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September 2018
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The Fear of God

In days when any true understanding of the fear of God is in short supply, this challenging book calls us to wonder again at the character and glory of God and rebukes our careless and sloppy attitudes to his holiness and mercy. The Fear of God is the title of the fifth of John Bunyan’s lesser-known writings published as separate books by the Banner of Truth. It deals with a subject that springs directly from Bunyan’s own experience during his long and painful search for assurance of faith recorded in Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. So afraid was he of God and his...

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September 2018
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The Doctor Who Became a Preacher: Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Banner Board Books)

This is a cracking little board book for reading to very young children. It shows how doctors help people who are sick, before relating how Martyn Lloyd-Jones chose to preach the good news instead, with many people coming to hear him. Blair Bailie’s bright and attractive illustrations cover eight double pages, including a brilliant cartoon version of ‘the Doctor’! The book concludes, ‘Most preachers do not become well known … But when God keeps them faithful, preachers help people wherever they are’. Matthew Cox Bethersden, Kent

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September 2018
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McCheyne’s Dundee

Many Christians have heard of Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-43). His reputation endures as a holy and prayerful man who was greatly used by God before his early death. McCheyne’s Dundee examines the final years of his life when he ministered at St Peter’s Church, Dundee. It addresses the question, ‘How could such a short period of service have such a powerful impact?’ McLennan paints a vivid picture of 19th century Dundee: a poverty-stricken mill town, suffering from poor public health and inadequate housing for its fast-growing population. In this environment McCheyne spent many hours visiting his parishioners — especially the sick and dying — to...

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September 2018
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Triumphant Love: The contextual, creative and strategic missionary work of Amy Beatrice Carmichael in south India

The following information has been provided by Chris Kavanagh, director of the Dohnavur Fellowship Corporation. Dr Jacky Woolcock, who served in Dohnavur 1969–1987 writes, ‘I met Dr Kommers in the Dohnavur UK office in 2015, being offered to read the first complete draft of this book for accuracy of factual content. Before the meeting I was a little sceptical. The fact that there are already so many biographies about Amy Carmichael made me wonder what more another book could say about her. So I asked Dr Kommers, “From what angle are you going tackle the subject?” “From the factors that made her what she became,”...

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September 2018

The Greatest Fight in the World: Spurgeon’s Final Manifesto

Here is a book which I have read many times over the years. I have never ceased to be both challenged and encouraged by its contents. In April 1891, Spurgeon gave what would be his final annual address to his beloved Pastors’ College. He tells us in his opening remarks that it is ‘the child of many prayers’. The reflections of a faithful preacher so signally used of God in his day surely deserve full attention in our day. Under three headings — ‘Our Armoury’ (the Holy Scriptures); ‘Our Army’ (the church) and finally ‘Our Strength’ (the Holy Spirit) — Spurgeon gives a rallying call...

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June 2017
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‘These 50 years’ (3)

A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). Someone might say, ‘If God governs everything, then there is no place for prayer’. But the opposite is true. Prayer is an expression of confidence in God, and nothing inspires prayer more than faith in God. When Daniel was in Babylon he read the promises in Jeremiah 25 that the Jews were...

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May 2017
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‘These 50 years’ (2)

Continued from ‘These 50 years’ (1) A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). An understanding of theprovidence of God proves his love.Life in this world displays to us the love of God. Creation carries the message ‘the Lord is good to all’ (Psa.145:9); ‘he makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good’. The goodness of God...

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