Free Friday! Waiting on God

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Dear soul! learn to wait on the LORD, more than watchers for the morning. All within you may be very dark; is that not the very best reason for waiting for the light of God? The first beginnings of light may be just enough to discover the darkness, and painfully to humble you on account of sin. Can you not trust the light to expel the darkness? Do believe it will. Just bow, even now, in stillness before God, and wait on Him to shine into you. Say, in humble faith, God is light, infinitely brighter and more beautiful than that of the sun. God is light: the Father. The eternal, inaccessible, and incomprehensible light: the Son. The light concentrated, and embodied, and manifested: the Spirit, the light entering and dwelling and shining in our hearts. God is light, and is here shining on my heart. 

Learning to wait on God does not happen overnight but when the discipline is learned, the life is radically changed.

In this book, Waiting on God, Rev. Andrew Murray shares his thoughts and insights to develop the discipline of waiting on God’s timing.

Andrew Murray Jr.(1828-1917) was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. Andrew Murray Jr. was Born in Cape Town, South Africa. His mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A. in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 2, 1856. They had eight children together, four boys and four girls. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission’s name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with SIM in 1998 and continues to this day. Murray was an alert and intense man, and he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. His burning desire to transpose all that lay on his heart and spirit to paper was revealed in the presence of several manuscripts in various stages of completion at the time of his death.

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Free Friday! The New Life in Christ Jesus

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Oh, beloved, we too have heard of Him by the hearing of the ear, but we need to come to deeper things, closer things, with God. We need to come to that personal and underived acquaintanceship with Him, so that we may say with the men of Samaria, “Now we believe not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ,” although the first effect of it will be this awful humbling, this utter collapse of self. But oh, how blessed a place is that valley of humbling. No one falls there who does not rise to newness of life and service. But remember, it costs the sentence of death in self; the thorough reconstruction of the inner life.

The New Life in Christ Jesus contains sermons preached by Dr. Scofield to his congregations in Dallas. Each deals expositionally with the subject of the inner life of the believer. Scofield suggests that “It costs something to have the joy of the Lord,” he writes, “Salvation, with its joy, is a free gift, but the joy of the Lord is to be had only by entering into fellowship with the Lord in His life plan.”

Cyrus Scofield was born in Lenawee County, Michigan in 1843. During the American Civil War he served for a year as a private in the 7th Tennessee Infantry. By 1866 he was in Missouri working in his brother-in-law’s law office. Admitted to the Kansas bar in 1869, he was elected to the Kansas legislature as a Republican in 1871 and 1872 and was appointed U.S. attorney for the district of Kansas.

After his conversion to evangelical Christianity in 1879, Scofield assisted in the St. Louis campaign conducted by Dwight L. Moody and served as the secretary of the St. Louis YMCA. Significantly, Scofield came under the mentorship of James H. Brookes, pastor of Walnut Street Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, a prominent dispensationalist premillennialist.

In 1883 Scofield was ordained as a Congregationalist minister, and he accepted the pastorate of the First Congregational Church in Texas, now Scofield Memorial Church. The church grew from fourteen to over five hundred members before he resigned its pastorate in 1895.

In 1888 Scofield attended the Niagara Bible Conference where he met Hudson Taylor. The two became life-long friends, and Taylor’s approach to Christian missions influenced Scofield to found the Central American Mission in 1890, now CAM International.

Scofield also served as secretary of the American Home Missionary Society of Texas and Louisiana; and in 1890, he helped found Lake Charles College (1890-1903) in Louisiana. As the author of the pamphlet, “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” (1888), Scofield himself soon became a leader in dispensational premillennialism.

