May 23, 2017

Work to the Glory of God: A Biblical Work Ethic

Hi everyone, As many of you may know, I started a new (and my first) job this past week. I praise God for his blessings and kindness in providing me this job, in his perfect timing. Today though, I was reminded of an important topic that we often talk about, but may not always consider in a biblical context; I am talking about the idea of a good work ethic and working hard. Many in our culture today are hard workers. They raise the bar, but many have still missed it. Why? Because they are not working to the glory of God.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Some may ask the question, “Why should I work hard?” or “Why does it matter if I just get by?” It matters because we are to do EVERYTHING to the glory of God and as unto the Lord. In my job I am doing a number of different things like setting up for events, doing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.  Even in those kinds of jobs my desire is (and should be) to do it to bring honor, glory, and praise to Him and do it as if He had ask me to do it himself.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” -Colossians 3:23-24

Some people may not be asking the questions of why they should work hard. Instead, they do but their work is for for their own satisfaction, self-promotion, or glory. Some people may work hard for a promotion, because they need to keep a job, or to get a raise. God requires more of us! As Christians, we should be setting an example of excellence because we desire to do all that we do we do to our God, our Lord, our savior.

I hope this has given you some things to think about. I want to challenge you to do all to His glory! It’s like the catechism says: Q. What is mans’ chief end? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

The Missionary Call Book Review

The Missionary Call by M. David Sills

M. David Sills in his book The Missionary Call does an excellent job of helping Christians to, as he says, “discern their place in God’s plan for the world.” Dr. Sills’s book brings insight to many of the questions and struggles Christians today have about world missions. The things that made this book so enjoyable to read were its readability, its logical flow and its practicality.The author’s mission in writing The Missionary Call is to help the reader better understand the place God has called him to in regards to missions.

The first thing that stands out about Dr. Sills’s book is its readability. While he has his Ph.D and is a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Sills’s book is not highly technical or academic. Joe Martin said of The Missionary Call, “Can a book be brief and thorough? Clear and Scholarly? Simple and profound? Practical and heartwarming? This one is. It will be a great help to many.” When Dr. Sills deals with topics such as understanding God’s will or defining the missionary call, he does so without adding unnecessary commentary or information that would otherwise clutter his thoughts. This is an important aspect that I appreciated about The Missionary Call.

The second thing that I noticed about The Missionary Call was the flow of the book. Dr. Sills has done a terrific job of ordering the book in a logical fashion. He separates the book into three sections: (1) What is the Missionary Call, (2) Understanding Your Missionary Call and (3) Fulfilling the Missionary Call. In the first section Dr. Sills deals with defining the missionary call and how to know God’s will. The second section builds on the first by helping a person understand his specific missionary call. Finally, in the third section he deals with the mission field, hindrances and challenges of the field and answering the missionary call. Dr. Sills wrote the book in such a way that each section builds on the section before it giving it a clear, logical flow.

The final thing that stood out to me in the book was its practicality. Dr. Sills’s book provides the reader practical help and information in regards to missions. This includes things such as: how to prepare for missions, hindrances to getting to the field, challenges on the mission field and many others examples.  And he does not make these topics difficult but highly accessible for the readers of all ages. The Missionary Call will help readers discern God’s will for their lives regarding serving the Lord in full time missions.

The Missionary Call is one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of world missions. I would recommend Dr. Sills book to anyone who has a heart for missions, desires to be a missionary or just wants to learn more about “God’s plan for the world.” Dr. Sills’s book is a great help in understanding what part you play and where God has called you in His plan for this world.

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Book Description:
Christians of all ages recognize the heartbeat of God to take the Gospel to the nations and wrestle with the implications of the Great Commission in their own lives. The Missionary Call explores the biblical, historical, and practical aspects of discerning and fulfilling God’s call to serve as a missionary. Pointing the reader to Scripture, lessons from missionary heroes, and his own practical and academic experience, Dr. Sills guides the reader to discern the personal applications of the missionary call.

