June 5, 2017

No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God


This was a really interesting book. There were some things that I'd never thought of before. Things about what the Bible says about women and their purpose in the world and church as God created them.

Aimee Byrd is a Christian speaker and writer and I found she had a beautiful and Godly way of looking at these things.

Discernment is something she is greatly concerned about in the church, especially when it pertains to women. I could really relate on this point, and enjoyed her perspective, which was very Biblical.

She mentions many popular women authors and speakers in the Christian women's market and explains the dangers in believing everything we hear them say, just because of their popularity. Near the end of the book she gives many examples from some of their writings to help you discern the truth on your own, encouraging you to turn to Scripture for the answers.

I did feel a little uncomfortable seeing some of these names which are extremely popular among Christian women, but I understand the importance of discernment. Aimee is careful to examine the content of what they teach and not judge the person.

This is often hard to do because we can get so attached to a speaker or writer we like. But I believe, as women of God, we need to look to Him and what He has given us through His Word to test others teachings. We should never test someone's teaching by anothers teaching. And we should never test a teaching by our feelings about it. This can be extremely dangerous.

Instead, test all things by Scripture.

"Test all things; hold fast what is good." 1 Th. 5:21

This is hard work.

It's so much easier to just believe what you read or are taught, then to search for ourselves, but if we don't, then we are just learning, and never coming to the truth.

"For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2 Timothy 3:6-7

Theology is important in the life a believer, both for men and women.


Aimee focuses on this importance and shares in an easy to understand way, though I will say you need to read each chapter in context and not just in bits and pieces.

Aimee goes into detail about who women are in God's eyes and what our purpose is as Godly women. I found this really encouraging, as so many, throughout history, have warped and degraded our place in God's plan.

We as women of God, are equal to men of God. We as women of God, are called, as men of God are called. And we as women of God are to serve Him, as men of God are to serve Him. This may look different, but is equally important and precious to the Lord.

And we as men and women of God, were meant to work together for His glory.

This book delved deeper into things I'd never thought about before as a woman, and I so appreciated the encouragement and discernment Aimee shared.

I highly recommend it!


Buy it HERE on Amazon



May 29, 2017

Are You Good?

Are human beings basically good at heart? Many believe this today.

For me the Scriptures are clear, not because I just believe the words I've read, but because God has revealed my sin against His holiness and justice, and because of this revelation I am forever grateful for His loving grace and righteousness that He has imparted to me.


How often do we do things to make ourselves look good? When in truth we aren't good at all.

No one is good except God.

"No one is good but One, that is, God." Luke 18:19

"For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin." Ecc. 7:20

I think the issue here is the definition of good.

If God is good how can I, a sinful human being, be good as well?

If we compare ourselves to God, who is truly good, we can only then see that we are not.

This is not to discourage us, but to encourage us to come to Him. He knows what we need.

We need Him.

Christ gives the believer His righteousness, because we don't have righteousness on our own.

Doing good does not make us righteous, only Christ can do that.


"...and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith." Phil. 3:9

It's a gift that we often dismiss, trying to make ourselves the author of goodness. I tithe. I go to church regularly. I give to the poor. I read my Bible. I... I... I...

These are all commendable and should be done, but they don't make us good.

Christ makes us good when He imparts his righteousness to us.

"For if by the one man’s (Adam) offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17

It's Christ who restores us to life.

Much more abundant is God's grace towards us through His son Jesus Christ!

"And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10

There is freedom in this truth. We can rest in this truth.

And when we realize this truth, we are free to admit our brokenness, our shame and our weaknesses. It's not about us anymore, but about the One who loves us unconditionally.

There is nothing we can say or do that will make God love us more or less. He is love.

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
 

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

Trust in Him.

We will never be able to be good enough on our own. Never.

Don't worry about being good enough, rather rest in His goodness.

Rest in Him.

Christ has paid the price and it is finished.

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Psalm 34:8





I thought I'd leave you with this short 5 minute clip from Francis Chan talking about this subject...




May 23, 2017

5 books on my future reading list

Glory in the Ordinary 

Though I don't have small children anymore, I think this book will be encouraging as a stay at home wife and mom of 3 grown children. 

I still do the dishes, the laundry, clean the toilets and sinks and showers, paint the walls when needed, wash the windows, dust the baseboards and so on. You get the idea. : )

These are all mundane things that often go unnoticed, but I do them in love and I hope they make my house a comfortable and inviting home.

I'm looking forward to a little bit of encouragement through this book.

Goodreads says of it here:

"For stay-at-home moms, it's easy to view other people's work as more valuable to God, dismissing the significance of seemingly mind-numbing, everyday tasks. 

In this life-giving book, Courtney Reissig encourages moms with the truth about God's perspective on their work: what the world sees as mundane, he sees as magnificent. 

Discussing the changing nature of stay-at-home work and the ultimate meaning of our identity as image bearers, Reissig combats common misunderstandings about the significance of at-home work—helping us see how Christ infuses purpose into every facet of the ordinary."



Maud

This is a novel based on the early life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the beloved 'Anne of Green Gables' series.

I recently listened to 'Anne of Green Gables' on audio book and absolutely fell in love with it! So beautifully written and heartfelt.

Amazon describes this book here:

"Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Maud to her friends -- has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. 

Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman's place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister's stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren't a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn't sure she wants to settle down with a boy -- her dreams of being a writer are much more important.

     But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother's plans for her, which threaten Maud's future -- and her happiness forever."




