Share the Impact of Faithful Servant Books…

On Saturday, January 23rd, Faithful Servant Books officially closed its doors after 3 ½ years of being a Faithful Witness to the City of Moncton. The bookstore served as more than a Christian retailer but was held in high regard as a ministry that affected numerous people from all walks of life. Mike Steeves and his staff have been an encouragement to a number of Christians in this city and proclaimers of the gospel of our Lord Jesus to those who had yet to come to trusting Christ as their Savior. We had the privilege of hearing  how many were blessed by the ministry and how valuable it was to glorify our precious Savior. We were able to meet many wonderful Christians who were contacts of Mr. Steeves that he had made through the bookstore. Needless to say, this city has suffered a great loss in the closing of this resource center. We pray for our Brother Mike Steeves and thank him for his contribution to the Christian Faith in our great city.

We thought it would be a great idea to have people comment on how Faithful Servant Bookstore and Ministry affected them. We would like to encourage you, our readers, to share any thoughts or leave a comment for others to see.

Drop in to Faithful Servant Books for Christmas Gift Ideas

BannerStoreFrontWith the Christmas season fast approaching, Christians in the Greater Moncton Area and beyond should be aware that there are some wonderful gift ideas available in our great city. Whether they are in search of a new bible, Christian books, DVDs, cards for any occasion, Faithful Servant Books has something for you. Purchasing from Faithful Servant Books also helps a ministry devoted to the Greater Moncton Area to provide resources and opportunities to evangelize the lost and equip the saints in their growth of the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please consider visiting Faithful Servant Books and supporting this great work this Christmas season.

 

Faithful Servant Books Used Book Sale

BannerStoreFrontFinding Christian Bookstores can be relatively difficult but finding a bookstore that sells great resources and that is run by a couple of faithful Christians who value the Word of God and desire to proclaim Christ to others, well, that’s very rare. We are very fortunate that we have such a bookstore in the Greater Moncton Area. David Ford and Mike Steeves provide our city with some much needed light and we here at this blog truly appreciate their ministry.

Faithful Servant Books has a large amount of used books that they have available onsite. These books range in the categories of theology, bible references, prophecy, Christian living and much more. The selection is not the only great thing.  The price on these items is fantastic starting at $3.00 and up. If you are in the Trites Road area, take a moment to stop in to view some of the great titles available.

Faithful Servant Books Continuation

BannerStoreFrontI had announced in a previous post that Faithful Servant Books was going to be closing their doors shortly. I received some blessed news last evening that the ministry at Faithful Servant will continue on but in a different format. Please read the announcement below for the details and let’s all support this work

ANNOUNCING THE CONTINUATION OF FAITHFUL SERVANT BOOKS
Thank-you to everyone who has expressed their support and offered prayers to our Lord over the last month, when we announced that store closure seemed unavoidable, if a buyer could not be found.

Although there has been no offer to purchase, we have left no stone unturned in trying to find a way forward, as we have witnessed first hand the change in people’s lives as a result of the Lord working through our ministry. We have not only received untold encouragement and moral support from our customers but the general concensus is that a community or region without a Christian resource centre is missing a critical ingredient of its spiritual health.

Having shared those thoughts, we are pleased to share that we believe there may be a viable solution to our dilemma. We plan to formally restructure as a not-for-profit organization.

This will play out in many ways but the central tenet of our viability will be the support of the body of Christ in our region. For our part, we will be reducing costs to the bare-bones – meaning reduced ability to pay market salaries, advertising, rent & bank fees. For your part, this means partnering with us in ministry as the Lord leads you – prayer, purchasing from us, spreading the word through social media, even donating.

Let us all remember that there is ultimately only one answer to the problems besetting us. “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” John 17:3. May we work together so more people hear of this hope.

Please offer a simple prayer for us that God would give us wisdom, discernment and sound advice on how to move forward as a ministry in the body of Christ.
Yours,
David Ford & Mike Steeves.

Faithful Servant Closing

BannerStoreFrontIt is with sadness that I have come to find out that the Faithful Servant Bookstore will be closing by the end of the month of April 2015. Mike Steeves and Faithful Servant have had a positive impact on the Christian community through providing solid Christian resources to the Moncton area but also as a ministry which has helped many people in all sorts of situations. I have heard many positive stories of people who have been affected by the ministry there and it is a terrible loss to the community. Here is the official announcement from the Faithful Servant Website:

Faithful Servant Books has now been operating for 3 years.

Despite a very promising start in our first year, we have been unable to attract enough business to make the store viable. It is therefore with great reluctance that we have decided to wind up the business and close the store, unless a buyer can be found soon.

We aim to stay in operation through Easter until the end of April, however we will not be able to accept special orders beyond Sat 28th March.

Our presence in the region is unique, and we have seen a positive, and sometimes dramatic impact on peoples lives who have patronized our store.

Please pray with us that a buyer can be found to continue the ministry in some form, and please feel free to contact either of us should you know of anyone who may be interested.

