Motivation: The Vision of God:
For those who prefer listening to reading:
I have currently uploaded 10 (It may be a while before I am able to upload more).
Favorite Resources, Such as Webpages and Books:
I do not agree with or endorse all content in the below suggestions and links. When it comes to the websites, I have not even read everything and so cannot know what is there. The descriptions below will, hopefully, give you a good idea what I like on the site (or in the book). I have preferred to try to describe what I like and think right, rather than to focus on what I do not think right.
Desiring God – I really like the motto of Desiring God, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” I like the focus on joy in God, on the supremacy of Jesus Christ and joy in His Person and work, in His cross and resurrection. (Joy and peace is in the Lord, and it is incomparably better than natural and emotional joy and peace, though at times it may produce these.)
HeartCry Missionary Society – This is the webpage of a Missionary organization that supports indigenous missionaries. Their described greatest concern is “that His Name be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun (Malachi 1:11), and that the Lamb who was slain might receive the full reward for His sufferings (Revelation 7:9-10).” No so-called cost is too great to pay to carry the Gospel to the lost and dying! I like the Arabic sermons by Josh Manley.
Nik Ripken Ministries – Their mission statement is “to expand the Kingdom of God by sharing truths and practices learned from believers in persecution.” They tell about the power of His resurrection life, about what Christian persecution is, living in Christ, and how, in many cases, Christians are persecuted not for Christ, but for association with Western policies and sins. I like this post, particularly the paragraph about being “as free to share Christ in Saudi Arabia as we are in South Dakota… in North Korea as we are in North Carolina.”
Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich – I don’t rightly know how to describe this book. It is the author’s account of the visions or revelations of His love that the Lord Jesus showed to her in a deathly illness in answer to her own prayers. It is quite probably my favorite book, though I wouldn’t say that this list is necessarily ordered by how much I like a given work.
The Lord by Romano Guardini – Some well-formed and glorious insights about God, living in the sight of God, and life in Christ. Most of all, my favorite chapter is “Jesus’ Death,” a beautiful, astounding, and reverent meditation on what Jesus’ dying means.
If You Will Ask by Oswald Chambers – A booklet on prayer as communion with God, on intercession as founded on the redemption of Christ and as a sharing in God’s interests, and spiritual warfare as standing in Christ (much like Saint Patrick’s Breastplate).
The Love of God by Oswald Chambers – This booklet is on what the love of God means and keeping oneself in the love of God. One of my favorites.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers – a 365 day devotional, drawn from various works by Oswald Chambers, including quotations If You Will Ask and Studies on the Sermon on the Mount.
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor – The biography of the missionary to China, Hudson Taylor. It focuses on how he lived before God, on his desire to radically trust God, and faith and prayer as the exchanged life of communion with Christ.
Orthodoxy by G.K Chesterton – I liked how he wrote about a swollen mind, not an over-active imagination, being the cause of insanity, about insanity being even rational; about seeming opposites – such as wrath and love – both run together with utmost intensity; and the chapter titled “Ethics of Elfland,” about how reality need not be the way it is to us (except, maybe, because it IS that way) and the wonder of what reality is, the near madness of reality.
Perelandra by C.S Lewis – I really like the picture of life painted through the story of temptation, trust, and obedience of the Man and Woman of Perelandra and Dr. Ransom. I especially like the conversation of Malacandra and Perelandra about the redemption of sinners, the ferocity of love, and the Great Dance.
At the Name of Jesus Wonderful theology in this song! Listen to it for yourself: if I tried to describe it, I would do much worse than the song-writer. The song has lyrics. (My favorite lyrics for the last stanza have the first line as, “Jesus, Lord and Savior,” for, “Brothers, this Lord Jesus,” and, for the fourth line, “O’er the earth to reign,” for “With His angel-train,” but it doesn’t matter either way.)
Praise the Messiah Exultantly An Arabic Christian song centered on the triumphant joy of the resurrection of Christ. This video has the most beautiful translation into English I have found so far.
I may add more to this.