Regret-Free Living – a book review

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About the book

Regret-Free Living takes the focus from what was and what might have been and shines a bright light onto the path of what is and what is to be. Christian counselor Stephen Arterburn speaks honestly and forthrightly about what it takes to build strong, healthy relationships. Drawing on his own positive and negative experiences, he offers specific steps to rid yourself of relationship regrets, open your heart to healing, and move forward in love.

Arterburn's practical counsel shows you how to recognize the signs and qualities of both happy and unhappy relationships, admit guilt and accept responsibility, find and give forgiveness, set boundaries, love and give out of fullness, and much more.

This is your invitation to, with God's help, rid yourself of relationship regrets and begin building healthy, guilt-free relationships. Will you accept it? The choice is yours.



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About the Author

Stephen Arterburn is founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the nationally syndicated New Life Live! daily radio broadcast. A nationally known speaker, he's been featured on Oprah, USA Today, US News & World Report, the New York Times and many other media outlets. Steve founded the Women of Faith conferences and is a bestselling author of more than 70 books including the multi-million selling EVERY MAN'S BATTLE series. Steve and his family live in Laguna Beach, California. Visit www.newlife.com




My Review

Very practical. Very understandable. I'm sure this will prove to be a helpful book to many, especially those within the target audience: those who have made bad decisions, most pointedly, in their relationships, and need some good advice to help them dig their way out.

I found this book very easy to read, a trend that seems to be more and more popular in self-help/relational living/counseling books for the everyday person. the chapters are well-titled; you can look at each in the table of contents and have a pretty good idea what that chapter will be about. Within each chapter are helpful descriptions of the areas of concern and the steps to take to deal with that area.

If I have any reservations about this book, they would be two-fold. First, as I began to read, I had a hard time knowing who the target audience would be, other than "just about everybody who has regrets." I felt like more like a listener to the radio program Arterburn has, and that each day is self-contained, and not necessarily connected to the previous.

Second, and this is a concern I always bring to the table whenever I read a "therapeutic" type book, is this: Does this book have me laying it down and looking to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for everything it's just suggested? I have to admit, I just never sensed this to be the case here. Don't get me wrong. Arterburn frequently directs us to look to God for help and forgiveness. Yet I couldn't help but wonder how much better it could have been had the cross of Jesus Christ been far more central. Coming to Christ, knowing what the cross has accomplished, preaching the gospel to myself everyday is the only true way of living daily life in all its facets without regret.




Regret-free Living may be purchased here: Bethany House Publishers.




Disclaimer

This book was provided for review purposes only by Bethany House Publishers.






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Friday Five

How do I miss these things? Why wasn't I notified? Where are the CNN headlines? (Or at least dozens of those little scrolling thingies that consume nearly 1/4 of your TV screen and prove to be so obnoxious.) I'm really bummed that I have to celebrate this a few days late, but better late than never, I guess.

January 21 was National Squirrel Day. And I missed it.

However, as providence would, uhm, er-r-r, yes – provide, October 2010 is National Squirrel Awareness Month, and the second week of October has been designated National Squirrel Awareness Week. I'm not sure why National Squirrel Day isn't in the middle of that week, but I'm guessing it's because a squirrel is in charge here!

Well, to honor our little furry geeks, here are five, short video clips:
















Thanks to Abraham Piper for bringing up this grand celebration.

PETA disclaimer: No squirrels were harmed in the posting of this blog.








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I Am Unworthy

Now, I realize that this post's title would be something a lot of my regular readers would heartily agree with. However, After watching this video of Al Mohler's personal library, I walk into my very humble little space of study at Cornerstone EFC and am humbled even more. I could wallow in self-pity merely out of the grandeur of Mohler's digs. I could be saturated with envy over the sheer numbers of books, let alone the beauty of how it's all arranged. Or I could find myself despairing because I will never have that many books, never read that many books, nor having read them, be able to, at a moment's notice, have someone grab a random book off any shelf and give you a several sentence synopsis of that book (Mohler did this in one of Together for the Gospel's earlier videos a couple of years ago).

No, I'm unworthy because the books I have at present are a sign of God's grace. Had Christ not died on the cross for me, had God the Father not chosen me before the foundation of the world to be one of His adopted children, had not the Holy Spirit re-birthed me spiritually, giving me a heart of flesh instead of the crusty old heart of stone I once had, I would not only not have the books I have, I wouldn't have read them nor understood any of them. So, yes, I'm unworthy and yet, but by God's good grace & mercy, I have my books. Most of them have proven very helpful. I'd thought of creating a short video of my library, but what's the point of a three second video?

