Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter, Devon, UK,
with its Vaulted Ceiling
One of England’s most beautiful Medieval cathedrals.
Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter, Devon, UK,
with its Vaulted Ceiling
One of England’s most beautiful Medieval cathedrals.
“Handbook to Happiness: A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living” by Dr. Charles R. Solomon, a fifty-year classic, with more than a quarter of a million copies sold, is vital for the Church. It will have a key place in the history of the Church, as we pray for a new Reformation on 31 October 2017, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation.
It counsels hurting people by teaching them to exchange their life for Christ’s. Instead of “trying to live the Christian life,” which still centers on our own efforts, we need to allow Christ to live his life in us. This removes all reliance on human effort and frees us to become totally Christ centered.
How do you fix a broken person? Where do you take twisted emotions to get them repaired? The answer is the Cross. We must die to self and find life in Christ, by appropriating His work on the Cross, as taught in Galatians 2:20 –
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – (Galatians 2:20)
Dr. Solomon calls this “Exchanged-Life Counseling.”
Don’t “Get A Life” – Exchange It!
For five decades, thousands have found help and healing through Spirituotherapy – a completely Christ-centered strategy pioneered by Dr. Solomon. The practical principles of this time-tested, proven treatment are presented in “Handbook to Happiness – A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living.”
Those dealing with emotional struggles are helped by returning to the cross of Christ and seeing themselves buried with Christ in His crucifixion and raised to new life in His resurrection. “Handbook to Happiness” relies heavily on the truth of Scripture to give people hope and encouragement.
Dr. Charles R. Solomon, the author of “Handbook to Happiness” and founder of Grace Fellowship International, has an extensive counseling ministry in the United States and worldwide. He has written twenty books, including four books of New Covenant Poetry.
On 31 October 2017, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, may the simplicity of the Spirit-filled life spark a new Reformation in the Church as THE HOLY SPIRIT IGNITES THE FIRE!
Science and the Bible are intricately linked in the most remarkable way. Both have God’s imprint on them. Both are divine records of God’s speech. God is the Author of the Bible and the Creator of Science. He instituted the laws of nature which govern the earth. God reveals Himself in Creation, in the Bible and in Science. God created the Universe with evidence to prove that He created it, evidence that is indisputable, irrefutable, undeniable, unquestionable and inarguable. Does Science discredit the Bible? Certainly not. The Bible revealed scientific facts before Science ever did. Did evolution produce man? Definitely not.
God created the Universe, the Earth and everything in it. He sustains the Universe and mankind by His Word. The great Architect and eternal Designer – the Creator God – is at the helm of His creation. A detailed analysis of Science and Faith reveals many facts worthy of notice. Faith does not contradict Science. It only affirms the basic principles of Science. Science does not oppose faith or render it unacceptable. When Science and the Bible are viewed in the correct perspective, they mutually support one another. Modern Science presents compelling evidence in scientific data that testifies to an intelligent Designer and a supernatural Creator who created the Universe.
Life is full of questions about the relationship between Science and the Bible. The most important question is “Does God exist?” This is the fundamental question of life. If God does not exist, we cannot search for Him. In order to prove the existence of God, we must convince Science about Creation. The evidence to prove God’s existence is very convincing. Consider the Creation of the Universe. To say that it came into existence by accident raises a volley of questions with no satisfactory answers. The Big Bang theory does not prove where the original matter used for the formation of the Universe came from. A Big Bang cannot create something from nothing. How can the amazingly complex and perfect life forms of earth evolve out of nothing?
Science demands proof for life’s existence but the stark reality is that evolution does not prove anything at all. Contrary to its high-handed claims, evolution does not have all the answers to the complex issues of life. “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” raises its voice among scientists doubting Darwinism, who are skeptical of claims that random mutation and natural selection can account for the complexities of life. Modern scientific research reveals the inadequacy of Darwinism to account for the huge amounts of information stored in living things.
