April 4, 2017

April Spotlight! Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification

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Faith Alone The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationBook Description

The Reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church when they insisted that people are justified by faith alone. Today, many Protestants fail to grasp that keystone of faith, and yet the biblical, Reformation view of the doctrine of justification is vital for us to grasp the power of the gospel and proclaim it far and wide. In Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul clearly explains the doctrine of salvation, including why Protestantism and Roman Catholicism split over justification in the first place and why that division remains an uncrossed chasm.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul

About the Author

R. C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, pastor, and author of more than one hundred books. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and his teaching can be heard daily on the program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts around the world. Dr. Sproul is also executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

262 Pages
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 9780801019494

April 18, 2017

Dispatches from the Front | Episode 2: A Bold Advance (Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro)

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DVD Description

A Bold Advance is set in the rugged regions of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro among people deeply wounded by war and brutal dictatorships. Yet here in this scarred land are those who have been changed inside-out by the power of Christ. Their faces and stories declare that the message of the Cross crushes all barriers—even those raised by mosques and minefields. Hike the mountain trails with pioneer men and women who are reaching the hard-to-reach people and loving them into the Kingdom. From Albania’s lawless frontier to Montenegro’s “Mountains of the Damned” to the killing fields of Kosovo, Dispatches from the Front: A Bold Advance is another Macedonian call to action and a reminder that the Gospel still shakes the gates of Hell.

Source: Frontline Missions International

Tim Keesee

Tim Keesee, filmmaker and host of Dispatches from the Front

About Frontline Missions International

Radical Rescue Work

The cross is central in the Frontline logo, but more importantly it is at the heart of our message and mission. We believe in the centrality and finality of Christ’s work on the cross – of His radical rescue work for all of us. Knowing its life-giving power, we desire that all people hear this Good News. Many have heard it often, but many more have never heard it even once. So we focus on those with the least opportunity to hear, going to them with urgency, joy, and confidence because we have been sent by our King.

Bibles & Gospel Literature

Bible smuggling was our earliest passion, and it is still a great privilege to put the Bible into people’s hands for the first time in places like the Horn of Africa and Central Asia. In addition, Frontline Missions has published commentaries, devotionals, and Christian classics such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Tozer’s The Pursuit of God in Russian, Arabic, Uzbec, Croation, Polish, Mandarin, and Turkish.

Advocacy for Persecuted Christians

FMI is dedicated to being a voice for persecuted believers in other countries, along with our ongoing efforts to take the Gospel into restricted access countries. Many of these persecuted believers are on the frontlines, witnessing for Christ in areas that are hostile to the Gospel. They are shining as lights in very dark areas of the world that are dominated by hostile religions and totalitarian regimes. You can partner with Frontline by staying informed through our regular Persecution Updates and by appealing to members of Congress and the U.S. State Department to put pressure on foreign governments to stop persecuting believers and to honor the most basic of human rights: freedom of religion. You can also write directly to officials of foreign governments to make such appeals.

Mercy Ministries

The Gospel is a specific message about a specific Person – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the Gospel message is adorned by acts of mercy. As we have received grace, we share it with others. Frontline Missions shares both the message and the mercy of the Gospel by providing assistance to refugees, orphans, and people with special needs.

Church Planting

In parts of the world where there is the least Light, “church” rarely means a building with a steeple. Instead, “church” is gatherings of believers meeting in an apartment or a mud hut, or even under a mango tree. We are committed to planting vibrant, Word-centered churches – not Western-style transplants, but churches that will take root in native soil. Whether this is done by Chinese, Arabs, Uzbeks, or Americans, Frontline is supporting and serving indigenous church planting movements.

Creative Access

In most countries hostile to the Gospel, it is not possible to get a “missionary” visa – but it is possible for believers to go in and stay in those countries if they bring needed skills with them. Through teaching, community development, medicine, business, and horticulture, Frontline Missions is developing platforms for work and witness in the world’s difficult places.