Let me know what you think of Mohler's place.

Al Mohler - Study Video from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.








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Some Thoughts on Prayer

Kay, over at Musings of an English Muffin, wrote this the other day:


I struggle with prayer. When you're a mother of young children, it's quite difficult to carve devotional time out of the day. Early mornings don't work because as soon as my mattress creaks because of me sitting up, at least one, maybe two of the little ones hears it and comes in.

I've settled into a habit of evening prayers, and that's no bad thing, but I find myself afflicted with a reluctance to pray, and it happens every single time. Yet without fail, once I start to pray, I carry on for a reasonable amount of time and it's a great blessing.

Prayer being a blessing is no surprise, of course. But am I alone in the wrestle beforehand, be it shopping lists springing to mind or sudden doubts about my standing before God?






No, Kay, you're not the only one. You are joined by many, many brothers and sisters who struggle in "focusing" our minds during a time of prayer.

I have no doubt that we ought to be able to focus our minds some of the time, But I don't think it's always going to be possible. First, our minds are often prone to wander in their thoughts, even when praying. You start praying about work and that reminds you of the project that's due and your part of it isn't ready yet and if only your co-worker would have gotten his part done earlier and then there was that special staff meeting they called and o-o-h that manager, he makes me so mad sometimes. Oh, sorry Lord, I forgot where I was.

Second, there are just so many distractions: radios, TVs, iPhones, cell phones, home phones, chat rooms, Facebook and Twitter and the newspaper and ... well, you get the hint. And I didn't even mention spouses or children or other people.

Third, the devil knows what we're up to and he will try to nail us to the wall while we pray. He'll whisper in your ear how unworthy you are to be trying to approach God. Why you can't even let your mind focus for 60 seconds; who do you think you are? And what must God think of you? Pathetic!

I've been reading, A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller. It's a wonderful book and is helping me a great deal. In the opening portion, Miller teaches that when we pray, we should become like a child. This means, that in our prayers, we ought to remember how to play. Little children, when they play don't sit for hours with just one toy. More often, they're here, there and everywhere, playing with all kinds of toys. When we pray, we should come, but not fret if our mind wanders. Instead, we should follow our minds, letting those "distractions" and other thoughts become our prayer requests before the Lord.

This isn't easy for me. I like organization. I like to focus. I'm not good at multi-tasking. However, I'm learning that it's okay, from time to time, to take a long, wandering prayer walk.

How about you? What "style" works better for you when you pray?






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Sunday's Hymn

This past Lord's Day we sang a song right out of the Scottish Psalter, 1650. It was actually in our hymnal, but the tune was from that Psalter. I was thrilled about this. I wish we'd do more psalms from the psalter... and try them a capella. That's how the Scots would have done it.

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Words: Scottish Psalter, 1650
Music: Hugh Wilson, 1764-1824

O thou my soul, bless God the Lord
And all that in me is
Be stirred up His holy name
To magnify and bless.

Bless, O my soul, the Lord thy God,
And not forgetful be
Of all His gracious benefits
He hath bestowed on thee:

All thine iniquities who doth
Most graciously forgive,
Who thy diseases and and pains
Doth heal, and thee relieve:

Who doth redeem thy life, that thou
To death may not go down,
Who thee with loving kindess doth
and tender mercies crown

Who with abundance of good things
Doth satisfy thy mouth;
So that, even as the eagle's age,
Renewed is thy youth.


This is the hymn tune, "Martyrdom," to which we sang this marvelous psalm:

Martyrdom (also, "Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?"








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Spiritual Maturity: The Road to Wonderland – a book review

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About the Book –

For decades, Chafer's He That is Spiritual guided the Christian in spiritual growth, but it remains out of reach for many modern believers who struggle with the 1918 text or no longer have the general Bible knowledge that the book assumes.

Now, Spiritual Maturity: The Road to Wonderland brings those same critical lessons prefaced by quotes and illustrations from Lewis Carroll's timeless tales. Interwoven throughout the text is Christine, a fictional character, whose life and questions mirror those of today's reader.