North and South

This is the next classic on my list. I've heard only good things about it. I do remember watching the BBC mini-series years ago, but can't remember much of the story.

Goodreads says here:

"When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. 

Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. 

This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction."



 Reading the Bible Supernaturally

I've been thinking a lot about this subject and was excited to see this new book by John Piper. The Bible today is often left on the shelf in exchange for social justice or spiritual experiences.

But the truth is, the power of Scripture in what we need in our lives. It's God's gift to us to live and breath and walk with Him through His Word, by His Holy Spirit.

This book is described this way:

"God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes.

In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sight-giving power—a power that extends beyond the words on the page.

Ultimately, Piper helps us experience the transformative power of Scripture as it informs our minds, illuminates our souls, and leads us to encounter God through the ordinary act of reading."



The Curiosity Keeper

This is a Christian fiction novel and the first book in the 'The Treasures of Surrey' series. I really enjoyed Sarah E. Ladd's 'Whispers on the Moors' series and I'm looking forward to reading these new ones.

Amazon says here:

"Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear."


April 24, 2017

18 Big Books I'd Like to Read



I've got quite a few large books (close to or over 500+ pages) that have been accumulating on my bookshelves. It will probably take me years to complete them all, but thought it would be fun to share them here with you.


No Compromise: The life story of Keith Green by Melody Green and David Hazard (500 pages)

I've had this book on my shelves for years and have still to pick it up.

Keith Green was a singer who had a passion for God. He wrote many beautiful songs that are still enjoyed today. My favorite has always been...

Oh Lord You're Beautiful

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me


Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and clean
Replace the lamp of my first love

That burns with holy fear  

I want to take your word and shine it all around
But first help me to just, live it Lord
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to you


Oh Lord, my body's tired
But you keep reminding me
Of many Holy tireless men
Who spilt their blood for Thee


He died very young at the age of 29 in a plane crash along with 2 of his 4 children. This is his story, told by his wife Melody.




Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (430 pages)

I love this beautiful cover! My copy is a thrift store buy and I've been contemplating getting this edition.

This is a Russian classic about a man who believes intellectuals are above the law and decides it's his right to murder two people he thinks are vile to society. Thus begins a battle for morality of the mind and soul. It sounds like a fascinating, physiological read.




5000 Years of Royalty by Thomas J. Craughwell (499 pages)

I found this book at a local used bookstore and thought it looked interesting. Each royal (king, queen, prince, emperor and tsar) has one page of information along with a full length picture opposite it.

I've just started looking through it and think it's a wonderful, though brief, introduction to these lives that have lead kingdoms and countries throughout history.




Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (1124 pages)

I've mentioned this book before, but haven't got around to picking it up yet. Like most of these books it's length is very intimidating!

I discovered it when I read that it was Elizabeth Elliot's favorite novel. Elisabeth Elliot was the wife of Jim Elliot who was one of several missionaries that were murdered while out on the mission field in South America back in the 1950's.

This novel takes place in 14th century Norway and follows a young girl throughout her life. I've never read anything set in Norway, so I'm looking forward to getting to this one.




Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton (442 pages)

This is a biography of Martin Luther. I'm fascinated by this time period of change within the church and Martin Luther's part in it.

Alone, he stood before the church leaders of the world and said:

"Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God.

I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen."




Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1304 pages)

I've seen the play and I've seen the movie and I've loved them both. This is such a beautiful story of redemption, grace and the love of God. I can't wait to delve deeper into these characters through Victor Hugo's writing, as I follow the many lives shared within these pages.




Middlemarch by George Eliot (889 pages)

This is another lengthy novel I'm excited to read. It takes place in the provincial town of Middlemarch in the 1830's. It follows the many lives of those who lived there and sounds like a great study of 19th century English country living.




The Early Years & The Full Harvest Autobiography by C.H. Spurgeon (vol.1-547/vol.2-508 pages)

These two volumes are the autobiography of Charles Spurgeon. I've had them on my bookshelves for many years and started the first one but didn't get to far. I will have to dedicate time to carefully get through these. I love Spurgeon and find his work inspiring and encouraging.

One of my favorite quotes from Surgeon is this:

“Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

It has encouraged me to test all things against Scripture, and to be careful to only put my faith in Christ.




The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (580 pages)

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It's another epic story of redemption and the grace of God. I've always wanted to read the book. I have a mass paperback copy, but I thought this cover was so beautiful so I'm sharing it. : )




The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin (525 pages)

I've had this book for over 20 years and have read bits and pieces here and there. Each chapter discusses a certain cult such as Scientology, Mormonism, New Age cults and Jehovah's Witnesses.  It's very informative and is a book much needed today, with so much of these cult ideas seeping into the church.

I have an old copy, but this revised edition for the 21st century sounds interesting as well.




The Brontes by Juliet Barker (979 pages)

I love the Bronte sisters. Their novels aren't all feel good books, but I think they give us a deeper view of human nature and our need for a gracious Savior. Whether it's Wuthering Heights (Emily) or Jane Eyre (Charlotte) or Agnes Grey (Anne), we find broken characters who we can relate to.

This is a very long biography of these sisters and there lives together along with their family.




David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (985 pages)

The name Charles Dickens is usually associate with long works of fiction. And this is one of those!

This is about a young impoverished boy who grows up to become a novelist.

It is known as Charles Dickens favorite of his written work. That alone makes me want to read it. : )




Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (988 pages)

I started this one a few years ago and got to chapter thirteen. I've been meaning to get back to it!

