Deadline for Christmas Orders

ChurchWorksMedia.com’s Gospel Meditations books are ideal for Christmas and the New Year. Many individuals and churches have used the books (MenWomenMissionsCombo) as affordable, faith-building gifts. Be sure to take advantage of quantity discounts, and avoid the rush by ordering soon.

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Important: Orders not received by Saturday, December 15th will not be shipped until early 2013. 

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Many thanks to Pastor Rob Campbell for this kind endorsement:

As a pastor I am so grateful for a series like Gospel Meditations that lifts our eyes to see Christ! On different special occasions at church we have given out the men’s, women’s, and missions devotionals as gifts to every family. Gospel Meditations have helped us as a church to gradually grow Gospel thinking into our daily lives. Bethel is growing in grace and God has used Gospel Meditations in our journey.”

(Rob Campbell is the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Sellersville, PA)

New Palm Sunday Hymn, with a Majestic MP3

I’m glad to introduce another new hymn from ChurchWorksMedia.comHosanna to the King is a collaboration with my friend Rick Nichols. It’s a Palm Sunday hymn, but one which we hope will be useful to the church throughout the year. Rick approached me with his regal arrangement of Alexander Reinagle’s tune and asked if I could come up with a suitable text for it, preferably for Palm Sunday or Easter. Once I heard it, the text practically wrote itself. Lord willing, each line will point you to an aspect of the Triumphal Entry and the glories of Christ, the promised King and Deliverer. (You can read about the meaning of each line here.) On a side note, the location that most moved me doing my visit to The Holy Land in 2010 was The Mount of Olives. It’s not a beautiful place. But what an important place—home to the Triumphal Entry, to the Olivet Discourse, to Gethsemane, to the Ascension, and in the future, to the Second Coming. I’m so glad to have been able to write of that sacred place in this hymn.

You can download the files for the hymn below, and you can order Rick’s majestic arrangement here. The octavo is being published this fall by Fred Bock Music and was recently honored by JW Pepper as an “Editor’s Choice.” You’ll understand why when you hear it. Turn up your speakers a bit and rejoice in the majesty of our Savior. Grace!

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LINKS FOR HOSANNA TO THE KING

Choral Demo (published by Fred Bock Music)

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New CWM Hymn by Faye Lopez

Secured by Sovereign Love is Faye Lopez‘s lovely new adaptation of a classic Isaac Watts text on Psalm 139.  Watts reminds us of God’s omnipresence and omniscience. To hide from Him is impossible. Yet, the God who is all-seeing and all-knowing is also all-loving. The believer in Christ is secure in God’s sovereign, unbreakable love.

Thank you, Faye! I’ve admired your work in the past, and it’s a privilege to work with you at ChurchWorksMedia! I trust that this new piece will be an encouragement to many. Grace.

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LINKS FOR SECURED BY SOVEREIGN LOVE

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Gospel Meditations for Voters

I wrote the following article for TCBC’s bulletins this Sunday. I thought it might be helpful for other churches, as well. It’s written with the feel of the Gospel Meditations books (which you can obtain here). Feel free to download and duplicate the PDF, but please don’t alter it in any way. Grace!

Gospel Meditations for Voters PDF

(If you find the article helpful, please share a link via Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. Thank you!)

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Election day is upon us. I hope you will vote. (I already did, taking my wife on a coffee-and-ballots date last week.) It’s proper for Christian citizens to exercise the rights of citizenship (as Paul in did in Acts 16:37-39; 21:39; 22:25-29; and 25:10-11). So vote! And vote in a Christian manner. What should you be thinking when you pull the curtain on your booth?

1. Christians should vote with thanksgiving.

Think of how few people throughout human history have had the right to influence their government with their vote. We’re not under the boot of a dictator. We’re not inheriting a king who has inherited his throne. We’re not in the middle of civil war. We’re voting. What a great blessing God has given us to live in such a country at such a time! As you vote, offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the Giver of this gift (James 1:17).

2. Christians should vote for righteousness.

Scripture doesn’t contain the names of candidates or parties. But it does tell us what our leaders are supposed to do:

  • Protect the innocent and punish the guilty (1 Peter 2:14; Romans 13:3-4)
  • Lead in a way that shows the fear of God, guards the peace of citizens, and allows the advance of the gospel (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
  • Pursue righteousness, not wickedness (Proverbs 14:34)

Christians should pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1) and submit to our leaders (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). In America, we should also help choose our leaders. As we do, we should prioritize issues on which the Bible speaks with clarity (such as the sanctity of life and marriage).

3. Christians should vote in faith.

Tensions are high. People will stay up late to see which states go “blue” or “red” and who gets 270 electoral votes. As Christians, we must watch in faith, without anxiety, knowing that whoever rules in Washington, there is a Greater who rules in heaven. The future of our country will be affected by this election, but not the future of the church or of God’s Kingdom. In the words of one of my favorite hymns, “There is a Higher Throne.” So vote. Then rest in the sovereignty and goodness of the only perfect Ruler. He ordains our leaders (Romans 13:1). He controls our leaders (Proverbs 21:1). And He will one day replace our leaders (Revelation 11:15). Hallelujah! “Come, Lord Jesus.”

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Stock up on Dispatches from the Front

I was thrilled to see that Westminster Bookstore is having a huge sale on Frontline MissionsDispatches from the Front series of videos. For the next 2 days, you can get amazing deals on the set of 5 videos (only $30!) and on Episode 2 (only $5)! That’s around 60% off for both offers. Episode 2 includes my friends and co-authors in Gospel Meditations for Missions, Tim Keesee and David Hosaflook.

