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David Young's Blog – June 2017 Archive (8)

LISTENING TO LEWIS

I need to tell you at the beginning of this series of blogs that none of these are more than indirectly related to writing prayerfully, or even prayer. i am not sure I should post it on PRAY NETWORK. I will be writing a series of perspectives given by C.S. Lewis. And I need to warn you that his views go as strongly against the current cultural trends as they did in his day. If indeed you do not like or appreciate these entries, I would like you to tell me. I welcome…

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Added by David Young on June 26, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

LISTENING TO LEWIS

I need to tell you at the beginning of this series of blogs that none of these are more than indirectly related to writing prayerfully, or even prayer. i am not sure I should post it on PRAY NETWORK. I will be writing a series of perspectives given by C.S. Lewis. And I need to warn you that his views go as strongly against the current cultural trends as they did in his day. If indeed you do not like or appreciate these entries, I would like you to tell me. I welcome…

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Added by David Young on June 26, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

FEELING OUR PRAYERS

When I was in high school there was a mature Christian who worked with the youth in our church. He encouraged young people to go through The Navigators’ Bible memory program (TMS) and led what were called deeper life Bible studies. While I was away at college I heard he was extremely ill and nearly died. During that time I prayed sporadically but earnestly for him.

Several years later I saw him again for the first time after his recovery. I was…

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Added by David Young on June 25, 2017 at 11:10pm — No Comments

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Question #4

“What do you believe, and why do you believe it?”

Faith is the final stage and expression of knowledge. These are the final questions of how we know. One of the mistaken notions about belief is that it is little more than supposition. That misunderstands the foundation and force of faith. Belief adds to knowledge the force of conviction and action. Belief or faith places your life on the line for someone…

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Added by David Young on June 20, 2017 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Question #3

“What do you want, and why do you want it?”

You may be thinking this question does not fit with the others. But it does. Many of our conclusions are affected more by our wants than by our reasoning. I recently heard a joke about a guy who decided he should not eat donuts. But he was finding it very difficult to hold his donut free conviction. And in his struggle he said, “Maybe God just doesn’t want me to…

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Added by David Young on June 13, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

A young doctor once told me about attending a symposium of Christian physicians. He said they raised the question, “What is the difference between a Christian doctor and a doctor who is not a believer?” Their conclusion was simply that a Christian doctor prays for his patients.

I can think of a number of spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit that God might use through a Christian physician. And I suspect some doctors who are not necessarily…

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Added by David Young on June 6, 2017 at 8:32pm — 3 Comments

HOW CAN WE KNOW 3

Last week I dealt with the first of four questions of How Do We Know. I had to begin with the question, “What do you know?” My second question may be preliminary to the first. It is about thinking. And while our thinking should proceed from what we know, our thoughts and attitudes often determine our convictions.

Question #2

“What do think, and why do you think it?”

Our attitudes and…

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Added by David Young on June 5, 2017 at 9:53pm — No Comments

WRITING IN THE AFTERMATH

In a time of crisis a friend put her writing note on her front door to keep people from bothering her. “Writing In Progress; Please don’t disturb.” But she admitted to my wife and I that she was not trying to write. Have you ever been too unhappy or too sick to write? I suspect all of us have. And that is a shame. We get our deepest insights in suffering and sickness. You probably remember the quote from C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain, “Pain is…

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Added by David Young on June 1, 2017 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

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