Douglas Bond teaches English at Covenant High School in Tacoma, Washington, and is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. Bond lives with his wife, two daughters, and four sons in Washington state.

5 Recommended Books for Teens and Young Adults

Have you been looking for good, christian books that will encourage you as you grow in Christ? If you have, below is a list of books I would recommend everyone should read! Just click on one of the books below to view more information.

Recommended Books:
1. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
2. Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris
3. The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
4. Crown & Covenant, 3 Volume Set by Douglas Bond
5. The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study by Starr Meade
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Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
The next generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”

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With over 14 million hits to their website TheRebelution.com, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. [Read more…]