Archive for June, 2012


Search and Trace

I launched Search and Trace at the beginning of 2012 and what a ride it has been!

There are two features to this website, an e-commerce platform and a blog.

e-commerce shopping

So far I have had a lot of fun with the e-commerce side of Search and Trace, plus I have been encouraged to see how well it has been received. Literally thousands of folk, from nearly 100 countries around the world, have visited and eagerly availed themselves to the excellent free and discounted e-books that are available for download. What a blessing to see such a hunger for quality Christian literature. And, to those of you who have taken a moment to express your appreciation, I am truly thankful for your kind words and encouragement.

Then there is the blogging function!Blogging

Well, it’s taken me more than 6 months to get around to using this side of the website i.e. to use it as a blogger and actually write something of my own. I suppose I could give a number of reasons why it’s taken me so long e.g. most of my spare time has been taken up with learning, launching, stocking, responding, and tweaking the e-commerce side of the website.

Another excellent reason would be that there are just so many bloggers out there already, and some excellent ones at that, why glut the blogosphere with yet another wannabe!?

But, to be honest, I suppose the main reason for delaying has to do with the combination of a number of  negative influences. First, there is the hard work – writing is HARD WORK! Then, there is having to deal with the critics! Then, there is the unremitting need to have something to write about – daily, well at least weekly! And so on, and so on.

Waste not want notThe truth is, I have a blog, so, blog I must. My Dad took great pains to teach me the valuable lesson of “waste not, want not”, and it’s been killing me knowing that I am paying for the hosting of  this blogging facility and not making use of it – thanks Dad!

Well, I hope you got to the end of this post – that’s it, my first attempt at blogging! I’m done for now. But just before I go, there is one small favour I would like ask of you, and that is,

Please tell others about  Search and Trace – Forward them this post!

I do have a some great ideas for future blog posts – so please don’t unsubscribe yet!

Your friend at Search and Trace.

Stan.
50 Crucial Questions

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50 Crucial Questions About Manhood and Womanhood
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John Piper says,
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This book will appeal to seminarians, pastors, and laypeople. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin is an introduction to the Bible and a vindication of Reformation principles by one of the Reformation’s finest scholars.The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Author: Calvin, John (1509-1564)

Published first in 1536, the Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin’s magnum opus. Extremely important for the Protestant Reformation, the Institutes has remained important for Protestant theology for almost five centuries.

Written to “aid those who desire to be instructed in the doctrine of salvation,” the Institutes, which follows the ordering of the Apostle’s Creed, has four parts.

The first part examines God the Father; the second part, the Son; the third part, the Holy Spirit; and the fourth part, the Church. Through these four parts, it explores both “knowledge of God” and “knowledge of ourselves” with profound theological insight, challenging and informing all the while. Thus, for either the recent convert or the long-time believer, for the inquisitive beginner or the serious scholar, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is a rewarding book worthy of study! Reviewer:Tim Perrine

At the age of twenty-six, Calvin published several revisions of his Institutes of the Christian Religion, a seminal work in Christian theology that altered the course of Western history and that is still read by theological students today. It was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541, with the definitive editions appearing in 1559 (Latin) and in 1560 (French). The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some learning already and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone. It vigorously attacked the teachings of those Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism, to which Calvin says he had been “strongly devoted” before his conversion to Protestantism. The over-arching theme of the book–and Calvin’s greatest theological legacy–is the idea of God’s total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election.


Part 1 of this eBook contains 158 Expositional Sermons on Paul’s Epistle to theExposition Of The Epistle To The Romans

Romans chapters 1-8, by John Piper. (Part 2: Chapters 9-16 coming soon D.V.)

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Piper Comments:

My prayer and my longing is that the structure of truth – the vision of reality – in this book would become the structure of your mind and your vision of reality. That you would think about God and sin and Christ and life the way the apostle Paul does – the way God does. And that you would thus become a humble lion-hearted alien and exile in this world, ready to lay down your life for the glory of Christ and the salvation of sinners.


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This book is a classic study of Jesus’ teaching and training of his disciples (first published in 1871).  It is a very valuable study for any Christian who serves in any form of leadership capacity or anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The book’s 31 chapters give an absorbing commentary on selected passages of the four Gospels, following in chronological order Jesus’ ministry and teaching among his disciples. The writing style will take a bit of getting used to for the average modern reader, but it’s well worth the effort.The Training Of The Twelve By A. B. Bruce

A Review By Robert A. Weber:
After the Bible, The Training of the Twelve has been one of the most influential books in my development as a Christian. Using a loose “harmony of the Gospel” approach, Bruce uses all four gospel narratives to show how Jesus discipled His disciples. The book’s greatest strength is that it is NOT a how-to book on discipleship or a 12-step program for leadership development. Instead, Bruce exegetes the passages showing what Jesus was doing with his disciples and leaves contemporary application to the reader.
Written in the late 1800’s, Bruce’s use of the English language is outstanding…I find myself rereading it almost every other year. The first few times I read it as a disciple – what did Jesus want me to learn as His follower? Then I began to read it as a discipler – how can I be more effective in the process of making disciples? Now I also use it as a parent – how can I shepherd my lambs the way Jesus shepherded His?
Transcending cultures, I have had the privilege of using this book to train small group leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Theologically sound, biblically true, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples.

The Lord's Prayer By Thomas Watson

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Product Description

The Lord’s Prayer makes and ideal guide to Christian doctrine and practice and also serves as a wonderful introduction to Puritan literature. Watson analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions which it contains. His treatment of the words “thy kingdom come” is exceptional full, illuminating and stirring. Like all great books on prayer it provides practical help because it concentrates on biblical instruction.

All of Thomas Watson’s writings and sermons are replete with sound doctrine, practical wisdom, and heart-searching application. His profound spirituality, gripping remarks, practical illustrations, and beauty of expression make him one of the most irresistible of the Puritans.

Thomas Watson was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably hard study. In 1646 he was commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen’s Walbrook. In 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love’s plot to recall Charles II. He was released on 30th June,1652, and was formally reinstated vicar of St. Stephen’s Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for nonconformity. Notwithstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license for the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston in Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28th July, 1686.

 C. H. Spurgeon had this to say of  Watson’s writings: “One of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans, and those best acquainted with it prize it most.”