It's a long one filled with much wisdom and gives you so much to think about. I can't believe Calvin was only 25 years old when he started writing it!




Heaven by Randy Alcorn (476 pages)

Randy Alcorn is becoming one of my favorite living authors of non-fiction. His work is easy to understand and biblically sound. This book is a study on heaven and what the bible has to say about it.




 Villette by Charlotte Bronte (586 pages)

I've mentioned this book before and I'm planning on reading it soon. It's next on my TBR pile!

I've heard this is about an introverted character named Lucy Snowe, and since I'm an introvert I'm really curious about this story. I've also heard this novel is autobiographical.




Sons of Encouragement by Francine Rivers (638 pages)

This is five novellas in one, but I'm including it here because my copy has all the books combined. I've read the authors 'Lineage of Grace' series which I enjoyed. It was about five women in the Old Testament.

This book is about five men in the Old Testament. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas.




Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (688 pages)

Ever since I read Elizabeth Gaskell's novel 'Ruth' I've been wanting to read 'Wives and Daughters.' I saw the mini-series years ago, but don't remember to much about it. I do know this was her last book and she didn't get to quite finish the last chapter before her death.




It will probably take my lifetime to get through all these books!

I tend to read books between 250-400 pages the most. I think it's because the longer books are so time consuming and often very dense, especially the classics.

Have you read any long books lately? Let me know if you've read any of these or of any others you found worth reading.



April 10, 2017

Unashamed by Lecrae


I've read and heard many testimony's similar to Lecrae's, and I find they never get old. What Christ does in a life never loses it's luster.

I listened to Lecrae read his book on audio, and found it very moving. He is open and honest with his past and lays it all out there for the glory of Christ.

There were many things I couldn't relate to... his lack of a father, gangs, guns, drugs, sexual promiscuity.

But there were many things I did relate to. Things I think we can all relate to.

My need for salvation in Christ. My goodness not being good enough, and the struggle with self-righteousness.

He also shares a lot about his music and his journey from the darkness he came from to the light of God's truth. He shares about his time as a 'Christian artist' and how God showed him he was really just an artist who was a Christian and that He had bigger plans for him. Plans to reach people that would never be reached in Christian circles.

Lecrae is a work in progress, like us all, and I appreciated his honesty and candor. In a world of political correctness, Lecrae stands out. His faith is real, messy and biblically sound.

Overall I really enjoyed this memoir and highly recommend it.

I'll leave you with this quote from near the end of the book. It sums up the beauty of Lecrae's heart...

“Was I the rebel kid? The lost college student who just wanted to be accepted? The legalistic man who battled self-righteousness? Was I a husband or a father or a hip-hop artist? Like a tree trunk, all those people were a part of me. They are a part of me. 

But more than anything, Lecrae is a child who is unconditionally loved by God. I’m a sinner who has been rescued by God from my brokenness and called to glorify the One who has never left my side. That’s who Lecrae is, and that’s who I’ll always be.”  


*Note - This review is based on Lecrae's book alone. I haven't heard his music other then 1 or 2 songs which I liked. Also, I just found out he is part of 'The Shack' soundtrack which I do not endorse.


Buy it HERE on Amazon



April 3, 2017

A Few Thoughts on WM. Paul Young's New Book


I love reading C.H. Spurgeon. I love reading A.W. Tozer. And I love reading C.S. Lewis. They all wrote books lifting the name of Jesus Christ on high. All wrote of His greatness and majesty. To them, even now, He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.


"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head over all." 1 Chronicles 29:11



William Paul Young, in his new book, 'lies we believe about God" writes of a god who partners with us, co-creates with us. A god who is on our level. And a god who submits to man.

"The language of God is about partnering, to co-creating, and participating, it's about an invitation to dance and play and work and grow." Page 62

So very different.

I've never bowed down to a partner or a fellow participate. I do bow down before the almighty God.

Throughout the book there is a theme that God submits to man. This is a concerning issue. It's an attack on God's sovereignty. On His Holiness. On His Lordship.

It sounded so similar to the new age teachings of co-creating and combined effort to make the world better. Neale Donald Walsch ( an occult/new age author) says here on page 157 of his book 'Conversations with God'...

"...let me make something clear. The era of the single Savior is over. What is needed now is joint action, combined effort, collective co-creation."

This is eerily similar to the tone in this book.

This book is filled with errors. One right after the other. Page after page. At one point in chapter eleven, 'God blesses my politics,' I thought, finally, a chapter I can agree on, but then I got to the end and he says this:

"Government is not instituted by or originated by God." Page 103

What?

2 Chronicles 20:6 says:

“O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?"

And here in Psalm 103:19:

"The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all."


God rules/governs over the nations...He always has and always will.

Again, the author belittles the sovereignty of God.


I found the author quoted 'The Shack' more than the Bible and when he did use Scripture he used it out of context, twisting it's meaning and at one point makes it up himself.

In chapter 17, where he says it's a lie that the cross was God's idea, he quotes a few verses from Isaiah chapter 53 (not telling us what verses) The first part of the quote 'kind of' sounds like verse 4, and the second part? I have no idea. It's not in the Bible, yet he quotes it like it is.

"Although he bore our sin and suffered at our hands, yet we considered him punished and afflicted and stricken by God...and in Jesus, God encountered/embraced (paga in Hebrew) our twisted rebellion and brokenness." Page 151

What verse is this? He has no notes to back anything up.

Here is Isaiah 53:4...

"Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted."


This is dangerous ground.

