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This book is the latest in a series by this author, under the general title of ‘Recovering the Gospel’, based on sermon series preached on the mission field and in the United States. The author’s main concern is that not only the gospel be preached, and that what is preached is the real and authentic Bible gospel: the proof of that reality being conversions and changed lives.

As church attendance has declined Washer believes that the gospel message has been progressively watered down into ‘easy believism’, emotionalism, entertainment and persuasion techniques in an ever more desperate attempt to recruit and keep up numbers. The result may be theories of ‘salvation made easy’, but it is a faith ever more made in mans’s image, ever further from the reality of the Word. Thus his concern to RECOVER the Gospel.

In this carefully nuanced study Washer shows that the true Gospel carries with it assurances of salvation, but also warnings which are guidelines or benchmarks by which we can judge whether our salvation is real, and out assurance is God-given and not false or deceptive.

Part I, Assurance, consists of fourteen Chapters (originally sermons) dealing with subjects such as ‘false assurance’, ‘examining yourself’, ‘walking in God’ ‘revelation’, ‘confessing sin’, ‘rejecting the world’, ‘practicing righteousness’ and ‘confessing Christ’.

Part 2, Gospel warnings (subtitled, ‘warnings to empty confessors’). Here  the writer’s concern is directed to those who have entered to those who have entered the church the ‘easy way’, and are deluding themselves and others by a mistaken profession and a false belief in eternal security. The theme of the five Chapters is that of the need to constantly ‘examine yourself’, to be assured that you are in the right way. In this section Washer deals with: ‘Gospel reductionism’  (lowering the gospel to man’s level to please and persuade sinners to make a profession), ‘The small gate’ (Christ alone, through his shed blood, is the gate), (the believer’s walk is governed by obedience to God and his law), ‘Outward evidence of an inward reality’ (changed lives and evidence of progressive sanctification evidence the reality of personal salvation), and ‘The dangers of an empty confession’ (confession without conversion leads to the shock of rejection at last.)

The book is practical-and challenging- throughout. Here is no dry theology, but the vital core of the faith, presented with a pastor’s concern that none who attend the churches be finally lost. Gospel assurance – and gospel warnings – are the daily spirit food of the Christian. If this work helps believers to keep that in mind, it will bring a blessing to the church.

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In honor of our first publication, we have decided to give two copies away during this week's 20th anniversary giveaway. Coinciding with this giveaway, you can purchase the book for 50% off ($20.00)

hawker-front__73232.1306255929.1280.1280We published Robert Hawker’s daily portions early on in our history as this was a favorite of mine due to his tremendous gift at finding Christ in every text and presenting Him to the full. It is as if he goes into each text with a flashlight, finds Christ somewhere, and then placards Him before us. Too many daily portions are just extracts from fuller writings, but Dr. Hawker wrote these 730 portions as a bone fide daily devotional. Here is daily devotional writing at its best—warmly Christ-centered, eminently practical, personally searching.

(East County Magazine interviewed Simonetta Carr who has authored the 'Christian Biographies for Young Readers Series')

Santee resident Simonetta Carr’s book, Anselm of Canterbury,was named Best Biography in the San Diego Book Awards.  East County Magazine recently interview Carr on the Bookshelf segment of our East County Magazine Radio show on KNSJ.

You can now hear their interview here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/51gcwpzbuy.

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspaper and magazines around the world and has translated several books and articles into Italian.

She is the sole author of the series Christian Biographies for Young Readers, published by Reformation Heritage Books, with seven beautifully illustrated books presently in print. She has also written a work of historical fiction for young adults,Weight of a Flame, published by P&R, and a short biography, Renée of France, published by Evangelical Press. Presently, she lives in Santee, CA, with her husband Thomas and family.

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This August, join godly leaders in the church as they delve into who Christ's Bride is and her role in society today.

The Puritan Reformed Conference centers on biblically rich, Reformed, experiential, expositional preaching. It is an opportunity to experience two and one half days of sweet Christian fellowship and a time for personal and family edification as well as growth in the Word of God.

The conference provides an intimate setting for Reformed Christians from around the world to gather together to hear some of the most exceptionally gifted ministers of the gospel today. One such speaker is Rev. Conrad Mbewe. Considered the Spurgeon of Africa, Conrad Mbewe is known for his love of Christ and His Church, both at home in Zambia and abroad.

