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Updates Links and Deals

Should a pastor use all his vacation time every year?

Supply preachers available from CAPS

Sermon preparation … as a team ever thought about enlisting help in your sermon prep? Might not be a bad idea.

The new narcotic – guard yourself against this.

How much of Scripture is inspired?

A passion for preaching: interview with Pastor Steven Lawson

Deals:  

 Preach: Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert – $2.99 (not sure how long this deal is good)

Preparing Your Teens for College by Alex Chediak – $2.99 (Price good through June 6)

Introducing the New Testament by Joe Blair – 99 cents (through June 10)

FREE through 6/11 – Iain Duguid on Jesus in the Old Testament

Through 6/11, WTS Books has a nice deal on a nice edition of Pilgrim’s Progress.  Highly recommended book.

Taste and See: an Invitation to Read the Bible (FREE for Kindle, not sure how long; sounds like it might be a good intro to Bible study)

Five Thing Every Christian Needs to Grow, by R. C. Sproul, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven (which looks at what the Bible does and doesn’t teach, not at unverifiable human interest accounts), is on sale for 99 cents for Kindle. The place I saw this deal said this could be for part of the day, so if you’re interested, act now. 

Two Announcements: Supply Preachers Available & New Post Schedule

It’s summer time and that means vacation time here and there for many preachers (or at least it should, unless taking it some other time of the year).

CAPS has men available to fill in for a single service or consecutive weeks, as well as for special services and conferences or seminars.  CAPS speakers are trained in studying and preaching the Bible and focus on communicating the message of God’s Word to minister to the congregation.

Also, the CAPS blog has a new post schedule now: new articles on Mondays and “updates, links, and deals” on Thursdays.

If you have feedback, suggestions for article topics, or want to speak with us about having a supply preacher for your church, please call 423 – 302 – 0357 or fill out the form below.

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

by Keith Walsworth, director of Bancroft Gospel Ministry and CAPS

On one of my recent prolonged times driving the car, I was listening to a preacher ask the question, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand up?” He went on to illustrate how we have individuals presenting Jesus in many forms:

  • We have the environmentally concerned Jesus.
  • We have the loving Jesus who is to loving to be concerned about a person’s sin, and would certainly not hold their sin against them.
  • We have the “coexist” Jesus that accepts all forms of faith, and isn’t concerned if we find the “Christian way”.

It seems theologically correct to define Jesus by what each of us imagines Jesus to be. It would not be unusual, in a typical Bible study, to ask the question, “Who is Jesus to you?” and believe we are all correct! Your description of Jesus may be completely different than my description of Jesus. And everyone is okay with this?

Wait just a cotton-picking minute. I’m not okay with this this! The Biblical Jesus is being pushed out of sight for all these counterfeit Jesuses. Is the Bible no longer our final authority? Do we no longer have a standard whereby we measure our beliefs?

BGM (Bancroft Gospel Ministry) does have a standard, and we believe the Bible is the final authority, and it is the Word of God. We will be living this out this summer with our camp theme which is “Kingdom Chronicles, Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth”. There will be dragons and castles and knights but the all-encompassing theme will be that God’s Word is Truth.

I am concerned that there are a number of sincere, honest, and devoted individuals who truly believe they are “Christians”, but have placed their faith in another Jesus, by believing another gospel—which is not a Gospel at all. God said it best when He inspired the Apostle Paul to write these words:

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:6-9

BGM believes that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (John 1:1-14) and that He was 100% God and 100% man—He is the God/Man. We believe that no one can come to the Father for salvation, but through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). We believe that while Jesus is love, He is also our Judge (Acts 17:31) and therefore we are to bring our bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) and do all things for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).

It may not be politically correct to talk about a bloody death on a cruel cross, or that every man has fallen short of God’s expectations and is on their way to an eternal Hell. But let me go on record here and say that the Bible is clear, unless we repent of our sins and confess that there is salvation in none other than the Crucified Savior, Jesus Christ alone, no one has the hope of Heaven. We must approach God by His terms!

Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, became man. He dwelt among us and we beheld His glory (John 1:14). He was crucified, rose from the dead physically on the third day, and is coming again!

Are you ready my dear reader? My hope and prayer is that, each of you know the real Jesus. If you have any questions, I would personally love the opportunity to help you know for sure where you will spend eternity. Please feel free to contact me.

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Updates, Links, and Deals for 5/11/2014

Updates Links and Deals

Interview with Pastor Kevin DeYoung about taking God at His Word (Hoping to post a full review of this book in the next few weeks)

Interview with Dr. Alex Chediak on preparing your teens for college

Top Ten Christian Books (Plus One) For Graduates (in case you missed it last week)

Three on the Trinity:

How Does the Trinity Apply Practically to My Life

Trinity as Foundational for Family Ministry

How Does the Trinity Apply Practically to Your Life Today

“Ultimate Proof of Creation” – a good overview of apologetics by Dr. Jason Lisle:

Deals:  The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

10 Awesome and Free eBooks online

My book Keeping the Faith in a Christian College is FREE each Sunday in May for Kindle.  I wrote this in hopes that it will help students and graduates of Christian colleges that do not hold firmly to the truth.  It’s also just 99 cents the rest of the time if you buy the print version from Amazon.

300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans – FREE for Logos this month

Updates Links and Deals How to Make Sure Your Marriage Ends in Divorce – The title of this series should get our attention; the content in the series can change our lives and marriages for the better (to avoid drifting apart!).  I highly commend all five parts to your reading; if you are married or counsel those who are, this is well worth your time: Part 1       Part 2      Part 3       Part 4       Part 5

Children’s Bible Reading plan – This plan is very flexible, adaptable and brief.  It gives a good jumpstart without overwhelming.  We now have three children who have been engaging with God’s Word daily, which is good for mom’s and dad’s accountability as well.