A.W. Tozer says here and I agree:

"God's words are not for me to edit and tinker with, but to believe and obey."

The author also didn't use Scripture to back up his claims and ideas, but instead used story and quotes from his own writings. This was disconcerting and left me feeling cheated.

It's very clear now that he wrote 'The Shack' to share his own ideas about his god.

Don't be fooled by his ideas.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction." Prov. 1:7

 

Now lets get to the part where he finally admits he is a universalist.

From chapter 13 where he teaches you don't have to get saved...

"Are you suggesting that everyone is saved? That you believe in universal salvation? That is exactly what I am saying!" Page 118

But...

...in Acts 16 a keeper of the prison Paul and Silas were in, was about to kill himself after an earthquake had opened all the prison doors. Paul yelled at him “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Acts 16:28

The keeper than asked them “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30

They answered... “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

So what does it mean to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?

It means to put your trust fully in Him. To put your faith in who He is and what He says.

In Luke chapter 13 there is a conversation between Jesus and his followers that goes like this...

"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
 

'I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

'Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

 'I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5

What is Jesus saying?

He is saying, unless you repent, no matter who you are or what you have done, you will not be saved, you will perish.

Perish means: suffer death, typically in a violent way, sudden, or untimely way: Suffer complete ruin or destruction.

Not easy to read, but meant to be believed and obeyed. Why?

Because He is God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.


Another chapter that was upsetting to me was chapter 3, 'God is in control' which the author believes is a lie.

In this chapter he refutes that God has a plan for humanity.

He says here:

"What if there is no 'plan' for your life but rather a relationship in which God constantly invites us to co-create, respectfully submitting to the choices we bring to the table?" Page 39

There's that co-creating again and God submitting to our choices? What?

God does have a plan and He does not submit to ours.

Our plans come to nothing and have no effect...

"The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.


The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance." Psalm 33:10-12


Again, the author belittles the sovereignty of God.

To love God is to love who He is, and He is sovereign. What does that mean?...

"a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler. a person who has supreme power or authority."

Is Jesus a friend of sinners? Yes, but He is also the King of kings and Lord of Lords. And He is close to those who humble themselves before Him.

The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way. Psalm 25:9


For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15


And then there's the attack on the cross of Christ in chapter 19.

The author uses the story of Abraham and Isaac to make his point that God does not require a sacrifice.

He says here:

"Read again the story of Abraham and Isaac. (It's in Genesis, chapter 22). This is not a story about God requiring child sacrifice, but rather the opposite. The point of the story is that God will step into our darkness and speak our language in order to reveal something we didn't know: that this God does not require child sacrifice." Page 171

This is the most twisted view of Scripture I've ever read.

The story of Abraham and Isaac IS about the requirement of God sacrificing His Son.

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all" Romans 8:32

Charles Spurgeon says of the story of Abraham and Isaac...

"Christ is certainly to be seen upon Mt. Moriah where the beloved Isaac willingly bound, and laid upon the alter, is a living foreshadowing of the Well-Beloved of heaven yielding His life as a ransom." 

I highly recommend you read Charles Spurgeon's sermon on this topic. I've linked it here... Spurgeon's sermon

The story of Abraham and Isaac is a story foretelling what was to come. A Savior who would die in our place, take our punishment that we deserve, and set, those who believe in him, free.


I've decided 19 chapters is enough. I'm not going to read any further. There is so much more error then I've shared here, but this 'conversation' has just become to spiritually unhealthy.

Instead, I'm going to get on my knees and humble myself before God, thanking Him that He sent His son for me. Thanking Him for dying in my place. Thanking Him for taking the punishment I deserve and thanking Him for who He is...my Sovereign Lord.

Thank-you Jesus



"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." 1 Timothy 4:16



*Note - I thought I'd share this link to another review that may be helpful... Unshackled: The god of WM. Paul Young


March 27, 2017

Hallelujah!


Today I thought I'd share this song with you, 'Hallelujah' by Casting Crowns. It's such a beautiful expression of praise to God for what He has done and is going to do. Starting with creation, then to the fall of man into sin and God sending His Son to save those who come to Him, to the second coming of the Lord.

Hope you are blessed by it...


Hallelujah
Hallelujah


On the morning of creation
Father, Son and the Spirit rise
As they set the world in motion
The morning of the first sunrise
A symphony of golden sunlight
Dancing in the Father's eyes
He gazes at His masterpiece
As all creation cries


Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


Man shakes the fist at heaven
The breath of God still in his lungs
A brokenhearted Father grieves
In love He sends His only Son
He was bruised for our transgressions
Crushed and buried in the ground
As the sunrise finds an empty tomb
The redeemed of God resound


Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


Holy quiet grips the night
The morning of the last sunrise
Broken slumber, blinding light
Nations tremble at the sight
The Son of Man just split the sky
Every saint and every scoffer
Every king and every pauper
At the name of Jesus all fall face down
From holy ground we'll rise
To meet the Bridegroom in the sky
From Earth to Heaven reigns the Son


Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah


*Note: Meaning of the word hallelujah: God be praised (uttered in worship or as an expression of rejoicing).

We can rejoice that God made this world and all that is in it. We can rejoice that when sin entered the world God sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us. And we can rejoice that He will return one day and make all things new again.

He keeps His promises and His love endures forever.

Hallelujah!
 
"And from the throne came a voice saying,

'Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.'


Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns


Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready..." 
Revelation 19:5-6


March 19, 2017

Trusting in God


I just love this series by Moody Classics, and this one, 'Answers to Prayer' by George Mueller, really inspired and encouraged me to trust the Lord more and more.