In 1895, Scofield was called as pastor of Moody’s church, the Trinitarian Congregational Church of East Northfield, Massachusetts, and he also took charge of Moody’s Northfield Bible Training School. Although, in theory, Scofield returned to his Dallas pastorate in 1903, his projected reference Bible consumed much of his energy, and for much of the time before its publication, he was either sick or in Europe. Scofield shortly left the Congregational Church to become a Southern Presbyterian and moved to the New York City area where he supervised the New York Night School of the Bible. In 1914 he founded the Philadelphia School of the Bible in Pennsylvania, now Philadelphia Biblical University.

Scofield believed that between creation and the final judgment there were seven distinct eras of God’s dealing with man and that these eras were a framework around which the message of the Bible could be explained. It was largely through the influence of Scofield’s notes that dispensationalism and premillennialism became influential among fundamentalist Christians in the United States. Scofield passed away at his home in Douglaston, Long Island, in 1921.

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Free Friday! The Master’s Indwelling

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First, we must know that there is such a spiritual life to be lived by men on earth. Nothing cuts the roots of the Christian life so much as unbelief. People do not believe what God has said about what He is willing to do for His children. Men do not believe that when God says, “Be filled with the Spirit,” He means it for every Christian. And yet Paul wrote to the Ephesians each one: “Be filled with the Spirit, and do not be drunk with wine.” Just as little as you may be drunk with wine, so little may you live without being filled with the Spirit. Now, if God means that for believers, the first thing that we need is to study, and to take home God’s Word, to our belief until our hearts are filled with the assurance that there is such a life possible which it is our duty to live; that we can be spiritual men. God’s Word teaches us that God does not expect a man to live as he ought for one minute unless the Holy Spirit is in him to enable him to do it.

You’ve accepted Christ as your personal Savior and you are doing everything in your power to live the good Christian life. You’re giving to the Church and others, you’re fellowshipping with other believers, and reading your Bible. But is Christ living in you? Are you experiencing Abundant Life? Or are you tightly controlling your own life or, even worse, trying to control the lives of others? Jesus has called us to experience more than just a life of emptiness and loneliness. He’s invited us to experience the joy in the Christ-filled life. You’re already in Christ; now let Him be in you. It’s time for The Master’s Indwelling.

Andrew Murray Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics they include: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God.

He helped to found what are now the University College of the Orange Free State and the Stellenbosch Seminary. He served as moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church and was president of both the YMCA and the South African General Mission, now the Africa Evangelical Fellowship.

Murray was an alert and intense man, he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. For his contribution to world missions he was given an honorary doctorate by the universities of Aberdeen and Cape of Good Hope.

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Free Friday! Sovereign Grace

SovereignGrace. d.l moody, wordsearch bibleHappy 4th of July everyone! Today’s featured free download is Sovereign Grace by D. L Moody. Click here to download.

Men talk about grace, but, as a rule, they know very little about it. Let a business man go to one of your bankers to borrow a few hundred dollars for sixty or ninety days; if he is well able to pay, the banker will perhaps lend him the money if he can get another responsible man to sign the note with him. They give what they call three days grace after the sixty or ninety days have expired; but they will make the borrower pay interest on the money during these three days, and if he. does not return principal and interest at the appointed time, they will sell his goods; they will perhaps turn him out of his house, and take the last piece of furniture in his possession. That is not grace at all; but that fairly illustrates man’s idea of it. Grace not only frees you from payment of the interest, but of the principal also.

Sovereign Grace, Its Source, Its Nature, Its Effects — this work by the great American evangelist D.L. Moody emphasizes the many aspects of the full free Sovereign Grace of God, the unmerited mercy, and undeserved favor of our Lord.

Dwight Lyman Moody was born to parents of modest means in Northfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 1837. At a young age, Moody became familiar with hardship with the passing of his father and his mother’s struggle to raise nine children alone. Largely because of such circumstances, Moody left his Northfield home at the age of 17 to seek financial gain in Boston. In Boston, he found the love of Christ and a new passion for souls.

