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HAPLESS HITCHES AND HOLY HEALINGS,
GODLESS GLITCHES AND DIVINE DEALINGS
including Spiritual Sprigs and Biblical Gems
Spiritual Lapses and Restored Synapses
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published June 2008
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As one reads Sir Edward Creasy's work, The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, the time of writing being mid nineteenth century, there is a certain perspective which appears. Since it is not a recent publication, there is a certain help from distance in time, to seeing the motions of history.
From this book on great battles of the world, it is apparent that the human race often looks up and is cast down, tries to smile and lapses into frown, seeks sheen and finds blood, desires eminence and discovers the grave, scamps grace and saves face, only to be caught in its spiritual twistings and burned in its devious turnings.
In spiritual things, there is also a correlative pathology. Many, like Solomon, do wonderful things even in the name of the Lord, but then lapse, as he did in his old age, into the weakness already apparent when he was younger, but now clutching him like a dying man being rescued, as if to kill his rescuer by uncontrolled holds. Again and again, both in conduct and in doctrine, a person or a church will lapse, and in the cases of the children of God, the healing being available, will find solace and health in repentance and spirituality instead of undirected surges of spirit, and vying in misplaced industry.
The world meanwhile, without the Saviour, finds in its NECESSARY glitches, as it may conceive, them, mere evidence of being on the wrong path, and so beyond these, the passions lurch into wars without just cause, into venom without caution, error without remission, hatred without intermission and industry without point, which in the end beckons to judgment without end.
These things are on the one hand, sicknesses to be healed in the body of the Lord, and on the other, deadly amours with mortality, on the part of those who disdain or disregard the Saviour and hence His healing. His dealings with such are like those of a doctor whose patient does not often come, and when coming, does not often listen, and when listening, does not often do. The result is world history.
In examining elements of these themes, and instances, it is hoped that the biblical perspective in detail will help some to be revived and to look up to the Saviour and to find Him, and others, who already known Him, to abate divisions without grand, to embrace the Saviour with renewed fidelity and to adorn the Gospel without those little glitches which spoil programs so readily. In all things, there is one book, one Lord, on Spirit, one salvation, one Gospel, one grace, one peace, one love, one joy; and what is faithful to the book, in spirit and word, is faithful to the Lord.
TEST all things: it is with this book of the Lord, that Bible, that you test, and when you try the spirits and try your ways, to see if there be any iniquity in them, as David sought the Lord should do with him, you use this His word, to challenge or solace you, and relying on what He has said, look to Him who said it, and does it! Praise His name for ever and ever.
With these things, this volume is also set to itemise various sprigs, spiritual issues or items which may edify, challenge, comfort or contort, depending on the receptor, and biblical gems, since these lie like untouched gold nuggets in the Bible, and need to be discovered or re-discovered or reviewed in awe from time to time, to give strength to the weary and joy to the godly, yes and warning or truth to the straying and hope to the helpless.
Meanwhile, the coherence, cohesion, the brilliant complementarity of all the biblical doctrines is its own apologetics: it fits like the fabrics and materiel of a house-building kit, and here, it is that for the household of faith, for its delectation, presentation and use. As the world whizzes on its predestined path, always imagining great things for itself, except when it is not too disgusted or exhausted for a while, even to think, the great day of His Second Coming, His glory which is to follow (Luke 24:26, Mark 14:62) moves nearer as history zealously is fulfilling the preliminaries required, like a housewife cleaning each room in the morning
JEWS THAT ARE NOT JEWS
AND ISRAEL THAT IS NOT ISRAEL:
and yet it is ...
THE LORD WHO KEEPS HIS WORD
BLITZ ON GLITZ
THE LORD WHO INSPIRES HIS WORD
THE POINTED PRAYER OF SOLOMON
AND THE DISAPPOINTED PRAYER WHICH IS NOT OF FAITH
THE ENDURING PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER -
AND THE DEFILED PRINCIPLES OF THE ALPHA COURSE
SPIRITUAL LAPSES AND HOLY HEALINGS,
GODLESS GLITCHES AND DIVINE DEALINGS
THE AUTHORITY OF TRUTH
The Holy Healing in Divine Dealing
Things to Remark in Mark 2-3,12 and in the Love and Mercy of God, in His Goodness
DIVINE POWER AND POWERLESS MAN
ACCESS BY COVENANT
II Chronicles 14:11
MARK TIME WITH SYMBOLS
MAKE TIME WITH SIGNIFICANCE
THE REASON FOR SUFFERING
THE LICENCE FOR LOVE
The Bible, passim