A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
I vowed to give up watching television and a cable bill this past February ( I did it!) so I could catch up on reading , writing and organizing old writings of mine, work with a lesser known homeless non-profit group, work on three books for publication, teaching myself to sign and to play a guitar. I’ve been busy , not so well at times, and neglected to post as often here. I’m sorry!
I’ve been reading and reading, and reading, over the river and through the woods. Here are some great reads for my beloved readers I wanted to share. Most are ebooks and can be found on Amazon or local library for download.
- A Key to the Knowledge of Church History – John Henry Blunt
- Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions Being a Comparison of the Old and New Testament – T.W. Doane
- The History of the Negro Church – Carter Godwin Woodson
- The Book of Religions Comprising the Views, Creeds, Sentiments or Opinion, of All the Principal Religious Sects … – John Hayward
- The Naked Gospel: Truth You May Never Hear in Church – Andrew Farley
- Supernatural Power Through One Law – Andy Mealer
- Bible Studies in the Life of Paul Historical and Constructive – Henry T. Sell
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man – James W. Johnson
- The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
- The 7 most Powerful Prayers That will Change your Life Forever – Adam Houge
- An Introduction to Philosophy – George S. Fullerton
- The Black Man, the Father of Civilization Proven by Biblical History – James Morris Webb
- Studies in Old Testament History – Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
- Aesop’s Fables – Translated by George F. Townsend
- The Holy Bible. ESV – Crossway (Tried to figure out the need for this type of bible)
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
- Biblical Geography and History – Charles Foster Kent
- The Kneeling Christian – Unknown Author
- Pagan and Christian Creeds: their origin and meaning – Edward Carpenter
- Green Smoothie Recipes Bible…- Michael Chung
- Body Butter: The Ultimate Guide- Susan Hewstan ( For those desiring a change with the outer appearance) 🙂
- Gingerbread Man – Maggie Shayne ( A novel that deals with issues of child abuse)
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
- Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
- The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
- The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason ( 1920’s Edition) I think you’ll be able to find online.
I would also like to suggest the website FARLEX – The Free Dictionary. It gives you some nice things to do while waiting in a doctor’s office, on an office break, or sitting through a boring sermon (lol) or event. It has the Word of the Day, Article of the Day, Quote of the Day, This Day in History, Today’s Birthday, Spelling Bee, Hangman, and Match Up ( matching words with synonyms). Today’s word of the day is Dustup (noun)- an angry dispute. Nice word!
Allow me to share some websites I’ve been reading too!
http://lifeprint.com/ American Sign Language
The number one book (aside from My Bible, The Word of God) I’ve been reading for the last 5 months, really studying, noting, and placing focus on God’s word in relation to this book is The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit by R.A. Torrey. It is a great read about The Holy Spirit. At a later date I will share my thoughts on Chapter 18, The Holy Spirit Sending Men Forth to Definite Lines of Work.
Here is one of my favorite long excerpts from the E book found in CHAPTER XVII. PRAYING, RETURNING THANKS, WORSHIPPING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
On the Day of Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance, we hear them telling the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:4, 11), and to-day when any believer is filled with the Holy Spirit, he always becomes filled with thanksgiving and praise. True thanksgiving is “to God, even the Father,” through, or “in the name of” our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit.
III. The Holy Spirit inspires worship on the part of the believer. We read in Philippians 3:3, R. V., “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Prayer is not worship; thanksgiving is not worship. Worship is a definite act of the creature in relation to God. Worship is bowing before God in adoring acknowledgment and contemplation of Himself and the perfection of His being. Some one has said, “In our prayers, we are taken up with our needs; in our thanksgiving we are taken up with our blessings; in our worship, we are taken up with Himself.” There is no true and acceptable worship except that which the Holy Spirit prompts and directs. “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth; for such doth the Father seek to be His worshippers” (John 4:24, 23). The flesh seeks to intrude into every sphere of life. The flesh has its worship as well as its lusts. The worship which the flesh prompts is an abomination unto God. In this we see the folly of any attempt at a congress of religions where the representatives of radically different religions attempt to worship together.
Not all earnest and honest worship is worship in the Spirit. A man may be very honest and very earnest in his worship and still not have submitted himself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the matter and so his worship is in the flesh. Oftentimes even when there is great loyalty to the letter of the Word, worship may not be “in the Spirit,” i. e., inspired and directed by Him. To worship aright, as Paul puts it, we must have “no confidence in the flesh,” that is, we must recognize the utter inability of the flesh (our natural self as contrasted to the Divine Spirit that dwells in and should mould everything in the believer) to worship acceptably. And we must also realize the danger that there is that the flesh intrude itself into our worship. In utter self-distrust and self-abnegation we must cast ourselves upon the Holy Spirit to lead us aright in our worship. Just as we must renounce any merit in ourselves and cast ourselves upon Christ and His work for us upon the cross for justification, just so we must renounce any supposed capacity for good in ourselves and cast ourselves utterly upon the Holy Spirit and His work in us, in holy living, knowing, praying, thanking and worshipping and all else that we are to do.
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