Last week we saw that the first characteristic of an ambassador for Christ is that he or she should knows God well. Today we shall see that an ambassador is one who is sent for a purpose.
Archive for July, 2016
J.C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 2nd, 2012. 49 pp.
I appreciate this short work on prayer by J.C. Ryle that exhorted Christians to pray. Ryle delineates the reason why prayer is important and he goes so far as to say that an individual who doesn’t pray isn’t a Christian. As uncomfortable as that thought is, Ryle’s certainly has a legitimate point that a Christian who is not communing with God is missing the whole point of why Christians are saved by God’s grace in the first place. I think Ryle is also nuanced when he said that prayer in of itself does not save someone to go to heaven, but at the same time a non-praying person might be someone who does not understand God’s grace.
Steve Osborne. The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop. New York, NY: Doubleday, April 21st, 2015. 253 pp.
I read this book in the summer of 2016. A hot summer with a lot of heated rhetoric against the police. Unfortunately the heat has appear in more ways than one. I thought I read this book in an appropriate time. This book put a human face to the thin blue line and it was more than I expected. It was emotional. As in the book brought out more than one emotions. I literally laughed out loud at several points in the book and also got teary eye with certain section of the book too.
How is your prayer life? How is your prayers for others?
Posted in Book Review, Christian Life, Christian living, Christianity, Godliness, holiness, Lou Priolo, Reformed, Reformed Theology, responsibility, Sanctification, Theology on July 28, 2016| 6 Comments »
Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.
This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation. I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about. I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful. Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement. With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.
Here’s a conference this past Saturday called “Not Ashamed Conference.” It cover three “S:” Salvation in Christ, Sharing Christ and Serving Christ.
These sermons are available on Sound Cloud (click below):