Additionally, Reformation Heritage Books will be on hand to offer exceptionally low priced Christian literature to those attending the conference.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear a number of truly gift ministers of the gospel at this year’s conference, August 21-23. For more information or to register, visit PRTS online at puritanseminary.org. Visit soon. The early bird pricing of just $65 per person ends July 31.

Topics Include:

Our Devotion to Christ’s Bride (Acts. 2:41-47) - Conrad Mbewe

The Mission of Christ’s Bride (Acts 1:6-9) - William VanDoodewaard

The Healthy Holiness of Christ’s Bride (Lev. 20:26) - Michael Barrett

The Unity and Diversity of Christ’s Beautiful Bride - David Murray

View full schedule here --->

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Cross Focused Reviews participated in a book review tour of 'China's Reforming Churches' by Bruce P. Baugus)

Reviews

Every Christian should read this volume to understand how to pray and to support missionaries.” - Val Belley

“These essays worked together perfectly to leave the reader excited, encouraged, and challenged to be a part of the mighty works God is doing.” - Josh Skinner

“I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about the state of the church in China.” - Josh Schwisow

“This book will serve as a great benefit to any Christian interested in the current state of missions in China and will provide invaluable information for those invested in Chinese missions from both sides.” - Craig Hurst

“This book is an encouraging, and eye-opening read that has helped me to better understand and appreciate global Christianity.” - Timothy Harris

“This is a very informative book about China’s recent history, current status, and the way forward for Christian churches in that country.” - Doug Wallace

“If you care about China, missions and the church, this book is for you.” - Alan Davey

We were delighted to recently host a visit from Hosung Maeng and his daughter at the RHB offices here in Grand Rapids, MI. Hosung is the CEO of rMaeng2 (www.rMaeng2.com / www.christianbook.co.kr/), an organization that helps RHB successfully translate and distribute our titles through publishers in the Republic of Korea.

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Many titles are already available, and many are in different stages of the production phase.

New titles coming soon in Korean:

The Christian's Reasonable Service - Wilhelmus a Brakel

A Puritan Theology - Joel Beeke and Mark Jones

Taking Hold of God - Joel Beeke and Brian Najapfour

What is a Reformed Church? - Malcolm Watts

An Honest and Well Experienced Heart - Adam Embry

Prepared by Grace, For Grace - Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley

Spiritual Warfare - Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura

What is a Christian? - Ryan McGraw

What Does it Mean to Love God? - Maurice Roberts

How Should Teens Read the Bible? - Joel Beeke

How Do I Kill Remaining Sin? - Geoffrey Thomas

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In 1994, RHB was established with the goal to fill a niche in the Reformed and Puritan publishing world by offering sound biblical literature from a large variety of publishers while at the same time publishing several books each year on our own.

Because RHB did not publish any titles in the first year of business, we have decided to give away our two bestselling children's titles.

Knox3__61116.1383152642.1280.1280LadyJaneGrey_front__87999.1337964808.1280.1280We have been publishing these coffee-table style books on  church history figures for young children because we strongly believe that they need to understand what the Holy Spirit has done in church history in guiding the church over the centuries to know and articulate the Scriptures better. Children also need real heroes, and church history has plenty of them, so each volume in this series tells the story of one influential man or woman in church history that stood for the cause of God.

(Taken from 'How Do I Kill Remaining Sin?' by Geoffrey Thomas)

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This battle will not end until we look upon the face of our glorified Savior. Face up to this reality. Know your enemy. Don’t be surprised by his assaults. Know yourself. The sins in others that disgust you the most exist in seed form in you. Those evil actions that make you draw in your breath and say, “How could anyone do something like that?”— the seed of those sins is in your life, and could begin to grow, if you are not at pains to root it out.

Because of this conflict, the Lord and His servants exhort us: “Watch and pray! Put on all the armor of God! Awake! Don’t slumber on like others! Stand in an evil day, and having done all, stand! Yield not to temptation!”Christ exhorts His disciples because of the danger from the enemy within, as well as the enemy without.

There have been religious movements that have promised short cuts to ending the fight between the Spirit and the flesh. A hundred years, ago there was a teaching known as the Victorious Life. One of its proponents, Charles Trumbull, wrote, “I have learned that, as I trust Christ for surrender, there need be no fighting against sin, but complete freedom from the power, and even the desire of sin.”What an error! No preacher possesses a secret by which we can escape from the activity of sin within us. Modest, respectable, and quiet sin can be every bit as dangerous as roaring, spitting, and shouting sin. Sin is never less active than when it is most silent. When sin is quiet, we are to be most on guard.