Yours, David Ford (Owner) Mike Steeves (Manager)

Isaiah 53 & Definite Atonement

crossThere are many individuals who believe that the doctrine of particular redemption or definite atonement cannot be substantiated biblically. They argue that the bible simply does not teach that the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ actually saves those for whom it was offered but mingle the intellectual assent of man in the mix. The idea that there are no texts that teach definite atonement is a mere caricature. There are a number of texts that could be examined to demonstrate the biblical doctrine of the atonement especially in light of its particularity. We think of texts such as John 10 and Revelation chapter 5 as clear examples of this blessed doctrine amongst many others.

Recently I had purchased from Faithful Servant Books a small booklet by W.E. Best on the examination of definite atonement from another proof text mainly the text of Isaiah 53. Best does a remarkable job at demonstrating that the suffering servants death would in fact be a perfect sacrifice that could not fail. It would actually purchase and redeem men for God and that this death would be victorious. I was pleased to see that the book is now available online in PDF for those who wish to read through Best’s exegesis and analysis of Isaiah 53.

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace…Almost Here

??????????????????I have been waiting for this book to be released in Canada for quite some time now and it will finally be made available in January. It is Richard Barcellos’ new book on the Lord’s Supper called “The Lord’s Supper as a means of Grace”. It seems the book is now available in the U.K. and the Confessin’ Baptist has just posted a chapter from the book for all to read. I thought I would share this post with you and recommend picking up the book from either Amazon or by contacting Mike Steeves at Faithful Servant Books. Here is a an overview of the book:

Richard Barcellos’ specific focus is to show us how the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace. His answer is that the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace because of what the Holy Spirit does in the souls of believers when local churches partake of it. “The Spirit effects or enhances present communion between the exalted Redeemer and his pilgrim people on the earth. Or it can be stated this way: the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace through which Christ is present by his divine nature and through which the Holy Spirit nourishes the souls of believers with the benefits wrought for us in Christ’s human nature which is now glorified and in heaven at the right hand of the Father.”

The study is divided under four headings – 1. The terminology connected to the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament. 2. The Biblical data which advocate the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace. 3. The confessional and catechetical formulation of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace in the reformed tradition and 4. Final Thoughts

My “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” Book Review

cover27901-mediumWe live in a generation where anyone who has the ability to watch any news media cannot escape hearing about Islam. Since 9/11, coverage of the “fastest growing religion” has been frequent and constant in our society with no end in sight.  There is even a small group of Muslim’s who gather in the Moncton area as well and hence there is an opportunity for Christians to meet and share their faith with those of the Islamic faith.

It is tremendously important to know where we stand on the subject of Islam and how they differ from the Christian faith. We have often heard individuals ask “do not Muslims and Christians worship the same god?” The answer to that question is no but such an answer will not suffice since we need to give a reasonable explanation as to where they diverge.

There have been numerous volumes written on the subject of Islam especially over the course of the last 10 years or so.  The vast majority of books are written as a general overview of the religion but very few get into any specificity. James White’s book “What Ever Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an” is a much more focused book dealing explicitly with the teachings of the Qur’an itself especially in regards to what it has to say about the Christian faith.  The book is much more definite than your average “Islam 101” volumes and the average reader will appreciate the specific focus within the book on Islam’s holy scripture.

Dr. White has spent numerous hours examining the Qur’an and the hadiths, researching Islamic sources, debating many well-known Islamic apologists which truly gives him tremendous insight on this faith. The book is nothing short of a well documented resource for anyone wanting a closer look at what Islam has to say about the Christian faith.

The first chapter gives a historical account of Muhammad’s early years, his encounter with the angel Gabriel, how the revelation of the Qur’an to Muhammad was passed down, some important points about his life including his wives, his conquest of mecca and his eventual death. This is a general introduction that serves as a useful background to understanding the historical background of the Qur’an.

In the second chapter, Dr. White explores some relevant points regarding the Qur’an including some of its content, its language and how Muslims view their holy book.

Chapter three includes the primary tenets of the Islamic faith with a special focus upon tawhid (Unitarian monotheism) as well as the Islamic teaching of shirk, mithaq and fitra.

I truly enjoyed chapter four dealing with the Qur’an’s denunciation and unfortunate misrepresentation of the Christian doctrine of the trinity. Dr. White demonstrates that the writer of the Qur’an could not have truly understood the true doctrine of the trinity which places a big question mark on the claims that it was written in eternity by Allah.

Dr. White then moves on in the 5th chapter to go through the Qur’an’s teaching on Jesus Christ. He briefly addresses all 25 instances where the Qur’an speaks of “Jesus, son of Mary” (Isa ibn Mariam). This chapter also deals with the consequences of the Islamic Jesus in regards to the intercessory work of the Lord Jesus. Obviously a whole book could be written in regards to this topic however in the short space dedicated to it, Dr. White manages to give some compelling arguments against the Qur’an’s version of Jesus.

Continue reading “My “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” Book Review”