Natural Social Order, Moses, and Jesus demonstrates that the most realistic and practical foundations for life are not those that people choose in order to try to create what they imagine to be a better world. The most realistic and practical foundations inhere in a world and order that people did not create, the natural world and its order.
Discover those foundations and a way of life based upon them. See from an objective, natural worldview, instead of from the more familiar perspectives of artificial worldviews which present subjective, biased, and misleading views of reality and practicality. Instead of focusing on idealistic or other worlds of human imagination and design, be inspired by the real world, the natural world and order that inspired Moses, Jesus, and the Bible.
Learn how much more realistic, practical, and beneficial life can be when it is oriented and adapted to God’s creation and order, instead of to man-made worlds and orders which invariably conflict with God’s creation. Learn how to live within the original context for life, as life was made to be, as part of the only world and order that gave birth to life and upon which all life depends.
What is the “best” church? And which contemporary church leader is the most correct? If God’s Word does not change, does this mean that our faith should also remain unchanged from generation to generation? How should Christians feel about non-believers and—more importantly—how should we respond to the world’s direction when it appears to be against Scripture? Does God even talk to the church anymore? This book is a letter from God. It is addressed to His people—God’s Church—and it is not founded on “traditional” Christianity. It is founded upon God’s Word, the Scriptures. We know that judgment begins at the house of God, and this letter is written for the purpose of allowing God’s people to begin preparing for the judgment that is coming, and for the new age, an age that has already begun.
Bruce Blair was born into a South Dakota farming family experiencing the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, locust plagues, and storms that stole the harvests on which the family depended. After marriage and the loss of a newborn son, another son, Larry, was found to have a life-threatening heart defect. Out of this dark time came a searching for life’s meaning and spiritual rebirth.
From then till now, miracles followed Bruce and his family. God spared Larry’s life from drowning and later provided a bumper harvest to pay for an expensive operation. God protected him financially when his loaned, uninsured farm truck collided with a car. Bruce himself was buried alive when a pipe ditch collapsed. God directed the rescue of a friend from financial ruin leading him to a life of ministry. His story of a barren cow and a foreign mission is an amazing proof that God exists. In his eighties a serious fall down a flight of stairs brought an unexpected and miraculous outcome.
In Life—in Death—He Leads reveals the unsearchable riches of Christ that are available on one’s journey through life. Biblical references, mostly from the King James Version of the Bible, and Christian living principles are cited.
The Other Side of the Sermon
And I found them. They had been there all along, but I had never heard them from a pulpit, or in a Sunday school class, or read them in any religious publication. The answers were practical. They were not the touchy-feely sweetness and light that give goose bumps to the gullible; they were tough, workable, necessary tools for living.
Christ, the supreme pragmatic, did not intend that his followers be fools—or fooled. Yet I had been both. Confronting, admitting, and reversing that took time. Three years of writing exposed my fallacious faith, and more than twenty years of practicing those writings have left me with one regret: that I could not have read the book instead of writing it.
We think of religion as a collection of dos and don’ts—rules by which we justify our behavior to ourselves, to others, and perhaps even to God. Preachers tell us what we must do and what we must not do. And yet Christ told his audiences what they did not have to do and of the discretionary that allowed interpretation.
Freedom from the “have-tos,” and the release to enjoy the “whatever-you-want-tos” produced a contented, guilt-free existence in which I could ignore tradition; disregard the opinions of others; and serve, worship, and live in freedom.
I met the practical Christ I had never known. If, in these pages, you meet him too, twenty-five years will have been well-spent.
Proof of Divine presents the journey of author Andrew Murtagh as he straddles the fence between faith and cynicism in an all-or-none look at the greatest story ever told. Blending his family’s incredible stories of survival, faith, hope, and love, matched with his own walk from hockey player to coach to husband, father, and career man, he embarks on a five-year expedition towards the intersection of faith and reason.
