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Justified by Works

The Cobb family is proud to announce the release of our newest book!

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Justified by Works: A Study of the Letter from James is a 264-page commentary on what has been called the most practical book of the New Testament.

There is an extensive introduction, answering questions such as:

  • Who wrote it?
  • When was it written?
  • Does the date matter?
  • Who first received the letter?

Every verse is covered with in-depth notes discussing things like (1) how each verse and phrase fit into the overall context of the book, (2) a better understanding of some of the original words, (3) how the passages applied to the original readers, (4) how we can apply these same verses to us today.

It is thorough and in-depth, but it is also very easy to read and understand.  The books was written to be useful to new Christians as well as those who have been teaching the Bible for years.

And to celebrate the release of this new book, we’re making it available at a massive discount for this week only.

Paperback – $9.99 $5.99

eBook – $2.99 99 cents!

James D. Bales – Woe Unto You?

Who were the Pharisees?

Why did Jesus condemn them?

Are you under the same condemnation?

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The Pharisees are constantly a thorn in the side of Jesus.  And Jesus uses the words, “Woe unto you,” to describe them.  This book examines the many different times that Jesus uses this phrase.  Why were the Pharisees condemned?  And are we guilty of the same thing?

This 121-page, 13-lesson book is specially designed to encourage Christians to examine themselves in the light of God’s word.  This is the third book in the official James D. Bales eBook Collection.

From the introduction:

“Our study of Christ and the Pharisees is not just a matter of historical interest, nor just to learn what Jesus said about somebody else. In our study we must constantly be aware of the fact that Jesus clearly said: “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:20) When this is kept in mind we shall examine our own lives to see whether or not we have been following the same principles which the Pharisees follow­ed. If we are following these principles, if we have become like them, then these woes are unto us as surely as they were unto the Pharisees. Thus the very title of this study urges the reader to ask himself: Are these woes unto me?”

  1. JESUS AND THE PHARISEES
  2. WAS CHRIST TOO HARD ON THE PHARISEES?
  3. THE RESPONSE OF THE PHARISEES
  4. HOW THE PHARISEES ATTACKED JESUS
  5. AS THEY BID, NOT AS THEY DO
  6. TO BE SEEN OF MEN
  7. SHUTTING THE KINGDOM
  8. THE PRAYING “PREYERS”
  9. TWO-FOLD MORE A SON OF HELL.
  10. SWEARING AND TITHING
  11. HYPOCRISY
  12. THE LAMENTATION OVER JERUSALEM
  13. WOE UNTO YOU?

Available now for just $2.99

James Bales – The Prophet Like Unto Moses

The second book in the Official James D. Bales eBook Collection is now available!

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This book of 117 pages goes into great detail showing that Jesus Christ–and only Jesus Christ–is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

If you like types/antitypes, this book is for you, because it shows the many different ways that Moses was a “type” of Christ.

If you like reading about fulfilled prophecy, this book is for you, because it shows the overwhelming evidence that Christ fulfilled this prophecy that God gave through Moses.

A quote about the book:

I was blown away by the content.  I especially thought the proof of Moses’ foretelling of the destruction of Israel connected with Jesus’ foretelling of the same event was well-presented and extremely convincing. –-A preacher from Oklahoma.

 

  1. The Prophecy and the Claim.
  2. A Prophet Like Moses.
  3. The Two Mediators.
  4. The New Covenant.
  5. Predictions By Moses.
  6. Predictions By Christ
  7. Required of Them.
  8. The Prophet Like Unto Moses.
  9. A Host of Likenesses.
  10. A Line of Prophets?

This eBook is being made available with the permission of the copyright holder for only $5.99.  It is well worth that and more!

Restoration Moments

Beginning next week, we will be starting a series called Restoration Moments.  These are stories taken from the lives of men who lived for Christ, and struggled to bring about the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

However, these stories aren’t about the work of people leaving denominationalism behind to just be Christians.  These aren’t about doctrinal struggles.  These true stories are about people who lived for Christ, and how that affected their thoughts and actions.

For example: next week’s Restoration Moment is about a drunken wretch, a compassionate preacher, and what happened when the congregation made it clear they didn’t want him as part of the church.

A later Restoration Moment tells about the moment that a prominent preacher let go of any feelings of racism.

These Restoration Moments are meant to be informative, encouraging, and helpful to you.  They also happen to make really great illustrations.

We are confident that you will enjoy them.

Next Week

We are excited about next week!

Starting on Monday, we will be presenting “The Story of Victor Cross.”  This five-part series will encourage you.  It will make you smile.  It will probably frustrate you, too.  But hopefully, it will also make you say, “Wow!  I didn’t realize spreading the gospel was so easy!”

Who is Victor Cross?  You’ll just have to wait and see.  Not even Google can help you on this one (trust me, I checked).  It is a true story of the influence one man can have for Christ.

Because we will be presenting this special series, there will be no Bible Q&A on Friday, May 2nd.  That Friday feature will resume on the 9th.

James Bales – Romans

We announced last week that we had reached an agreement to make many of the James D. Bales books available in digital format, and now the first one is ready!

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Designed to be used when teaching a 13-week class, Romans is informative, instructive, and encouraging.  Within the 108 pages, you will find a great overview of the grand themes of this great epistle!  This is a great way to study through the book of Romans while keeping the whole book in context.

Each chapter contains several questions: some for remembering the text, and others that cause you to give deeper thought to the application of the text.  They are sure to spark some good discussion in the class.

