Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit


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R. A. Torrey (1856 - 1928) was an American evangelist and Bible scholar. A graduate of Yale College and Seminary, he also studied in German universities. He was ordained to the Congregational ministry in 1878, and became superintendent of the Congregational City Missionary Society of Minneapolis. He had a long association with D. L. Moody and was the first superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute (1889 - 1908). He wrote numerous devotional and theological books, including What the Bible Teaches, How to Work for Christ, and The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. 

In this deeply spiritual and warmly evangelical book, Dr. Torrey first carefully describes who the Holy Spirit is and how one can come to know Him as a person, just as real as Jesus Christ Himself, an ever-present, loving friend and mighty helper, who is always with us. Then he goes on to describe the work of the Spirit -- in the world and in the lives of Christians. His extensive study of the baptism with the Spirit is especially timely. Few people who read this book will come away without a new understanding of the Holy Spirit and a desire for the rich blessings one can realize through Him. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Baptism of Jesus Lessons

Lessons, Activities, Worksheets, Puzzles, Notebooking Pages, Test and more
Ages 7 and up

This 18 page lesson pack contains lessons, worksheets, activities, puzzles, notebooking pages, a test, and more.  It's a well-rounded and succinct lesson pack on the topic of The Baptism of Jesus.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lord, Teach Us To Pray


by Andrew Murray
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This classic book on prayer is definitely worth reading.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jesus Himself by Andrew Murray


by Andrew Murray
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Here is another classic by Andrew Murray available for free download.
  Don't miss it!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Knowing the Truth about Jesus, the Messiah


Is Jesus the True Messiah? Jesus of Nazareth changed the world. He is the subject of more books, plays, poetry, films and worship than any man in history. But is He more than just a man? Citing specific facts and probability statistics, the authors conclusively show:

• Unassailable, prophetic proof that Jesus is the Messiah
• Biblical evidence confirming Jesus’ supreme authority
• Specific confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy in prophecy

Knowing the Truth About Jesus the Messiah offers you ready access to proof that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Great Doctrines of the Bible


William Evans
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Dr. Evans in this book teaches on the Doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Salvation, Church, Scriptures, Angels, Satan, Last Things. There is also eighty additional entries by Maxwell Coder.

This book is a necessary addition to any Christian's library.  Don't miss this free download!

You Choose

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.(Deuteronomy 30:19-20a)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.   (Ephesians 6:10-17)

I used to read these passages on the choices we make, and the armor of God, and imagine myself wielding a sword and a shield, going out there slaying dragons, rebuking wickedness and just going on a rampage.  Recently I read it again, memorized it, and I started meditating on it throughout the day.  I noticed that Paul kept repeating that we should “stand”.  He says, “take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to WITHSTAND in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND.   STAND therefore…” (verses 13-14)

What peace, what relief to know that I don’t have to go out there expending the little energy that I have left over during and after my homeschool day.   I don’t have to go on a rampage fighting, arguing against temptation or spiritual attack or struggles, strife, or the chaos of everyday life.

I just have to stand.   Take a deep breath and stand.   I’ve girded my waist with truth, I’ve put on the breastplate of righteousness.   And righteousness means “right standing with God”.   I have been made the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:19)   Because of Jesus, I can stand proud and upright in the presence of God.   I can represent God in this world and I have been given authority as a soldier for Christ.  Not only do I have authority, but I’ve also been given tools and weapons for warfare.

My feet are dressed in the boots of the Gospel of peace.  Am I standing on the Gospel of war, the gospel of strife, the gospel of doing things in my own strength, the gospel of self?   No!   I’m standing on the Good News of Jesus Christ!  

Have you ever heard the slogan:  Turn or Burn!   Repent your sins or be damned to everlasting hell!   Is that good news?   No!   Wearing the boots of Good News means that wherever I go, and whatever I do, I should portray the Good News of what Jesus has done for me.   So, when I’m walking around in fear and worry, defeated, depressed and demotivated, does that portray the Good News of Jesus?   Mmmm…  ponder that for a moment.

Did you notice that when you take up the shield of faith it enables you to “quench ALL the fiery darts of the enemy”?   That means I can be victorious over EVERY temptation, every attack that comes my way.   When sickness comes, I can overcome it.   When false accusations come, I can overcome it.  When financial troubles come, I can overcome it.

How?    It’s easy to say:  “You CAN overcome it!”   But how do you do that?  How do you apply the shield of faith?  How do I use my shield to protect myself from all the arrows tossed at me by my own kids, my husband, my family, friends, the world?
I’ve read this section so many times through the years, and I’m embarrassed to confess that I only recently finally “got it”.   There’s  a difference between knowing something and truly “getting it.”

