Sunday, May 31, 2015

Reading List! (May 31, 2015)

Finished this month:

Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine
This book was so, SO encouraging! If you struggle with depression or if you have never struggled with it you need to read this book! For those suffering it gives some great comfort and encouragement and for those who want to help it will give you great insight and ways you can understand and truly help those struggling.

The Set Apart Woman by Leslie Ludy
Such a wonderful book! Written for women single or married this will be a great encouragement to you in your walk with Christ. I was greatly encouraged and reminded of so many things that help us in our walk with Christ. Filled with thoughtful advice on how to build godly habits and thoughts on how to view your “self”, your time and your interests and what you should be focusing on. Also counsel on how to train your mind to say no to/put off negative, ungodly or unhelpful thoughts and learn to set your mind on the things of God and on the truth of His Word. And over all, how the Gospel needs to be the foundation of everything in our lives.

“We ask God to give us the desires of our hearts, all the while forgetting that He should always be the chief desire of our hearts.” (p. 141, emphasis hers)
“Far too many of us spend the majority of our prayer and quiet times meditating upon ow we feel rather than upon who God is.” (p. 60)
“We’ve been conditioned to believe that self-promotion is right and good, but as set-apart women, we are called by God to forget ourselves and let all our own interests become swallowed up in Him. We are not to see the highest place, but the lowest one.” (p. 119)

I also finished reading Psychology & Christianity: Five Views (edited by Eric L. Johnson) which I was reading for a class. Very interesting and I understand the different perspectives better now. But “Biblical Counseling” by far gives us the view with the highest view of God and Scripture and I think also helps to see man’s sufferings the clearest. 

Currently Reading:
Trusting God (even when life hurts) by Jerry Bridges (re-reading this one because sometimes, trusting God is really, really hard).

Additional books I want to read this next month:
Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile
Faith on Trial: Psalm 73 by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Infant Baptism & the Covenant of Grace by Paul Jewett (This is written by a Covenant-theologian [CT], but he is anti-infant baptism and most CT believe in infant baptism. I don’t agree with CT or infant baptism but going to a Presbyterian seminary this fall I’m reading it to better understand it.)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Compassion, Justice, and the Death Penalty

 I value life…. and I support the death penalty. To many this may seem like an oxymoron. How can you value life and support someone being put to death?

I find it ironic in our society how the very people who are strongly against the death penalty are often the same people who are in support of abortion. Talk about an oxymoron. They value life (they say) but if it’s an unborn baby it doesn’t count. They want the guilty murderer to live and let the innocent child die. Show a little humanity, they argue. But what about the humanity that was thoughtlessly killed? No, if you truly value life you will value the life that is taken, you will value innocence and condemn the guilty. This is how the death penalty actually values life and takes it seriously… it values the life that was murderously taken. Someone might argue should we not value all life regardless of what they’ve done? Certainly, that is why we do need to have compassion and love for the murderer. But what about justice for the one murdered? For their family who lost a loved one? Should not true and just punishment be given? For justice to be true justice, the punishment must fit the crime.

The death penalty is a principle that pre-dates even the Mosaic law. Genesis 9:6 says, "Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.” (Gen 9:6). The fact that man is made in the image of God makes murder a crime worthy of equal punishment. You take the life of an image-bearer, you forfeit your own life. In the Mosaic law itself it is written, “Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.” (Num 35:31) In other words, when it comes to murder there should be no parole, no second chance, no opportunity for you to “make it up” some other way. And before the current century when people were sentenced to death they were taken straight outside and executed immediately. Today that punishment is delayed and sometimes doesn’t end up happening at all. But delayed punishment is not true justice. We need to accept the fact that for crime there is punishment, and that the punishment ought to 1) fit the crime, and 2) be immediate.

Certainly there are exceptions. Moses murdered. David murdered. Neither of them were put to death. But then, God is also a God of grace and the fact that He chose to give these two murders grace is something to praise Him for. He gives grace when we don’t deserve it! In the case of Moses and David, they both suffered as a result of their sin. Both came to realize the depths of what they had done and repented of it. David wrote a whole poem about how God convicted him of his sin (see Psalm 51). The Gospel sets us free from the spiritual consequence of sin, but the physical/temporal consequences we will still experience to some degree. Because God granted some exceptions does that mean that the death penalty should no longer be given? No. We are not under God’s direct rule. For the sake of morality and for the good of our society just punishment needs to be given out to those who do wrong. Now, I certainly agree that the justice system in our country is greatly flawed in many ways. But where the justice department is seeking to uphold justice than we ought to support it.

