The second of three books I received from IVP UK as a Twitter giveaway is Borderlands Navigating The Adventure Of Spiritual Growth by Mark Brickman. This is a scholarly book, which is very readable. It is particularly suitable for reading during this season between Easter and Pentecost. As well as drawing on the author’s own life experiences there is much about those of others, who have been involved in Christian revival in the past.
Although the beginning of Borderlands requires careful reading, towards the end I found that it was very exciting and easy to read. Most of the Bible references in the book are very well known. The reading I had heard in the service on the Third Sunday of Easter (John 21:1-19) was discussed in the part of the book I read the following day.
There are references to many books and online sources.
Borderlands is primarily about spiritual growth,but what I personally gained from this book is that I should continue praying for revival with more fervour.
This post comes towards the end of the A to Z Challenge. Yesterday was the Letter R; tomorrow will be Letter S.
Both these letters appear in the word Easter. They also are required for the word Risen. On Easter Day Christians traditionally greet one another with the words, Christ is risen. The reply is, He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
During Lent (the weeks preceding Easter) Alleluia is rarely heard. On Easter Day God is praised with alleluias.
Have you watched the film, Risen?
Easter is a movable feast. That means that it does not have a fixed date like Christmas does. Instead it is calculated from the phases of the moon. Western and Eastern Christians do not agree on the date. Easter in the West coincides with Passover this year. (Does it always?) The first Easter occurred at Passover. On Palm Sunday I had to read the words of the chief priest in a dramatised reading. “We must not do it during the festival or the people will riot.”
They were plotting to have Jesus Christ, the Son of God put to death by crucifixion. This happened on a Friday. It is remembered on Good Friday. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead. That is what is celebrated on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season. Jesus had predicted that this would happen, but his disciples had been unable to understand. I am quoting below from my earlier post on this subject: Easter Day
If you are celebrating Easter, I wish you a joyful Eastertide. If you are unfamiliar with the Easter story, it can be read on the Bible Gateway website. The story is told in each of the Gospels: Matthew 27:32-28:15, Mark 15:21-16:8, Luke 23:26-24:50 and John 19:16-20:30 If you are reading it for the first time, what do you think?
I pray that you will encounter the risen Lord and know the peace and joy which He offers to those who put their trust in Him.
Before Christmas hubby and I went to visit our son, daughter-in-law and their children. We set off in early morning sunshine. As we drove up a hill we were dazzled by the sun, which was low in the sky and very bright.
Everything was lit up by its light. We could see the beautiful scenery around us as we travelled. Dark tree trunks appeared light as they reflected the bright light. There were blue skies, hazy hills, hillsides lit with all their contours highlighted.
Then we began to descend a hill. Ahead of us was a beautiful scene. The valley was shrouded in mist. Hills and trees appeared above the mist. It looked like something out of a fairy tale.
A valley shrouded in mist
Then the road led us into the mist, which in places was thick fog. The dipped headlights on our car enabled us to see a short distance ahead. That was all we needed to find our way.
The road ahead
On the way back it was dark and foggy. Where the fog was thickest there happened to be cats’ eyes marking the centre of the winding road. Then they ended for a stretch. We remarked on how much easier it was to see where we had to go with them to guide us. Without them we had to slow down.
I read somewhere about how we sometimes experience times in our lives when the way ahead seems uncertain. We need only to be able to see a short way ahead. We can only live in the present moment. We should be content to take one day at a time.
Of course we need to consider the future and make plans. Sometimes the plans do not turn out the way we had hoped. Circumstances change. We have to adapt.
As we enter a new year I am resolving to look to God for guidance. I believe that the gift of Emmanuel (God with us) at Christmas and the Holy Spirit (or Spirit of Christ) given to those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour enable us to discern God’s guidance in our lives.
I wish all my readers a Happy New Year.
I am linking this to the photo challenge from the Daily Post, Path.