Can Science prove that the perfect order, unique design and universal laws of the Universe came into existence from a Big Bang? Does Science affirm that an eternal Brain did not create such astounding perfection from the exquisite beauty of nature, to the sheer expanse of outer space, right down to the most minute , microscopic organisms? Scientifically, there is now much more evidence to support the existence of an intelligent Designer behind the creation of the Universe than there ever was against it. Today, a lot of contemporary scientists tend to believe in the dominance of creation over evolution. Such a perfectly created Universe can never come about by chance. God wins in the dramatic debate of creation versus evolution.
God created the Universe at His express command. What is seen did not emerge from anything visible. God brought the Universe into existence by the power of His Word. Creation had a specific beginning from the Word of God. It all began with the Creator God as the Bible specifically states. God, the eternal Designer, who made the world and everything in it, also instituted the universal laws of nature, as eternal Law-giver. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. The most valid evidence for creation is man, who has a unique personality and a conscience, with the power to make independent and intelligent choices, and distinguish right from wrong. “Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.” Evolution can never produce such extraordinary human qualities.
Can anyone fathom the mysteries of God? Science has to analyse and explain mysteries using reason and logic. God is beyond the scope of Science because He created it. Neither Science nor Creation can understand the Creator for choosing to do things the way He wills. Both Creation and Science can only accept and live within the limits imposed by the Creator. God is beyond man’s understanding. We can only understand God as He chooses to reveal Himself to us through His Holy Word and through prayer as we communicate with God. Let us bow before the Creator God, the Maker of heaven and earth. To Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.
© Miriam Jacob
Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.
Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God’s call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.
You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God’s divine light.
To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God’s love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ. When you try to help another live a good Christian life, they need to learn to let Christ live or walk in Him — the not I but Christ life — which will be a good Christian life! The experience of the cross must be front and center. If not, the would-be mentor would be training flesh to try and please God.
Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship. The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20. His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.
The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority. Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life.
Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon
© The Authors
Series: The Daughters of Riverton (Book 1)
Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Morningview Publishing; 1 edition (September 5, 2016)
“Sarah’s Smile” by Dawn Kinzer is a well-crafted, multi-layered story of heartbreak and second chances, that inspires our hearts on many levels. It is filled with heartwarming, captivating, late Victorian characters, full of realistic hurts, amusing foibles, and redeemable traits, revolving around mutual feelings of trust and forgiveness. In this warm, heartbreaking story, Dawn Kinzer teaches us to love and forgive. God’s love comes with the gift to forgive.
In 1902, Sarah McCall, a would-be missionary awaiting a call to the mission field, longs to leave bitter heartbreak behind, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter Caswell, a widowed pastor, yearns for the way things were. They had been best friends—she had loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years had passed since he left, Peter hopes Sarah will give him a second chance. They had shared a past, but can they share a future together? Both Sarah and Peter are bitterly scarred by sorrow, pain, lost chances and unrequited love.
Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, Sarah McCall strives to overcome a tarnished family history and a heartbreaking romance of unrequited love that she just cannot obliterate, try as she might. Peter Caswell returns to his hometown as a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation, but he cannot forgive himself for his wife’s death. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to love and forgiveness, or will their past mistakes make the hope of a life together even impossible to contemplate?
Dawn Kinzer’s crystal-clear voice is fresh and distinctive in historical fiction. The spiritual content in this inspiring book is beautifully integrated, making the story meaningful to readers. The two main characters in this faith-based book have wide-spread appeal. The well-developed characters, intriguing storylines and surprise plot twists create a beautiful and captivating tale of forgiveness and enduring love that triumphs at all costs.
Dawn Kinzer is inspired by the Holy Spirit to write for Christ. God’s stamp of approval is upon her books. May “Sarah’s Smile” inspire the hearts of people worldwide, as Dawn’s heartfelt words match the awesome spirit of her heartwarming book.
Reviewer: Miriam Jacob
MEET DAWN AS SHE INTRODUCES HERSELF
Writing is a passion, but music has always played an important role in my life since I was a wee little one. I sang with groups through high school and college, then served as a vocalist with a contemporary worship band for eighteen years. Blessed with two married daughters, one grown stepdaughter, and three gorgeous grandchildren, I live with my husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
My work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love (Guideposts), and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.
In 2010, I launched Faithfully Write Editing and soon moved from part time to full time freelance editing. I provide critiquing, copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading services for both fiction and nonfiction writers.