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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
A Christianity That Really Works!

You won't find this book on Amazon.com.

Humph. Okay, I did a search, and you actually will find it on Amazon.com - but that isn't important - you can also download a free copy from Ron Marr's website.

What is important is that I am reading this book, and so far I have to say it is very practical. After reading the first five chapters, I immediately went out and bought another copy, anticipating how I would be lending it out, but wanting it back.

The fellows who are involved in the revival meetings sponsored by our church (The Sutera Twins, Ralph & Lou) recommend it very highly, and upon their recommendation I bought the first one. I found out afterwards you can download it for free, but I prefer to have a hard copy.

I mention it because anyone who is inclined should get themselves a freebee copy and give it a look. I haven't read it all - so buyer beware, but what I have read has been sound, practical, and spiritual - a rare combination.

The book reads pretty easy too, the chapters are not too long, and the tone is conversational - really a easy read. But it is tasty too.

Give it a try, what can you lose? Skip the intro and whatnot and read a chapter or two.
posted by Daniel @ 3:52 PM  
  • At 10:36 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger Dan said…

    Is it one of those books that is primarily an essay that makes a point and then supports it from the Bible, or is it one that simply follows a Bible passage and add some commentary?

    I'm just wondering what to expect. I'll look it up...

    V-Word: "sxcrwbbt" more proof the v-word system favors you an Bazooka-Joe. ;-) Oh wait, maybe it's something that Yosemite Sam shouts after he falls off a cliff...

  • At 11:10 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    Here is an excerpt from the first chapter:

    None but the Humble Heart

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
    a broken and a contrite heart;
    These, O God, You will not despise.
    Psalm 51:17

    But on this one will I look: on him
    who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
    and trembles at My word.
    Isaiah 66:2

    What is a sure essential to a Christianity that really works? How do we get close to the heart of God? What is the one thing without which there is no real personal revival?

    Let God Himself answer in these words:

    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

    The LORD is near those
    who have a broken heart;
    and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
    Psalm 34:18

    This book is intended to be a manual for living in continuous revival. What is revival?

    Spiritual revival is not confession of sin, as much as that may be in evidence. Spiritual revival is not even inner conviction of sin or external evidence of grief for sin, as potent a reality as these may be. Spiritual revival is not even changed lives or changed communities.

    The sine quo non of revival, that without which it does not exist, is a humbling of the human heart and spirit before almighty God. If you won’t let God humble you, no vital, close dynamic
    relationship with God is available to you! You can spend as many hours in prayer as you might or run yourself ragged serving others, but without a contrite heart, no Christianity will really work for you.

    The book goes along more or less with that flavor - practical "how to be a doer, and not a hearer only" sort of stuff.

    I like it so far.

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