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Fit To Be Used by Ray C. Stedman

Posted by Scott on November 24, 2009

by Ray C. Stedman

2 Timothy 2:20-26

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22).

Those with pure hearts are not sinless saints; they are not holier-than-thous who have never done anything wrong. They are not the kind of people who look down their noses at everyone else who gets into trouble. No, the word pure would be better translated “cleansed,” past tense–those with a cleansed heart, those who have already known what it is to be where you are. They do not put you down; they encourage you. They say, “I know how you feel. I’ve been there too, but God picked me up. I know what it means to lay hold of His great, forgiving love.” So one of the necessities of being used of God is that you keep company with those who are aiming in the same direction.

I had an occasion to spend a day at Vacaville Penitentiary. I had not been there before. It was a most remarkable experience to see Christian friends working in the prison as salt within a corrupt society. It was a rainy day, and no one was out in the yard. Everyone was in the halls, so it was like going into a high school that had just been let out for lunch. Among the inmates of that overcrowded prison, a Christian group is maintaining a testimony that is keeping that prison away from violence, acting as salt to preserve it in the midst of a very explosive situation.

In the chapel I sat next to a man who had been a murderer–a murderer several times. He had been one of the roughest, fiercest convicts in the prison system. He had stabbed several people while he was in prison, and he was a member of the gang that tried to rule the prison, a vicious loner who would not hesitate to take a human life. Yet God had reached him. Now he is the most gentle-spirited, gracious fellow, a teacher of the other prisoners, instructing them in the truth of God.

I met with others who had been rapists, murderers, and child abusers, men whose lives were changed, who were now listening to and rejoicing in the Scriptures. I asked the leader of the group what it was that most disappointed him in his work. Without hesitating he said, “it is those who are so dramatically changed here but who lose all they have gained when they get out”. I asked why that happened. “Because they go back to the same old crowd,” he said. We are not made to live alone. We are made to live with others; we need the support of others. Those who surround themselves with a non-Christian view of life and non-Christian friends are almost certain to go back at last into that way of thinking and living. So if we want to be used of God, the apostle urges us to seek the companionship of those of like mind.

Lord, grant me the strength to say no to the things I must and yes to the things that I should, that You may find me usable in Your hand, a vessel fit for the Master’s use.

For the complete message by the late Ray C. Stedman go to Ray Stedman.

Scott Bailey 2009

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Canons of Dordt-Synod of Dordrecht 1618-1619

Posted by Scott on October 21, 2007

CANONS OF DORDT

Synod of Dordrecht

November 13, 1618 – May 9, 1619

FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE. DIVINE ELECTION AND REPROBATION

FIRST HEAD: ARTICLE 1. As all men have sinned in Adam, lie under the curse, and are deserving of eternal death, God would have done no injustice by leaving them all to perish and delivering them over to condemnation on account of sin, according to the words of the apostle: “that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.” (Rom 3:19). And: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23). And: “For the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23).

FIRST HEAD: ARTICLE 2. but in this the love of God was manifested, that He “sent his one and only Son into the world, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (1 John 4:9, John 3:16).

FIRST HEAD: ARTICLE 3. And that men may be brought to believe, God mercifully sends the messengers of these most joyful tiding to whom He will and at what time He pleases; by whose ministry men are called to repentance and faith in Christ crucified. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:14-15).

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-Scott Bailey 2007

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-Great Books to Read!

Posted by Scott on October 8, 2007

images11.jpg   In the course of a month I usually go through several books.  At any one time I have four to six books I am reading at the same time.  They can vary on subject.  I love to read about great historical figures, theology, life stories that glorify God, and so on.  Here is a list of books I have found great reads.

-Authentic Christianity by Ray C. Stedman

-Walking His Trail by Steve Saint (Son of Nate Saint)

-Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul

-Talking with My Father by Ray C. Stedman

-Body Life by Ray C. Stedman

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-The Ruler Who Served by Ray C. Stedman

-The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt For His Sons compiled by Doug Phillips

-Be Faithful by Warren W. Wiersbe

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-The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

-The Attribute of God by Arthur W. Pink

-Why I am Not An Arminian by Robert Peterson & Michael Williams

-Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul

-Commentary on Romans by Martin Luther

-Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther

-An Intelligent Person’s Guide to History by John Vincent

-The Five Points of Calvinism by David Steele & Curtis Thomas

-Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul  g1a3vxcay8hbo0ca8v4w97cae3wqohca6ndjz0caiz1admcagb44rkca0kyuo9caa9jh4wcagctl0tcahhr0cacab0erjrcag987d6cajtkdbqcaw625tocajsyukdca4wyrv3cao291wtcaixv0dp.jpg

-The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

-Humility by C.J. Mahaney

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-Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

-Debating Calvinism by Dave Hunt & James White

-Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler

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-Ransomed Heart by John Eldridge  k3gf23caal62vkcat2y2n3caxsixmncas9izx8caayec4lcarkvv3ucaarw8r2calpj721ca2pyhjmcafz9xhecagumo5kcajxwdemcavngbgrcakww3gtca0rz288cawmeu67cakm0w16ca0081xz.jpg

-Justified By Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul (Booklet)

-The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldridge

-The Last Lion (Sir Winston Churchill) by William Manchester

-The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan

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-A Change of Flight Plan by Paul Lanier M.D.

*Many books on Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, World War II, President Ronald Reagan, President George W. Bush, History.

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-Standing Tall by Steve Farrar  bfouqjcayvzy1icanh7qrxca2nm4g3caidgbohca4vy4w2cacxaccccai4xm2dca2jxzticaym6pbkca2cuyq7ca6h2159camp0vs9ca485ficcar5wwsfca427qafcamu8t8xca3h6izhcaq1ooqm.jpg

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-King Me by Steve Farrar

-The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindall

-Gettin There by Steve Farrar

-Books on Charles H. Spurgin  dem3lmcaaahnyoca9uv145cayetbobcak6at54cavvw5pwca0a07oncapea49ycamc2meicac2u6jzcarnzipocaaptn0ycabfbyvscai1y7ewcafc8fl8carlg7oecan1xxdgcad5jznycafpaq8x.jpg

-Online research reading about B.B. Warfield, John Knox, Martin Luther, John Calvin, St. Augustine, Martin Lloyd Jones, Dr. R.A. Ironside, etc.

images5.jpg    These are simply some of the latest books to cross my path that I read or am reading.  I will post others as I come across them.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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