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Christian Literature & Living is a monthly online journal devoted to the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ through literature, and through living according to His Word. We wish to introduce our readers to the best Christian literature, Christian devotionals, counseling, and to the understanding of the relevance of the Word of God in our daily life, in popular language. Christian Literature & Living is a cross-cultural journal, focusing on Christian literature written in all the languages, and Christian living around the world. We learn by listening to and reading our brothers and sisters in Christ from all around the world. We believe that any creative writing with literary sensibilities that focuses on the presence and life-changing ministry of Jesus Christ is Christian literature. We believe that we all need the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to live a life according to His Word. Christian literature and other writings anointed by the Holy Spirit help us to develop a personal relationship with Jesus as the Lord and Savior.
- GODS IN BUDDHISM
by Adam Crownoble
Many religions in the world have deviated in some way or another from the vision of their founder. Buddhism is certainly no exception. Recent trends in Buddhism seem to be taking them right back to the place of their origin - Hinduism. One of these questionable trends is the Buddhist doctrine on the existence and nature of gods, and how they relate to salvation.
- THE GOSPEL IN AMERICA
by Carolyn Johnson.
The journey of the gospel to America began over a hundred years before the Mayflower ever set sail. It began in Europe, during a period we now refer to as the Reformation (1517-1648). The gospel spread westward, across the vast Atlantic Ocean, rather than to the neighboring lands of Asia, Africa, and Northern Europe. Perhaps this was a result of the Crusades or other negative relations that had been formed between the various lands.
- LIFE BALANCE: THE NEED FOR BLESSEDNESS IN OUR LIVES by James W. Skeen.
In order to live successfully in this world, barring unavoidable accidents or disease, one must live a relatively 'balanced-needs' existence. Since humans were created in the image of God, they have a definite internal structure. Psychology and some philosophy are attempts to discover and understand how to best give expression to what we are in our humanity. One particular view that I think is on the correct track, although it is incomplete, is Glasser's Choice Theory (1998).
- MATTEO RICCI - THE JOURNEY OF A JESUIT PRIEST IN THE MIDDLE KINGDOM by Miss Yiren Lu.
Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) contributed to the world in more subtle way, a way that many did not notice. But he also gave them in a big way, a way that would endure the test of time. The love of the God was in him. The same love took him across two continents to a far away land. Not only had he given China a glimpse of his God, he had given them something more precious, something that could have changed fate for China. He gave Science, and he gave the first impression of Western Civilization. What could have he done to earn such high praise? Could he have prevented China's downfall? We ask these questions while remembering Ricci, who dedicated his life to the good of Christianity, and who dedicated his life to China, his adopted home and country.
- HOW DO WE ESCAPE THE TEMPTER'S SNARE?
by Pastor Harold Brokke.
We can count on the tempter's coming our way, but we should always remember that temptation is not synonymous with sin. It does not make sin inevitable. We can be victorious.
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escape the tempter's snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.
- Review of TAKING IT TO THE STREETS , a book by Pastor Ted Haggard.
Pentagrams, ankhs, and bloodied, swollen faces were painted on the walls and ceiling of the old drainage system where we were walking. The beams from our flashlights barely dispelled the darkness as we inched our way through the maze of tunnels, pipes, and caves that crisscrossed the abandoned mining zone. What was once a bustle of mining activity was now a home for satanic worship.
This is a powerful metaphor, indeed, from Pastor Ted. What once was a place of honest and hardworking men who pursued their career with fear and trembling before God and who depended on God for their life is now a place of Devil worship. When we give up, the Devil enters.
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