by Miles J. Stanford is an excellent resource which leads readers through their position in Christ Jesus and their condition in their daily walk. The chapters are short which allows for meditation on the truths presented in them.
For me, this book has revolutionized my concept of God. I had no idea that He takes full responsibility for me. My only work is to believe His word, all He did through Christ's death, resurrection and ascension. Amazing!
There are a couple of chapters towards the end of the book that may cause some readers to either flinch or agree, depending on their "camp" but the bulk of the book is a treasure.
On the website that you can access through the link below, there is a wealth of sermons that have been written down and posted. The topics are easy to search, and Mr. Sparks has such a relationship with the Lord and depth of insight into Scripture that there is a lot to glean from each one.
We have only just begun to delve into this well, but here are a few that we have read:
"Pride and Its Undoing"
"The Presence and Work of the Holy Spirit"
"The Kingdom that Cannot Be Shaken"
Why does the Lord allow evil things to happen when He is all powerful? This is a common question for traumatized individuals.
Diane Langberg, Ph.D. (referenced above) was the first person I heard talk about how the only way to answer that question is to look at Jesus. In Philippians 3:10, Paul says "My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings..." Paul was one intimately acquainted with suffering and yet this is his goal. Hmm.
Isaiah 53 paints a vivid picture of the sufferings of Christ and Isaiah 42:1-17 gives a picture of the justice of God. Good meditations.
by G. H. Pember was written in the late 1800's but is so relevant for our lives today. The original cover of the book was changed for the reprint which made me think the book was about aliens and ancient times.
Instead, Pember analyzes the fall of Lucifer, the fall of man, and the days of Noah and how all of this applies to our society today. Further, he explains how when Christ returns, it will be like it was in the days of Noah. Pember saw the corruption in the world and the church in his day, with false teaching, immorality, and spiritualism becoming more and more prevalent.
How much more is this the case in the 21st century? Come Lord Jesus!
Doug has a series of messages in audio files posted on his website through the Byte Show. He addresses topics like "What is the Church," "The Blessed Hope," "The Celestial Court," and more.
Lori is Doug's sweet wife through whom the Lord pours out wisdom that supplements what Doug is teaching or counseling. She sent me the verses below from Psalm 33:18-22 and Proverbs 1:7 on the fear of the Lord and what wisdom, strength, and comfort comes from knowing that fear.
Romans is a book of the Bible worth meditating on again and again. It clearly explains the foundation of our faith: why we need saving, what Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension means, how to be free from sin, and how it all applies to our lives each day.
It is only by standing on the solid ground of the finished work of Jesus Christ that we can possibly bear the pain of healing from a traumatic past.
Often a past of being a victim leads to a past of being a perpetrator too, on whatever level of sinning against God and other people. This is incredibly painful and difficult to face. The only way is to embrace the healing and forgiveness God gives us in His Son, Jesus Christ.