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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.
- HEALING by ... Alec Brooks
To leave it (HIV/AIDS) as simply "an incurable disease" denies both the power and willingness of God to heal a physical problem that to man is incurable...First, God consistently encourages us to trust Him for healing. I see nothing in His Word that would lead me to believe anything to the contrary. Second, God chooses not to tell us why everyone is not healed. The gospel of God's kingdom was a gospel of healing, of deliverance. Wherever Jesus began to work, He stirred up tremendous demonic activity. But Jesus did more than heal the sick; He revealed His Father's heart. Jesus' works were a revelation of what God is like.
- REBEKAH - SHE WHO WENT THE SECOND MILE by ... Pastor Dave Strem and James W. Skeen
A girl who went beyond expectations to reach out to someone she did not know. We are going to look at the life of Rebekah. We are going to stand on her shoulders and get a viewpoint of life above and beyond our normal viewpoint. Rebekah wants you to be an above-and-beyond person. To be that kind of person that lets others feel treasured, that communicates love and value to others. Rebekah's plan worked. Isaac was deceived and Jacob received the blessing meant for the heir to Abraham's promises. Everything that God predicted and wanted came to pass. Then why the problem? The problem lies in Rebekah's method.
- WHATEVER WORKS, DO IT! - SOME TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO WRITE CHRISTIAN FICTION by ...
Todd J. Holcomb
I want to serve the Lord Jesus Christ ... Imparting the desire to write is hardly needed, but getting past the fear of putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard in this age) is a constant struggle even for the masters. One of the first methods that Janet Burroway offers as a way to get the thoughts flowing is journaling. Freewriting is the release of ideas onto paper without any sort of critique, whether literary or grammatical. ...
- HOW BELIEVERS ARE SET APART BY THE LORD by ... Harold Brokke
There are two different words used in 2 Corinthians 7:1. First: the words, "cleanse ourselves." The Greek word here is katharizo, it means to be purged from defilement. This cleansing is not a process but the act of making something clean. Second, this verse also contains the phrase, "perfecting holiness." The Greek word here is the word, epiteleo that carries the meaning of a continuous process toward spiritual growth and maturity. Notice two things about the apple. It was washed clean, katharzo. But it became a ripe apple by a process of growth, epiteleo. So also sanctification is not only a growth issue. We must also transact by faith in Jesus who cleansed, and sets us apart by the Spirit.
- BEING A GODLY WITNESS ... Ed Holt
We often mess things up, we delay successful outcomes. He does not need us to get the task done. He is about seeking and saving, transforming lost lives. But He is also interested in shaping us. Although God does not need us to fulfill His work, He enjoys co-laboring with us. I want my son to grow up to be a kind, responsible adult. With this goal in mind, I have to be more concerned with his development than I am with 'getting the job done'. God feels the same way about us! The godly servant must focus on the world around him or her. The godly servant in Isaiah 42, verse 2 (Christ) will promote justice and comfort the weak and hurting.
- FULFILLING THE DECLARATION IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW by ... Mike Leeming
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill" (Matthew 5:17 KJ21). The book of Matthew is the only Gospel account that contains this statement from Jesus. Thirteen times in the book of Matthew, we find Matthew saying that something happened in order to fulfill something else. In twelve of those thirteen incidents, the word in Greek used for "fulfilled" is pleroo. Most Christians tend to think of the concept of fulfillment in the Scriptures in the sense of the fulfillment of a prediction, especially the idea that something happened in the New Testament that fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The book of Matthew contains such fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies. However, Matthew does not always use fulfillment in this sense.
- THE GLORY OF LOVE by ... Noah Krieg
If God does not need anything from man, why is it that he is so interested that we notice who he is? It may almost seem like he is imposing on us. After all, God is in a good position, and I'm well enough off, so why don't we each just do our own thing? When we look at God's character-of love, compassion, righteousness, justice-we must ask what the real motive is behind his interest in us. If it is not to fulfill a need in himself, it must be an expression of love toward us. Let us take an example from the account of Isaiah.
- THE GREAT AMERICAN AWAKENING by ... Reuben Turner
The movement was widely criticized for its excesses as some exhibitions obviously got out of control, and in its aftermath churches even split over varying views of the revival. The scene was not Toronto or Brownsville, but colonial America in the early 1700's! "And yet, the Great Awakening, with its extravagances and tragic mistakes, was to be considered one of the most potent and constructive forces in American life during the midcentury."
- THE RISE AND FALL OF CHRISTIANITY IN TURKEY by ... A. S.
Turkey was the first mission-sending nation, the home of seven Church councils that authored many of the Christian creeds and doctrine, and the birthplace of the modern Church. However, with the passing of time, Turkey has evolved from a predominately Christian culture, through Islamic dominance, toward an increasingly secular society. With such drastic change in spiritual climate, it is very interesting to follow the rise and decline of the Gospel in this nation. It is my burden that this nation return to its First Love. ... In the sixteenth century, Suleyman came to the throne over the Ottoman Empire. He was tenth in the line of sultans. Suleyman is very well-known in history because of his great influence and power. Suleyman saw Europe as a great threat to Islam because of its expansion and seized every opportunity available to hinder it. The Islamic world was beginning to shrink under the European expansion.
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