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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.
- IS THERE ONLY ONE VERSION? by Stan Schmidt.
The issue of the King James Version of the Bible being God's only inspired version ... I challenge those who push this doctrine to think about 1 Corinthians 3:17, "If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him...." That verse is not talking about suicide, but the body of Christ. I see the KJV Only movement doing just that--dividing the church and confusing people. ... The KJV did not fall out of the sky. Those human translators had to make choices as translators do today. ... My point is that the translators of the new versions are not part of some conspiracy to undermine God's truth. If they were trying to omit certain doctrines out the the Bible they would omit all the verses that pertain to that doctrine and not just one.
- THE PENTECOSTAL AND CHARISMATIC MOVEMENTS by Terry Bowman.
No matter how one may feel about the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the Pentecostal movement, one can not deny the impact it has had on the Church in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. ... The Pentecostal Renewal has many similarities to, but is distinctly different than the Charismatic Renewal and the Neo-Charismatic Renewal of the late twentieth century. ... we will be also looking at the "evidences" of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit before the twentieth century ... In the Great Awakening (1726-1750) in colonial America, people swooned away and lay for hours in the straw. The Holy Spirit is not predictable, and as Christians, we should not box him into our own preconceived notions of how He should move.
- THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by Mike Leeming.
There are two Psalms (14:1 and 53:1) in which we are told, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" In Scripture, "the fool" is not someone who is simply ignorant, but morally perverse- ... Such wondrous design certainly gives testimony to its Planner and Designer-God. Examples of these universally accepted moral standards include the idea that selfishness is disapproved of in every society, and that incest-"mating between parent and child and between brother and sister" -is condemned in all societies. What is the source of these universal standards of moral behavior? Why do we all have them?
- MISSIONARY CHRISTIANITY VS REFUGEE CHRISTIANITY
A Discourse on the Struggles in Kenyan Christianity
by Mahalia Johnson.
"When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible". -Jomo Kenyatta. In this Kenyatta statement, one can see the inherent struggle between the foreign Missionary and the National. In 1880 Frere Town was attacked by the Muslim Arabs who were so angered at the loss of slaves. At this point, opposition to Christianity and the missions grew. It was out of Persecution and opposition that a new or "refugee Christianity" was born. It goes by the name of Kitro Christianity. This term was used to distinguish between Missionary Christianity and the nationals who came to faith in God but were not in agreement with Christianity.
- YOU SHALL BE FREE INDEED! by Pastor Harold Brokke.
Freedom is one of those precious words that we often find in the Scriptures. Our salvation is made up of two great phases which we shall present under two propositions. The first is this: There is something dead in us which must live; the second is, There is something living in us which must die. After we have received this liberty and freedom from sin, we must live it out day by day. There are three things to learn which will help us to have and maintain freedom in Christ. ... If a man is to remain in the freedom of Christ, he must live out his freedom in active obedience to the Word of God.
MISSING PIECES: A Discussion of "The Incomplete Gospel" in
Modern America. An Insightful Book by LeRoy Dugan.
I was seated at a large dining room table in the luxurious home of a prosperous evangelical pastor. Surrounding me were other guests, including some of the staff of the large church. While I pondered which of the large array of forks I was supposed to utilize I overheard one of the associate pastors share his "evangelistic" ideas with the man next to him. "The first thing ", he said, "is to find out from the sinner what is his most strongly felt emotional need, and then tell him that Jesus will meet that need." Then he crowned his statement with the following words, "I know this is an appeal to selfishness, but it works." ... It was, rather, that he had put into blunt words what many other men had been saying, more subtly, all along; "Salvation is mainly something God dishes out to make human beings get their felt needs satisfied."
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