I love people, even those who murder. I have compassion on those whose circumstances, genetics, families have helped to mold them into a criminal. But they still made choices. Pray for them I will, but because I value the lives they wrongly took I will uphold the death penalty. I take life seriously, and so should you. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOOKS for Sale!!!!!

BOOKS FOR SALE! I  have a whole library of books that I'm trying to sell. All books are in very good to like-new condition unless otherwise stated. Please note most of these are going to be older editions unless it’s a newer book. Feel free to ask! First come, first serve!  
Contact me through this blog or on facebook (or however you want to really).

HC stands for Hardcover. PB stands for Paperback cover (or soft cover). If not indicated than it’s a PB. Most hardcover books are worth $2. Paperback $1. You can also make me an offer especially if you want a couple of them (unless I have a suggested price – that’s about or a little less than I could get online – or I may have them listed online already). If you live near me you can pick them up or you can pay shipping. 

See list below for what's available! I have more books that I will add to this and update it as I work through them. 

I also have books listed on Amazon and eBay. See links below for what I have listed. If you want any of those you can have them at the list price (but pick them up for free shipping).

Books by John MacArthur:
Truth Matters – Landmark chapters from his teaching ministry (HC)
Successful Christian Parenting (HC)
Our sufficiency in Christ (HC)
Hard to Believe (HC) 
The Second Coming (HC) $4.
Found: God’s Will (PB)
A Tale of Two Sons (HC) $5
In the Footsteps of Faith (PB)
Terrorism, Jihad, and the Bible (PB)
The Master’s Plan for the Church (PB)
The Body Dynamic (PB)
How to Thrive in a World of Unbelievers (PB) 
The Book on Leadership (HC) $5
The MacArthur Scripture Memory System (not sure if all the cards are there, but all 4 CDs are). $2 
The Body Dynamic (older copy, but very good condition, PB)
Jesus’ Pattern of Prayer (on the Lord’s Prayer) (PB)

Other books: 
The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words by James Strong (1996, HC) $8
Truth Decay: Defending Christianity against the Challenges of PostModernism by Douglas Groothuis (PB)
A Shepherd Looks at Ps. 23 by Phillip Keller (HC)
Warnings to Churches by J.C Ryle
Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle $2
Holiness by J.C. Ryle *Forward by John MacArthur (from the 2002 Shepherd’s Conference) (HC)
How Readest Thou? By J.C. Ryle (2 copies) 
Worship by the Book edited by D. A. Carson
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (HC)
Decisions Decisions by Dave Swavely

