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Locke: Political Writings by John Locke, Gerald Green, David Wootton

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John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (c. 1681) is perhaps the key founding liberal text. A Letter Concerning Toleration, written in 1685 (a year when a Catholic monarch came to the throne of England and Louis XIV unleashed a reign of terror against Protestants in France), is a classic defense of religious freedom. Yet many of Locke’s other writings, not least the Constitutions of Carolina, which he helped draft are almost defiantly anti-liberal in outlook.

This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people’s views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke’s papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton’s wide-ranging and scholarly introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke’s developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyzes his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke’s political thought in his own words.

The reason I read this book is one, I am a history buff and enjoy learning as much as I can about our founding of this nations as well as it’s founding fathers. And two, his writing were the founding principles upon which the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution were based. A brilliant mind, yet the writings and philosophies can be quite boring and drawn out if you are not into them.

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Doc Murf

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Jesus, an Obedient Son Kindle Edition by Michael Phillips

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For many years, best-selling author Michael Phillips assumed he clearly understood the life of Jesus. Though Jesus was in truth his Savior, and even his Lord, Phillips felt challenged to understand more of the remarkable life lived two thousand years ago in Palestine. Then came a crisis in his spiritual pilgrimage when circumstances forced him to open the book of his life in a new way, and delve more deeply into the fundamental why of Jesus’ life.

Challenged to discover the New Testament imperative for his life, Phillips takes a fresh look at the Bible to find out what is the essence, the foundation, of spirituality. Boiled down. The raw reality of the gospel. No frills. No excess baggage. No trite little phrases learned in Sunday school or youth group.

He discovers a key that gives validity to an entire life’s purpose and perspective as a Christian for right now. Not in some grandiose, far-reaching way . . . but the link between belief and practice, between eternity and now, between Christianity as a world religion, and Christianity as a practical guidebook for going about the business of life in the trenches. For if ever a man walked in harmony between ultimate purpose and the next five minutes, that man was Jesus Christ. And that key to Jesus’ life was obedience.

An intriguing insight into what would Jesus be like in the here and now. How would he look, act, choose his disciples, etc. Much, in fact, would be the same excepting the surroundings; and quite possibly the trial. A very interesting look and feel. Many interesting tips on how we should be and what our outlooks should be based upon…biblically speaking.

 

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The Journey: Living by Faith in an Uncertain World by Billy Graham

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Billy Graham is respected and loved around the world. And this work is his magnum opus, the culmination of a lifetime of experience and ministry!

Chapter by chapter, Graham leads us on a journey in faith. We learn about God and his purpose for our lives; who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We are reminded of the things God has given us to live successfully: the Bible, the privilege of prayer, fellowship and the church, and the Holy Spirit. We learn to deal with challenges along the way: temptation; wrong thoughts and motives; emotions that can defeat us; habits that destroy our spirit, and what to do when life turns against us. And we are given practical advice on knowing God’s will, making right decision, strengthening our marriages, being wise parents, and using our gifts to share Christ with others.

With insight that only comes from a life spent with God, The Journey is filled with wisdom, encouragement, hope, and inspiration for anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

I have not read very much by Billy Graham, but this was one of the best written guides into one’s faith and following. I was enamored with his guidance and backing everything up with biblical scripture. This should be a primer for anyone, young or old, new or tenured, in the faith of Christianity!

This is a must read book! Of course, in my humble opinion!

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Doc Murf

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The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence by James W Goll

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The presence of God is meant to be more than just an occasional event during Sunday morning Worship—you are meant to live in God’s presence! In “The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence,” James W. Goll uncovers ancient and nearly forgotten keys to deeper intimacy with Christ Jesus while revealing the ease of working with Christ instead of for Him. Through this book you will rediscover the lost precepts of Biblical meditation, contemplative prayer, and waiting on the Lord and learn how to apply them in your own life. Most importantly, you will gain inspiration for your own intimate walk and the courage to spread the fire His presence to everyone around you! “The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence” also includes a modern-language translation of The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. An inspiration to James Goll, this 15th-century believer has inspired generations of Christians with his simple life and profound writings on the nature and presence of the Lord.

This was a very good book, as well as a fast read, that can kick-start YOUR practicing in God’s presence. Primers, so-to-say, to aid you in the emulation of Christ and the Apostles. Consider this little book which possesses a wealth of ideas to jump-start your  life into a Christ-like life!

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MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Who Is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith by Darrell L Bock

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IS JESUS WHO HE SAID HE WAS? Some say he was just a man; others claim he was the Son of God. Historian Darrell Bock tests the authenticity of Jesus’ claims against the rules of history to find out if he truly is the Christ of Faith.

This reader-friendly book examines twelve events, sayings, and teachings of Jesus, using ten well-accepted historical rules. Pull up a chair, engage in the conversation, and discover how fascinating the discussion of the historical Jesus can be.

This was quite the easy read at only 214 pages. The overcoming of objections with reason and with historical data and writings of others who brought many things into the cultural context that was needed in order for anyone, including those who are apologetically & evangelically minded. We each, as followers of the Christ have an obligation to strengthen our faith through reason and historically based research. It is through this method that we can be better prepared to “give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

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New World Order by A. Ralph Epperson

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This book by A. Ralph Epperson purports to uncover hidden and sinister meanings behind all the symbols found on the Great Seal of the United States, committing America to “A Secret Destiny.

I found it rather interesting that so many things, as well as groups, came into play. Call it conspiracy theory, if you choose, but keep in mind that this is what is spelled out, to some degree, within the book of Revelation of the Bible. The only time people use the term “Conspiracy Theory,” or “Conspiracy Theorist” is when they (the speaker) desires to denigrate and assassinate the character of the person who is speaking of an alternate theory of any given situation! Be ever-so vigilant! Be leery of those forcing a thought down your throat that YOU know in your heart to be untrue. As the Bible tells us,

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” ~1 John 4:1

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How to Have Fellowship With God by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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How can sinners possibly have fellowship with a holy God? Man has tried three ways – two of which are wrong and one that leads to wonderful, sweet fellowship with God the Father. Based upon the writing of 1 John 1.

Each and every one of us sees the sinner – God fellowship debacle differently; however, this little ebook can clarify things with respect to the biblical perspective. A philosophy of Love the sinner and hate the sin has been prevalent with me and many others.

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From the Top of the Mount of Olives You Can See Forever by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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Exposition of the Olivet Discourse, which is the name given to the orderly and extended teaching given by Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives. His subject is the end times. This discourse is recorded in Matthew 24:1 – 25:46. Parallel passages are found in Mark 13:1-37 and Luke 21:5-36. The record in Matthew is the most extensive, so reference here will be to Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus answers His disciples’ questions concerning the last days: 1) “When shall these things be?” 2)”What shall be the sign of thy coming and 3) of the end of the age?”

I found this 3booklet to be very interesting and, to one degree, enlightening to things I had not been aware of or others not considered. All of Dr. McGee’s works are worth the time to read, as most of them are short ebooks of 20 +/- pages long.

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Evolution and You (or Why God Hated Esau) by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The rejection of God’s revelation and the acceptance of the theory of evolution as a fact of science was the great delusion of the twentieth century. Pride is the attitude of those who declare their independence from God.

Dr. McGee takes us through the Book of Obadiah and the rejection of God and his revelation. Perhaps a better understanding will be gleaned about Esau and why God hated him.

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Faith + 0 = Salvation by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

God has a place to take away sins, but it’s not the Law. It’s Christ who paid the penalty for your sin. It’s your faith in Him that saves you; nothing else can.

This is an eye opening view of how works cannot get you to heaven or saved. It is strictly by the grace of God!

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