Book Sharing for 060709

 

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Chan, Agnes

Billy Graham (1955, 1985): The Secret of Happiness

Christ gave us a formula for personal happiness that applied to anyone, no matter what his race, geographical situation, age or circumstances Ė the eight Beatitudes.The truths of these 8 Beatitudes (poverty, mourning, meekness, hungry, mercy, purity, peacemaking, persecution) can change our lives and point the way to true and lasting happiness.Happiness is found in a right relationship with God.

What are the steps to happiness?

(1) We must recognize our spiritual poverty; (2) We must make sure we have received Christ and maintain a contrite spirit; (3) We must be sensitive to the need of others; (4) Donít be a half-Christian; we must live surrendered lives; (5) We should be filled with the spirit and seek to produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives; (6) We must become grounded in the Bible and witness for Christ; (7) We must practice the Presence of God and learn the exercise of prayer; (8) We must develop a taste for spiritual things; (9) We must not be critical or envious of others; (10) We should love everybody; (11) We should stand courageously for the right; (12) We should learn to relax in Christ and not be victims of paranoia; (13) We must remember we are immortal and will live forever

Chan, Agnes

張郁嵐 (1950): 到底有沒有神

作者以宇宙的規律、萬物的奇妙、人類本性、生命、生活經驗、有鬼、神蹟奇事、報應和古聖來證明有神。這書是傳福音的好工具,更是初信者所必讀。

到底有沒有神?

有。『自從造天地以來,神的永能和神性是明明可知的,雖是眼不能見,但藉着所造之物,就可以曉得,叫人無可推諉。』(羅馬書1:20)

Lee, Agnes

Clement S.L. Yeung楊世禮 (2004), Work and Worship 為誰辛苦為誰忙──基督徒工作觀的探討

Work and worship are not mutually exclusive.Be a Christian at all times, not just for Sunday only.

How to glorify God through our work?

(1) Treat our work as a calling from God, (2) Understand the meaning of your work. (3) Work diligently with all our heart for any tasks no matter big or small. (4) Treat everybody with respect. (5) Remember that work is a blessing not a curse

Tong, Johnny

S. Maxwell Coder (1996): First Steps to Knowing Godís Will

General principles to know Godís will Ė present our bodies to God, to refrain from worldly conformity, and to be transformed. (Ro 12:1-2)

Practical rules to know Godís will Ė honest willingness to do Godís will, harmony with Godís word, circumstances indicate Godís will, Godís will is made known in answer to prayer, peace in doing Godís will.

What prevent us from knowing Godís will?

Sin and personal choice

Chan, Stephen

Wang Ming Tao (1975) Talks on Particular Christian's Life

A book focus on Christian's Character

What is the real meaning of Christian life

As Christian, our character is far more important than what we do. The author uses the bible and his experience to teach us how to be a fruit bearing Christian.

Lam, Ernest

John C. Maxwell (2004) Today Matters

People create success in their lives by focusing on today.

How does today impact tomorrowís success?

Today is the only time we have, as it is too late for yesterday and we cannot depend on tomorrow. Our success is determined by our daily ďagendaĒ. People tend to complicate their lives with busy ďagendaĒ, but our daily agenda can be as simple as these twelve areas that impact our daily life:Attitude, Priorities, Health, Family, Thinking, Commitments, Finances, Faith, Relationships, Generosity, Values and Growth.We need to decide how we should live our life in these twelve areas; once our decision is made all we need to do is to manage our decision daily.

Lam, Irene

Bill Hybels (1987)

Who you are (When no oneís looking)

Character is who we are when no one is looking. Courage, discipline, vision, endurance and love are 5 character qualities. In order to learn to love unless we also have other character traits. Character cannot be developed through checklists, it requires a lot of hard work, a little pain and years of faithfulness.)

Who is the best example of character and where is the best possible school for character?

Jesus Christ and the fellowship of his own family.

Lam, Irene

James L. Schaller (1995)

Rebuilding your father relationship

Father-child relationship affects many peopleís dating and marriage relationships, sexuality, and work performance.

Is it possible to change unhealthy expression of sexuality?

If you believe your expression of sexual nature is unhealthy, it need not remain that way. Healthy change will occur when you understand why you are the way you are. This is true not only for sexuality but also your marriage and career.

Zia, Karl

李耀全(1998):屬靈操練與生命關懷

基督徒的屬靈生命﹐就是信徒在主裡和聖靈的能力下所活出的生命。這生命透過屬靈操練﹐開放自己接受神的愛和能力﹐使信徒得著聖靈的塑造與堅固﹐作一個身心健全的屬靈人﹐天天過著愛神、愛人如己的生活。

一個真正在屬靈上成熟的基督徒會有甚麼特質﹖

(1) 身量﹕情緒、心理上的健康和成熟(2) 智慧﹕熟悉神的話語﹐明白真理﹐懂得判斷是非(3) 和神有親密的關係﹐能夠盡心盡性盡力愛祂﹐委身事奉祂(4) 和人有親密的關係﹐能夠愛人如己﹐委身服侍人

Zia, Karl

(same book)

一個適切的屬靈操練模式必需保持理性與感性的平衡﹐行動與安靜的平衡﹐以及個人的長進與社會參與的平衡。

太注重理性或太注重感性的屬靈操練有甚麼不妥的地方﹖

太注重理性﹕宗教變得枯燥冷酷﹐忽略人情感上的需要﹐難以和神和人建立親密的關係﹐有陷入律法主義的危機。

太注重感性﹕信仰隨著情緒起伏﹐容易把個人的經歷和感受凌駕於聖經真理和成聖功夫之上。

Kwan, Louie

Ignatius Loyola: The Spiritual Exercises; Matrin Luther King Jr.: Walk with Freedom; Evelyn Underhill: Workship

 

 

How do I look for God's guidance in my life?

What responses should I have to times of distress/desolation?

When in spiritual distress, a man should reflect that God is testing and he can succeed with the help of God. We should remind firm and unyielding in our resolutions.