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IS THE CAMBRIDGE CLARION NASB BLACK GOAT SKIN SINGLE-COLUMN AVAILABLE ?

04/15/2014

I didn't see that you have any of the Cambridge Clarion NASB black goat skin. I like the single-column but am concerned about not having space in the margin to take notes. I have not been able to see one personally to tell for sure. If I go this route for sure....can it be ordered? Thanks!

Victoria


Victoria,

Yes, you can order that Cambridge Clarion NASB black goat skin. Please call CVBBS at 1-800-656-0231 and ask for Patti and she can help fulfill your order and answer any questions.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS ON THE 5 SOLAS OF THE REFORMATION

04/08/2014

Steve,

A friend recommended your services to me. I am going to take my students at church through the 5 Solas of the Reformation. What book would you recommend for my reading in order to prepare me to teach them? Thanks! Danny H.

Danny,

Thank you for your question. Let me highly recommend the following for you and then or or two for the students:

FOR YOU:

Roland Bainton, HERE I STAND (The Life of Martin Luther)--Hendrickson--a great read which shows you why there had to be a Reformation and what was at stake.

Stephen Nichols, THE REFORMATION (How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World); P & R--builds on the issues raised in the previous book and applies them more to today.

R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD; Reformation
Trust--if God is holy, holy, holy, then who in the world can be saved? All questions of works and self-will and "God being fair" are thrown aside. How can we be saved? The true spiritual lead in to discussions of salvation. Everything depends upon the kind of Being God is. (Also available in a six message video pack.)

James Montgomery Boice, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
THE GOSPEL OF GRACE? (Rediscovering the
Doctrines That Shook The World); Crossway

James Montgomery Boice and Philip Ryken, THE
DOCTRINES OF GRACE (Rediscovering the
Evangelical Gospel); Crossway


FOR THE STUDENTS:

R. C. Sproul, FEAR & TREMBLING (The Holiness of God
for Teens); Reformation Trust--6 videos of the
holiness of God aimed directly at teens. (If they
never see the holiness of God, they will never truly
see sin, and if they never see and feel their
sinfulness then a Savior will always be
superfluous!)

Brian Cosby, REBELS RESCUED; Christian Focus--the
truths of the Reformation aimed at teens by an
excellent communicator to teens.

John Benton, GOD'S RICHES (The Doctrines of Grace
in Workbook Form); Banner of Truth--outstanding
self-study workbook.

Jerry Bridges, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE; Crossway--applies justification to everyday
life (along with the power of the Holy Spirit to
transform you)

These should keep you and your students busy!

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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MATERIALS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL FROM A REFORMED BAPTIST PERSPECTIVE ?

04/02/2014

What recommendations would you have for books that might be useful in teaching a children's Sunday School class in our reformed Baptist church? We are a relatively young church plant with a limited number of youngsters that span from very young ages to about middle school age, so we'd rather veer towards materials that were targeted for older children rather than books that are too 'babyish,' as we can always simplify for younger children. (By the way, I have seen the Desiring God children's Sunday school curriculum on their website, but was dismayed by the hundreds of dollars it would take to buy recommended materials for just one curriculum series.)
Thank you.
Sara


Sara,

Thank you for your good questions. Definitive Sunday School material for Reformed Baptists are few and far between, Usually, Reformed Baptist churches have to cobble together materials from various sources to have a comprehensive coverage of the various age groups.

We have used James Beeke's material in a comprehensive series:

BIBLE DOCTRINE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (2 vol.)

BIBLE DOCTRINE FOR OLDER CHILDREN (2 vol.)

BIBLE DOCTRINE FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
(1 large volume)

These books are very good, with illustration, pictures, quizzes and tests, but mostly it is historic Protestant doctrine. Because it is a paedo-Baptist denomination,
the material on baptism is changed when we use it.

May the Lord give you wisdom as you proceed.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin




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MY TAKE ON THE BOOK, "RESISTING GOSSIP"

03/06/2014

Bro. Steve:
I have recently been introduced to a book entitled: "Resisting Gossip by Matthew C. Mitchell. Since gossip is so prevalent even in Christian environments, I wondered if this book or some other resource(s) could be effectively used to help a church to come to a better understanding and be better equipped to resist listening to or engaging in gossip?


Brother Ed,

Thank you for your good question.