With multiple influences leading him, Moody set out for Chicago with the ambition to make a fortune in worldly wealth and bring lost souls into the kingdom of God. He was successful in both until, in 1860, he felt the call to abandon his pursuit of mammon altogether and devote himself to full-time ministry. After a great soul struggle, Moody did just this.

Moody went on to minister to the poorest children in the Chicago slums of the time, and he received his practical theology training during the Civil War as he ran to and fro ministering to wounded soldiers and trying to bring the healing balm of Christ to any soul sickness found. Equally important to Moody was the work of the YMCA, an organization he devoted countless hours to in teaching the Gospel to the young men of the city, praying with those in need, and raising funds to build facilities.

In 18871, Moody experienced a much desired outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and this very ambitious man learned new lessons in humility, love of God, and submission. After this experience, he traveled to Europe to study the Word, but quickly returned home for his wife and children when he sensed he was being called to Europe to help spearhead a revival. Returning to Europe, Moody and Ira Sankey held countless meetings in England, Scotland, and Ireland preaching the Gospel of Christ and meeting one-on-one with people to share the Word. With Moody’s preaching and his living testimony (demonstrated by his kindness towards Catholics, his refusal to take up offerings, his eagerness to exalt others over self, and his love towards those who slandered him), scores of people were transferred from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of light. His trip to Europe is considered one of the greatest evangelistic enterprises of the 19th century.

The influence of Moody continues to this day with the schools he founded, the church he planted, the publishing house he created, and, perhaps, most importantly, with the legacy of great and humble love for God and man he gave us.

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Free Friday! The Mind of Christ

MindofChristHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $14.95, is The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt. Click here to download.

The mind has always been more important to God than our outward actions. In the Old Testament, the emphasis was on the heart. At times, the Bible uses the word heart where we would use the word mind, as in the injunction, “Apply your heart to discipline” (Prov. 23:12). In the New Testament, Jesus used the word heart in the same sense: “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, ‘Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?’” (Matt. 9:4).

Most of us, most of the time, are satisfied if we satisfy the expectations of society and the requirements of God by our outer, visible actions. God looks on the inner; He said, as early as Samuel’s day, that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). In the more restricted emphasis of the New Testament, we can say “the Lord looks at the mind.”

Thousands of grateful readers have shared T.W. Hunt’s interest and benefited from his insights. With this new edition of The Mind of Christ, still others will find themselves embarking on the never-ending quest to become more like Jesus.

T.W. Hunt is a former prayer specialist with the Baptist Sunday School Board and also served on the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of three previous books, The Mind of Christ study course, and a contributor to the Disciple’s Study Bible.

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Free Friday! Called to Teach

9780805411997coverc01aHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $24.95, is Called to Teach by William Yount. Click here to download.

In a previous book, Created to Learn, I described three major learning theory systems: the behavioral (doing skillfully), the cognitive (understanding clearly), and the affective (experiencing and valuing personally). In introducing the Teachers’ Triad, I wrote, “Educational problems do not fall neatly into any one system…. Effective teachers move freely from system to system, engaging learners where they are, helping them to master the subject and grow as a result.”

But I would go farther now. The best teachers are like parallel processors who operate in all three systems simultaneously, conscious in-the-now of behaviors, concepts, and values. Dynamic synergists make the best teachers.

The role of a teacher is a noble calling—a combination of explainer, listener, friend, coach, storyteller, and strategist. Anyone willing and wanting to accept this challenge will find invaluable guidance in this book.

Combining the best of Bible-based education theory with practical ministry, Called to Teach blends spiritual insight and disciplined academics into a unified and potent philosphy of teaching. Using biblical examples, learning theories, and personal experiences, it challenges both new and seasoned teachers, pastors, counselors, and professors to engage in the never-ending process of growing into more excellent teachers.

William “Rick” Yount is professor and assistant dean of the Foundations of Education division, School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He travels every year to teach pastors and missionaries in the former Soviet Union. Yount lives with his wife in Fort Worth, Texas.

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