Thursday, 27 April 2017

More News of the Sponsored AV Calendars

Here on the right is Duwen Musaka, sitting next to his wife Julia. He is a Zambian pastor and the distributor of our calendars. He has been busy since the second and final box arrived some weeks back, and sent a report after completing his work over Easter. Some extracts from it are given here:-

We thank God for the gift of calendars that our brethren are able to read a scripture daily and be helped to reflect on God. It is a wonderful work and edifying the inner man who is created in the image and after the likeness of Christ. I want extend our thanks to all those who participated in making these calendars available to us and reaching the intended brethren. We thank you for participating in extending the kingdom of God through literature distribution.

Duwen lives in Kabwe, which has a bad reputation as one of the ten most polluted places in the world! It was historically important for lead mining. But here Duwen is active in bringing something that is not tarnished by its environment - the Bible, along with other Christian literature. Our sponsored calendars are an added bonus:-

We had another distribution during Easter. Three of our branch churches gathered in one place to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. They had invited another church to join them. This brought the total number of churches gathered together to four. These are rural churches in central Zambia. We drove for 32 km in a village road to get to this place where they had gathered. After the service on the Lord’s Day, 16th April 2017, all the leaders and pastors gathered to receive the calendars. I took one calendar, assembled it to show them how it is done. I showed them that this is a scriptural calendar is giving us verses to read each day. I encouraged those who read local language Bibles to do the same in their own language. They were very pleased to receive such calendars which could help them read the Word of God daily. Others were asking about Bibles both in English and local languages. It was a joyous moment for them returning home from Easter celebration with a present from the United Kingdom.

On another occasion, four pastors came to Kabwe for a meeting from Keembe and Mukonchi respectively. These are rural areas in Central Province of Zambia. After the meeting, I had time to show them how to assemble the calendars. They were pleased to receive such calendars with scriptures for each day. One of them said, “This is now reading the Bible through to the end of the year."

What a privilege it is to be able to support these people! May the Lord grant his rich blessing upon them as they engage with his Word. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Sponsored Calendar Distribution News

Good news! 
The final box of our sponsored AV Calendars has at last been received in Zambia, after delays from their postal service. So all 80 have now arrived safely.  Duwen Musaka, a pastor in Kabwe, and our contact out there, has already been on with the work of distribution of the calendars that came in the first box.  He sent pictures of some to whom they were given at a Conference in Kapiri Mposhi in the Copperbelt Province. One was also presented to Chief Chamuka of Chisamba district at a ceremony further south in Central Province. We look forward to more news in due course.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Reading Together

Our online reading club for ladies is just about to start a new book - so now would be a great time to join! Would you like to read more? Do you have a growing pile of half finished books? Let us help you read a book from cover to cover! We read just a few chapters every couple of weeks and discuss each chapter on the blog - it's all private as the blog is only accessible to subscribers.
Our new book is Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves & Tim Chester. This is a contemporary look at the importance of the doctrines underpinning the Reformation 500 years ago. Please click on the link to read more about the book (including a blog review), and contact me if you want to sign up to the reading club. Don't forget, reading club members get a discount!

Monday, 27 February 2017

Photography Competition

This is the time of year when we finalise our printing for next year's AV Block Calendar.  The texts have been chosen (a labour of love), typed up and proof read, and these are being printed as we speak. But the pictures for the calendar back need to be chosen ASAP and it is causing us a headache. Someone (can't think who?!) came up with the bright idea of a photography competition to help us choose a suitable picture.  So here goes...

What we need is:
A good quality photo, landscape in shape but not necessarily landscape in content (although landscapes are of course popular).
Preferably UK based.
Something colourful with some detail in the foreground as well as the background.
Something you wouldn't mind looking at all year!

What we don't want:
Dark dreary landscapes.
Cars - at least not modern cars with number plates that can be identified.
Churches - we get complaints about churches, sorry! We are non-conformists after all.

If we pick your picture:
Well Done!
Your name will credited on the calendar
You can take your pick of any book in the shop up to a value of £10
You receive a free calendar when it has been printed.

Here are some examples of pictures we have used in the past...

If you think you have anything we might be interested in please get in touch with .
Our deadline is next Monday 6th March.
We look forward to seeing your pictures!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

2000 years of Christ's Power - Offer Ending Soon

The long awaited 4th volume in the '2000 Years of Christ's Power' series is now available.  It covers the period 1560-1740: an era of great struggles, of war and theological controversy when there was conflict between traditions, and conflict within traditions. Dr Nick Needham, lecturer in Church History at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, covers Germany, England and Scotland, as well as issues affecting the Reformed Faith, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Quite an assortment!  

Don't miss out on this great offer - only available until the end of February

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Why the Reformation Still Matters

What is the legacy of the Reformation? The contention of this book is that, although it left its mark on history, the real impact of the Reformation was upon doctrine. And this is precisely the aspect of it which is in greatest danger of being overlooked as we enter upon 2017 - exactly 500 years since Martin Luther nailed up the 95 theses. In successive chapters, with a historian's analysis and a pastor's application, doctrines hammered out during that remarkable period of history such as on sin and justification, the church and the sacraments, as well as the Holy Spirit and everyday life are revisited. The Reformers' insights into scripture teaching prove invaluable to today's Christian, and as the authors sum up: 'The only way the Reformation could possibly not still matter would be if beauty, goodness, truth, joy and human flourishing no longer mattered. We have been made to enjoy God, but without the great truths the Reformers fought for that display him as glorious and enjoyable we shall not do so. Seeing less of him, we shall be lesser and sadder. Seeing more of him, we shall be fuller and happier.'
Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves & Tim Chester, published by IVP, £9.99

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox

We can often feel like pygmys in comparison to 'the measure of the stature of Christ' that some in the past attained to. But a good thing about 'A Long Line of Godly Men Profile' series from Reformation Trust (attached to Ligonier Ministries) is that it is designed to inspire. It is not eulogy disguised as biography. The lives of men like John Knox are studied to see the grace that was with them, and to point to their God - the ever living God. Douglas Bond has chosen to focus helpfully upon what he terms 'the mighty weakness' of Knox. That is, he was not a man who left sins and infirmities behind when he was born again, proceeding from strength to strength in a victorious life. No, out of fear he at first even refused to preach; he endured frail health all his days (although once spending months as a French galley slave!); and he had low views of himself and did not seek prominence. However, he fervently desired that Christ might be magnified among his fellow countrymen, and in prayer and preaching he laboured to that end. 'Out of weakness he was made strong.' He resembled the apostle Paul: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.' Bond turns the spotlight upon Knox's power in a series of chapters on his submission to Christ and his word, prayer, preaching, writing, keynote doctrine (predestination), and pastoral care. But a glimpse into the greatness of Knox's spirit is seen in his attribution of the wonderful success of the Scottish Reformation: 'God gave his Holy Spirit in great abundance to simple men.' Oh for more such men!

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox published by Reformation Trust is a £12.99 quality hardback with dustjacket.