Is there a God? Are science and faith mutually exclusive? What is truth and what of logic, morality, and meaning? Who is the historical Jesus, and why Christianity? The faith of scientists, the science of skeptics, the questions of time, life, and purpose, Murtagh looks back at his own life and the inspiring lives of his forefathers to decide if he is an accident or an intention. The graze of a bullet, a soldier surrounded, an armed robbery, and a fateful desert drive—Murtagh puts the faith of his youth to the ultimate test: the Proof of Divine. “Told in a warm, personal way, Murtagh’s pilgrimage is laced with evidence, argumentation, and fair assessment of the evidence for and against belief…Proof of Divine will engage the reader, challenge unbelievers and strengthen believers. I highly recommend it.” –J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
“This wonderfully-written account is that of a man pursuing the journey of life, in a quest to find ultimate meaning in the universe. It was exceptionally difficult to put down…Murtagh knows how to punch the right buttons…There is something here for everyone and I recommend it highly.” –Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University
“I love this book and the intellectual honesty and humility of the author…The caution and finesse with which the author stayed within the limits of science and logic was impressive…Andrew is a story teller par excellence…A must read.” –Steve A Johnson, Professor of Psychology and Theology, Columbia International University
Femi Adelegan, a Nigerian child of God, is a deacon at the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, a Nigerian Pentecostal organization founded by Bishop Francis Wale Oke. He was born to Christian parents. His father was the late Chief S. T. Adelegan, a one-time vice-president of Nigeria’s chapter of the Young Men’s Christian Association and deputy speaker, Western Nigeria House of Assembly. His late mother, Mrs. Eunice Adelegan, was a very strong member of the Young Women’s Christian Association.
Currently the principal secretary to the national secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (the ruling political party in Nigeria), the author is a seasoned bureaucrat and information manager with a broad horizon. He was chief private secretary/adviser to the governor of Osun State on policies, programmes and plans implementation (2003–2010) and chief press secretary to four successive governors of Osun State (1994–2000). He is the author of Governance: An Insider’s Reflections on the Nigerian Polity (2009) and The Press Secretary (1998).
The Sanctuary of the Soul provides a bold, new interpretation of spiritual life, which C. T. Lewis describes as “an interiorization of the practices of temple worship established in the Torah of Moses.” Through a searching analysis of the Old and New Testaments, the author leads the reader through the primary stages in the journey of the soul, from its mystical union with God through the sacrificial work of Christ, to an interior life of worship expressed in the spiritual gifts of incense, light, and food.
“The Sanctuary of the Soul is scholarly, intriguing, and refreshing, the kind of book that will repay many trips back to it.”
—Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho Fellow of Philosophy and Classical Languages, New St. Andrews College
Are you sure you are going to heaven when you die? Do you believe that you can go to heaven by being a good person? Do you believe that there are multiple ways to God? Do you think that Satan and hell are real or just symbols of evil? Are you sure that your own beliefs about God are correct?
This book provides the answers to these and many other questions. The question "Are you wrong about God?" is an important one, because your eternal life depends on it. Don't you think it is worth the time to make sure your beliefs are based on the truth, as defined in God's Word? Sadly, there are many people today who think they are Christians but are going to miss out on God's gift of eternal life. Many of these people are sitting in churches on a weekly basis.
This book provides the truth about God in an easy-to-read format with Scripture references available. Truth comes from our Creator. This book will point out common weaknesses that we have that make it difficult for us to accept God's Word. Don't be fooled by some of the popular or politically correct theories that are becoming prevalent today. God has specific expectations of us that everyone needs to be aware of. This book provides these along with practical things you can do to build a relationship with God.
Interesting how we experience such waves of emotion and thought. Many Christians, perhaps, feel as if this is not appropriate. The Psalms show it differently. The psalmists certainly share many changing emotions in their writings!
Here is a truth about God that is hard to grab hold of… He understands! To experience various waves of emotion is OK!
Journal your thoughts – be a psalmist!
In reading the book of Psalms, one quickly notices the total transparency of the psalmists as they reveal heartfelt emotions. As guided by the Holy Spirit, the psalmists not only relate their feelings, but also reveal great truths about Father God.
Their paths are not indifferent from our lives today! Our days are an ever-changing array of praises and shouts of joy, cries of anguish and pleas for help, acknowledging the goodness of God or questioning the ways of our foes.
Perhaps we are not capturing our thoughts and feelings in writing like the contributors of the Psalms did. Nevertheless as sons and daughters of the Most High God, we too are Psalmists!
Psalmist, I Am presents emotions and truths found in the book of Psalms. See how your emotions and thoughts of God, as revealed during your journey, align with those of the writers of the Psalms.
Psalmist, I Am will be helpful as your daily devotion, a Bible study aid, for journaling or as a gift for anyone who experiences emotional change in their relationship! May Psalmist, I Am stir your soul as you realize how much you have in common with the writers of the Psalms!