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We believe in principles found in the Word of God, holy living and applying the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which are always practical and up-to-date.
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Guidance and Spiritual Instruction--
Who does not need it?
Who does not need inspiration?
(Front Cover of "Spiritual Kaleidoscope," Vol. 2)
What you will find on this website is--
Practical Christian Guidance
On this page are some samples.
(Page 1 of "Who Is It Who Doesn't Love Babies?")
Learn to recognize God's sovereignty. Learn to rejoice in God's pleasure. This was Abraham's first lesson, namely that God, not himself, was the Source. Our salvation is entirely from God; there is no reason in us at all why He should save us. And if this is true of our salvation it is true of all that follows from it. If the source of our life is in God, so also is everything else. Nothing starts from us."--Watchman Nee
"The issue is Christ. Not the Christ of modernism--that is a false Christ. Not the Christ of party--simply Jesus Christ Himself. To know Him and to make Him known, that is enough. The New Testament speaks of being called Christians--there is our name."--Vance Havner
"The only true ground on which believers can gather is set forth in that grand statement, 'There is one body, and one Spirit' (Ephesians 4:4). If God declares that there is but 'one body,' it must be contrary to His mind to own more than that one."--C. H. Macintosh
"If we would hold the true course in love, our first step must be to turn our eyes not to man, the sight of whom might oftener produce hatred than love, but to God, who requires that the love which we bear Him be diffused among all mankind, so that our fundamental principle must ever be, Let a man be what he may, he is still to be loved because God is loved."--John Calvin
" 'Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh.' He who was born at Bethlehem is God, and 'God with us.' God--there lies the majesty; 'God with us,' there lies the mercy. God--therein is glory; 'God with us,' therein is grace. God alone might strike us with terror; but 'God with us' inspires us with hope and confidence."--C. H. Spurgeon
"A Mighty God Is He"
The God of Abraham, the Source
The God of Isaac, as Christ the Gift
The God of Jacob, who disciplines by the Holy Spirit
The following are brief excerpts by
Watchman Nee that give us a
hint of these beautiful truths.
"Abraham saw God as Father. He proved Him to be the Source of all things. Isaac received the inheritance as a son. It is a blessed thing to have a gift bestowed upon us by God. Yet even what we receive we may seize upon and spoil. Jacob attempted to do this, and was only saved from the consequences by having his natural strength undone. There must be a day in our experience when this happens. The character of those who truly know God is that they have no faith in their own competence, no reliance upon themselves. When Jacob learned this lesson, then in truth there began to be an Israel of God."
"Abraham displays the purpose of God in His choice of us sinners. Isaac shows us the life of God made available to us in the gift of His Son. Jacob sets forth the ways of God in the Holy Spirit's handling of us to conserve and expand what we have received. He cuts short our old, self-willed nature, to make way for our new nature in Christ to work in co-operation with God. Thus the Spirit moves to attain God's ends by His own means. This is the goal of all God's dealing with His own."
"Remember what we said at the beginning. God is not only the God of Abraham but also of Isaac and Jacob. This should serve to remind us at least that Abraham does not stand alone, complete and sufficient in himself as God's vessel for the fulfillment of His purpose. Isaac and Jacob were also needed along with him . . .
"But if Abraham was the father, immediately we see Isaac as a figure of Christ the Son. No history so typifies Christ as does that of Isaac. Constituted the heir by divine promise, he was born, not after the flesh but after the spirit (Galatians 4:29). . . .
"In a sense Isaac is the complement of Abraham. Abraham embodies God's plan, God's standard. Isaac represents God's life, God's power. To see Abraham by himself, without the help of Isaac, is hard for us. Many see God's demands, and they cannot compass them, because they have not seen His provision. They see the standard, but not the life that satisfies that standard. Isaac gives us a picture of the life. . . .
"This fact of bestowal and acceptance is the great characteristic of Isaac. The God of Isaac is God the Giver. He is the God who comes to us. We must know Him in this way as well as knowing Him as Father . . . As the God of Isaac He comes to us and gives us everything in His Son. . . .
"We never worked for our salvation, gradually scaling the heights until we attained to it. The Lord sought and saved us. Victory over sin is the same; it is received, not worked for. Oh may we learn to praise God that He has provided for us such bounty in Christ." . . .
"We have looked at Abraham and Isaac; we must look for a moment at Isaac and Jacob, for Isaac lies between the two. In the comparisons just now before us, we have seen what God is giving to us. But we cannot stay there; we must also ask what it is that God is securing in us. We know that Christ is all. But in us there is a rival to Christ, namely, our own strength of nature. That too must find its answer, and when we have dealt with Isaac, that answer will be the theme of our final chapters.
"Isaac received everything, and by his very passivity sets forth God's bountiful grace. Jacob lost everything, and in his trials exemplifies the rigors of God's chastening hand. In Isaac God ministers to us the triumphant resurrection life of Christ. In Jacob we see the other side of the coin; for God is compelled, for Christ's sake, to apply to us the discipline of the Spirit. The life of nature in us is being reduced progressively to its zero, that Christ may be fully displayed. God's work in Jacob will in fact be made to make room for the God of Isaac."
(These brief excerpts by Watchman Nee are taken from the book, Changed Into His Likness, publised by Christian Literature Crusade, copyrighted by Angus I. Kinnear in 1967.)
Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience. And such experience requires a whole life devoted to it and plenty of time spent at the holy task of cultivating God. God can be known satisfactorily only as we devote time to Him. Without meaning to do it we have written our serious fault into our book titles and gospel songs. 'A little talk with Jesus,' we sing, and we call our books 'God's Minute,' or something else as revealing. The Christian who is satisfied to give God His 'minute' and to have 'a little talk with Jesus' is the same one who shows up at the evangelistic service weeping over his retarded spiritual growth and begging the evangelist to show him the way out of his difficulty. . . .
"A thousand distractions would woo us away from thoughts of God, but if we are wise we will sternly put them from us and make room for the King and take time to entertain Him. Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it. God will respond to our efforts to know Him. The Bible tells us how; it is altogether a matter of how much determination we bring to the holy task."
--A. W. Tozer
"[It as been said] that the more a man has in his own heart the less he will require from the outside; excessive need for support from without is proof of that bankruptcy of the inner man. [Thus] the present inordinate attachment to . . . entertain-ment is evidence that the inner life of modern man is in serious decline. The average man has . . . no inner strength to place him above the need for repeated psychological shots to give him the courage to go on living. . . .
"The [fantastic] growth of the amusement phase of human life [is] a threat to the souls of modern men. It has . . . greater power over human minds and human character than any other educational influence on earth, [a] power almost exclusively evil, rotting the inner life, crowding out . . . eternal thoughts which would fill the souls of men. . . . [It] has grown into a veritable religion . . . against which it is now dangerous to speak. . . .
"For centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it [as] a device for wasting time, a refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience . . . divert[ing] attention from moral accountability. . . . But of late . . . she appears to have join[ed] forces with . . . the great god Entertainment.
. . . So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called sons of heaven. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God . . . and hardly a man dares raise his voice against it."
--From The Best of A. W. Tozer, 126-128
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--W. J. Berry
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