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- Publisher: The Open Bible Trust; 1 edition (January 1, 1988)
- Publication Date: January 1, 1988
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J6E7T8C
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Practical Christianity Kindle Edition
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The first third of the book deals with the nature of the change that takes place when God first begins a work of grace in an individual.
The second third of the book is concerned with making progress in the Christian life once someone has been converted.
The chapters on 'Heart Work' and ' Mortification Of Sin' are among the most helpful material that can be found on these doctrines.Pink is considered by many to be a modern day Puritan and drank deeply at that well(Puritan Christian books).He was no doubt familiar with John Flavel's 'Keeping The Heart' and John Owen's masterful 'Sin And Temptation' and 'Mortification Of Sin'.Pink's 'Practical Christianity ' is in the front rank of works on these important aspects of the believers life and walk.
A brief quote should help to give some sense of the help that this treatise provides p.103 "Keep thine heart with all dligence,guard it jealously as the dwelling place of Him to whom you have given it.Guard it with the utmost vigilance,for not only is there the enemy without seeking entrance but there is a traitor within desiring dominion." I have read almost everything that A.W.Pink wrote and cannot find the words to adequately express my thankfulness to the Lord and to His servant for the enourmous blessing that I've received. A number of years ago I came across the suggestion that while we should be acquainted with the writings of godly and useful servants of the past,we should try to carefully read and study the works of one significant individual in much greater detail. I have found this to be very valuable advice.Whether it be someone like Pink or Jonathan Edwards,John Bunyan,Charles Spurgeon,John Calvin,J.C.Ryle or Martin Luther is up to the individual.
The section 'Enjoying God's Best' is among the most encouraging that I have read from all that Mr.Pink has written.It has to do with the Lord's governmental dealings with His people.It exorts the believer to be more holy,more devoted,more careful in all that they do and if this counsel is heeded it will result in greater usefulness and blessing in their walk with and service for their Lord.On p.215 the author writes "If our minds be dominated by our outlook upon life,narrowed down to a consideration of the inexorableness of the divine dterminations,then a spirit of irresponsibility will necessarily ensue.It is with the revealed and not with the secret will of God we need to be concerned." Our concern and emphasis should be with God's preceptive will,seeking to honour and please Him in our daily life.When we wholly submit to God's Word and do things His way we always profit thereby.When we sin or follow a course of self will we suffer loss and miss God's best for us.Pink is not here setting aside God's eternal decree's but emphasizing that all that we do is important and has consequences whether for good or evil.To some who have asserted that Pink is a hyper-Calvinist this book and these articles especially(Enjoying God's Best)would be a sharp rebuke.
I believe any disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ will benefit greatly if they read and digest what is set forth in this valuable work.
word into your heart and spirit. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand and study the book of
James. All the books I've bought have been in excellent condition.