Is Genesis 1-11 a Derivation from Ancient Myths?

4 Practical Ways to Welcome Autism into Your Church

Have you heard of Brian McLaren?  Beware if you hear of him or his influence.  Tim Challies tells us about the danger of McLaren’s false teaching.

Deals: My book Keeping the Faith in a Christian College is FREE each Sunday in May for Kindle.  I wrote this in hopes that it will help students and graduates of Christian colleges that do not hold firmly to the truth.

300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans – FREE for Logos this month

Updates Links and Deals

Please make time to listen to this message from Kevin DeYoung: “Never Spoke a Man Like This Before: Inerrancy, Evangelism, and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible”  For professing Christians who claim that the Bible isn’t historically accurate…. well, JESUS disagrees with them. Faith-strengthening, encouraging — praise be to God for giving us His trustworthy Word!  DeYoung has a book, just released, on this topic, Taking God at His Word.  I just read it and I cannot recommend it highly enough (here’s the link for Amazon).

Sermon Description:  In this sermon, primarily from the Gospel of John, Kevin DeYoung argues that Scripture’s inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency provides a foundation for both the truth of the gospel and our confidence in evangelism. Christians believe this not because of a modern, man-made ideal of “inerrancy,” but because Jesus himself thought and taught this way. As DeYoung said, “It’s impossible to uphold the Bible more than Jesus did.”

I am working on the final touches of a book addressed to students at Christian colleges, particularly about the compromise some may face in the classroom.  Lord willing, it will be released on Amazon Kindle this week.

I’ve also read a bit in The Diary of Alvin York, the World War I hero.  Fascinating first-hand account.

Tim Challies says that in our preaching we may be shortchanging folks of the most important thing we can share with them.

Deals:

The following deals are good through April 30:

John MacArthur’s books on prayer and worry are 99 cents.  (Alone with God: Discovering the Passion and Power of Prayer and Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul.)

R. C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross is free this month as an MP3 audio download.

The following deals are good through May 11:

J. I. Packer, Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging (99 cents)

Andreas J. Köstenberger & Justin Taylor, The Final Days of Jesus:  The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived  (99 cents)

James N. Anderson, What’s Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (99 cents)

John MacArthur, The Silent Shepherd (book on the Holy Spirit) (99 cents)

And…

Mark Dever’s book, The Church: the Gospel Made Visible is 99 cents for Kindle.  Gospel eBooks doesn’t say how long this deal is good, but the print list price is $12.99.

Updates, Links, and Deals for 4/20/2014

Updates Links and Deals

Placing the Cross in History – Can we know the exact date of Christ’s death, based on the information we have in Scripture?

Five Errors to Drop from Your Easter Sermon

Why It Matters Theologically and Historically that Women Were First to the Tomb

David Platt on Why We Should Not Believe “Heaven Is for Real”

Deals:

The following deals are good through April 21st:

R. C. Sproul, The Work of Christ – 1 cent (yes ONE CENT) through April 21.

John MacArthur, Saved without a Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation – 1 cent through April 21

More e-book deals that are good through April 21 (although one of the books on sale ends today) at the David C. Cook Super Sale

The following deals are good through April 22:

D. A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers – $3.99 and worth every penny.

Zach Eskwine, Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture – also an excellent resource/handbook for $3.99

Not sure how long these are for, but they’re likely temporary:

Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert, Preach: Theology Meets Practice (99 cents)

An Approach to the Extended Memorization of Scripture – practical help to memorizing entire books of the Bible and long passages (and retaining them) – 99 cents

Best Evidences Pocket Guide from Answer in Genesis: Science and the Bible refute millions of years. Written by Larry Pierce , Dr. Terry Mortenson , Dr. Jason Lisle , Dr. Don DeYoung , Dr. Georgia Purdom , Dr. Danny Faulkner , Dr. Andrew Snelling and Ken Ham — Use Code EBFREE to get it free

For the whole month of April:

John MacArthur’s books on prayer and worry are 99 cents through April 30.  (Alone with God: Discovering the Passion and Power of Prayer and Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul.

R. C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross is free this month as an MP3 audio download.

Updates Links and Deals

Scripture Memory: Great Tool or Old School?

A couple more links about the Noah movie. The takeaway from both: read the REAL, TRUE story in Genesis 6-9.

“Drowning in Distortion” by Dr. Albert Mohler

‘Noah’ [movie] as Fable – Reminder to Read the Original Story by Bryant Owens

Kindle Deal:

John MacArthur’s books on prayer and worry are 99 cents through April 30.  (Alone with God: Discovering the Passion and Power of Prayer and Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul.

Free Audio Book:

R. C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross is free this month as an MP3 audio download.

Excellent challenge to pastors & teachers from Dr. Paul Bufford from Abingdon Bible Church:

 

CAPS KY 2014 GraduationOn March 28, 2014 we were honored to give seven CAPS Certificates to men who had completed the CAPS course in the southeast KY area. These men came from different backgrounds (from a game warden to coal miners, and from students to pastors), but all had a desire to become better equipped students of God’s Word. What an encouragement to hear each of these men share how the CAPS program helped them! We praise the Lord for the impact CAPS has had in southeast KY, and are looking forward to starting a new class on the second Monday of May.

Keith Walsworth, CAPS Director

If you are interested in attending a CAPS class or in hosting CAPS at your church (or for more information), please contact us.