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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.
- THREE ASPECTS OF THE CROSS by Ted Hegre.
Though all who have been exposed to the Scriptures have some conception of the Cross and its meaning, yet even the most enlightened see only in part. All saw the elephant-in part. Did any really see the elephant? The first aspect of the Cross, Christ Crucified FOR Us - Our Substitute, deals with unregenerate man, the man "dead in his trespasses and sins." Second, Christ Crucified AS Us-Our Representative. Here the Cross of Christ deals with the old man, that is, with carnality . . . Third, Christ Crucified IN Us-Our Indweller. This aspect of the Cross of Christ does not deal with sin in the Christian. It deals with the new man, that is, with humanity (or the physical man). The daily Cross makes possible the disciplined control of the physical body . . .
- KARMA AND THE CROSS by Adam Crownoble.
Karma is the transcendent moral law, which makes up the heart of Hindu practice and belief. Reincarnation, and the caste system have no ground to stand on without Karma. The Christian concept of eternal judgment also holds many similarities to the principle of Karma. The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus shows a Karmic like principle. A key element of Karma is the idea that if you help someone in need, you are not really helping them because you are preventing them from paying off their bad karma. The Bible, however, teaches that we should love our enemies and do good to those who wrong us. Christ taught us to love all and to bless all, through outward expression of love. Karma on the other hand teaches its follower to only be concerned with himself.
- INTIMACY WITH GOD -
THE NEW WINESKIN FOR TRAINING A NEW GENERATION OF MISSIONARIES by Nita Steiner.
Then through a number of circumstances, I made my first visit to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO., two years ago. Little did I suspect the impact that visit would have on me. Living with and listening to the newer generation of missionary trainees convinced me that a new wineskin was needed for our training to have the optimum effect in their lives. First, why a new wineskin? Second, what does intimacy with the invisible God look like? Third, what are the implications of this new wineskin for present leadership in missions? Finally, the fourth question, if it is true that intimacy with God is the new wineskin needed to prepare and empower a new generation of missionaries, then what is the implication of this to the young person in training?
- THE ANABAPTISTS - SEEKING THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Tom Withers.
In the ebb and flow of the history of the European nations appears a movement of the Holy Spirit among Germanic peoples that is relegated to insignificance or totally ignored in the history books . . . To remove infant baptism would be to introduce the idea that the church would not have control over all individuals. There were some who wanted to go on ahead following Christ, defying the church and secular authority. Some of these would be the ones who would become the Anabaptists. The Anabaptists were calling for a total destruction of the existing ecclesiastical order (along with secular meddling) in order to rebuild a totally new community based upon Christ only. The sad part about the Anabaptists' story is that for the most part, they were slaughtered.
- WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CURSES? by Ed Dudek.
Certainly, there are those who curse others: Goliath cursed David. There are even those who curse God. There are also a few passages where others have placed or declared a curse on someone: Joshua told the deceitful Gibeonites that they were cursed and would never cease to be slaves for the house of God. There are curses that we need not be concerned about, and there are curses we need to be really concerned about. The curses one is to be concerned about are those that God inflicts, that come from Him. Christ redeemed [delivered] us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us.
- IS JESUS CHRIST GOD? by Stan Schmidt.
Who is Jesus Christ is the key element that separates the Truth from all other religions. If you are wrong on Him, it does not matter what you are right on. Not only is history divided by Christ (BC/AD), but so is truth. The Bible is clear about the Person of Jesus Christ. Unless someone is bent on not believing, then the Bible answers all questions regarding Christ's Deity. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity teaches that the Father is God, that the Son is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. It also teaches that there is one God, hence the Trinity. It has been said that if we try to understand the Trinity we will lose our mind but if we deny the Trinity we will lose our soul. . . .
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