Training Leaders

William Carey, Hudson Taylor, and other missionary trailblazers led the way in crossing continents and cultures with the Gospel. People of every nation, tongue, and tribe came to Christ, churches sprang up, and they – in turn – began sharing the Gospel with their own people. Today there is a whole new, diverse missionary force that Christ has raised up from among many peoples. Frontline Missions is coming alongside this next generation of indigenous church leaders as they take the Gospel to their people – providing training, connecting them with a network of other regional leaders, and equipping them with tools for Bible study and exposition.

Dispatches From The Front

This documentary series has been called “a front row seat on the front lines.” The Dispatches from the Front DVD series is about opening windows to Christ’s Kingdom all over the world. These episodes are not scripted, staged, or re-created. The writing and filming unfold in the moment – moments that reveal the unstoppable power of the Gospel in every place.

Frontline Experience

The Frontline Experience (FX) is a training and orientation program that serves the Church and advances the Gospel by equipping men and women to serve Christ in hard-to-reach places.

Source: FrontlineMissions.info/About

DVD Details

Running Time: Approximately 54 minutes
Widescreen
Copyright 2010, Frontline Missions International

April 17, 2017

Dispatches from the Front | Episode 1: Islands on the Edge (Southeast Asia)

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DVD Description

A pioneer missionary once wrote, “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” Dispatches from the Front: Islands on the Edge takes you where there are no church buildings or chapel bells, yet the Gospel is unstoppable and Christ’s Kingdom is advancing even in the face of persecution, desperate poverty, and Asia’s secret slave trade. Travel to the islands of Southeast Asia––from the towering city of Singapore to the squalid encampments of Borneo. Ferry through Cambodia’s remote river country, visit a Buddhist monastery where people with AIDS are living and dying, and rejoice with new believers in a house church in Indonesia. Here is an inside look at the radical rescue work of the Gospel on the frontier of human need.

About Frontline Missions International

Radical Rescue Work

The cross is central in the Frontline logo, but more importantly it is at the heart of our message and mission. We believe in the centrality and finality of Christ’s work on the cross – of His radical rescue work for all of us. Knowing its life-giving power, we desire that all people hear this Good News. Many have heard it often, but many more have never heard it even once. So we focus on those with the least opportunity to hear, going to them with urgency, joy, and confidence because we have been sent by our King.

Bibles & Gospel Literature

Bible smuggling was our earliest passion, and it is still a great privilege to put the Bible into people’s hands for the first time in places like the Horn of Africa and Central Asia. In addition, Frontline Missions has published commentaries, devotionals, and Christian classics such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Tozer’s The Pursuit of God in Russian, Arabic, Uzbec, Croation, Polish, Mandarin, and Turkish.

Advocacy for Persecuted Christians

FMI is dedicated to being a voice for persecuted believers in other countries, along with our ongoing efforts to take the Gospel into restricted access countries. Many of these persecuted believers are on the frontlines, witnessing for Christ in areas that are hostile to the Gospel. They are shining as lights in very dark areas of the world that are dominated by hostile religions and totalitarian regimes. You can partner with Frontline by staying informed through our regular Persecution Updates and by appealing to members of Congress and the U.S. State Department to put pressure on foreign governments to stop persecuting believers and to honor the most basic of human rights: freedom of religion. You can also write directly to officials of foreign governments to make such appeals.

Mercy Ministries

The Gospel is a specific message about a specific Person – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the Gospel message is adorned by acts of mercy. As we have received grace, we share it with others. Frontline Missions shares both the message and the mercy of the Gospel by providing assistance to refugees, orphans, and people with special needs.

Church Planting

In parts of the world where there is the least Light, “church” rarely means a building with a steeple. Instead, “church” is gatherings of believers meeting in an apartment or a mud hut, or even under a mango tree. We are committed to planting vibrant, Word-centered churches – not Western-style transplants, but churches that will take root in native soil. Whether this is done by Chinese, Arabs, Uzbeks, or Americans, Frontline is supporting and serving indigenous church planting movements.

Creative Access

In most countries hostile to the Gospel, it is not possible to get a “missionary” visa – but it is possible for believers to go in and stay in those countries if they bring needed skills with them. Through teaching, community development, medicine, business, and horticulture, Frontline Missions is developing platforms for work and witness in the world’s difficult places.

