Ravi Zacharias – Can Man Live without God? + some quotes

Read more quotes and/or buy the books here- http://www.goodreads.com/

‘Can Man Live Without God?’

  1. “It is easier to hide behind philosophical arguments, heavily footnoted for effect, than it is to admit our hurts, our confusions, our loves, and our passions in the marketplace of life’s heartfelt transactions.”
  2. “I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.”
  3. “Truth has been relegated to subjectivity; beauty has been subjugated to the beholder; and as millions are idiotized night after night, a global commune has been constructed with the arts enjoying a totalitarian rule.”
  4. “For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life.”
  5. “The loss of something that is never thought of, felt, or sought for when lost is not a loss at all.”

Description for the book (Amazon):

In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

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Recapture the Wonder

  • “In the 1950s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term –the generation gap.
  • In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was a decade of protest–church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
  • In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
  • In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
  • In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
  • In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
  • “Dragoste gratuită nu există; dragostea este expresia cea mai costisitoare din lume. Dar lucrul minunat este că prețul ei a fost plătit deja.”
  • “Of all the religions in the world, there is none with the wealth of music that the Christian faith offers.”
  • “The world is larger and more beautiful than my little struggle.”
Description for the book (Amazon):
Zacharias invites readers to break free from the weariness and cynicism of life to enjoy God’s amazing promise of childlike joy.

it matters what (that) your kid reads

Jason Lee -Creative Kids Photography

Jason Lee -Creative Kids Photography


Did you ‘get’ the titles of the books these cute sisters are reading? As adults, we have come to know that reading the Bible is the best way to stay strong in our faith. However, we see many who struggle to „make themselves” read. So, it’s important to teach kids to like (if not love) to read.

What books will you recommend that your kids read? And how do you instill the love of reading in your kids? Here is a link on 10 ways to get kids excited about reading.(One example-Show your kids that reading will introduce them to new people, take them to faraway places, and let them travel through time. Start a family or neigborhood book group) If you click on #3 it will take you to a page where you can sign up for a free e-newsletter for Printable Worksheets and age specific Activities for the Family in the following age group ranges-    0-3     4-6     7-11     12-18.

Here’s how you can make reading a part of your kids’ everyday lives. by Cindy Bond


1. Show your kids that reading will introduce them to new people, take them to faraway places, and let them travel through time. Start a family or neigborhood book group.

2. Sign up your kids (and yourself) for a book club.

3. Print out these bookmarks and your kids will never lose their place again!

4. Make the connection between fact and fiction for your kids. If they loved Stellaluna, point them toward this quiz on bats.

5. Have your kids recommend their favorite books to friends and get their friends’ recommendations.

6. Turn your kids into supersleuths. After they read a book, they can create an unbreakable, crazy code.

7. Be sneaky! Take our kids on a „book nick.” It’s kind of like a picnic, only better!

8. Remember that practice makes perfect. Help your kids practice rhyming words, drawing lines and shapes, and moving their eyes and hands from left to right.

More on: Learning to Read Read more on FamilyEducation: http://school.familyeducation.com/reading-fun/parenting/38335.html#ixzz1v3P3rHO6

This picture reminds me of my own childhood… My dad had bookcases lining the walls of several rooms, he always had a book in his pocket in case he had to wait at an appointment, and even when he took us to the park to play he sat quietly on a bench and read. Like father, like daughter. He instilled the love of reading into me for which I am forever grateful. My favorite book? The wisest, the most interesting, historic, literary and redeeming book of all- the Bible!

C.H.Spurgeon – Scrisoare la un Pastor si Notite de Predica (Letter and Picture of his library)

Westwood
Beulah Hill
Upper Norwood
1887 June 11

Dear Friend,
On Wednesday next will you meet me at Liverpool Street at 10:09 a.m. to go to Loughton? I am delighted with the prospect of seeing you, and having you all to myself all day. I am glad to see that your place is one from which Liverpool Street can be readily reached, but still it is a journey at an early hour for you.
May we enjoy our Master’s presence.

Yours very heartily,C. H. Spurgeon 

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Charles H. Spurgeon’s Sermon Notes

This one page of handwritten notes is all Spurgeon took with him into the pulpit when he preached Sermon 2890. A full transcription of the notes is at the bottom of the page. The sermon itself, titled „Unbelievers Upbraided,” is also part of the on-line collection of .
You will see by comparing these notes with the actual sermon that in the course of his preaching, Spurgeon recast or paraphrased all the wording he had jotted in his notes, and he never even reached the third main point of his outline. He seemed to know by the time he had completed his introduction that he would not preach all three points, because he announced only two of them. Comparing the notes with the actual sermon will give you some sense of how skilled Spurgeon was in speaking extemporaneously. He had an amazing facility with words, a phenomenal memory, and an uncanny ability to think on his feet.
When we remember that Spurgeon usually waited until Saturday night to prepare his outline for the Sunday morning sermon, we cannot help but be amazed at the richness and depth of his preaching. The key to this was Spurgeon’s voracious reading habit. He filled his mind with the truth of God’s Word from the beginning to the end of the week, every week of his life. He therefore could preach from the overflow of his heart, and his unique mind and abilities enabled him to give a sermon extemporaneously that most of us would be hard-pressed to write in a whole weeks’ time. Preachers who don’t have a memory like Spurgeon’s or verbal abilities like his would be well advised not to try to follow Spurgeon’s method, but to prepare an outline or manuscript with more meat on the bones.

Mark 16:14

This shows us the way in which we must deal with unbelief in ourselves, and in others. It is a sin and should be treated as such. Jesus would not have upbraided had not this been the case.
In the case before us they had repeated testimonies from their own brethren, and backed by his own word—but we have even more guilt, for we know him to be risen and yet doubt.

     

  1. Let us consider its evil in itself.
    Suppose someone doubted us.
    Think of who he is and what he has done.
    Consider his near and dear relation to us.
    The many times in which we have doubted
    And upon the same matter.
    Where his promises forbade unbelief
    Despite our own declarations.
    What have we believers in preference?
  2. Let us observe the evils which it causes.
    It grieves the Spirit of God.
    It causes disbeliefs in our own hearts.
    It weakens us for action or suffering.
    It depresses others.
    It leaves an ill impression [on] sinners.
    It cannot but gender to bondage.
  3. Let us reflect upon its sinfulness where it reigns.
    It gives God the lie.
    It argues hatred in the heart.
    It is the sign of utter moral death.
    It is the essence of hell.
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Charles H. Spurgeon’s Personal Library

Spurgeon's Library
Spurgeon’s study at Westwood, his family home, contained more than 12,000 volumes. The majority of these were acquired by a donor who gave them to Curry Library at William Jewell College (near Kansas City). Books, furniture, and all were moved there, where they resided in a room that was a replica of Spurgeon’spersonal study until 2006.

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