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I’m currently in the process of setting up a lending library for our church, which we are seeding with the many boxes of books we acquired when my father-in-law passed away several years ago. He had quite a collection of theological works, Bible study materials, commentary sets, and biographies, and we have discovered several gems, some of which are out of print and hard to acquire now. Along with theology, my father-in-law loved music. Today I came across an interesting little book entitled The Story of Fifty Hymns. There are several other similar books in his collection, but this one I found particularly interesting; I thought I would share the preface and I think you will understand. The full descriptive title of this little book is:
The Story of Fifty Hymns: Giving the Historical Facts, Purposes and Interesting Highlights of Fifty Hymns We All Love Best, Chosen from Many Hundreds of Hymns of the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Faiths; Sung by Joe Emerson and His Fellow Artists on the “Hymns of All Churches” Program.
The first thing I found curious is that the book was published by General Mills (you know, the cereal company!), and that’s what prompted me to read the front matter. Read the story of this little collection for yourself. Continue reading
Daily Treasure prepared by James M. Renihan
“Among the godly Israelites the biography of their nation was preserved by oral tradition, with great diligence and accuracy…The main point of the history transmitted from father to son was the work of God; it is the core of history, and therefore no man who is a stranger to the Lord’s work can write history accurately…Those who are taught to see God in history have learned a good lesson from their fathers, and no son of believing parents should be left in ignorance of so holy an art.” – Charles Spurgeon
Daily Treasure is a collection of daily readings on the Psalms, excerpted from The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon. The Treasury of David is a commentary on the Psalms and is a useful resource for pastors and preachers, or a good study aid if you really want to delve into a deep study of the Psalms. Dr. Renihan has done a wonderful job of mining out gems from Spurgeon’s work and editing and compiling them into a collection of daily devotional readings. Renihan observes regarding The Treasury of David,
The whole range of sanctified emotions may be found in the Psalms, and in this work Spurgeon has helped to make them accessible to every believer. Drawing from the vault of his unique wisdom and experience, as well as his superb gifts as an expositor,… he has constructed an almost unending source of benefit for devotional mediation.
“The spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature.”
“The ‘god’ of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun” – Pink
With so many religions and “winds of doctrine” that surround us, it’s crucial that we understand well who God is in order to prevent falling into doctrinal error. God can best be understood, not by his actions or his (apparent) emotions, but by His attributes as revealed to us in Scripture. One of the best books on this topic is The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink.
We recently began a study of Pink’s book in our adult Sunday School class as a result of a theological issue that came to the surface and became a point of serious discussion and debate within our church association. Apparently the subject is one which has actually been compromised within evangelicalism in decades past. Continue reading
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
Or a brief relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to him, to His poor servant, John Bunyan
John Bunyan was a non-conformist English pastor who lived from 1628-1688. During his years of ministry, he spent approximately 14 years in prison for preaching without a legal license as required by England at the time. Bunyan’s best known work is certainly The Pilgrim’s Progress, a book that I feel every Christian should read. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is Bunyan’s autobiographical account, which he wrote in 1666 while in prison primarily for the benefit of the people under his ministry.
Here is a synopsis of Bunyan’s journey to faith, repentance and godliness, as he describes it: Continue reading
“This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners! But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” – The Apostle Paul
John Pollock’s biography tells the story of Paul from his participation in the stoning of Stephen as described in the seventh chapter of Acts to his final imprisonment and execution in Rome in 67 A.D. In his preface, Pollock explains his reason for writing a biography on Paul: Continue reading
“If people put me on this pedestal, I don’t think they’re listening to what I’m saying. Because I’m just one person on the same level playing field, helping other beggars to find the bread of meaning and purpose in their suffering.”
Joni’s story is one that many people may think they can’t relate to and hope they never will. On first consideration, her book may be thought as a good one to recommend to someone who is dealing with a long-lasting or life-long pain or condition that in some way limits their abilities. (For example, a young man at my church was involved in an accident over a year ago that resulted in a brain injury with effects that often cause him frustration and even depression at times). But I think the overarching message Joni has to share is relevant to anyone, as I will point out.
In case you aren’t familiar with her, at the age of 17, Joni Eareckson sustained an injury from a diving accident that left her a quadriplegic for life. Continue reading