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That’s My King

Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 Leave a comment

When we attended Agape Church in Little Rock in 2011, Pastor Happy Caldwell occasionally played an abridged version of a short sermon called “That’s My King” by an African-American preacher named S. M. Lockridge. This is an incredible testimony of and tribute to who God is.

Two classic moments in this sermon are
– after 4 minutes of describing God, he says, “Well, I wish I could describe Him to you.”
– the ending: “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the forever’s, then…  Amen.”

There are a number of video versions of the abridged version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuoJN_rK1Rw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

There is also an unabridged version of the “That’s My King” portion of the sermon that is well worth your time to listen to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2f1ItK-Alg

And, the entire sermon is also available, with the “That’s My King” portion nearer to the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BhI4JKACUs

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Intra Muros – A Visit to Heaven

Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Intra Muros, also known as My Dream of Heaven, is a book by Rebecca Ruter Springer about a lengthy and detailed vision she was given of heaven. In reality it was probably more of a visit than a vision. It was published in 1898. At the time of the vision, she was seriously ill or possibly even dead. She subsequently recovered or was resurrected.

I found out about this book from a mention by Andrew Wommack in one of his older teachings. It is by far the best and most detailed vision of heaven that I have ever encountered. Worth every minute of the time you spend reading it, and I am sure you will read it more than once. A PDF is freely available on Google Books.

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Rare Recordings

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

A number of years ago I came across a website run by a man named Mel Montgomery. Part of the website is dedicated to old rare recording of famous preachers of the past. Some of my favorites include recordings of F. F. Bosworth, T. L. Osborn, and the Goodwins. There are also recordings from Aimee Semple McPherson, Kenneth Hagin, and others. Worth checking out if you enjoy hearing wisdom and teaching from an older generation. Mel himself also has some interesting teachings available.

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The New Testament in Modern English (Phillips)

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

I traditionally read and study the King James Bible. But, at certain points where the translation is crucial, when the meaning could lean to legalism, or where the Old English is just plain too old, reading alternate translations can bring much light.  Aside from the usual suspects like the Amplified Bible, HCSB, the Message, and many others, I have come across a few other more obscure translations that, at least at times, have wonderful and beautiful expressions of the Word.

Today, I highlight one such translation: the New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Phillips (1972). I first heard about this New Testament translation from classes by Arthur Meintjes.  He would often find beautiful passages for certain verses in more obscure translations. Consider Romans 5:21.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, KJB)

The whole outlook changes – sin used to be the master of men and in the end handed them over to death; now grace is the ruling factor, with its purpose making men right with God and its end the bringing of them to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, Phillips)

I think at times, especially when speaking to others, a paraphrase like this one will have a much deeper impact and meaning because of the familiar language and simplicity of presentation.

The Phillips New Testament is available in book form and electronically on Olive Tree Bible Study app (and probably other apps as well).

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Harmony of the Gospels

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

A Harmony of the Gospels is now available at this blog. Click here to read more about the Harmony of the Gospels and download a copy.

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