I think you picked a winner! The book has an excellent pedigree (the author, a pastor in Pennsylvania, did his Doctor of Ministry at Westminster Seminary/Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) in Philadelphia. His has already published articles on this subject and reviews are good.

Every Christian and every church member would profit from reading and digesting this material. Let me know what you think if and when you study it.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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EXPLAINING DEATH TO A YOUNG CHILD

03/03/2014

Pastor,
I was wondering if you have any recommendations on a resource to use when explaining death to a young child? Looking for book or pamphlet to share with families for both young children and 'pre-teens.'
In Christ, Brent

Brent,

Thank you for your good question. I recommend:

Children and Grief: Helping Your Child Understand
Death by Joey O'Connor; Revell Publishing


Facing Grief: Counsel for Mourners ( Puritan Paperbacks); by John Flavel; Banner of Truth--a true
classic (but geared to adults who may have to break it down for children)

These should serve you well.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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A BOOK FOR MY GRANDSON

03/01/2014

I am looking for recommendations for a book for my grandson. He is in the band and the goalie for a high school hockey team here in So. Cal. He is a leader and good student. He is from a Christian Family. He is not a big reader but is quite able to read. In Jr High he set records for # of books and words read.
Robert


Robert,

Thank you for your question. A book that I have given to many men and young men is UNBROKEN, the true story of a young man from southern California who ran in the 1936 Olympics and served in World War II. They are making a motion picture of his life based on the incredible story of his 47 days at sea adrift in the Pacific, his capture and torture by the Japanese for years, his gaining his freedom, his PTSD which almost destroyed him and his marriage, his coming to faith in Christ and being transformed, his return to Japan to meet and forgive his captors and tormentors!

It is a page turner!

I trust your grandson will find it so.

The Lord bless you.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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IS NATHAN STONE'S THE NAMES OF GOD STILL AVAILABLE ?

02/14/2014

I am looking for a book by Nathan Stone called the Names of God - I cannot seem to find it any where can you assist me??I am looking for about `15 copies for a Bible Study .
Mike


Mike,

Thank you for your question. Nathan Stone's THE NAMES OF GOD is available from Moody Press. Please visit the CVBBS.COM page and we put it up as a special.

Let us know how we can be of further help to you.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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A GOOD BIOGRAPHY OF J. GRESHAM MACHEN

02/09/2014

Pastor Martin,
I'm looking for a good biography of J Gresham Machen, any suggestions?
Thanks.
Scott


Scott,

Thank you for your question. Here are the best two and the order in which you should read them:


J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour
by Nichols, Stephen
13.99 / 5.99

Defending The Faith (J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America)
by Hart, D.G.
18.99 / 13.25

These should serve you very well.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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IS THERE A NASB, ESV, NKJV, GREEK & HEBREW BIBLE IN PARALLEL ?

02/08/2014

Is there a parallel bible available with the (nasb,esv,nkjv,greek & hebrew? If not, why not? Is one curruntly in the works, but just not finished yet?

Thank-you for whatever info you can find out.
Brett,



Brett,

Thank you for your question. No such volume exists.
It would be too expensive to get the rights from each of the various publishers. I guess you will just have to have individual volumes at your finger tips.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS OF CHRISTIAN POETRY ?

02/05/2014

Are there any books of Christian poetry that you can recommend? Thank you for your service.
Aric


Aric,

Thank you for a good question. You might try...

John Piper, RUTH

John Piper, THE MISERY OF JOB & THE MERCY OF GOD

John Piper, VELVET STEEL

Ralph Erskine, GOSPEL SONNETS

Ann Standfill, SEASONS OF COMFORT AND JOY

THE POETIC WONDER OF ISAAC WATTS

Also, books on classic hymns are really just poetry put to music.

For an out of print, I believe, volume try HOLY SONNETS by D. A. Carson who puts meditations on Christ and His cross into Elizabethan sonnet form.

May the Lord bless your meditations.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF CONFESSIONAL REFORMED BAPTISTS ?

