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Erroll Hulse. Postmodernism.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 19, 2017. 27 pp.

4 out of 5

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What the general attack against Christianity like in today’s culture and society?  There is quite the postmodern feel with much of the rejection and animosity to Christianity today.  This short booklet describe this threat and also calls believers to be faithful to the truth of the Biblical faith.  This is written by Erroll Hulse who is a Reformed Baptist pastor in England who have authored many books and articles including Reformation Today magazine although this is the first time I have heard of him and read any of his writing.

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This will be a series on “Christian Witness in Post-2020 World.”

Today we shall see one obligations Christians have as we live in an increasingly hostile world to Christian faith is to pursue faithfulness to the Gospel:  Yet what does that entail? Be courageous.

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Someone asked online in an apologetics forum a question of what to do when a former friend who is not a Christian reached out to him going through a serious crisis.  I won’t go over the details but the Christian asked “How do I minister to him? I have grown deeply in the two years we haven’t talked…”

Below is my thoughts which is an edit and additions made to my original response to the individual.  I’m reproducing it since some have said it was helpful.

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No doubt 2020 has been crazy and for now 2021 still looks the same as 2020.  I thought I share portions of my ongoing “This Sunday” series specifically the ones that are unique for our time as a way of starting the year strong in the things of God even as our world is crazy.  I plan to continue these and there’s some other ideas I have in mind and Lord willing God gives me practical ideas to encourage God’s people.

 

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

I am writing this book primarily as an encouragement to those in my church who are on Winter Break with School, so they can take advantage of their winter break to read things about God and Christ from the famous English Preacher Charles Spurgeon!

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. The First Fruit of the Spirit.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 25th 2017. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read a short but deep and biblical work on God’s perspective of the Christian virtue of love?  I highly recommend this booklet that is written by Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite preacher from the past that I like to read.  Spurgeon died in 1892 and I’m amazed at how well over hundred years later Spurgeon’s writings which are adapted from his sermons, still speaks to us in a manner that is still relevant and fresh.  In this particular work Spurgeon looks at Galatians 5:22 which tells us the fruit of the Spirit includes love.  Yet what is and is not love?  Spurgeon masterfully uses the passages in the surrounding context to teach us what love is and is not.

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Note: This is the twelfth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader pursue Godly Ambition

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Establish the need: Have you wondered whether ambition is something a Christian and Christian leader can desire?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian and a godly leader we pursue Godly ambition

  • The importance of pursuing godly ambition
  • The example of pursuing godly ambition
  • How to cultivate the pursuit of godly ambition

 

Quick Comments about meaning of ambition

  • I know “ambition” can be seen as totally negative among many Christians.  So we have to consider what the definition of ambition is.
  • The dictionary’s definition for ambition: a strong wish to achieve something.”[1]
  • If we see this definition and think about how there are godly things that one can achieve then ambition in of itself is not sinful though one can have sinful ambition.

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Note: This is the tenth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader deal with difficult people biblically

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Establish the need: How do you deal with difficult people?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian and a godly leader we deal with difficult people biblically

  • The importance of dealing with difficult people biblically
  • The examples of dealing with difficult people biblically
  • How to cultivate dealing with difficult people biblically

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Arthur Pink. The Prodigal son. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 27th, 2020. 31 pp.

4 out of 5

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Do you know of the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Bible?  It is one of my favorite parable told by Jesus; in fact it is the most detailed parable of Jesus that is recorded in the four Gospels.  This parable illustrates the amazing love of God for sinner who repent and turn to God and Christ.  I was blessed reading this booklet by Arthur Pink and his exposition of this famous story.

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Note: This is the tenth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

A Godly Leader raises leaders

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Establish the need: Have you thought about raising up leaders?

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian leader we would raise up other leaders

  • The importance of raising up leaders
  • The examples of raising up leaders
  • How to cultivate raising up leaders

What I mean by “raising leaders”

  • Originally I was trying to make this lesson on delegating responsibility but I thought there is a deeper principle in how we delegate responsibility as a leader: We want to delegate in such a way that the person we are delegating responsibility we are hoping that they become leader.
  • Raising leaders mean not just raising the next person to be in charge of everything or someone replacing your position but also for them to be a leader in doing what they are good at.
    • For example: A pastor raising someone to be a deacon or a church treasurer, etc.
  • Also raising someone as a leader doesn’t mean always they are doing new things but also that the person is a leader in what they do in the sense of what we saw the definition of leader is: influencing others in a good way.
    • For example: Someone at church is good at evangelism.  Now the pastor raises him to be able to teach others to evangelize also as well, so the evangelist is leading and influencing others to do the work of God.

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Note: This is the ninth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

A Godly Leader is Self-Discipline

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Establish the need: Do you struggle with self-discipline?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be self-disciplined both as a Christian and also as a godly leader.

  1. The importance of self-discipline
  2. The example of self-discipline
  3. How to cultivate self-discipline

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Little Sins.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 4, 2017. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

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Is there the danger of some sins in your life that are flying under the radar undetected by you since you don’t think the sin is that serious?  This booklet might be for you for your own sanctification and edifying read.  It is by Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite dead preacher from the past that I like to read and in this particular title his words of exhortation and encouragement is still powerfully felt in my own life.  This was originally a sermon on Genesis 19:20 that Spurgeon preached on April 17th, 1859.  Though it is over 161 years after the sermon was delivered when I read this I find what he has to say is still applicable for Christians today!

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Note: This is the eighth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader is Fair

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Establish the need: Are you someone fair?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be fair both as a Christian and also as a godly leader.

  • The importance of being fair
  • The example of being fair
  • How to cultivate fairness

 

Quick Comments about meaning of fairness:

  • The dictionary’s definition for fairness: “the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable.”[1]
  • The dictionary’s definition of fair: “treating someone in a way that is right or reasonable, or treating a group of people equally and not allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment.”[2]

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this week: Donate Electronic Device so At-Risk Members can have Church service online.

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Note: This is the seventh installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader Deal with Frustration Biblically

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Establish the need: How do you handle frustration?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would deal with frustrations biblically both a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of dealing frustrations biblically
  • The examples of dealing with frustrations biblically
  • How to cultivate dealing with frustrations biblically

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With so much going on in 2020 I thought it be good this afternoon I post a second post with something more devotional with focusing and loving Jesus.

Horatius Bonar. The Unwritten Wonders of the Grace of Christ.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, January 7th 2016. 21 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you in deep admiration of Jesus?  This booklet by Horatius Bonar is meant to warm our hearts to be at awe and worship of Jesus.  This pamphlet looks at John 21:25 which the beginning of the booklet quotes from the King James Version: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”  Bonar wants the readers to know that the works in Scripture we have are just “specimens” of what Christ has done; now Bonar avoid being speculative and saying things that are unbiblical since I know one can go off the deep end talking about things beyond Scripture; but Bonar’s point is that we should not miss the duty to marvel at Christ more knowing that there’s so much more He has done and accomplished during His earthly ministry.  To the end that the author wants one to love Jesus more and admire Him, I think this short work is worth its gold and packs its punch.

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