It's reminded me to not rush into decisions without prayer and petition. And to trust that He cares for us and that His timing is perfect.

This passage in the book was especially encouraging to me:


                                                 Trust in the Lord Better than Man's Promises

"May 6 (1845). - About six weeks ago intimation was kindly given by a brother that he expected a certain considerable sum of money, and that, if he obtained it, a certain portion of it should be given to the Lord, so that £100 of it should be used for the work in my hands, and the other part for Brother Craik's and my own personal expenses. 

However, day after day passed away, and the money did not come. I did not trust in this money, yet, as during all this time, with scarcely any exception, we were more or less needy, I thought again and again about this brother's promise; though I did not, by the grace of God, trust in the brother who had made it, but in the Lord. Thus week after week passed away, and the money did not come. 

Now this morning it came to my mind, that such promises ought to be valued, in a certain sense, as nothing, i.e., that the mind ought never for a moment to be directed to them, but to the living God, and to the living God only.  I saw that such promises ought not to be of the value of one farthing, so far as it regards thinking about them for help. 

I therefore asked the Lord, when, as usual, I was praying with my beloved wife about the work in my hands that He would be pleased to take this whole matter, about that promise, completely out of my mind, and to help me, not to value it in the least, yea, to treat it as if not worth one farthing, but to keep my eye directed only to Himself. I was enabled to do so. 

We have not yet finished praying when I received the following letter:

May 5, 1845 Beloved Brother,

Are your bankers still Messrs. Stuckey and Co. of Bristol, and are their bankers still Messrs. Robarts and Co. of London? Please do instruct me on this, and if the case should be so, please do regard this as a letter of advice that £70 are paid to Messrs. Robarts and Co., for Messrs. Stuckey and Co., for you. This sum apply as the Lord may give you wisdom. I shall not send to Robarts and Co. until I hear from you.

Ever affectionately yours,

Thus the Lord rewarded at once this determination to endeavor not to look in the least to that promise from a brother, but only to Himself.

But this was not all.

About two o'clock this afternoon I received from the brother, who had more than forty days ago, made that promise, £166 18s., as he this day received the money, on the strength of which he had made that promise. Of this sum £100 are to be used for the work in my hands, and the remainder for brother Craik's and my own personal expenses." 


                     "It is better to trust in the LORD, than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118:8

Trusting God is often hard to do, and impossible without His help. Prayer allows us to let go of our own motives and ideas of how things should be and to surrender to His guidance and help. Taking time to thank Him for who He is and all He has done, always brings me back to reality. That He is good and His plans are good, even if I don't understand.

He is trustworthy always.

"Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

This book is filled with journal entries from George Mueller on answered prayers through the years of running several orphanages in 19th century England. It's also filled with his wisdom and advice in trusting the Lord for everything in His will.

I highly recommend this short book (140 pages) for all those who want to be encouraged to trust the Lord more.


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March 12, 2017

What Do You Know of Church History?


If you don't know much about church history this is a great book to start with. Each chapter is only a couple of pages long and is focused on each of the centuries since Christianity began.

This book starts off with the apostles then goes onto share about faithful men like these:

Justin Martyr, in the 2nd century 'defended the truth of the Christian gospel by expounding Scripture and refuting false accusations regarding the Christian faith.'

Augustine of Hippo, a bishop from Alexandria in the 4th century

Patrick, who evangelized Ireland in the 4th century

Alopan, a Syrian missionary to China in the 8th century

Cyril and Methodius, brothers from Thessalonia, who spread the gospel in what is now called Russia in the 9th century

Anselm of Canterbury, an intellectual with spiritual and moral courage in the11th century

Peter Waldo of France, who's followers 'objected to the many errors and corrupt practices of the Western church' in the 12th century

Francis of Assisi who in the 13th century, preached... 'a life of simplicity and had a great concern for preaching repentance as the way into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ' 

Also from the 13th century, Thomas Aquinas... 'who is often regarded as one of the church's great scholastic thinkers'

John Wycliffe, who translated the bible from Latin to English in the 14th century because he felt all people would be able to grow in faith and practice from reading the Scriptures.

John Huss, was from Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. He was the rector at the University of Prague in the 15th century. Studying he realized the Church was teaching contrary things to the Scriptures.

Martin Luther, probably the most well-known reformer from the16th century, who nailed his 95 thesis on the church door at Wittenberg, Germany. I highly recommend finding these online and reading through them. The church today has benefited by Martin Luther's courage to do this.

John Calvin, another well known reformer in the 16th century, who has a great influence on all aspects of church and the Christian life.

In the 17th century came the Puritans. Men like, Matthew Henry, John Owen and John Bunyan. I personally love Matthew Henry's commentary on the Bible.

George Whitefield, brothers John and Charles Wesley and Jonathan Edwards were all preachers from the 18th century who preached repentance and saw great revivals of the heart at that time.

The 19th century had great missionaries like Hudson Taylor who went to China and never asked for money, but rather trusted God fully to met his needs as a missionary. He has inspired me personally as well as George Mueller who ran many orphanages in England, at this time, and never solicited money for his cause, but only trusted God to provide, and God provided again and again.

*Note - I'll be writing about George Mueller next week! : )

Billy Graham is most well known for bringing the gospel to masses of people. the simplicity of repentance and faith in Christ was preached thousands of times, all over the world.

It's important to remember these men were flawed and finite. They are not to be worshiped or prayed to, but rather to be inspired by to serve Christ alone, the one who is infinite and perfect.

