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Good Devotionals

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by evangelist6589, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. evangelist6589

    evangelist6589 Well-Known Member
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    I am not going to buy anymore books until I finish books so I will mention what I have.

    Pathways David Jeremiah
    Daily Readings John MacArthur
    Into His Presence Charles Stanley
    Our Daily Bread
    The Way of the Master Minute

    I preferred MacArthur but his devotional does not seem very deep and he appears to not be strong in this area. Charles Stanley however has a much stronger devotional of which I will try. I have read through Our Daily Bread before and its okay. My wife has several by Ed Nelson (an IFB Pastor) has anyone read any of his? I believe she also has one by Paul Chappell as well. Of the ones I mentioned which ones are the best? I guess they all have their strengths but I want to get deeper in the word and MacArthur's nor Way of the Master minute are providing that.
     
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    My utmost For His Highest
     
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    Pathways David Jeremiah I think is good always enjoy it.
     
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    Maybe you're using the word "deeper" in a different sense than I'm understanding it, but deeper and devotional is an oxymoron when used together.
     
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    Confused... Anyways the Stanley devotional seems good.
     
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    I would define deep and devotional as follows:

    Deep means "digging" to ascertain what the original writer intended to convey to his original hearers. This means cross referencing other texts, determining context, using additional resources (such as word usage, history, customs), etc. Deep is an objective study

    Devotion means fixing your mind upon Christ in prayer, along with the text, to ascertain what God is saying to you today. This means you read the text, pray, listen to the Holy Spirit, and you really aren't concerned with context, etc. unless it applies specifically to make the point. Devotion is subjective

    That's why I say deep and devotion is an oxymoron, because if you're not digging, you're not gonna get too deep.
     
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    Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
    by Richard J. Foster

    Here is the goodreads URL


    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1531503.Devotional_Classics


    I bought this one many, many years ago and was blessed by it. If you aren't threatened by the idea of reading snippets from the writings of many different Christian traditions then you many enjoy this. This is arraigned like a "greatest hits" collection from many of the great Christian writers, theologians, mystics, and preachers throughout the centuries. They include pre-Nicene writers such as Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom; Perhaps more familiar names from antiquity such as Augustine, Francis of Assisi; then reformation era writers such as John of the Cross, Calvin, and Luther; Then names such as John Bunyan, John Wesley, and Charles Spurgeon; and near contemporaries such as C.S. Lewis, Watchman Nee, and Dietrich Bonheoffer. The list goes on and on.
     
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