We need to be sure we are walking in the direction and in the manner God would choose. And on any journey, a map-correctly understood-can be enormously helpful. Thankfully, God has provided us one. Designed for individual or classroom use.

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About the Author –

Bruce Baker is Senior Pastor of Jenison Bible Church, Hudsonville, MI. Before he entered the ministry he served in the Navy for over 11 years. He then moved on to work at a Christian television station as an engineer. It was during this he felt the call of God to enter the ministry. He enrolled at Calvary Bible College graduating with a BS in Christian Ministries. He continued on to Calvary Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master's of Divinity (Pastoral Studies) degree with highest honors. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Baptist Bible Seminary.

Before accepting the call to his current church, he was Senior Pastor of Open Door Bible Church in Belton, MO, and Adjunct Professor of Bible and Theology at Calvary Bible College.

Pastor Baker has no hobbies because his life is one pathetic cycle of trying to complete overdue projects while accepting new ones. He seldom sleeps. He has been acquitted of all charges for which he as ever been indicted.

He is the author of numerous journal and magazine articles, and a contributing author to the book Progressive Dispensationalism. Spiritual Maturity is his first full-length book. Pastor Baker and his wife, Bonnie, have been married 27 years and have three grown children. They are praying that their married children get a clue, get down to business and give them grandchildren before they die.


Sample from the book –

Of all my memories, though, it is the hours we spent in the car, with Dad as the pilot and me as the navigator, that I remember most. Before we left, Dad provided a quick education on how to read a map. I remember his instruction on the importance of knowing where we were, where we were going, and how we were going to get there. "If we keep our eye on those three things on the map," Dad explained, "we won't get lost."

It felt very grown-up to be entrusted with such an important responsibility. As we clicked off the miles, I kept my finger on that maze of colored lines, solemnly announcing the next town we should see or how far it was to the next rest area.

It sounds so simple now, but knowing where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there is still essential for any journey. Yet, it is this basic information, particularly in the realm of a spiritual journey (a journey that seeks and requires spiritual truth), that sometimes seems the hardest to find. It is clear (or at least it should be to anyone who has even a casual understanding of the Bible) that God wants us to grow spiritually-but how is that accomplished? What is the goal? How do we determine how far along we are now? How do we know when we have arrived? This assumes, of course, that one can arrive (and by the way, what exactly does "arriving" mean?). Why is it that some people seem to intuitively understand God's will when others of us seem to struggle so much?

This book isn't intended to be our map. Only God's inspired Word can fulfill that function. Instead, this book is meant to help us discover, by reading the map, where we are now, where God wants us to go, and how we get there.




My Review –

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was reading this book and enjoying it a great deal. I've completed the book and did enjoy it, but there was a huge bump in the road of this journey (to use Baker's own analogy) and I hit my head on the ceiling of the car so hard, it took a bit for the swelling to go down. More on that later.

Baker is seeking to help us read the "map" of God's Word in order to get to the destination "Spiritual Maturity." He readily admits that we'll never arrive until God the Father sends Christ the Son to bring us to our final rest in His presence. However, on the way there, we need help and encouragement and this is what he seeks to offer.

He does so using three means: 1) a "story" of a Christian woman whose faith has been rocked hard, and thus starts her journey of recognition and realization that she was so spiritually immature at first and has great need to grow; 2) short excerpts from Lewis Carroll's tale, Alice in Wonderland, by which Baker sets the stage for each chapter; and 3) each chapter which seeks to help us recognize where we are, where we need to go, and how to start taking the steps necessary to make the journey toward spiritual maturity.

The story, I think, adds some touch of realism to the direct teaching mode of the various chapters. Entitled, "Living in Canaan," the author follows a portion of the life of Christine, a believer who learns that the path to maturity can be very harsh, very grueling, yet very rewarding also. Segments of this story occur over seven different places, each showing the progress and trials of the maturing process. I found this part of the book helpful, kind of like a mini-novel in the middle of a "technical book" on Christian living.

Using some of the old line art drawing templates and snippets from Carroll's classic, Baker introduces each chapter and seeks to make us think about life as a follower of Christ. He does not attempt to spiritualize Alice and her adventures. Thank goodness for that. Yet each piece does help you realize where he might be headed with each chapter. For instance, there is the classic dialogue between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to walk from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don't much care where," said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you walk," said the Cat.