One of the things that amazes me about church history is how little support these people had in defending the truth, and yet the truth has continued. I see how God's hand has been in each century and how he has used those who love Him to share the gospel truth.

God used each of these men (some who were martyred) to keep the gospel living and moving and He continues to do so through all those who surrender to Him.

I'm so thankful for their courage and determination in standing for truth, so that it could be passed down to us.

I highly recommend getting to know who these men were and what they brought to the Church.


From the tenth century chapter the author writes:

"Today's world is not much different from that of the tenth century. The church continues to be confronted with paganism, as well as with temptations to worldly success. While some denounce the tenth century as 'The Dark Ages,' we must recognize that our contemporary society demonstrates a moral and spiritual darkness, and the church is challenged to respond with the light of the gospel. 

Sometimes the church stands by and lets her witness be muted by worldly concerns. Rather, the church should perpetually increase in the knowledge of God's Word, be strengthened by the worship of God, and give itself to the simplicities of day-to-day devotion to Jesus Christ. By living for Christ and proclaiming His gospel, we can shine a much-needed light in the darkness."

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." Eph. 5:8

This is why I believe contending for the faith, once given to us, is so important...just look at history.

I agree with the author, the time we live in is no different then the dark ages. Paganism, false teachings, and cults infest our world, all reasons to stand for the truth once given to the saints.

We need to hold tight to the truths our Christian forefathers lived and died for. The timeless truths of God's Word.

"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."  Jude 1:3

Jesus said: “...when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

Will He find us faithful to the truth once delivered to the saints?

I found this book very brief and left me wanting to know more, which I think was probably the purpose of the book. : )

I have another book on church history called, 'Church History in Plain Language' by Bruce L. Shelley,  which is over 500 pages. I've been a bit intimidated to read it, but after reading 'Church History 101' I'm actually curious to get started.

I highly recommend 'Church History 101' as a starter on Church history!



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March 6, 2017

5 books on my future reading list


No Little Women

I really enjoyed Aimee Byrd's previous book, 'Housewife Theologian' and I'm looking forward to diving into this one. I believe this subject, of women and theology, is so important, and I'm happy to see more books about it.

Goodreads says here:

"Why are so many well-intentioned women falling for poor or even false theology? The Devil has been effectively targeting women from the beginning, so why are they often left to fend for themselves in so-called women's ministries?

Strengthening women in the church strengthens the whole church. Cultivating resolved, competent women equips them to fulfill their calling as Christ's disciples and men's essential allies.


Writing to concerned women and church officers, Aimee Byrd pinpoints the problem, especially the commodification of women's ministry. Aimee answers the hot-button issues: How can women grow in discernment? How should pastors preach to women? What are our roles within the church and points us in the direction of a multifaceted solution."



Villette

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte is one of my all time favorite novels and I've been wanting to read her others books.

I'm looking forward to this novel because I've heard the main character Lucy Snowe is an introvert. As an introvert myself, it's always nice to read novels with a character with a similar deposition.

Amazon describes it here:

"With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in the small town of Villette.

There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster, and her own complex feelings, first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emmanuel.

Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a governess in Brussels, Charlotte Brontë's last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving study of isolation and the pain of unrequited love." 



Church History 101

I've always been interested in church history but a bit intimidated by large books on the subject. I was excited to find this one which is a brief history of the last twenty centuries.

Goodreads says here:

"Church history is important because it shows us how God's faithful dealings with His people in the Bible continue in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world.

If you have ever wished for a short book highlighting church history's most important events that will enlighten your mind and peak your interest, this is the one you've been waiting for.

Three prolific church historians collaborate their efforts in Church History 101 to present you with a quick read of church history's high points."



Answers to Prayer

I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now. George Mueller is someone who trusted God to provide all his needs while running an orphanage in 19th century England.

Goodreads says here of his book:

"When George Mueller could not get it out of his mind to open a house for orphans in late 1835, he purposed to do so "that God might be magnified by the fact that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need, only by prayer and faith."

For over sixty years George Mueller wrote down the details of the Lord's provision. Thousands of orphans depended on Mueller, and Mueller, in turn, depended solely on the Lord.


Prayer is an urgent matter that always yields crucial results. Through his narrative account, Mueller reveals how powerful and spiritually rewarding prayer can be in your life."



Hillbilly Elegy

I've seen this memoir around Christian blogging circles and it sounds very interesting. So I'm going to give it a go. I'm just waiting for it to come into my local library. : )

Here's a bit of how Goodreads describes it:

"From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. 

Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream."

February 27, 2017

Why Sponsor a Child in Poverty?

As a blogger who is part of the bloggers for Compassion International, I was asked to share my answers to these few questions about children in poverty...



1. Why is advocating for children in poverty important to you? Share your personal story of why you want to use your blog for little ones in need.

2. Why this child? Why did you choose your particular sponsored child?

3. Why Compassion? You could have chosen any child sponsorship organization to blog for, so why Compassion?

I've been a bit MIA when it comes to these writing promps from Compassion, due to a long blogging break last year, but I'd like to continue in sharing about them and what they do. So here are my answers...

1. Advocating for children in poverty is important to me because I've always had a soft spot for children in general. They are so precious, and need guidance, love and protection in their lives. I love and feel blessed to be able to share about these children in need here on my blog. I've been sponsoring children through Compassion for over 30 years and I've never regretted it. If my blog could encourage one reader to sponsor a child I would be ecstatic!

