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My Brief Story and History
My Brief Story and History

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I'm adding my personal statement of faith to show how serious I am in my faith that Jesus Christ has ransomed me from sin and death. It is serious business to be in. It is not one to take lightly, in which you only do this for a time or a period, but a way of living to show the One who bought you at great price is worthy of all glory, honor and praise. To the God who did not spare His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place for my sins, who was buried and rose again on the third day so I may also partake in His righteousness I give you all glory, honor and my adoration.
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Personal Statement of Faith
By Benjamin H. Liles           As a Christ-follower, a disciple of His, through my faith in His shed blood to cover my sins, redeeming me from death and hell, this is all I believe, or rather my statement of faith: About the Bible           I believe the Bi...
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Courage, Dear Heart may be a book of essays but this is also another book I cannot get behind on. You try reading it and see if anything looks or feels off about it. I'd rather you make up your mind than simply taking my word for it.
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Courage, Dear Heart
By, Benjamin H. Liles           By this time I would think I know better than to simply take the cover of a book at its worth. When I first saw this book, I thought, "This will bring encouragement to a whole new level." But the problem I have is taking scri...
Courage, Dear Heart
Courage, Dear Heart
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I am no more an eyewitness to the majesty of the person of Jesus Christ as the emergent church is part of the evangelical church. The point is simply this: as Christ said, "Abide in Me and I will abide in you," remains truth He spoke to all of us, not just to a select few, but to everyone. Because the fact is that "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned" (John 15:6< New King James). It is truly a sobering thought! We ought to remain in Christ, for without Him we can do nothing! Apart from Him and apart from His grace, we can do nothing on or of our own accord. Without Christ in our lives we cannot even hope to withstand the wiles and schemes of the Devil, who scripture says, "Steals, kills and destroys" (John 10:10). It is through the vine, which is in Jesus Christ, we have life so apart from Him we do not have access to "life abundant" that He also refers to in John 10:10. We can rely on the eyewitness testimony of one who was there and caw Him crucified, dead, buried and risen! This is why we not only have the Gospel record, but the rest of the New Testament, and on top of the the Old Testament writings that show Jesus Christ would come and fulfill the word of God to "give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 11:19, Berean Study). We have Him and His word, dwelling richly in our hearts that we have access to in order to study, to show ourselves approved, giving Him the right to judge our thoughts, intents and lives so we can give Him glory and honor, as it is written: "For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12, Holman Christian Standard). Without God and His word active in our life, the very presence of Jesus Christ forgiving our sins, absolving us of death, we cannot partake of Life everlasting with Him!
Eyewitness to Majesty
Eyewitness to Majesty
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I love God too much to keep on reviewing books that don't glorify Him. What I want more than anything, even if it is to love God "with all your heart, your mind your strength," is far more important than continuing to review books that don't look to be doing the same. I can't make myself simply "review books, to find a balance between faith and God" when what God calls me to is holiness, purity, and to conform to His image. So ask me what I want more: to please God in all I do, or to please man's efforts? Solomon said this, and in all fairness I have to agree, "All this is vain: to strive for things which fade away." Yet God remains. So, where do i put my hope, my faith, and my trust? God. If that means no longer reviewing books, fine. But at least my conscience is clean and made right. "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth," Paul writes to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:15, Holman Christian Standard).
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Friend, I cannot give the kind of review on a book that doesn't seek for the believer to trust and seek after God. "Those He loves He chastens," scripture tells us. He will rebuke us. He will correct us so that we look and resemble Him in His holiness. We go through "desert seasons" to ensure we lift Him up in all things. And to be utterly fair to God, I don't believe Thirsty for More does that adequately enough. If we're going to say, "Lord, I thirst after you," then we ought to be saying that to a Savior who died in our place, so He enables us with Himself and none other. He is the object of our affection, not in man-made things. I would rather be a God-pleaser, not a man pleaser.
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God desires to do something new and great within you; yet, we need to let go of our pride and arrogance before it leads us to ruin. We all have issues with pride and arrogance in our lives, but do we readily see it when we're acting out in sin? We can overcome this with the shed blood of Christ who died in our place. And I believe God does it in the driest of places in our lives, through a desert experience.
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This is a wonderful read set in it sown fictional universe, but written on actual history. Carrie Adell Strahorn (nee Green) was one of America's first pioneering women into the West alongside her railroad turned writer for the Union Pacific to sell dreams to an expanding American Empire. She bore the hardships, pains and trials of Western living but did so with the grace and dignity a lovely and loving woman could do who followed her husband as far as he was able to go. I consider this book one of the "must reads" for 2018.
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