The Law of Perfect Freedom by Michael Horton
The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns
Truth for All Time by John Calvin
Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers (HC)
The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn by John Sargent (from Banner of Truth)
Great Thoughts from Knox selected by Hilda Schroetter
The Failure of the Founding Fathers by Bruce Ackerman (HC)
John Adams by David McCullough (HC)
The Rise of American Democracy (Jefferson to Lincoln) by Sean Wilentz (HC – BIG book)
Churchill (biography of Winston Churchill) by Roy Jenkins (HC- BIG book)
Manners and Customs of the Bible by Victor Matthews
Not by Chance: Learning to Trust A Sovereign God by Layton Talbert
Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
Dining with the Devil (the megachurch movement flirts with moderinity) by Os Guinness
Mind Renewal in A Mindless Age by James M. Boice
The Sovereign God by James M. Boice ($2)
The Doctrines of Grace by James M. Boice
Classic Sermons on Prayer by Wiersbe (HC)
Classic Sermons on the Cross of Christ by Wiersbe (HC)
Bless You: Receiving and Sharing the Blessing of the Lord by Warren Wiersbe
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry & Mary by Lee Strobel
Concise Theology by J.I. Packer
The Story of Christianity (Vol 1) by Justo Gonzalez (some underlining $1)
Inerrancy by Norman Geisler (more used, but still good condition)
Paul by Charles Swindoll
New Dimensions in Evangelical Thought (essays in honor of Millard Erickson by Walter Kaiser, Stanley Grenz, Thomas Schreiner, Bruce Ware and others)
A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George
A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George
Experiencing God’s Peace (Bible Study in Philippians) by Elizabeth George
Becoming a Woman of Purpose by Cynthia Heald
Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald
Becoming a Woman of Freedom by Cynthia Heald
Raising Worldy-Wise but Innocent Kids by Wyrtzen (HC but no dust jacket $1)
Withhold not Correction by Bruce Ray
War of Words by Paul Tripp
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit by Benjamin Warfield
Spiritual Junk Food: The dumbing down of Christian Youth by Cathy Mickels & Audrey McKeever
Christianity in Crisis by Hank Hanegraaff
Through Many Dangers: the Story of John Newton by Brian Edwards
The Journals of Jim Elliot edited by Elisabeth Elliot
After Darkness Light edited by R.C. Sproul Jr.(HC)
The King James Only Controversy by James R. White
Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams (HC, but pretty used so $1)
Dispensationalism by Charles Ryrie ($2)
The Role of Women in the Church by Charles Ryrie
The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian (HC)
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian (HC)
Golden Hour: Heart-Hymns of the Christian Faith by Elizabeth Prentiss
Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson
Excused Absence by Douglas Wilson (on public school issues)
Light and Shadow of Jihad by Ravi Zacharias (HC)
Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias (HC)
Can Man Live without God? By Ravi Zacharias
The Catholic Mystery (understanding Catholicism) by John Armstrong
Seven Convincing Miracles by Erwin Lutzer (New book) $2
Brothers, We are Not Professionals by John Piper
The Great Escape (40 Faith-building lessons from history) by Christine Farenhorst
Spirit-filled Teaching by Roy Zuck (HC) 
Reformed Theology in America by David Wells
The New Testament (an introduction to its literature and history) by J. Gresham Machen ($2)
The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio (HC $1)
The Compromised Church by Jon Armstrong (with Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Don Whitney & David Wells) (HC)
Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George
A Grief Sanctified by J.I. Packer (about the life and death of his wife)
Final Call by Steven Lawson (HC)
10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Heath by Donald Whitney
Who Rules the Church? By Gerald Cowen $2 (Like-New copy)
Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions & Advice to Young Converts edited by Steven Nichols
Be Joyful by Warren Wiersbe
The God who is There by Francis Schaffer
Amillennialism Today by William Cox (if you want to learn about this view, this looks like a good book!)
Inerrancy and Common Sense (contributions from Gordon Fee, John Davis, J.I. Packer, R.C. Sproul, etc.)
I Kissed Dating Goodbye (like-new, $2)

The Mentor's Guide to Biblical Eldership - by Alexander Strauch AND The Study Guide to Biblical Eldership (both like-new condition. $15 each or both for $25)

Charts of the Gospels & the Life of Christ by H. Wayne House $5
Charts of Christian Theology & Doctrine by H. Wayne House $5
Charts of Church History by H. Wayne House $5 (These chart-books are all in great condition, if you want all three $12). 

Recently added:
They Found the Secret by W. Raymond Edman

Time for Truth by Os Guinness (HC)
A Dance with Deception by Charles Colson
John Calvin’s Complete Commentary on the Bible (nice HC 22 volume set). Good condition, just a bit dusty and a few pages here and there bent. Clean pages. Suggested price: $100. (Price on Amazon is $245.) 
Epistles of John & Jude by H. A. Ironside (HC)
The Bible Exposition Commentary of the NT (vol 2) by Warren Wiersbe (HC)
James (Deeper Life Pulpit Commentary) by Charles Tyree
Galatians (Life Change series, NavPress)
When Prophets Speak of Judgement by David Levy
Waiting for the Second Coming (studies in Thessalonians) by Ray Stedman
1 & 2 Timothy (Live Application Bible Commentary)
1 Timothy (Everyman’s Bible Commentary) (2 copies)
2 Timothy (Everyman’s Bible Commentary)(2 copies)
2 Peter & Jude (Tyndale NT Commentaries) by Michael Green
1 & 2 Timothy & Titus (Shepherds Notes)
Galatians (Shepherds Notes)
1 & 2 Thessalonians (Shepherds Notes)

Bible Studies: (All unused and like New! $1 each)
The Treasure Principle Bible Study by Brian Smith and Randy Alcorn (New)
Draw Me Closer Lord (a women's guide to a meaningful prayer life) by Marsha Hubler (Regular Baptist Press)
Forgiveness, A Prescription for Peace by Juanita Purcell (Regular Baptist Press)

FREE to a good home:

Large notebook with “The Berean Call” Reprints. 1986-1999

SemLink (course through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) course with (unused) notebook and cassette tapes with lectures on them: The Church to the Reformation (Dr. Garth Rosell).

 Just a sample: