CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
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Was blind, but now I see.

2 : 9 August 2003


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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.

  • SPEAKING OF LITURGICAL ARCHITECTURE: Modernism and Modern Church Architecture ... Randall Smith
    Medieval and Renaissance artists and architects saw themselves as working within a tradition - one whose standards they had to live up to. They didn't look back at the past with scorn and disdain as something passť, as something to be superceded; rather they looked at the great exemplars of the past with humility and pride as things to be emulated and imitated. ... Whereas previous architects had always seen themselves as being in continuity with the great forms and architectural traditions of the past, the Modernists sought to throw off all those "chains" of the past and create architecture anew - from the ground up - much as Descartes had attempted to re-create philosophy by methodically doubting everything that had come before him and allowing back into his mind only those ideas that had mathematical clarity and certainty.
  • ESTHER: ORPHAN GIRL WHO BECAME QUEEN ... Pastor Dave Strem and James W. Skeen.
    A reading of the Bible reveals that God intervenes in human history in two distinct ways. He sometimes does supernatural, beyond the natural, deeds that only He can do. Examples of this type of intervention are the parting of the Red Sea, God's feeding of Israel in the wilderness with manna for 40 years, and Jesus' feeding of the 5,000. At other times He uses people and objects within His creation and orchestrates and directs them to fulfill His will. ... Esther and Mordecai are examples of two individuals who did fulfill God's best plan for their lives. The results are all positive. Nothing negative came out of the Esther-Mordecai story. As James 1:17 states: "Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows."
  • KNOWING JESUS CHRIST ... George Foster.
    We often talk about what a Christian may do or not do, but we seldom define what a Christian is. Let me suggest a biblical definition of what a Christian is:A Christian is a person in whose heart the Lord Jesus Christ lives. ... Blaise Pascal called our heart a "God shaped vacuum." It was made by God and for God. Only God can fill it. It remains empty until Christ comes in. Christ wants to fill that space. He said, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat (have friendship) with him. And he will eat with Me."
  • A 40 DAY JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY ... Pastor Mark Owens.
    There has to be more to church than a weekly gathering of interested parties going through the all too familiar motions of yet another "service". There must be another level of intimacy among the members of Christ's body. But how? Where?Each week I sit back and watch it happen. People drive into the parking lot with a car load of troubles. Their marriages are in trouble. They are having problems with their children. Things at work aren't going well. They have financial problems, and health problems, and emotional problems. Some of them don't even believe in Jesus any more, but they are afraid to admit it.
  • THE GREATEST CRISIS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ... LeRoy Dugan.
    The Bible says, "God ... purifying their hearts by FAITH" (Acts 15:8, 9). Nevertheless, most people feel that it cannot possibly be as simple as all that. "Faith to be sanctified must be different from faith to be saved." But it is not. What was the last step you took in order to get converted? You reply, "I just trusted Christ to save me." All right, use exactly the same trust for this need! God has said, "This is the will of God, even your sanctification ..." (I Thess. 4:3). Now you know Jesus died to make it possible, the Spirit has come to make it available, and you must surrender and trust the Holy Spirit to make it REAL TO YOU.

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