I’d suggest that you stock up. Get 10 or more of each and plan to give them as gifts. Getting missions materials into the hands of church members, young and old, should be a major priority for church leaders. These videos are the best resources I’m aware of, and right now they’re big-time affordable. So affordable that Westminster Bookstore is already scrambling to restock! :)

Be sure to read the positive reviews, as well. Grace!

Gospel Meditations for Father’s Day

ChurchWorksMedia.com is taking Father’s Day orders for Gospel Meditations for Men. (Father’s Day is just 3 weeks away!) GM4Men is a 31-day devotional written by Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak. It has sold over 10,000 copies since it was introduced last year. It’s an affordable and edifying gift, available with quantity discounts. See samples and endorsements here. Order and request expedited shipping here.


“This little book is gospel gold.” 

(Milton Vincent)

“Each day’s reading is a rich feast.”
(Phil Johnson)

“Personal and accessible.”
(Sam Horn)

“A delightful and helpful little book.”
(Carl Trueman)

Be sure to check out Gospel Meditations for Women and Gospel Meditations for Missions, as well.

New CWM Hymn: Come, Lonely Heart

One of my favorite passages for meditation is John 4. For the last decade, I’ve thought on it and preached on it often. Now, following some nudging from some close friends, I’ve written a hymn about it. Greg Habegger has written a beautiful tune for the text—one which I think will prove to be among his finest. We’ve named the tune “Samaritan Woman,” after the friend with whom we so deeply relate. We pray that Come, Lonely Heart will drive many to the text of John 4, and through it, to our matchless Savior.

The files are available below, as is the text. The explanatory notes are especially helpful for this particular song, as they give a succinct summary of this marvelous chapter and explain the thoughts behind the text. For a sermon series unpacking John 4 more fully, see this post. Finally, thanks to the many friends whose fingerprints are on the text. I appreciate your encouragement and sharpening more than you know. Grace!

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Come, Lonely Heart (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)

Full PageHalf PageTextNotes & DiscussionMP3

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Come, Lonely Heart

Come, lonely heart, to the outsider’s Friend—
To Jesus, Who seeks out the lost.
Your cruel seclusion has come to an end;
Find welcome, find home, at the cross.
No soul is too small for His mercy;
No sin is too great for His grace!
Come, lonely heart, to the outsider’s Friend;
Find welcome, find home, at the Cross.

Drink, thirsty heart, of the water of life—
Of bountiful, soul-quenching grace.
The world’s broken cisterns cannot satisfy;
The Savior is what your heart craves.
No soul is too small for His mercy;
No sin is too great for His grace!
Drink, thirsty heart, of the water of life;
The Savior is what your heart craves.

Rest, guilty heart, in forgiveness of sin—
In pardon from shame-stirring vice.
Though Satan and sinners and conscience condemn,
Your soul may be spotless as Christ.
No soul is too small for His mercy;
No sin is too great for His grace!
Rest, guilty heart, in forgiveness of sin;
Your soul may be spotless as Christ.

Joy, grateful heart, in the hope you have found—
In God, Who is seeking your praise.
Then go to the outcast, that grace may resound,
For Jesus is mighty to save.
No soul is too small for His mercy;
No sin is too great for His grace!
Joy, grateful heart, in the hope you have found,
For Jesus is mighty to save.

Copyright 2012 ChurchWorksMedia.com. All rights reserved.

Gospel Meditations for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is less than a month away—May 13, 2012. Gospel Meditations for Women has been used by many churches and individuals as an affordable and edifying gift, selling over 12,000 copies in the last two years. If you plan to order, you need to do so soon.

You can read a sample and endorsements here, and you can order this book or its companions for Men and Missions here. Be sure to take advantage of the quantity discounts. And please help spread the word!

By the way, we’re now on Amazon!

New Hymn on Passion, Resurrection, and Missions: “Every Knee Shall Bow”

I meditate often on the triumph of Christ’s resurrection and ascension—how it was a complete turnabout of the humility of His crucifixion (Philippians 2:5-11). I think also of the implications of that triumph for Christian missions: that the church has the privilege both of experiencing for ourselves and of extending to others Christ’s victory over sin and death. In light of these great themes and with an eye on Philippians 2:9-11 (“Every knee…Every tongue…”) and Revelation 5:9-10 (“Every tribe…”), Molly Ijames and I have teamed to write a new hymn. I trust that Every Knee Shall Bow will inspire the church to worship her Savior and to take His gospel to the ends of the earth. Grace.

(Thanks to Molly for her relentless work to capture just the right mood and sounds for this piece; thanks to many friends who helped improve the song through their critiques.)

You can download PDF files, hear an MP3 sample, and read explanatory notes at the following links. The text itself is printed out below.

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LINKS FOR EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

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4000 Gospel Meditations for Missions

In the last two months ChurchWorksMedia.com has received orders for over 4000 copies of our latest devotional book, Gospel Meditations for Missions. We’re especially excited to see churches, schools, and missionaries using it as an affordable and challenging resource for missions conferences. Who knows what fruit will result from Christians studying the Bible with an eye toward world evangelization?! I encourage you to put a copy of the book into the hands of every member of your church. And as you distribute and read it, pray for laborers!

You can read more about it here and order it here. Grace!

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THABITI ANYABWILE (Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, keynote speaker at Together for the Gospel, and author of The Decline of African American Theology and other books)

“Can we do missions without meditating on the gospel?  Of course not.  And yet, how many well-meaning, mission-minded saints go off into the harvest having failed to prepare their own hearts with due consideration of the Good News?  Too many I fear. Gospel Meditations for Missions helps us slow down to consider what is of first importance that we might hold this treasure more fully in our clay hearts.  I joyfully commend it.”

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