From there, Baker's chapter helps us understand that there is a destination in our Christian life, that there is direction and purpose. We don't just wander through this world until we get to heaven. I enjoyed these little forays a great deal.

Overall, I found this book a good read, full of good reminders of things I've learned in the past and need prodding on once in a while in order to stay the course. I think just about any Christian, from relatively new believer to a more experienced Christian would find this helpful. I could recommend it to anyone from my congregation with only one proviso: skip chapters 5, 6 & 7, then be careful with chapters 8 & 9. Before and after this major section, you'll be fine. Baker is right in introducing the "Jabberwock" here, but for reasons that I strongly disagreed with.

I should have seen it coming, when a partial description of the book informs me that Baker is seeking to put Lewis Sperry Chafer's He That Is Spiritual on a lower, more accessible shelf for Christian's, alarms should have gone off. Chafer, and hence, Baker, takes a passage from 1 Corinthians 2.14–3.3 and makes this the cornerstone of their understanding for spiritual maturity. That's fine, except they introduce a teaching that, I'm convinced undermines the very process they hope to enhance: "the carnal Christian." I'll need to post more on this through the course of the next two weeks, but suffice it for now that this is a dangerous teaching. I believe it opens the "antinomian door" for far too many "professing, but unbelieving" people of faith. That is to say, it allows for a person to say, "Yes, I'm a Christian" and then never mature, never move off "Square One" and basically live an unconverted life, yet still enter heaven.

I realize Baker is seeking to loving and graciously "push" these "carnal" people toward greater maturity. And through the beginning and remainder of his book, he does a fine job of that. However, I disagree with this teaching so much, it did make the final portion of the book a far greater chore to read than I initially thought. I usually try to exercise discernment whenever I read, but this was a "cardio workout" like I haven't had in a while.

Again, I'm favorable to this book. It could actually have been written without chapters 5-9 and still have been coherent and very helpful. If you'd like to purchase this book, you may do so through Grace Acres Press. Just make sure you put a binder around those middle chapters and then continue on.




This book was provided for review purposes by Grace Acres Press.






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Friday Five

Welcome everyone. I hope you found your way here all right. Please forgive the clutter here as well. It's just a different site... not a different mind!

Lift Your Spirits.jpgEvery year, a dear saintly woman in our church gives us a calendar. It's a small, trifold variety with a spiral binder for flipping the pages over. It's full of all sorts of fun quotes, jokes, and silly stories. In other words, it's right up my alley!

Here are the top five items from the calendar so far this year:

1. First things first! But not necessarily in that order.

2. A boy, frustrated with all the rules he had to follow, asked his father, "Dad, when will I be old enough to do as I please?" The father answered immediately, "I don't know, son. Nobody has lived that long yet."

3. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

4. There are moments when everything goes well, but don't be frightened. It won't last. – Jules Renard

5. Incompetence. When you earnestly believe you can make up for a lack of skill by doubling your effort, there's no end to what you can't do.


Got any of your own? Let me know.



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Sanctity of Human Life

We're recognizing/celebrating "Sanctity of Human Life" this Sunday at Cornerstone EFC. Our local crisis pregnancy center, New Life Family Services, will have a representative here, giving us an update on their services/ministry. They've been able to add a second ultrasound machine during the course of the last year. These two machines have made a huge difference when pregnant girls/women come in and are thinking about an abortion.

Read this post by Kevin DeYoung and the connected article. Then pray that the Lord of life will work mightily in His people, to raise us up with one voice, crying, "Stop the violence."

Like An Electric Current – Kevin DeYoung: ""



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Getting Closer to a "New Launch"

I've been working diligently this week to set up shop here at Blogger.com in order to make the switch from my other blog site. I've realized that I'll never be a HTML wiz, so the flexibility that comes with having your own site just wasn't paying off for me. Besides, Blogger has changed a lot since I was last here: Google owns them and they've brought in a lot of the creativity that makes Google click.

I'm also going to try out different templates over the course of the next few months. I'll be taking a poll or asking for your input, so please let me know what you think of the format of the blog (as always, I'm hoping you'll let me know what you think of the content).

For now, here's this month's them: Coffee Cup.

