I do hope that I could be such a person, doing nothing and being nothing, just walking with the Lord until the day I am taken to be with Him.
Having heard that the upcoming Summer Training is going to be on the book of Genesis, and having received a lot of encouragement recently to get into the Life-studies in a regular way, I’ve decided to pause my sporadic reading of the New Testament Life-studies (but I have made it to Luke now!) and start with Genesis. Let’s see how far I can get before the Summer Training starts!
So, also in attempt to get back into posting (sorry for my silence), I thought I’d share from my enjoyment of message one. In this message, the first part was on how the Bible is a wonderful book. And it really is! It is the breath of God, it is spirit and life, and it mainly reveals life to us. Thank You Lord, for the Bible.
I wasn’t paying much attention to the new year. On the 31st December, I was in bed by 9.40pm and asleep by 10.30pm. :)
But in the Lord’s day meeting on 1st January, one brother’s shared something that was a little related to the new year. Actually he had mentioned this to us in the WST office during the previous week, but I am glad he respoke it!
He pointed out that at this time every year, three revolutions take place:
I had such a great time at the Young People’s meeting tonight. I’m so glad I went! And because the clocks go back tonight, I have an extra hour of time and can make this post :)
It’s great when everyone speaks!
We had a really sweet time: eating together, singing together, pray-reading together, reading together, and then speaking together! I really enjoyed all the speaking from the saints after our reading time, and it is so good that we have been getting into this topic on Drinking and Flowing for the past few weeks. Every Saturday night, I receive a fresh reminder that I need to both drink and flow!
Ok, so I’ve mentioned the Life-study of the Bible in a few posts now, such as here and here, and often quote little snippets of my enjoyment from it, such as here and here. Life-study of the Bible is a book-by-book commentary by a brother named Witness Lee, and it really helps to open up the truth and life in the Bible.
A few years ago, an older brother encouraged me to read the Life-studies because they are according to the teaching of the apostles in the New Testament, and therefore the result is that they cause us to love the Lord more. They certainly do not replace the Bible, not at all, but they do open up the Bible. Although I’ve been reading the Life-studies somewhat inconsistently over the past few years, I’ve certainly experienced that the more I read, the more I love the Lord, and the more I love His Word as it is opened up to me.
Now, my motivation for posting this is not at all commercial, I’m simply sharing something I’ve discovered and am enjoying :) The great thing is there are so many ways to dive into the riches in these publications:
- If you like physical books you can purchase the Life-studies (from Amana Trust Books in the UK, and look out for the 30% discount on a particular Life-study each month, and from distributors in other countries).
- If you like the convenience of handheld devices you can purchase them as ePublications (from Living Stream Ministry).
- If you are anywhere in the world with an internet connection you can read them completely free online at ministrybooks.org.
- If you like to hear rather than (or as well as) read you can listen to them as short radio programmes (broadcast in the UK on Premier Christian Radio, with the complete archives available online).
You can also make your own schedule to read the Life-studies. If I stick to the schedule I made (which I know I won’t, but hopefully I won’t stray too far off) and read one message a day, I’ll finish reading the New Testament Life-studies in August 2014. It seems like a long way off, but the more I am reading, the more I am encouraged to keep going!
And feel free to share with me your enjoyment from reading the Life-studies also! You can post in the comments or email me, or tell me about your blog or twitter account, or even share with me face-to-face if you know me. And thank you to all those who are so faithful to reply to my posts in these various ways, and are encouraging me to keep writing :)
Well, I didn’t plan on making another post so soon, yet here I am.
I was just reading my Life-study message for today and thought I would share a couple of paragraphs I liked. This is based on Mark 9:14-29.
The back story is that as the Lord Jesus was coming down from the mountain, he saw the crowd disputing with some of his disciples because they (the disciples) had been unable to cast an evil spirit out of a boy. Of course, the Lord was able to cast out the spirit, and then when they entered the house, His disciples asked Him why they were unable to do it. Here was the answer He gave:
And He said to them, This kind cannot come out by any means except prayer.
I had always been a little confused by this verse, wondering if it meant that there was a kind of evil spirit that could come out without prayer (but that didn’t make sense to me), or how the Lord had cast out the evil spirit without apparently praying (but that seemed contradictory to what He said). But as always, the Life-study turned me from my wandering and wondering mind, back to the enjoyment.