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Why I Wrote Alone With God

Alone With God(Note: The first 50 bloggers who e-mail JourneyForth Books at BJU Press will get a free review copy of the book sent to them. We just ask that you write a review of the book sometime in January or early February. If you would like a book, just send e-mail to jdeluca@bjupress.com, give your mailing information, and ask for the SharperIron promotion.)

During my college years, I took a year off to travel. During that year, I took a trip that changed my life. My best friend and I planned a three-month missionary trip to Africa. We spent six weeks in the jungles of the Congo and six weeks in Kenya, a more modern African country. Plans developed smoothly until departure; there was a problem. I had fallen madly in love with a girl named Jennifer. She was a southern belle with a charm and character that wrapped me around her little finger.

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"If a couple sees children as an imposition, as something to be vaccinated against, like an illness, that betrays a deeply erroneous understanding of marriage and children."

Albert Mohler quoted in Newsweek’s “Making Babies the ‘Quiverfull’ Way”

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Get Guilt Out of the Way

Men and women, young and old, rich and poor—they all gathered at the square by the water gate. What they wanted was to hear the Book of the Law read. Ezra, eager to help, read from dawn to noon while everyone stood with rapt attention. A cadre of teachers helped translate and explain words grown unfamiliar from decades of neglect.

After a while, some began to cry. They heard and understood the life God had offered His people and how badly they had failed to keep the terms of the covenant. They understood why they had been taken into captivity and had only recently returned to ruins and chaos and had struggled to rebuild the walls. And they knew why, even now, they were vassals under a mighty empire.

Soon more were crying, then more. Guilt and shame filled hearts and overflowed in tears.

But Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Levites cut it short. “This is a holy day,” they insisted, “not a time for weeping! Go home and rejoice! Celebrate with good food and drink. Make sure everybody has plenty. This is not a sad day, but a holy day, a time for joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength!” The people were reluctant, but finally did as they were told.

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Compromising Accommodation? Or Loving Adaptation?

Note: This article was originally posted on October 20, 2005.
The point of this article is to express how I differ strongly from the godly, English forefather, G. Campbell Morgan in the interpretation of Acts 21:17-26. The applications of this New Testament story are far-reaching into the 21st century over how we ought to relate to one another in the body of Christ. But I find this window to early church life still a point of tension today in 2005. First, let me say. I do not even begin to set myself on equal plane with Morgan, a servant of Christ, who a century ago greatly defended the integrity of Scripture against the deceitful attacks of “Modernism.” G. Campbell Morgan formed embankments, made strong the battlements; he held his sword
faithfully. I would be happy to possess just a portion of his character, forged in the fires of combat. But like Luther of long ago, I think he missed the connecting harmony and warmhearted brotherhood sought by James and Paul.

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Living by Faith When God Seems Invisible, Part 2

Note: Dr. Sam Horn is host of The Word for Life radio program.

by Dr. Sam Horn

Theological Perspectives from Habakkuk

Part Two: Learning to Live by Faith (2:2-20)

So what is the godly man to do when the wicked seem to prosper? He is to continue to be godly. He is to continue to faithfully wait upon the Lord and to serve Him in gladness and righteousness. In short, the godly man must live by faith when his world is upside down!

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