Training Leaders

William Carey, Hudson Taylor, and other missionary trailblazers led the way in crossing continents and cultures with the Gospel. People of every nation, tongue, and tribe came to Christ, churches sprang up, and they – in turn – began sharing the Gospel with their own people. Today there is a whole new, diverse missionary force that Christ has raised up from among many peoples. Frontline Missions is coming alongside this next generation of indigenous church leaders as they take the Gospel to their people – providing training, connecting them with a network of other regional leaders, and equipping them with tools for Bible study and exposition.

Dispatches From The Front

This documentary series has been called “a front row seat on the front lines.” The Dispatches from the Front DVD series is about opening windows to Christ’s Kingdom all over the world. These episodes are not scripted, staged, or re-created. The writing and filming unfold in the moment – moments that reveal the unstoppable power of the Gospel in every place.

Frontline Experience

The Frontline Experience (FX) is a training and orientation program that serves the Church and advances the Gospel by equipping men and women to serve Christ in hard-to-reach places.

Source: FrontlineMissions.info/About

DVD Details

Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes
Widescreen
Copyright 2009, Frontline Missions International
Some material is of an intense nature and may not be suitable for all audiences.

April 13, 2017

Good Intentions, Poor Execution (Job 4)

16997905_1330160643709280_7690010696290514539_nOn Sunday, February 26, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Good Intentions, Poor Execution” from Job 4.

The retribution your sin deserves was taken by Jesus Christ in his suffering and death on the cross.

1. Accusations and Innuendo—Eliphaz’s remarks confuses suffering with punishment and riches with reward. But God does not deal with his people according to their sins.

2. Not So New, and Not So Special—The religion Eliphaz advances is graceless. It misunderstands God and Man. God is just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “Good Intentions, Poor Execution” (Job 4) at mcopc.org.

April 12, 2017

A Day to Lament (Job 3)

IMG_3879On Sunday, February 19, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Day to Lament” from Job 3.

Jesus Christ rights the wrongs of a sin-cursed world by his death on the cross.

1. Creation Undone—As if his trials parallel the Fall of Adam, so Job wishes he’d never been born, even to the extent that God had never created the world in the first place.

2. Why, Oh Why?—Job assumes joy will only return to him by means of his own death. He wouldn’t take his own life, but endured his trials.

3. A Greater Than Job—The undoing of creation and relief from suffering in death find their ultimate expression in the death of Christ for fallen sinners, which sufferings result in eternal life and joy in Christ.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “A Day to Lament” (Job 3) at mcopc.org.

April 12, 2017

Weep With Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)

IMG_3690On Sunday, February 12, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Weep With Those Who Weep” from Job 2:11-13.

Jesus Christ shared our suffering humbling himself by taking a body of dust so we can live forever with him in glory.

1. A Concerted Effort—Knowing Job needs help, three friends deliberately arranged to visit him in his trouble.

2. Sharing Sorrows—Job’s friends express their grief and sorrow for Job.

3. Seven Days and Seven Nights—As the friends shared in Job’s sufferings, as Christ shared in ours, even as our sufferings complete his own, so are we to share the suffering of others.

Listen to “Weep With Those Who Weep” (Job 2:11-13) at mcopc.org

March 13, 2017

The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

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Book Description

“The radio addresses of Dr. J. Gresham Machen, delivered from January to April in 1935, are a unique and condensed summary of some of the most significant doctrinal issues that Dr. Machen taught and defended throughout his career…

“…For Dr. Machen, Jesus is not a mere man who serves as an ethical example or a teacher of good principles. He is our Savior, and as Dr. Machen stated, “a purely human, or mere natural, as distinguished from a supernatural, Christ can never be our Savior.” Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came as the Savior and accomplished salvation, according to Dr. Machen. The final demonstration of Jesus Christ’s work was his resurrection. Dr. Machen defends the supernatural bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and he asserts that this pivotal historical event evinces the truth of Christianity.