I found that the more I’m focused on God, and being in His Word, and meditating on Him, the less focused I am on myself, and the easier it is to just let those arrows fall away without doing any harm.

Isaiah 26 verse 3 says, “You will keep Him in perfect peace whose MIND IS STAYED ON YOU, because he trusts in You.”     

Could it be that the key to being an effective warrior, the key to a successful Christian life, lies between your ears?

Proverbs 23:7 says, “as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Your thoughts are the first level of defense.   Not only the things you dwell on or mull over in your head, but also the things that you listen to or take in.  If you constantly watch ungodly shows and news on television, your thoughts and emotions will be affected by it.   If you hang around a bunch of ungodly people, your mind will be influenced by it, and not for the better.   The Bible says that you are deceived if you think you can hang around ungodly people and not be corrupted by it.   1 Corinthians 5 verse 33 says, Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

But even more importantly are the thoughts we cultivate throughout the day, about ourselves and others.    “I’m fat.”   “I’m a bad mom for yelling at the kids so much.”   “I’m too impatient and angry.”   “This kid is just a bad apple.”   “My husband is this or that.”  “This family member really hurt me with their criticism and false accusations.”   And so on and so on.

I’ll be the first person to confess that I am the Queen of self pity.   I am an expert on dwelling on hurts caused by others and self-castigation.   The lesson that finally got through my peanut brain is that I have to keep my mind, my thoughts focused on Christ ALL DAY, in everything that I’m doing.   I feel like an idiot for only getting it at this stage of my life and I have no idea why it has taken my so long to come to the realization, because the Bible is full of it. 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  (Joshua 1:8)

Psalm 1 begins with, Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners,  Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord,   And in His law he meditates day and night.”  (Psalm 1:1-2)

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”  (Psalm 119:11)

I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.”  (Psalm 119:15)

I have always read these wonderful verses, thinking they’re so beautiful, something to hold onto, but I never really realized that there’s more to it than just a nice thought, or a beautiful truth.   There’s a difference between knowing this truth and truly KNOWING it.

Jesus said in John 15 verse 7, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.   Christians and many bible teachers today tend to jump to the “Ask what you desire and it shall be done for you” part, but they ignore the “Abide in ME” part.  Jesus said, “If you abide in Me…”   and then He goes further to tell us how we abide in Him, “and My Words abide in You.”  How does Jesus’ Words abide in you?   It abides in you through your thoughts, by keeping the Word in your thoughts throughout your day.  Not just by reading a passage in the morning, saying a quick prayer and going on with your day.    That’s where I used to be.   If I was able to read a little and pray a little every day, whether in the morning or in the evening before bed, I felt accomplished.  Check!  Check!  One thing on my long list of “To Do’s” to check off.  Now I’m realizing that there’s so much more to it.  

Those bible reading and prayer times were useful to assuage my conscience, but spiritually they were a drop in the bucket.  Very little of what I was reading and learning in my bible study time actually flowed over into my daily life.  

But now I have discovered the Key to a successful Christian life.  By literally filling my mind, my thoughts, my emotions with the Word of God, meditating in it day and night, my cup is filling up and overflowing.   And even though I’m not perfect, I’m not there yet, I certainly have left.  The train has finally left the station!  I’m learning every day, and I’m becoming better and better at it.   My cup is filling up and some days it is even overflowing.

Psalm 119 verse 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Isn’t that one of the most beautiful verses in Scriptures?   I love that verse!   I’ve had it memorized for years and years, but I’m embarrassed to say that I’m only finally NOW understanding what it means to have the Word of God truly be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

That leads us to the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.   Need I say more?  

The key to a successful Christian life that I have finally discovered, is to practice and become proficient in the ability to guard my mind, my thoughts, my emotions.

The night before His arrest, Jesus was giving the disciples last minute advice.  Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” (John 14:1)  Did Jesus say, ask Me and I will take away your worries?   Did Jesus say, “Pray to me with all sincerity and I will remove your depression, your fears, your anxieties?”   No!  He said, “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED.”   Does that imply that the disciples had control over how they were going to react to the crucifixion?   Did they have a choice as to whether they were going to be panicked and fearful?  If not, then Jesus was pretty mean in telling them that they shouldn’t allow their hearts to be troubled.   It would be grossly unfair of God to expect us not to worry about things, if we are incapable of controlling it, wouldn’t it?

Have you ever wondered about the things you pray for?   I have been recently.    I’ve frequently asked God for peace, or to take away my worries, or a particular ailment.   But Jesus said in John 14 verse 27, “Peace I leave you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” 

And I’m thinking….  Why am I asking Him to give me peace if He’s already given it?  