2. The children I chose to sponsor were for no particular reason other than they needed a sponsor. I think I just randomly picked them! God knew them and loves them and that's what counts, and as I've gotten to know them, I've loved them too.

3. I chose to sponsor with Compassion when I was 18 years old. I've found them to be a trustworthy and genuine organization who love and care for the poor, because of this, I whole-heartedly support them and enjoy sharing about their commitment to helping and serving children on my blog.



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February 18, 2017

Holiness: It's Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots



"I know not who you are, into whose hands this book may have fallen. But I am not ashamed to ask your best attention to its contents." J.C. Ryle  


Holiness... what does that mean biblically?

I just finished J.C. Ryle's book, 'Holiness: It's Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots'' and I absolutely loved it! It was so encouraging, one of those rare works of non-fiction, that literally draws you to God's Word.

There are nine chapters:

1. Sin
2. Sanctification
3. Holiness
4. The Fight
5. The Cost
6. Growth
7. The Ruler of the Waves
8. "Lovest Thou Me?"
9. "Christ Is All"

Each of these chapters were beautifully written and filled with Godly wisdom and grace. You can't just read one or two. They all flow together.

This book was written over 100 years ago, yet it felt like it could have been written today (other than the beautiful 19th century writing style) : )

It just goes to show how the truth has not changed.

I'd like to share a few quotes from each chapter, but just know that these quotes are just a taste of the beauty in this book.


CHAPTER 1

In chapter one he explains the reasoning for God exposing our sin...

"The plain truth is that a right understanding of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity. Without it such doctrines as justification, conversion, sanctification, are 'words and names' which convey no meaning to the mind. The first thing, therefore that God does when He makes anyone a new creature in Christ is to send light into his heart and show him that he is a guilty sinner.

The material creation in Genesis began with 'light' and so also does the spiritual creation.

God 'shines into our hearts' by the work of the Holy Spirit and then spiritual life begins."

"For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6



CHAPTER 2

In chapter two he talks about sanctification...

"If there is any point on which God's holiest saints agree, it is this: that they see more and know more and feel more and do more and repent more and believe more as they get on in spiritual life, and in proportion to the closeness of their walk with God. In short, they 'grow in grace' as St. Peter exhorts believers to do; and 'abound more and more,' according to the words of St. Paul."

"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God." 1 Thess. 4:1

"Sanctify them through Your truth." John 17:17

He also shares in this chapter the differences and similarities of justification and sanctification. I found this part of the book extremely helpful in understanding between the two. I'm not going to share that part because it would make this post even longer than it is!



CHAPTER 3

In chapter three he elaborates these points on holiness...

1. Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture.

2. A holy man will endeavor to shun every known sin and to keep every known commandment.

3. A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. A holy man will follow after meekness, patience, gentleness, kind tempers, government of his tongue.

5. A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial. He will labor to mortify the desires of his body, to crucify his flesh with his affections and lusts, to curb his passions, to restrain his carnal inclinations, lest at any time they break loose.

6. A holy man will follow after charity and brotherly kindness.

7. A holy man will follow after a spirit of mercy and benevolence towards others.

8. A holy man will follow after purity of heart. He will dread all filthiness and uncleanness of spirit, and seek to avoid all things that might draw him into it.

9. A holy man will follow after the fear of God.

10. A holy man will follow after humility. He will desire, in lowliness of mind, to esteem all others better than himself.

11. A holy man will follow after faithfulness in all the duties and relations in life.

12. Last, but not least, a holy man will follow after spiritual-mindedness. 

"It is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.' " 1 Peter 1:16

These points can be overwhelming and the author does talk about God's grace and patience with us as He conforms us to His Son.

"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
 


CHAPTER 4

In chapter four he says here of true Christianity...

"In earthly warfare the consequences to nations are often temporary and remediable. In the spiritual warfare, it is very different. Of that warfare, the consequences, when the fight is over, are unchangeable and eternal."

"The principle fight of the Christian is with the world, the flesh, and the devil." 

The author goes into detail of these three fights the Christian has in his Christian walk. The world being things like greed, success and fitting in, the flesh being the lusts and temptations and the devil being the enemy of mankind.

Here's a quote from each:

The World - "The love of the world's good things - the fear of the world's laughter or blame - the secret desire to keep in with the world - the secret wish to do as others in the world do, and not to run into extremes - all these are spiritual foes, which beset the Christian continually on his way to heaven, and must be conquered."

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:4


The Flesh - "To keep that heart from going astray, the Lord Jesus bid us 'watch and pray.' The spirit may be ready the the flesh is weak. There is a need of a daily struggle and a daily wrestling in prayer. 'I keep under my body,' cries Paul, 'and bring it into submission.'"

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38  

The Devil - " The old enemy of mankind is not dead... An unseen enemy, he is always near us, about our path and about our bed, and spying out all our ways. 'A murderer' and 'a liar' from the beginning, he labors night and day to cast us down to hell. 

Sometimes by leading into superstition, sometimes by suggesting doubt, sometimes by one kind of tactics and sometimes by another, he is always carrying on a campaign against our souls... This mighty adversary must be daily resisted if we wish to be saved."

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7

"Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life." 1 Ti 6:12



CHAPTER 5

He says here of chapter five: The Cost...

"What does it cost to be a true Christian? What does it cost to be a really holy man? This, after all is the grand question. For want of thought about this, thousands, after seeming to begin well, turn away from the road to heaven, and are lost forever in hell. Let me try to say a few words that may throw light on the subject."