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Dear Friends,

Anniversaries DrBeekeare nostalgic, so bear with me as I wax nostalgic - and get a bit personal - for a moment. It is hard for me to believe that Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) is entering its second generation!

Reading Puritan literature has been a major boon for me spiritually for forty-seven years. When the Holy Spirit began to convict me at the age of fourteen of the seriousness of sin and the spirituality of the law, I searched the Scriptures and devoured Puritan literature from my father’s bookcase. My mother would call upstairs each evening at 11:00, “Lights out!” After my parents’ lights went out, I would turn mine back on and read until 12:30 or 1:00 in the morning. As a teenager, I read all the Puritan titles published by Banner of Truth Trust with relish. Primarily through the Holy Spirit blessing the Puritans to my soul, I found gospel peace and assurance of salvation.

I then felt an urgent need for everyone to benefit from reading the Puritans, so I started a church library in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Later, at age sixteen, I, with some other young people, founded a nonprofit organization called Bible Truth Books, which is still operating today. Later, as a minister, I served as president of our denominational book publishing house for fifteen years until 1993.

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How did RHB get started and develop?

In 1994, I established RHB as a nonprofit and nondenominational ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My original goal was to fill a niche in the Reformed and Puritan publishing world by offering sound biblical literature from a large variety of publishers while at the same time publishing several books each year on our own. At that time, several book dealers and publishers told me that it was not wise to attempt to be a book publisher and a book distributor at the same time. “A choice should be made for one or the other,” they said. But I felt called to establish a ministry that did both so that people could have a one-stop catalog of books in their hands, offering books at discount prices that they could trust would be true to the Reformed faith - books both published and distributed.

If you had told me at that time that a generation later RHB would be publishing or reprinting an average of one book each week, would carry five thousand titles from about seventy-five publishers from around the world - all of a sound biblical and Reformed stamp -and would sell more than $1.5 million worth of books annually, I would surely have thought this to be impossible. But God has ways of blessing His ministries beyond expectation (Eph. 3:20–21). Over the years, He has blessed us with tens of thousands of spiritually hungry and grateful customers, a helpful and supportive board of directors who have always been proactive, and especially with dedicated employees who have caught the vision of worldwide book ministry for the glory of God.

What are RHB’s goals for the future?

Our future goals are to continue publishing and distributing Puritan and Reformed books of high quality to God’s glory for people of all ages, ranging from young children to teenagers to educated laypeople to ministers to professors of theology, and to get them into countries all around the world as reasonably as a nonprofit organization can do it.

Today the possibilities are seemingly endless for expansion into modern forms of media, including e-books and audiobooks. We also hope to vastly expand the translation of many of our titles into various foreign languages. For example, we are already working with publishers in a half dozen countries for the translation of A Puritan Theology into their languages. We need much wisdom on how to face future possibilities of expanding the work.

Why is RHB important for today?

With the acquisition several years ago of Soli Deo Gloria titles, which are now an RHB imprint, RHB is now the largest publisher of Puritan literature in the world. Presently we have published and distributed more than six hundred Puritan titles, which raises the question, Why should twenty-first century Christians read the Reformers, and especially the Puritans?

Reading Puritan writings moves your soul with awe at the glory of God, builds up your mind with faith in the truths of Scripture, ignites your heart with love for Christ the all-sufficient Savior, and expands your life out of its shrunken puddle of selfishness to expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. In other words, the Puritans give us fuel for worship and missions.

How can you continue to support RHB?

1. Pray for us. Please continue to pray that RHB will remain committed to the rich biblical, Reformed, and Puritan heritage we treasure and that God will use this book ministry for the conversion and growth in grace of thousands of readers to His own glory. Also pray that we will be financially upheld, and that many donors will help us reach pastors around the world who cannot afford Reformed literature. Pray for our translated titles into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and several other languages. And pray for continued staff harmony and dedication.

2. Pass on our catalogs and website to friends. Let your friends know about us. Share our books with them. Encourage them to get on our mailing list.

3. Buy and read books. Later this year, RHB will be running some great specials in commemoration of our twentieth anniversary. Take advantage of these opportunities for yourself and your friends. Pass on our books to them as gifts.

Finally, thanks so much for letting us serve you. We appreciate your support more than you know.

Warmly, in the Master’s service,

Joel R. Beeke,

President of RHB