Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recommended Biographies

We got a few interested requests for biographies. I am sending out a selected list to all of you. I will start with the biographies which had an early influence on my life during the years 1950 to 1957.

“A Prisoner and Yet” by Corrie ten Boom (Holland and the Jews in Nazi camps)

David Brainerds Diary (American Indians pre American Revolution)

CT Studd by Norman Grubb (China, India and Africa)

Martin Luther by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne’

Amy Carmichael of Dohnarour by Frank Houghton

“Behind the Ranges” by Geraldine Taylor (James Fraser with the Lisu people of SW China)

George Mueller of Bristol by A.T. Pierson (Orphans)

John Sung (Evangelical in China)

Pastor HSI (Opium addict and Chinese scholar)

Biographies after 1957:

“To the Golden Shore” (Adoniram Judson, Baptist missionary in Burma)

“Delighted in God” (George Müller)

“Mountain Rain” (James Fraser)

George Mueller’s Autobiography

Recent Biographies (four about Africans)

Festo Kivengere (Uganda)

“Out of the Black Shadows” (Stephen Lungu, Zimbabwe)

“Faith Under Fire” (Rutajaire, Rwanda 1994)

“Warriors of Ethiopia” (Dick McLellan)

Dr. Saeed of Iran

Breakthrough DVD on James Fraser (30 minutes - check on Amazon)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Do you recognize this person?

I came across an expression in the novel "A Portrait of Jennie" describing a landlady: "Her eyes were steeped in bitterness."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Google your way out of bitterness

If you Google “Bitterness” two Google advertisements will pop up. Both of them have wonderful descriptions and definitions of bitterness. The first one has a wonderful Biblical solution for bitterness and the second one has a “Bach flower therapy” solution.

The latter might offer a symptomatic correction but does not take care of the sin of bitterness.

For my “How to Be Free From Bitterness” in print and audio, go to our website; www.ccmbooks.org. You can also go to www.freefrombitterness.com.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The right kind of wisdom.

There is Godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. They are very different from each other.

Godly wisdom saves.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Godly wisdom is Jesus Christ. Godly wisdom is righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom…But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:13, 17

Godly wisdom is humility, peace, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Wisdom is the first of the special gifts.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

This wisdom is available to all in abundance to those who ask for it.