He then share these 3 points:

1.  I will show, firstly, what it costs to be a true Christian.

2.  I will explain, secondly, why it is of such great importance to count the cost.

3.  I will give, in the last place, some hints that may help men to count the cost rightly.
 
This chapter is not about what it cost to be saved, but rather what it cost to serve Christ. He writes here:

"I am not examining what it costs to save a Christian's soul. I know well that it costs nothing less than the blood of the Son of God to provide an atonement, and to redeem man from hell. The price paid for our redemption was nothing less than the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary."

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it" Luke 14:28

*At the end of this chapter there is a special note on revivals that was extremely interesting. On the downfalls and dangers of mass revivals and the beauty of true revival.



CHAPTER 6

In chapter six he explains growing in grace...

"When I speak of growth in grace, I do not for a moment mean that a believer's interest in Christ can grow. I do not mean that he can grow in safety, acceptance with God, or security. I do not mean that he can ever be more justified, more pardoned, more forgiven, more at peace with God, than he is the first moment that he believes. 

I hold firmly that the justification of the believer is a finished, perfect, and complete work, and that the weakest saint, though he may not know and feel it, is as completely justified as the strongest. I hold firmly that our election, calling, and standing in Christ admit of no degrees, increases, or diminution...

...in the matter of justification before God every believer is 'complete in Christ' (Col.2:10). Nothing can be added to his justification from the moment he believes, and nothing taken away...

...When I speak of growth in grace... I mean simply this - that his sense of sin is becoming deeper, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, his love more extensive, his spiritual-mindedness more marked. He feels more of the power of godliness in his own heart. He manifests more of it in his life. He is going on from strength to strength, from faith to faith, and from grace to grace."

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18


CHAPTER 7

In chapter seven he shares the importance of knowing Christ...

"I want professing Christians to know more about Christ. It is well to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith, and grace, and justification, and sanctification. They are all matters 'pertaining to the King.' 

But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King's own face, and to behold His beauty. This is one secret of eminent holiness. He who would be conformed to Christ's image, and become a Christlike man, must be constantly studying Christ Himself."

He teaches five lessons in this chapter...

1. That Christ's service will not secure you against troubles. The holiest saints are liable to them.

2. That Christ is very Man as well as God.

3. That believers may have much weakness and infirmity and yet be true believers. 

4. That Christ has all power.

5. That Christ is full of patience and kindness towards His people. 

I thought I'd share a quote from the first lesson...

"If you profess to be a child of God, leave to the Lord Jesus to sanctify you in His own way. Rest satisfied that He never makes mistakes. Be sure that He does all things well. The winds may howl around you, and the waters swell. But fear not, 'He is leading you by the right way, that He may bring you to a city of habitation.' (Psalm 107:7)"

"We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:20


CHAPTER 8

In chapter eight he discusses the question, 'Do you love Christ?'...

He says here of the necessity of a Christian in loving Christ:

"It is no answer to tell me that you believe the truth of Christianity, and hold the articles of the Christian faith. Such religion as this will never save your soul. The devils believe in a certain way, and tremble (James 2:19). 

True, saving Christianity is not the mere believing a certain set of opinions, and holding a certain set of notions. Its essence is knowing, trusting, and loving a certain living Person who died for us - Christ the Lord." 

"Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen." Eph. 6:24


CHAPTER 9

In this final chapter he talks about Christ being all...

"Christ is the mainspring both of doctrinal and practical Christianity. A right knowledge of Christ is essential to a right knowledge of sanctification as well as justification. He who follows after holiness will make no progress unless he gives to Christ His rightful place. "

He shares these four points:

1. 'Christ is all' in all the counsels of God concerning man.

2. 'Christ is all' in the inspired books that make up the Bible.

3. 'Christ is all' in the religion of all true Christians on earth.

4. 'Christ will be all' in heaven.

As I grow as a Christian I'm amazed at how God not only has shown us Christ throughout the New Testament, but also the Old Testament.

I thought I'd share the 11 points under number (2) 'Christ is all' in the inspired books that make up the Bible'...

a. It was Christ crucified who was set forth in every Old Testament sacrifice.

b. It was Christ to whom Abel looked when he offered a better sacrifice than Cain.

c. It was Christ of whom Enoch prophesied in the days of abounding wickedness before the flood.

d. It was Christ to whom Abraham looked when he dwelt in tents in the land of promise.

e. It was Christ of whom Jacob spoke to his sons, as he lay dying.

f. It was Christ who was the substance of the ceremonial law, which God gave to Israel by the hand of Moses.

g. It was Christ to whom God directed the attention of Israel by all the daily miracles that were done before their eyes in the wilderness.

h. It was Christ of whom figures of old were types. Joshua, David, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson...

i. It was Christ of whom David the king was a type.

j. It was Christ of whom all the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi spoke.

k. It is Christ, I need hardly say, of whom the whole New Testament is full.

The author goes into each of these points and I found it so fascinating. Christ is all!

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 

But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all." Acts 10:34-36


I'll leave you with these final lines of this book...

"Christ loves His people to lean on Him, to rest in Him, to call on Him, to abide in Him.

Let us all learn and strive to do so more and more. 

Let us live on Christ. Let us live in Christ. Let us live with Christ. Let us live to Christ. 

So doing, we shall prove that we fully realize that 'Christ is all.' So doing we shall feel great peace, and attain more of that 'holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.' (Heb. 12:14)"

I highly recommend this Christian classic. It was truly one of the best books I've ever read.



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