About the Author:
 M. David Sills (D.Miss. and Ph.D., Reformed Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined Southern Seminary after serving as a missionary in Ecuador. While with the International Mission Board, he served as church planter and general evangelist among the Highland Quichua people in the Andes and as a seminary professor at the Ecuadorian Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Mary, have two grown children.

The ULTIMATE Reading Chair

The Ultimate Reading Chair

Here is the ULTIMATE reading chair! You can’t have a reading chair with out books. Here are some great books I would recommend to go along with your reading chair:

 

That Hideous Strength, Book Three of Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

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That Hideous Strength is the final book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. [Read more…]

The Spirit and the Church by John Owen

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How do Christians come to the certainty that the Bible is the Word of God, and gain an understanding of His mind and will from it? How do they acquire the ability to pray, and lead others in prayer? How are they confronted and supported in all the difficulties they meet? And how can the church be led, taught and guided aright, when Christ is not here on earth?

According to the great puritan leader John Owen, the answer to all these questions is the same: by the gracious and powerful work of the Holy Spirit which he expands on in The Spirit and the Church.

He it is who convinces, assures, teaches, comforts and equips the church and all its members for all the work they are called to do. In an age when many think Christianity is nothing more than human effort, based on fallible human conclusions, Owen calls the church back to divine certainty and divine resources. [Read more…]

The Holy Spirit by John Owen

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The Holy Spirit by John Owen, as this work has been known to generations of Christians, was written by the greatest theologian of the Puritan era. It is, without question, one of the truly great Christian books. Originally published in 1674 as Pneumatologia, or A Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit, it is a massive work, taking up 650 pages in the Banner of Truth edition of Owen’s Works (Volume 3). It deals with the name, nature, personality and operations of the Spirit, and urges the necessity of Gospel holiness as distinct from mere human morality. the work is both doctrinal and pastoral in character. [Read more…]

The Glory of Christ by John Owen

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In The Glory of Christ, abridged and made easy to read by R. J. K. Law, we have the great Puritan pastor and theologian John Owen at his richest and most mature. Here he writes about Jesus Christ, the heart of the gospel, with biblical insight and understanding that is at times almost overwhelming for a contemporary reader.

These chapters were written during the final period of Owen’s life, and began simply as his personal mediation and study, before being shared with others in public ministry. Deep love for and fervent devotion to Christ is evident on eery pages. Owen had already seen the glory of Christ from afar and pondered long on its significance. Here he speaks from his proximity to eternity, and teaches us how to see Christ more clearly and to serve him more faithfully

168 Pages
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About the Author: John Owen (1616-1683) is amongst the best known of the Puritans. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.

Jim Elliot by Irene Howat

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Jim Elliot by Irene Howat tells the story of his life and his death. Jim Elliot had a loving wife, a beautiful little girl, and a reason for real joy. God had called him to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Auca Indians. The love of Christ so thrilled Jim that he would gladly spend the rest of his life bringing Jesus to the lost Aucas … but the rest of Jim’s life was only a matter of months.

Persecution and death are a reality for many Christians today. Jim Elliot and four other young men died while doing God’s work, at the hands of the very people they had come to rescue. But Jim realized that there is nothing more worthy of giving your life for than Jesus, and was known for saying: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” This is the story of Jim’s love for a warlike people and for his Savior.

Included in this book Jim Elliot, is a map, timeline and information on Ecuador.

160 pages
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About the Author: Irene Howat is an award-winning author who is accomplished writer in writing for children and adults. She has many titles to her name. She is married to a minister and they have a grown up family. She is also a talented artist and lives in Argyll, Scotland. She especially enjoys letters from children and replies to all of them!

Perelandra, Book Two of Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

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The second book in C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet — Perelandra — when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.

192 pages
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About the Author: C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

Out of the Silent Planet, Book One of Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

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Out of the Silent Planet is the first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by aliens and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. Once on the planet, he eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force from one of our best-love writers.

160 Pages
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About the Author: C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.