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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.
- LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS! : INTERCESSION, WARFARE, AND DELIVERANCE
by Pastor Ted Hegre.
This compilation of Pastor Ted Hegre's selected writings focuses on living a victorious life in the shadow of the Cross. Pastor Hegre discusses the relevance of the Cross for our daily life. Among other things, the book presents the three aspects of the Cross, the Eternal Purpose, Deliverance, Intercession, and Healing, issues relating to discipline, sacrifice, temptation, spiritual warfare, brokenness and the question of sinless perfection. The anointed insights of Pastor Hegre are succinctly presented in this volume. The volume is divided into fifteen chapters.
- THOMAS TRAHERNE: A VIEWPOINT FOR OUR TIME by James W. Skeen.
Traherne lived in England in the seventeenth century. He was a pastor in the Anglican Church. His view of the Christian life was unique during his day. Knowing that he grew up experiencing war, violence, and bloodshed, makes his optimistic, peaceful philosophy all the more remarkable. And gives witness to the effects that his contemplative philosophy had on his life. Traherne's Centuries is the main focus of this paper. C.S. Lewis said of Traherne's Centuries: "[it is] almost the most beautiful book. . .in English." Traherne's Meditations continue to inspire all of us.
- JIM ELLIOT - FROM THREE TO A GREAT MULTITUDE by Carolyn Johnson.
Jim Elliot was a missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador, South America but I believe the greatest impact of his life is seen in the lives of missionaries today. Although the Aucas were Jim's main focus in missions work, he only ever met three of them, on one occasion, just prior to his death. Consequently, I am persuaded that Jim's example to people of all ages, apart from the Auca Indians, was his primary ministry. What was Jim's life for? He died a young, sudden death, without ever achieving his goal in missions. But he died "Approved Unto God," which was the aim of his life. The story of his life continues to challenge my spirit. Its seemingly tragic ending still pulls at my heart. But I realize something profound in the midst of it all; Jim Elliot's life is a radical inspiration to countless people, but perhaps it would never have been told if he hadn't died so tragically.
- THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS
by George Foster.
To forgive is to stop blaming offenders for their offenses and to cancel their debts. To absorb the pain caused by others, rather than repay it. To acquit, absolve, pardon, clear, erase, let go. Forgiveness is both a decision and a process. It's letting go of an emotional debt and working through its pain until it diminishes or disappears. Forgiveness needs to be offered from the heart and reaffirmed whenever we feel recurring pain or resentment. As Christians, it is our responsibility to forgive and most of us know that we need God's help to do it. It's seldom easy to forgive and we rarely feel like doing it-yet we must forgive. We know that we ought to forgive, but pride, anger, and self-protective instincts all whisper, Don't get hurt, get even! Don't put up with that! Don't get pushed around! "Blessed are the meek" is for the weak!
- SOUL AND SPIRIT - HOW DO THEY DIFFER? - A STUDY IN THE NATURE OF MAN by Pastor Harold Brokke.
One of these areas of neglect has been our failure to understand the nature of man-that is, to distinguish between the soul and the spirit. Most of us have spoken of the soul of man as meaning the spirit of man, or, on the other hand, of the spirit as meaning the soul. Some verses in Scripture seem to leave us with the impression that soul and spirit are the same. This is natural, however, because man's nature is so synchronized that one department of his personality cannot be absolutely unrelated to any other department of it. The question we wish to consider is this: "What is the basic difference between the soul and spirit?" Wherein does the Scripture indicate that there is a difference? Not only does Scripture show that the spirit is a realm in man deeper than the mind, but also that his spirit is said to be able to express itself apart from the human mind.
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