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Cry of the Hawk – a book review


Cry of the Hawk by Terry Johnston


About the Book – Western potboiler that will stain the reader with grease, blood, and smoke. Jonah Hook, Confederate soldier, gains an early release from a befouled Union prison by signing up for a year as a ""galvanized Yankee"" to fight Indians on the frontier. Meanwhile, his wife and three children, waiting for him at home in backwoods Missouri, are abducted by the ""Avenging Angels"" of Brigham Young, out ... 
More sweeping the land to rid it of threatening ""Gentiles"" but showing much more aptitude for raping, killing, and looting. The angels sell Hook's boys to Comancheros and save Hattie, the daughter, for future deflowering by a wealthy Mormon buyer. The crazed leader of the pack, Jubilee Usher, takes Gritta, the wife, as a concubine. While she and Hattie, both kept on a steady dose of laudanum, tour the countryside with the depraved Mormons, the depraved white men fight the depraved Indians, allowing Jonah to meet famous scouts and soldiers like Jim Bridger and George Custer. The Indians and soldiers skirmish, graphically slashing and scalping and creatively mutilating each other. Jonah finally gets his release, only to return home and find a vacant ruined homestead. He and cousin Artus set off to search for the family. Along the way, Jonah kills buffalo for the railroad, fights Indians again, and falls for Grass Singing, an Indian prostitute. He finally locates the Mormon angels and...some issues won't be resolved until the sequel. In his fast-paced but uneven latest, Johnston (Carry the Wind, 1982, etc.) magnifies the violence and stench of the Old West. 


About the Author – Terry C. Johnston was born on the plains of Kansas and immersed himself in the history of the early West. His first novel, Carry the Wind, won the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award from the Western Writers of America, and his subsequent books, among them Cry of the Hawk, Dream Catcher, Buffalo Palace, Crack in the Sky, and the Son of the Plains trilogy, have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the country.


Terry C. Johnston lives and writes in Big Sky country near Billings, Montana. 


My Review – 


Having read many of Johnston’s other novels, I knew what I might be getting as I picked this book up off the library shelf. Johnston captures life in the western frontier during the mid-1800s, right after the Civil War. He’s done a tremendous amount of research on this area, it’s history, it’s people and characters, it’s geography and life in general on the frontier. I think these novels would be classified as historical fiction since he works in historical characters – “Wild Bill” Hicock, General George Armstrong Custer, Roman Nose, and a host of others – historical places and battles, alongside his key fictional characters of Shad Sweete and Jonah Hook.


The action moves along steadily, especially during any of Johnston’s fight scenes. As in all of Johnston’s novels, the violence is graphic. He holds nothing back in showing either the mutilation which the Indians inflicted upon the white man or the brutality with which the whites exerted against the Indians. It’s not pretty and it’s not for the faint of heart.


Jonah’s plight is a pitiable one. Having been released from a Civil War prison camp to serve in the army in fighting and establishing the western frontier, he longs for home and family. When he is finally able to go home (about half way through this tome), he finds Gritta, his wife, and his children have been taken (he suspects this right from the start, although he entertains doubts about her simply leaving to go back east to her family). The remainder of the story follows his efforts to search for them. There are times that I grew impatient as it seemed his searching got put on the side burner while he continued working for the army. But I have to remember, they had no phones, no electronic means of searching at all. They barely had the telegraph (and the lines for these were continually cut by the Indians). So travel was slow (much of the first year was spent getting about by foot) and the searching even slower. The ending leaves you hanging for a sequel.


If you’re a fan of historical fiction of the American frontier during the Indian Wars of the mid- to late-1800s, this might just be the book for you. If you have a queasy stomach over vividly descriptive depictions of violence, I’d leave this one on the shelf.

New Blog Site

...at least for a time.


Blogger has been causing me no end of headaches recently. When I try to post a new update, it'll tell me it "Timed Out" (my kids used to go running for the hills at those words) and won't post. But when I check the blog site later, there's the post. When I go to log in to Blogger, similar ominous warnings come up. So, until further notice, I'm trying my hand at WordPress. Hope to see you there.


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Cornerstone Prayer Time Meditations

Improper Prayer


James 4.3 (ESV) reads: "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions."


Look at those first two words: "you ask." Does that not sound like what we're supposed to do when we pray? Matthew 7.7 tells us, "Ask and it will be given to you..." So why the heading, Improper Prayer, if we're supposed to be about asking when we pray?