Then in the same verse, Jesus repeats, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Do you see what this means?   It means that I have a choice on what kind of thoughts and emotions I’m going to allow in between my ears and in my heart.   So, whenever that negative thought comes, I’m immediately going to block it, stop it, reject it, cast it out.   I don’t have to ask God to give me peace, because He’s already given it to me.   If I don’t have peace, or FEEL at peace, it’s my own fault!  If I’m in turmoil, it’s because I’m ALLOWING my heart to be troubled.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10 verses 3 to 5, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,”  and this is the KEY….   “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

“Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”   Who is supposed to be doing this?   Is Jesus or the Holy Spirit supposed to guard our thought and cast out unholy criticisms, judgments, negativity, and everything that is ungodly?  No!  We are!

Philippians 4 verse 8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

So, this is what I’m doing.   I’m standing on guard.  When a negative thought or emotion crossed my path, I immediately identify it and stop it in its tracks.  Instead of praying, “Oh, God, please help me!”…  I’m praying, “Dear Lord, thank you that you have given peace, not the peace of the world, but YOUR peace.  Thank you that you have given me the ability not to allow my heart to be troubled by anything.  I am able to counter-act ALL the fiery darts that come my way and I praise You for your mercies every day!”   And whatever the issue might be, I then pray the Word regarding that issue.   “I’m not a fat slob, O Lord, I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!  (Psalm 139:14a)   “I refuse to harbor and cultivate feelings of depression and discouragement, for the joy of the Lord is my strength!  (Nehemiah 8:10)  “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  (Psalm 16:11)

In conclusion, I leave you with this:   

The Key to a successful Christian Life lies between your ears.   And you choose every moment of every day, with every thought and every emotion that pops into your head whether you want to accept it and dwell on it or not.   It is the proven principle of seed-time and harvest.   Whatever seeds you choose to water and nurture in your heart, those are the fruit you will also bear. Thoughts, emotions and activities that bring Life, or thoughts, emotions and activities that bring Death?   Blessing, or Cursing?    You Choose!

Meditating on the Word of God

Meditating on the Word of God
(A Sure Foundation I, Lesson 1)
Started:  08-18-2012
Finished:   09-23-2012

It is absolutely imperative for every Christian to understand the importance of the Word of God in his/her life.   There will not be any long term effective change of any value in your life, unless the Word of God becomes an integral part of your daily life.

If you want change in your life, the only way to bring it about with any certainty, is by the “renewing of your mind.”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
 that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
 ~ Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Renewing of your mind takes place when God’s Word is speaking directly to you.  The Bible tells us that the Word of God is alive and powerful.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
 ~ Hebrews 4:12  (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit speaks supernaturally through the pages of the Bible and if God is not speaking to you through His Word on a daily basis, you are missing out on the most awesome aspect of being a true Christian.  Even more importantly, if you are not ‘hearing’ God speak on a personal level to your through His Word, it is NOT God’s fault.  He is not the One who is distant from you, or withholding information from you.  It is YOUR receiver that is faulty.  You are either too busy and entangled with the distractions of this world to hear God’s voice, or you are just not ‘listening’.   It is God’s greatest desire to fellowship with His children and to impart truth and revelation to us.

In Mark 4, Jesus taught the parable of the Sower.  In this illustration we learn that the Word of God is a seed.  How we sow and respond to the seed (Word) of God in our own lives will ultimately determine the type of fruit (success) we achieve in our lives.

Jesus said in John 6 verse 63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

God’s Word is “life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh”  (Proverbs 4:22)

Knowing Scripture without it becoming a living part of your life is futile though.  In order to experience effective change in your life, you must apply the message of the Word, mixed with faith.  God’s Word must live on the inside of you, permeate your thoughts and saturate your emotions.

You can only reap what you sow.  Whatever you fill your mind and time with is what you will be reaping in your life.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  ~ Galatians 6:7

Not only do people not realize that they will be reaping what they’re sowing, they also want instantaneous results.  The Bible teaches that the process of seedtime and harvest takes time.  We will reap our harvest “in due time”  (Galatians 6:9)  Just as a farmer has to cultivate the ground and patiently nourish and care for the crops as they grow, just so it is when you sow the Word of God in your life.

Start by seeking out Scripture references pertaining to the specific issue in your life, memorize it, meditate on it day and night and before long, you will find that your faith starts to increase and change will occur.

Some important thoughts:

1.  Reading and memorizing God’s Word is not enough.   It must be mixed with faith.

“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them;
but the word which they heard did not profit them not being mixed with faith
in those who heard it.”  (
Hebrews 4:2)

2.  It is a progressive and systematic process which will eventually bear fruit.

26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  (Mark 4:26-29)

The above article represents a brief summary and personal thoughts based on the first lesson in the series called, A Sure Foundation, offered by Charis Bible College.  The series is offered to students attending numerous Charis campus locations across the globe, and also available via DVD through a correspondence program.