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The Plight of Man And the Power of God

“We must rouse ourselves and realize afresh that though our Gospel is timeless and changeless, it nevertheless is always contemporary. We must meet the present situation and we must speak a word to the world that none else can speak.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Description

Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ preaching always had an emphasis on the desperate plight of man and the power of God to save. His preaching was crystal clear on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners, a concept that does not sit comfortably in our day of pragmatism, programmes and self-help books. Nevertheless it remains at the core of what the world needs to hear. Based on Romans chapter 1, this wonderful book will help you understand what the gospel is. As we live in a world that seems to be spiraling out of control, you will want to hear this message again and again.

Contents

1. The Religious History of Mankind
2. Religion and Morality
3. The Nature of Sin
4. The Wrath of God
5. The Only Solution

“On the whole, what we have in these five expositions is the Gospel explained with great clarity and hope.” ~ Mark Dever.


The Wonders of Divine Love By Frederick

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Faber says men in the modern era accept God’s existence; but deny His sovereigntyin practice. Though composed in mid-19th century; this book is absolutely on target today, for man’s tendency to arrogate to himself the prerogatives of God, although strong in Faber’s time, is epidemic today. A real eye-opener!

“Faber sketches, in prose that verges on being actually too gorgeous, both “what it is to be a creature” and “what it is to have a creator.” This book is kind of a spirituality of createdness, and succeeds better than any other book I know at showing the implications of the mere existence of God. Faber was so Roman Catholic that he worried the pope, and this book is full of phrases like ”the composition of this work has been a charity towards souls,” which can be a barrier for Protestant readers; but it’s a barrier well worth climbing, because Faber’s gifts are so unique that there’s just not a Protestant Faber out there anywhere.” – Fred Sanders, professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University

A Review:

This book is amazing–so beautifully explained and prayerfully put together. The language used through out is poetic and evocative of the subject. He uses lots of imagery, drawing correlation between the spiritual world and the natural world, to great effect.

The love of God and reverence for all His creation reverberates through this book, and a lot of it, though it was written long ago, seems completely applicable to the world we live in now. I would recommend this book highly to anyone and everyone!


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The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God seeks to restore what we have lost. In this treatment of many of the Bible’s passages regarding divine love, noted evangelical scholar D. A. Carson not only critiques sentimental ideas such as “God hates the sin but loves the sinner,” but provides a compelling perspective on the nature of God and why He loves as He does. Carson blends his discourse with discussion of how God’s sovereignty and holiness complete the biblical picture of who He is and how He loves.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

It makes for an easy read, despite some deep theology.

In doing away with trivialities and cliches, this work gets to the heart of this all-important doctrine of the love of God from an unflinching evangelical perspective. Yet it does so without losing its personal emphasis: for in understanding more of the comprehensive nature of God’s love as declared in His Word, you will come to understand God and His unending love for you more completely.

A Review By Tim Challies

Until I read this book I would not have considered God’s love as a particularly difficult doctrine. The Trinity is a difficult doctrine to understand, impossible even. The eternal nature of God—that is another difficult or impossible one. But the love of God? I wouldn’t have thought of it as such. But this book convinced me otherwise.

Carson begins by outlining five reasons why this is a difficult doctrine. First, he suggests that while most people believe that God is a loving Being, this belief is set within a foundation other than Scripture. Second, many complementary truths about God are disbelieved by many within our culture (and our churches). Third, postmodernism reinforces a sentimental, syncretistic and pluralistic view of God. Fourth, the church has fallen into believing a sentimentalized version of God’s love that is not consistent with God as presented in Scripture. And fifth, the church portrays this as a simple doctrine and overlooks certain important distinctions that prove it to be difficult.

From this foundation, Carson builds the book around four themes: the distortion of the love of God; the fact that God is love; God’s love and God’s sovereignty; and God’s love and God’s wrath. As we would expect from Carson, he goes straight to the source—to God’s revelation of Himself in Scripture—to correct false assumptions and provide a deep discussion of what God’s love entails. He defends the compatibility of seemingly-opposite characteristics of God (that God can be perfectly loving and yet perfectly just in His wrath) and examines how God’s love interacts with His sovereignty in human affairs.

It is rare to find so much depth in such a short book. At the same time it is also nice to be able to learn so much without having to wade through hundreds of pages of text. This book could as easily have been hundreds or thousands of pages long. Carson does a wonderful job of highlighting the most important issues while confining himself to a limited word count. I highly recommend it.


Family Worship

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Joel R. Beeke presents a heartfelt plea for the renewal of family worship in Christian homes. The family is modeled after the very being of God, providing a divine foundation for family worship from creation. This is not a mere idealistic suggestion for the godly family, but is presented in Scripture as a solemn duty. With great pastoral care, the author gives valuable insights into implementing family worship, answers common objections raised against it, and motivates the reader to follow through with it faithfully.

Here are some suggestions to help you establish God-honoring Family Worship in your homes. We trust this avoids two extremes: an idealistic approach that is beyond the reach of even the most God-fearing home, and a minimalist1 approach that abandons daily Family Worship because the ideal seems so out of reach.

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Why did Christ tell his disciples, “it is to your advantage that I go away” (John 16:7)? The answer to this question is found in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. In this comprehensive study Pink develops that answer from the rest of Scripture to the great benefit of every believer.

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Pink’s writings should be part of every Christian’s study library. A practical theologian with a pastor’s heart, Pink has shaped the thinking of a generation of believers.

Overview

In this comprehensive study, Pink considers every verse in the Bible that touches on the subject of the Holy Spirit and finds that it is essential to both the doctrine and practice of believers. As he states in the introduction, “Not at all too strong was the language of Samuel Chadwick when he said, ‘The gift of the Spirit is the crowning (more…)


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This short paperback is a missions primer of collected sermons from John Piper to help you cultivate a holy ambition for the name of Christ to be proclaimed among the unreached and unengaged peoples of the world.

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Overview

This collection of missions-oriented sermons by John Piper, compiled by Desiring God, challenges you to consider and cultivate a holy ambition to preach Christ where he has not yet been named.

The apostle Paul had a holy ambition – to preach the gospel to (more…)


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The Sovereignty of God – by AW Pink

“There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s Sovereignty.” – CH Spurgeon

Who’s in control of this world—God or the devil? In this best-selling classic, A.W. Pink answers such profound questions in a language the average Christian layperson will find not only understandable but totally engaging. Pink, one of the most influential evangelical authors of the 20th century, writes with fiery passion and brilliant clarity, giving biblical answers to our deepest questions regarding the “sadly neglected and little understood” doctrine of the sovereignty of God.

This book may be overwhelming, but it is certain that its many printings have been used of God to convince people of His sovereignty… It is an important stone to guide the steps of those who are not yet convinced of God’s absolute sovereignty over all persons and events. (more…)