Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Most Influential Books in My Life

In my previous article, Those Who Have Most Influenced My Life, I shared with you who the people are that have most profoundly impacted my life. Today I want to share with you which books have had the greatest impact upon me.

Of course, the first and foremost book that's transformed me is the Holy Bible, God's Word. It was through a quest for truth in the Bible that I came to know Christ. A friend challenged me to blow the dust off my Bible and begin reading it. But he challenged me to pray before reading it and ask God to show me the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That soon led to my salvation, which I have documented in The Truth Set Me Free! Let me challenge you to do the same. Read you Bible and before you do, pray and ask God to reveal the whole truth to you and nothing but the truth. Ask Him to speak to you and reveal Himself to you. I assure you that He will do so, if you seek Him sincerely with all your heart. I would encourage you to begin with the New Testament, especially the gospel of John.

But aside from the Bible, there are other books that have impacted my life in one way or another. These include the following:

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
John Bunyan: Author of The Pilgrim's Progress by Sam Wellman
Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith by Stanley Howard Frodsham
Baptize by Blazing Fire by Yong Doo Kim
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Heroes of the Faith: Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Michael Van Dyke
Yes, Lord! by Harald Bredesen
Release of the Spirit by Watchman Nee
The Doulos Principle: Called to be God's Slaves by James Walker Garrett
Angels on Assignment by Charles and Frances Hunter
Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet and Geoff Benge
Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge
Healing the Sick by T.L. Osborn
Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb
John Wesley: The Great Methodist by Sam Wellman
The Obedience of Faith by Mary Campbell Wilson
John Newton: Author of "Amazing Grace" by Anne Sandberg
Samuel Morris: The Apostle of Simple Faith by W. Terry Whalin
David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge
John and Betty Stam: Missionary Martyrs by Vance Christie
George Muller: Man of Faith by Bonnie Harvey
Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth by David Wilkerson
Only Love Can Make a Miracle by Mahesh Chavda
John Williams: Messenger of Peace by Janet and Geoff Benge
Sundar Singh: Footprints over the Mountains by Janet and Geoff Benge
The Heavens Opened by Anna Rountree
The Priestly Bride by Anna Rountree
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

Some other books that I enjoyed, which I recommend are:

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection by John Wesley
Visions Beyond the Veil by H.A. Baker
Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts by Janet and Geoff Benge

What I have found is that in many cases the biographies of some people have affected me much more than the books they themselves have written, as you might have noticed in this list. This goes to show that the way people live their lives can have just as great or greater impact on others than even their writings. If you are looking for a good book to read, I can recommend to you the ones I have listed above, and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy Those Who Have Most Influenced My Life and The Truth Set Me Free! You may access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Those Who Have Most Influenced My Life

Consider how a single water droplet can have a far-reaching effect as its ripples extend out in concentric circles from the point of impact, touching much more than just the center location where the droplet landed. Consider also how one life can affect so many others, even generations later! I am going to share with you the people that have most profoundly affected me.

The absolutely most influential person in my entire life is the Lord Jesus Christ. He took my lowly life, so marred by sin and shame, and radically transformed me into a child of the living God. He set me free from sin and gave me a new life. He is the reason for the love, joy, and peace I have come to know, since He came to live inside my heart over thirty one years ago.

Aside from the Lord, His life and teachings, and His ongoing daily influence in my life, which are all primary factors shaping my life, there are others in the Bible who have had and continue to have a great impact upon me. These include the apostle Paul, the apostle John, the apostle Peter, James and Jude the brothers of Jesus, King David, King Solomon, the prophets Samuel, Elijah, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, Elisha, the three Hebrew young men Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as well as the patriarchs Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and Caleb.

My life and ministry have also been influenced the most by the following people outside the Bible, beginning with the ones who have had the greatest impact: John Wesley, Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, Keith GreenDietrich BonhoefferSmith Wigglesworth, Derek PrinceJohn Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Rees Howells, Yong Doo Kim, Harald Bredesen, Charles and Frances HunterBenjamin Crandall, Jim CymbalaRoland BuckFreddy Clark, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, Martin Luther, Corrie Ten Boom, her sister Betsy, Watchman Nee, John Wimber, and Neville Johnson.

Other notable people who have to a lesser degree inspired or influenced me include: William Carey, E.M. Bounds, Sundar Singh, William J. Seymour, T.L. Osborne, Dumitru Duduman, Oden Hetrick, John G. Lake, Frank Bartleman, John and Betty Stam, A.W. Tozer, D.L. Moody, John Newton, John Williams, Samuel Morris, David Livingstone, George Muller, and Polycarp.

These are the people who have helped to shape who I am today and what my ministry is. Now consider how your life could impact others around you and throughout the world.

Next I will share with you the books that have most influenced my life.

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Author's note: I do not necessarily endorse every single teaching or belief of the people listed above, who influenced my life. I may differ on certain key points of theology, but they have nonetheless influenced me. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy The Truth Set Me Free! You may access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."   
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Old News That's Still Fresh -- December 2017

I've recently posted some new articles that I want to make you aware of:  

Walking in Truth, Righteousness, and Holiness
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
My Grace Was There (poem)
A Thousand Little Gifts (poem)

The following Scripture express my intent:

"So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body..." (2 Pe 1:12-13).

"Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles." (2 Pe 3:1-2).

May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.

Attribution Notice: Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.