Free Friday! The Master’s Indwelling

andrew murray, master's indwelling, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The Master’s Indwelling by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

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! The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority

IncrediblePowerHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95, is The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority by Adrian Rogers. Download here.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ day boasted of their position in the kingdom of God and questioned what Jesus meant by the freedom we have as believers: “They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:33-36).

With Kingdom Authority comes freedom, not bondage. These Pharisees who were vassals of Rome and slaves to sin were boasting about freedom. They were not free but slaves. The rebel is free to do what he wants within limits, but he is never free to do what he ought without Kingdom Authority operating in him. He is free to choose as he wishes, but he is not free to choose the consequences of that choice. He may show his freedom to choose by stepping out of a window of a skyscraper. At that point, however, he is not free to choose the consequences of that choice. The choice then chooses for him.

The world is obsessed with power. But the Bible reveals the most awesome power of all: that of kingdom authority—the same power unleashed when God raised Jesus Christ from the grave. The good news is that this same power—the greatest power in the universe—is available to every believer today. But most Christians never experience this power. They live in darkness and defeat of the world and its weaknesses. Satan and his minions work to keep them from the inheritance that is theirs. But Adrian Rogers can show readers how to become a part of the awesome power of God’s working in the world to build his kingdom.

Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) was one of America’s most respected Bible teachers, communicating to millions through his Love Worth Finding radio and television ministry that continues today. He was also senior pastor of the 27,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, Tennessee, and a popular author whose books include Unveiling the End Times in Our Time and The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority.

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Free Friday! The Mentoring Manifesto

MentorManifestHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95,  is The Mentoring Manifesto by Regi Campbell. Click here to download.

As mature Christian men, we’ve learned that loving Jesus and following Him is the secret to life. If we’ve truly experienced walking with Him, we want to share that knowledge and experience with others. Mentoring is simply that sharing what we’ve learned about living life with guys who are a few steps behind us on the path.

Just look at how Jesus made His disciples. He picked them, walked through life with them, teaching them what He knew along the way. He challenged them, prayed for them, loved them individually and collectively, and then He “graduated” them and sent them out to “pay it forward” to others. He gave them assignments and then debriefed them when they returned. Sometimes He took over situations and finished them when His disciples couldn’t. Jesus “rubbed off” on his guys. Sounds like a mentor to me.

Men feel a calling to give back. To build into other men. To pay it forward. The Mentoring Manifesto will inspire you to become a mentor or a more effective mentor. Will you step up? Will you accept the call? If you don’t read anything else in this book, read this: Helping younger men find the peace, purpose and fulfillment of living God-centric lives will give you unparalleled peace, purpose and fulfillment in your life. This 28 page short from best-selling author Regi Campbell will help you change the world, a few men at a time. For more information on effective mentoring, check out Regi Campbell’s wonderful full length book Mentor Like Jesus from B&H Publishing Group.

James R. (Regi) Campbell is an experienced investor and entrepreneur who has intentionally sought to make a difference for God’s kingdom in the marketplace since becoming a Christian in 1983. As president and CEO of Async Corporation, he was recognized as Georgia’s high technology Entrepreneur of the Year. Regi then founded InterServ Services Corporation in 1993, growing revenues to $50 million in four years. Since 1997, Campbell has helped launch eight more start-up companies through his Seedsower Investments. He also serves as an elder at North Point Community Church and has mentored eight different young executives each year since 2000. Regi and his wife, Miriam, have two children and three grandchildren.

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Resurrection Sunday

photo (1)The Resurrection is the most important part of our story as disciples of Jesus. It is what sets us apart, makes our beliefs different, and gives us great hope.

On Easter, we celebrate Jesus doing the unexpected, the unbelievable, the miraculous – rising from the dead. So many witnesses, including the disciples, had seen Jesus arrested, publicly beaten, and paraded through the streets up to Golgotha. They saw Him nailed onto the wooden cross and lifted up to hang there between criminals. They saw Him give up His spirit, take His last breath, and die.

And with it, they saw their hope lost.

But what they didn’t realize was that this wasn’t the end of the story that God had written before the beginning of time. A few days later, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb where they had buried him, sees the stone rolled away. Peter and John walk over, look in the tomb, see He is gone, and they leave.

Mary waits, crying. And in her waiting receives the beautiful gift of Jesus giving voice to her name, “Mary.” It was really happening – He was risen!

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father – to My God and your God.” – John 20:17.

He told her to go tell the disciples what she was witnessing – that Jesus was alive! A fact that changed the course of history and our lives today.

As we celebrate the joy of the resurrection and the new life it means for us, let’s also celebrate the God who comes to us in our waiting.

Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait patiently for Him are happy.” – Isaiah 30:18

-Katie Cornett

Weekly Devotional – Surrendering Our Will

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This is a depiction of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It’s a picture of complete surrender.

The surrendering of our will to our heavenly Father’s can be agonizing at times. That’s what I love about this image. Jesus didn’t make it look easy. In fact, Scripture tells us He experienced such anguish in the garden, such overwhelming sorrow, that His sweat became like drops of blood.

Jesus threw Himself before God and prayed, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from me” (Mark 14:36a). Of course, the cup He was referring to was the cross. Immense suffering lay ahead of Jesus—He would be arrested, beaten, mocked, rejected, and eventually nailed to a cross like a common criminal. He pleaded with His Father, the sovereign ruler of the universe, to remove the cup from Him. God could do it. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He didn’t.

Isn’t this the same frustration we face? We know that in an instant God can give us exactly what we want. He can make the sickness go away. He can give us the child we desire. He can fix our marriage. He can end our singleness. He can save our family member. He can restore our broken relationships. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He doesn’t always give us what we want.

Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. Jesus’ prayer didn’t end with His asking God to take the cup from Him. It ended with complete surrender to the will of a good Father: “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36b). Jesus went to the cross because He knew His suffering had great purpose—namely, life for us—and He trusted the Father to fulfill that purpose.

So what do we do when God doesn’t give us what we want? We do what Jesus did. We surrender our will to the will of our all-knowing, loving, gracious Father—who withholds no good thing from us—and rest in the knowledge that out of our dying to self will come life and life more abundantly.

Emily Ellis is publishing team leader, Adult Ministry Magazines and Devotionals. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

JesusofNazarethHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95,  is  Jesus of Nazareth by John Albert Broadus. Click here to download.

The humility of Jesus stood in striking contrast to rabbinical and Pharisaic pride. Men often greatly wondered at his words and actions, his wisdom and power; they compared him to the most celebrated prophets, they expected him to become a more splendid king than David or Solomon; but he was gentle and humble. Moreover, he himself made the most extraordinary claims. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” “No one knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.” Yet in immediate connection with this great claim he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” It was indeed Jesus who caused humility to be classed among the virtues. The Greek word thus translated had in Greek literature almost always a bad sense, at best sometimes denoting modesty, the absence of arrogance; the Latin word which we borrow made no approach to a good sense; Christianity gives to humility a notable position among virtues and graces.

Jesus of Nazareth is based on three series of lectures given at the YMCA of Johns Hopkins University in March 1890. Broadus touches on three aspects of Jesus’s Personal Character, Jesus’s Ethical Teachings and Jesus’s Supernatural Works. A warm and rich devotional reading that provides an overview of Jesus’s earthly life.

John Broadus (1827-1895) is best known for his Treatise On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, it has been revised and edited many many times. He also published Lectures on the History of Preaching(1876, revised, 1896); A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (1886); Sermons and Addresses(1886); Jesus of Nazareth (1890); Memoir of James Petigru Boyce (1893); and the Harmony of the Gospels (1893). Served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-1895.

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