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September 5, 2012
The Disciplines of the Christian Life
I was pretty excited when I found out I would have a chance to review a book written by Eric Liddell!
I had listened to "A Boy's War" by David Michell and was interested to hear more about this fine man.
For those who don't know Eric Liddell was the well-known Olympic athlete of the 20th century who wouldn't run on Sunday (Chariots of Fire for you movie people - I haven't watched any but remember playing the music for my piano lessons growing up. LOL!) who became a missionary to China.
Although I have some doctrinal differences with Mr. Liddell I still feel his writing would be most beneficial for any Christian to read.
Another review has mentioned infant baptism - but we have to remember that the church in his day often did baptism for the whole family and infant baptism was sort of like what most people call baby dedication today. It was understood that it was not an issue of salvation, unlike what may be practiced by other beliefs - in other words they did not believe if the baby was not baptized and it died it would go to hell. They simply did it as a testimony of which direction their family was taking - as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
Coming from and Armenian perspective I would say that Mr. Liddell is probably what we would call somewhat Keswickian (spelling?) in his views on sanctification.
I like how Mr. Liddell gives us a model of how to disciple new believers. He encourages Bible reading, prayer, and basic doctrine as well as continual study of God's word and gives a working plan to follow. All believers would benefit from this plan and those seeking to disciple others would benefit from this book.
Many people skip the prefaces to books - don't skip this one! It is very interesting to know how this book was "discovered" and preserved as well as telling you some choice tidbits about Eric Liddell's life.
A few choice gems to whet your appetite:
The power in some is the defeated attitude in which we face them_remember God expects us to overcome.
Keep God first. Trust Him absolutely.
Fear makes you fail. When you feel that way_ask why?
God asks faithfulness. Consequences can be left to Him.
Be not afraid only believe.
Stop/surrender to God - He will help you overcome.
Obedience to God's will is the secret to spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know but willingness to do -- to obey that brings enlightenment, certainty concerning God's truth_.if I know something is true am I prepared to follow it even though it is contrary to what I want? _following truth leads to God because truth is of God_.Obedience is the secret of being conscious that God guides you personally_Every Christian should lead a God-guided life_.the Christian who hasn't a sense of guidance in his life is missing something vital.
A prayer for victorious attitude at for all times
Father, I pray that no circumstances however bitter or however long-drawn out may cause me to break thy law -- the law of love to thee and to my neighbor. That I may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate, or become embittered by life's experiences but that in and through all I may see Thy guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power, and daily presence,
Help me in the day when I need it most, to remember that all things work together for good to them that love God.
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