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Soul winning spurgeon

Charles H. Spurgeon. Soul Winning.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 1st, 2015. 16 pp.

This is an adaptation from an 1869 sermon by the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon.  Spurgeon’s message is based upon Proverbs 11:30 which in the King James says “He that winneth souls is wise.”  This booklet focuses on Christians evangelizing the lost.  Spurgeon explains the term winning as understood in different context and lays out the reason why it is wise to engage in “soul winning.”  I enjoyed reading this because it wasn’t addressed primarily towards Pastors but towards all the members of the church.  He also gave practical suggestions on reaching the lost which I appreciated very much.  Evangelism isn’t just only done on non-Sundays; he even talked about reaching people who are visiting the church in which one should talk to strangers about the sermon after the service is over.  Again very practical and spiritually motivating.  For our own church I had one of the small groups read through it together and I am currently having this as a must read for some of the guys who does evangelism with me.

You can read this booklet for free via Chapel Library in the following format:  PDF EPUB  MOBI

If you really want to get it on Amazon for your Kindle, it’s available for 99 cents by clicking HERE.

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I don’t know if its the fact that I’m getting older but I easily get very emotional thinking about those were killed while serving in the military or later take their own life after their entrance back into civilian life in the military.

Here’s a short video made by the Marine Corps about their Body Bearers who carry the casket of dead Marines in Arlington National Cemetery.  Sometimes these guys carry the casket up to a mile to their location.

I thought it was a very well done video.

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Shadow of the Almighty

Elisabeth Elliot. Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot.  New York, NY: HarperOne, October 21st, 2014. 336 pp.

The author Elisabeth Elliot was the wife of the famous missionary and martyr Jim Elliot.  The author’s classic book on her husband, Through Gates of Splendor, was written in the 1950s but what makes this book different than the first one is that this is written many decades later.  This book examines more of Jim Elliot’s own writing from his letters and personal diary.  The letters examined include those written to Jim’s parents, siblings and Elisabeth before they got married.  This book gives an honest portrait of a Christian who desires to serve God and also struggles as well.  I was much encouraged reading this book although at times I felt it was somewhat prolonged in the author’s choice of what details to share to the readers.  But don’t let that distract you as the reader: this book challenged me to think about the sacrifices involved with missions and also convicting to think about how young Jim Elliot and his fellow missionaries were when they went out to try to reach the unreached Huaorani tribe which of course they were eventually killed by when they were contacting them.  Of course, the rest is history—as a result of their deaths, God used it to call more Christians to the missions field with their example and martyrdom.  I plan one day to read Through Gates of Splendor also.

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love languages

Christians, your love language should include sharing the Gospel.

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books

For Christians its important to read.  To read the Bible. To read books on the Bible.  To read books that would help with Christian living.  To read books to know more about God.  Many Christians get this.  Many Christians might feel guilty.  Sometimes one’s life is also very busy.  How does one read more books when life is busy?  This post is meant to be pastoral, practical and encouraging.  I admit I haven’t arrived so if you have other ideas and advice please share.  So here’s my thoughts.

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This evening’s recommended Weekend Reading is timely in light of Memorial Day.

The Unsubstantial Air

Samuel Hynes. The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books, October 21st, 2014. 336 pp.

This is the story of the young Americans who flew in World War one and is written by a former US pilot of World War Two.  I think the author’s background contributed to the insight of bringing out the experiences of the young Americans who ventured into military aviation.  At that time, aviation was a new area of military combat.  The book spent considerable time capturing the romanticism of various young Americans who wanted to be combat pilots.  As those familiar with World War One know, the United States didn’t enter the war until the last year.  Even before the US entrance into the war there were already a steady stream of Americans venturing overseas to seek the experience of war or helping out the Allies with the war.  Many went over to France seeking adventure as ambulance drivers, members of the Foreign Legion, etc.  However some Americans wanted more and some of these wanted to be military pilots for the French and British.  Much of the bulk of the book focuses on these Americans.  Actually much of the book focuses on trying to be a pilot, the training and only towards the second half of the book do we read of combat and missions in the front.

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James White recently returned from his tour overseas teaching theology and apologetics while also engaging in various debates.

Here’s a two part message from Dr. White on the Inerrancy of Scripture in Cape Town, South Africa.  This was delivered on May 6th-7th, 2016.

Enjoy!

 

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