Don't stop with the first two words. Oh, that none would ever take verses from God's Word out of context ever again. Lord, guard us from this sin. If we do not go on in this verse, then we miss the entire problem: you ask and do not receive. Why? "...because you ask wrongly..." KJV reads: "...because ye ask amiss..." Our prayers aren't answered because they're inappropriate. Our prayers don't achieve their purpose because they miss the mark. Unanswered prayers result; our voices don't go any higher than the ceiling. They go no further than the person's ears next to you. You do not receive because you ask wrongly.


Something is wrong with the heart: it's not right; the attitude is wrong. You see, you can still go into your secret prayer closet (see the previous post) and still not pray aright if your heart is not right. Spurgeon once prayed (and I apologize for not being able to supply the information regarding the source of this idea/quote, so if someone out there can help, I'd be greatly indebted): "Lord, show me my worst (within my heart)" We need to ask the Lord of all to search our hearts, "...and see if there be any grievous way in me..." The "if" here is not really hypothetical; trust me, there will be grievous ways in me (and in you).


Here, in James 4, we have the improper attitude in prayer. This attitude seeks to spend whatever it receives upon itself; upon its own passions. This is what is causing the problems within this little church, as well. Their passions are at war with one another. Your passions are at war within you, within me. And then we wonder why our prayers sound like hitting tin.


This group's prayer sounded good; they thought they were good. Yet their lives weren't matching up to their profession (there's another post for another time); their lives weren't really changed; they're faith appeared dead. "If any one says, 'I love God' and hates his brother, he is a liar." (1 John 4.20, ESV) What pain this ought to bring to our hearts: pain of conviciton; pain of its truth in us and in others who profess Christ. This group prayed; prayerlessness was not their trouble. Selfishness was their trouble, for they prayed out of self-interest, out of concern for their own self-esteem or to contribute, somehow, to their own self-importance.


Think of Esau as an example. You see him in Genesis 27.30ff. His birthright has been cheated away from him by his conniving little (little only by a few moments in birth) brother, Jacob. And when he finds out, he starts whining and crying all over his father, but not because his father had been deceived. No, Esau's concern was for himself. He wanted the benefits more than he wanted the benefactor to receive glory. How often do we simply want the gift and not the Giver? We put "I" on the throne, as it were, and seek to make God our servant.


Back to James 4: you desire, you covet, you do not have, you ask wrongly. Who is the "you" here? They are adulterers for they have considered friendship with the world more vital and necessary to their well-being than friendship with God.


But we may think of people who act like this (of course, not us; by all means, never us). They appear to get what they ask for. Their prayers are obviously being answered. Ah yes, but God may indeed give with His left hand, holding His right hand of judgment for another day. Would it not be better to get nothing at all than this?


We need the Holy Spirit to uncover us, to lay us naked before the One with whom we have to do. Ask the Spirit to help us see that even in our secret closet, Satan may still come in disguised as an angel of light, deceiving, tempting, destroying. If we were aware of our own selfish desires, we'd never dare approach God in such a manner. Spirit, come; show us our worst.


True prayer is concerned about God first and foremost. He is first. His cause is to be uppermost in our hearts and minds and voices. Then we can move on to concentrate upon our neighbor and his needs. What we need is the haert of a disciple that says, "Lord, teach me to pray. Teach me to die to self. Teach me to take my (Your) cross each day."


"O God, be merciful to me, a sinner." This is one of those prayers that never goes unanswered. And don't think you can pray this prayer too often, for this is a proper prayer.


May the Spirit of God cleanse our hearts: as individuals here, as a church gathered and scattered; as a people who would humble themselves before the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.


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Good thing there was a holiday in there somewhere!

Labor Day. Good name, 'cuz that's what mine held for me. Labor at home and at my study. I don't usually "work" on a holiday in which we're to rest from our labors in order to "celebrate the laborer", however, my schedule this week necessitated this.



I don't like weeks with schedules that seem almost out of my control. It's not because I'm a control freak; it's because I'd rather follow my convictions on a more simplified lifestyle. Busy schedules do nothing toward this, but they happen. And when they do, my sinful tendencies toward procrastination rise up all the more.



With this confession laid out before you, I'll need to postpone my next entry on pride for a couple more days. At least I have my next Cornerstone Meditations on Prayer completed and set to upload on Wednesday. Thanks to those of you who have been such an encouragement through your comments having read these posts.


May God give us strength to face all that lies before us, patience to do what He gives us and the love of Christ to oversee all tendencies toward impatience!


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