  1. The Gospel in Romans
  2. Why the Gospel is Necessary
  3. The Law of Faith
  4. Peace Through Christ
  5. Why Christians Should Not Continue in Sin
  6. The Wretched Man
  7. The Delivered Man
  8. Not all of Israel is Israel
  9. Paul’s Desire for Israel
  10. Israel and the Gospel
  11. Therefore, Brethren
  12. Love Seeks to Please Its Neighbor
  13. The Gospel for Both Jews and Gentiles

This fantastic book is only $2.99!

Website Updates and New Stuff!

We’re constantly trying to make our website the best it can be, and adding new things  as often as possible.  Today, we’d like to let you know about some of the new things that have gone up this past week.

First, we have fixed a few problems with the store.  Due to someone not knowing how to type properly (won’t mention his name, but it starts with “Brad…”), some of the downloadable items in our store couldn’t be downloaded.  We think we’ve fixed all of the typos, and so that ought to fix that problem.

Second, we have added some sermons on our audio page.  One of them looks at Nathanael and Andrew for encouragement to live for Christ, and the other examines what the Bible says about “Calling on the Name of the Lord.”  We’ve also included a sermon from Ted Knight about building a beautiful church by living faithfully.  We think you’ll find them helpful, informative, and encouraging.

Third, we want to tell you about the new feature that starts tomorrow!  It’s called “Bible Q&A.”  Each Friday, we will take a Bible (or Bible-related) question that’s been submitted and answer it.  We hope that this will become one of your favorite features.  If you want to submit a question, contact us.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our posts and visiting our website.  It means a lot to us!  Please (if you don’t mind) tell other folks about us.

James D. Bales – a Digital Annoucement

He was well-known.  Well-loved.  Well-respected.  And he liked to write.  James D. Bales authored over 100 books in his lifetime.

He was also an intense researcher.  It seems that everything he read, he categorized and cataloged so he could easily access it later.  One preacher wrote to him years ago seeking some advice on researching a specific topic.  James Bales mailed him a big box of material (make sure you send it back when you’re done).  He was always willing to help those who wanted to study God’s word.

We are excited to announce that we have reached an agreement to start making many of James D. Bales’ books available in digital format!

This will be a time-consuming process.  We are personally digitizing each book, meticulously checking for any errors, completely reformatting them to give you the best possible reading experience.

The vast majority of Bales’ books are out of print.  But through this agreement with the exclusive rights owners, we will be able to make these available to you.  And the price is right, too! ($1.99-5.99).

We will make official announcements when new books are available (look for the first one next week!).

Fifty Years!

Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone!

Tomorrow, April 11th, is a historic day.  Bill and Rex Ann Roderick will be celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary!

Who are these people, you might ask?  Let me tell you:

He is a Yankee (born in Ohio), while she’s a Southerner (born in Arkansas).  They met in California in the 1960s.  In 1964, they got married in jeans, and after the wedding, he took her back to her parents’ house, because he had to report for basic training.  Oh, and one of them lied about their age on the marriage license.

They are Christians who have, for the last 40+ years of their lives, been teaching the Bible.  Bill (a.k.a. “Blondie”–even though there’s not a blond hair on his head) has been preaching at Gravel Hill as long as anyone can remember (rumor has it, that’s about 39 years).  Rex Ann has been teaching classes there just about as long.

They’ve had their difficult times (ask them about the time where he tried to grow a beard and she started plucking the hairs out one by one with tweezers while he was asleep).  But they’ve stuck together through it all (he’s been shaving every day since).

They have also both appeared on the Cobb Kids Audio Show (in episode 2, Jane’s Restaurant).

They are the proud parents of Jesse Cobb (and her siblings, too), and they tolerate her husband, Bradley (because of their grandkids).

Congratulations on fifty years, and thanks for showing what love and dedication can accomplish in a marriage!

Why not take the time to leave them an anniversary wish?  We’ll pass any comments on to them.

Pardee Butler–The Definitive Collection

“By faith Pardee Butler became a sojourner in the land of Bleeding Kansas, dwelling in dugouts…who through faith subdued slavery, wrought righteousness and prohibition, escaping the edge of the sword. He was tortured, not accepting deliverance, that he might obtain the victory of the Gospel and establish an unsectarian, undenominational New Testament Church of Christ in the free and virgin soil of the great plains of the West.”

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An abolitionist, a statesman, a writer, a farmer, a crusader–but most of all, a preacher.  This is Pardee Butler.

The newest release from Cobb Publishing is Pardee Butler: The Definitive Collection.This 438-page book covers the life of this pioneer Kansas preacher from start to finish.  When you see what’s in it, you’ll know why we call this the definitive collection.

Contents

Pardee Butler: Kansas Crusader
This work, graciously provided by the Kansas State Historical Society, looks at the life of Pardee Butler as he fought against slavery and saloons.  And in Kansas, he won both fights.

Pardee Butler: Kansas Abolitionist
An extensive look at the life of Pardee Butler during his years of trying to make Kansas a “free state.”

Pardee Butler’s Reply to Attacks made by Elders Isaac Errett and Benjamin Franklin
This article was written for publication in answer to personal attacks made against him by his own brethren.  These attacks were made by the leaders who thought the best tactic to take in regards to slavery is to just not bring it up.  Of course, those brethren refused to print it, so Butler published it himself.

Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler
This is part autobiography, part history, and every bit of it interesting.  Read his personal account of being “rafted” down the Missouri River by an angry mob.  See how the same mob later tarred and cottoned him (they didn’t have feathers).  But even more than that, You will see his incredible love for the truth and care for the churches in Kansas.

Pardee Butler: Pioneer Minister and Statesman
This is the “final word” on Pardee Butler, written by his son, Charles P. Butler.  It gives a very balanced look at his life and shows that he was much more than an abolitionist.

Over a hundred hours of work have gone into preparing this 438-page book.  We know that you’ll enjoy it!

Kindle version is available via Amazon.com.