01/13/2014

Pastor Martin,
I am working on some adult Sunday school lessons for Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, CA on the life of Ernie Reisinger and the history of Reformed Baptists. Do you know if anyone is working on a book about the history of Reformed Baptists in the USA? I have read his life by Thomas and I have Dave Merck's notes from Reformed Baptist Seminary.
thanks,
Mike Mills


Mike,

Thank you for your good question. In God's providence, Tom Chantry and David Dystra are currently writing a week history of confessional Reformed Baptists in the 20th and 21st century. You can locate their 16 weekly entrees at CHANTRYNOTES.WORDPRESS.COM

I believe they plan to publish it all when they are through in book form.

Other than that, I do not know of anything else.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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RECOMMENDATION ON SCRIPTURE MEMORY

01/09/2014

What do you recommend I read for helps to Scripture Memory? Thanks

Mike



Mike,

Thank you for your question, I was a little slow in responding because of family emergencies. Please pardon my slowness.

I recommend the following:

THE NAVIGATORS have produced two time tested and helpful products:

TOPICAL MEMORY SYSTEM--verses on cards regarding the basics of the Christian faith and salvation. In print and useful for nearly 60 years!
Good counsel is included on how to keep your memory sharp and how to review.


TOPICAL MEMORY SYSTEM-- LIFE ISSUES--verses
on cards regarding issues that come up often in the Christian life so you are prepared to think about them with a renewed min, from a biblical perspective.


If you have children, Carine Mackensie has come up with MY FIRST BOOK OF MEMORY VERSES for children. It should prove helpful for those who put it into practice.

May the Lord prosper you as you hide His Word in your heart.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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RESOURCES FOR STUDYING THE 1689 LONDON BAPTIST CONFESSION

01/02/2014

I want to study in detail the 1689 London Baptist Confession. Could you provide the following: a list of books that cover the Confession in general, and a list of books that I could study for each chapter? I know that this is asking a lot, but when I read a exposition of the whole confession I only get a dozen pages on each chapter (if I am lucky). I have had as success reading recent Baptist works on the Covenant and the Church, so I would like to try this for other chapters. I have a lifetime to dig deep into each of these rich chapters and I would like to build my library around books that can supplement the Confession's teaching.
Adam


Adam,

Great questions! However it will take me some time, as you surmise in your note, to put this together. Let me work on this and get back to you later.

You might pray for Dr. Jim Renihan who is finishing up in 2014 his extensive historical and theological exposition or commentary on the 1689 Confession. We have needed such a document for a long time. Dr. Sam Waldron's exposition of the Confession was done for a Sunday School class and is a bit thin in places. Nor does it have the historical context in mind as will Dr. Renihan's treatment. Dr. Renihan is perhaps the leading expert in the world on the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession in context.

You might drop Dr. Renihan a note and tell him you are praying for him and look forward to his exposition.
And do be sure to pray for him!

I will get back to you later.

Thank you for your good question. Please come visit me at my website,

WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

for more helpful articles on this and many related topics.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BEST BIOGRAPHIES OF OLIVER CROMWELL, PURITAN LORD PROTECTOR OF ENGLAND

12/17/2013

Hi,
Do you what the best biographies on Oliver Cromwell are?
thanks, Mike


Mike,

Thank you for your good question. You are in luck. CVBBS
has two good books on Cromwell and an excellent DVD

J. H. Merle D'Aubigne, CROMWELL: THE LORD
PROTECTOR; Sprinkle Publications--available in both hardback and paperback. This is written by one of the premier Protestant historians of the 19th century.

Michael Haykin, TO HONOR GOD (The Spirituality of
Oliver Cromwell); Joshua Press--this is written by one of the premier historians of the 21st century.

CROMWELL DVD--in the spirit of BRAVEHEART, this is a stirring movie from the 1970's. Very good.

May the Lord give you edifying reading.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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MULTIPLE COPIES OF VALLEY OF VSION FOR $10 ?

12/15/2013

Hello,
My name is Mike Hanafee & I pastor Restore Church in inner city Detroit. I am inquiring as to whether you would sell me 10 copies of Valley of Vision for $10 each - I would love to distribute these God-centered prayers to a few of our potential leaders.
Thanks,
Mike


Mike,

Thank you for your question. The leather edition of VALLEY OF VISION is not available from us for $10. That was a Banner of Truth special last week. I am not sure if they are still running that. This week Cumberland Valley has Customer Appreciation Days still running and we can sell you THE VALLEY OF VISION paperback for $10.88 each.

Check out the website or call us at 1-800-656-0231.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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