“These transcribed radio addresses are commended as a clear and wonderful presentation of the basic orthodox Christian commitments that Dr. Machen embraced and defended. They are delivered by a renowned scholar, but presented in a way that encourages everyone to read and carefully reflect on them. “

~from the Introduction by Jeffrey K. Jue, Ph.D., Provost & Executive Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Dr. J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)

About the Author

John Gresham Machen was born at Baltimore on July 28, 1881, the middle of three sons born to a southern lawyer, Arthur Machen, whose brother had fought for the Confederates in the Civil War. Some time in his youth Machen came to a personal faith in Christ, but there was no dramatic conversion experience. In later years he was not even able to recall the date (4 January 1896) when he had publicly professed faith and become a church member in Franklin Street Presbyterian Church. He was educated at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Universities of Marburg and Göttingen in Germany.

Machen taught at Princeton Seminary from 1906 until its reorganisation in 1929. Then he left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he served as professor of New Testament until his death from pneumonia on New Year’s Day, 1937. In 1936 Machen was instrumental with others in founding what became the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and was its first Moderator.

Source: Banner of Truth Trust

Book Details

Paperback
101 Pages
Publisher: Westminster Seminary Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780998005140

Library patrons who have read this book are invited to share their comments, reviews, questions or criticisms for discussion in the comments below this post.

March 7, 2017

Intensive Trials (Job 2:1-10)

20170205 Job 2_1-10 MemeOn Sunday, February 5, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Instensive Trials” from Job 2:1-10.

Jesus Christ at every point of his earthly life blessed God and still died so all who cursed God and believe in his Son will never die.

1. Skin for Skin—Though Job was faithful, he was treated as one who had abandoned the Lord. Our suffering for the sake of Christ points back to the suffering of Jesus himself.

2. Six Little Words—Three Hebrew words echo Job’s faithfulness; three echo the curse. Wife holds our his two choices: to bless God or curse him. As Joshua’s call to choose whom you will serve, Job’s response shows he makes the better choice.

3. The Good with the Bad—In Christ, the justified believer is viewed by God as one who has faithfully endured trials .

CLICK TO LISTEN to “Intensive Trials” (Job 2:1-10) at mcopc.org.

March 1, 2017

March Spotlight! The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day

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Book Description

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by award-winning author Scott O’Dell is historical fiction set in Europe during the 1500s. In this Christian fiction book Tom Barton and his uncle Jack are smugglers who are used to breaking the law. With quick wits and secret cargo holds, they have managed to make a comfortable living. And then William Tyndale asks them to carry English Bibles along with their usual cargo. As enemy after enemy rises to oppose Tyndale’s Bible translation, Tom is confronted with a choice between what he wants and what he knows to be true.

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Scott O’Dell (1898-1982)

About the Author

Scott O’Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 15, 1989) was an American author of 26 novels for young people, along with three novels for adults and four nonfiction books. He wrote historical fiction, primarily, including several children’s novels about historical California and Mexico. For his contribution as a children’s writer he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1972, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. He received The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 1976 and the Catholic Libraries Association Regina Medal in 1978.

O’Dell’s best known work is the historical novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal and the 1963 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in its German translation. It was also named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list. He was one of the annual Newbery runners-up for three other books: The King’s Fifth (1966), The Black Pearl (1967), and Sing Down the Moon (1970).

Source: Wikipedia

Book Details

182 Pages
Publisher: BJU Press, JourneyForth
Publication Date: 1975
ISBN: 978-0-89084-368-0

This book was generously donated by the John and Julie Anderson family.

Library patrons who have read this book are invited to share their comments, reviews, questions or criticisms for discussion in the comments below this post.

February 7, 2017

“Cursed,” Yet Blessing Yahweh (Job 1:13-22)

img_3641On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Cursed,” Yet Blessing Yahweh from Job 1:13-22.

God gives and God takes away; God is God, and he is to be worshipped.

1. Devastation and Disaster–Fourfold tragedy befalls Job and he falls on the ground to worship. “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away…”

2. Sorrow and Service–when trouble befalls you, you are to worship. “…blessed be the name of the LORD.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “‘Cursed,’ Yet Blessing Yahweh” (Job 1:13-22) at mcopc.org.