An exposition of the closing verse of the 4th chapter of the Old testament Book of Ruth which will conclude the fellowship's study of this book. The themes of God's Providence and His covenant love stand out as this account draws to a close. The closing genealogy in Ruth sets the stage for the next study in the Book of 1 Samuel.
1 Chronicles 12:32 - "from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do..."
1. The Christian Worldview and the State of the World by Glenn Sunshine at the Colson Center.
2. America's move from resistance to independence by Thomas Kidd at WORLD Magazine
3. Tolkien: Entering Faerie by Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative
4. Samaritan’s Purse Finds An Unlikely Champion by Yonat Shimron at Ministry Watch
5. John Krasinski hosts a national prom by Jim Denison
6. Following the Biblical "One Another" Commands without Being with One Another by Aaron Earls at Facts and Trends
7. I was warned to keep my distance from "Infidels." Then one prayed for my family at Christianity Today
8. Death and the Coronavirus by Joseph Epstein at National Review
9. Staying Connected by James Emery White at Church & Culture
A few of you may have heard of John Baillie. His most popular book is called A Diary of Private Prayer. I have been using it since 1993, almost every morning. It’s a very rich devotional tool that, no matter how often I use it, still draws me closer to the Lord.
I have not read many things by Baillie, but a few years ago I stumbled upon a collection of various sermons he had preached over the years. They made up a little book entitled, Christian Devotion. I enjoyed reading it, but the best part of the book, for me, was a short biographical chapter written by his cousin. She beautifully revealed the man behind the devotional I have been using for years.
My favorite part of the chapter was the following description of his study – not just a few facts about what it looked like – but the life that took place in that study. I know coveting is a sin, so let me say in the most sanctified way I can... I wouldn’t resist the opportunity, should God provide it, to have a similar study (as well as a similar ministry that took place in it!). Here’s his cousin’s description of his study…
But for those who knew him in his own home in Edinburgh, the most vivid memories of John are set in his study there, that grave book-lined room, with windows shadowed in summer by the trees of the big garden. It was a quiet room, with the noises of our modern world kept outside - no telephone, no radio, no typewriter. And it was a room with three clear focal points. There was the big uncluttered desk by the window where John sat for many hours of the day writing, in his clear beautiful handwriting, sermons, lectures, and articles, and dealing punctiliously and courteously with the endless steam of letters which came, asking him to preach, to lecture, to advise…
With Robbie Parks, for the Walk Thru the Bible Sunday School Class at Southside United Methodist Church.
Today, David and I are continuing our study in the Book of James. We are looking at our need for wisdom to help us persevere through the trials of life. God wants us to pray for this wisdom with humble expectation.
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