The Slough of Despond
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David C. Cook is offering a free eBook download of Job: Waiting on God in Difficult Times by Warren Wiersbe; download it here.
“The book of Job provides a definitive look at the problem of pain. It’s an epic chronicle with a powerful message: Even though bad things can happen to good people, God is in control. Based on Warren Wiersbe’s Be Patient, this eight-week study contains fresh insights and applications that help connect God’s truth with everyday life.”
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每週日我們會在博客作一個總結和反思博客帖子。一旦你完成了你的閱讀，我們邀請您點擊博客帖子如下圖所示的 “Leave a comment” 選項來發表您的看法。
The Pilgrim’s Progress: In the Similitude of a Dream. As expressed in the full title of the book, the story opens as a description of a dream about a man (currently unnamed, but later we find out his name is Christian). He has a great burden on his back and upon reading in his book, he cries out and asks what he should do. A man named Evangelist approaches him to ask what is wrong.
Since The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory, readers will see that the things happening in the story are a reflection of something else. As we see Christian go on his pilgrimage, perhaps we are able to relate to his experience in our own journey of faith.
Conviction of the Necessity of Flying
After hearing about Christian’s burden, Evangelist tells him to fly from the wrath to come and directs him to a wicket gate that he cannot see. Christian’s wife and children cry for him to stay, but he runs from the City of Destruction in search of eternal life. Two neighbours, Obstinate and Pliable chase after him to persuade him to go back. In the end, Christian persuades Pliable to join him on his quest to look for an inheritance that will not fade. Obstinate, however, refuses to follow and turns back.
Please read Chapters 1 & 2 and post your thoughts by clicking “Leave a comment” below.
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Beginning next Sunday, May 17th, we will begin reading The Pigrim’s Progress. Every week, we will be completing one to two chapters using Desiring God’s English version (other versions may have different page numbers). Please see the schedule below:
We will post a summary and reflection at the start of each week as a blog post. Once you have finished your reading, we invite you to post your thoughts by clicking the “Leave a comment” option as shown below.
Here below are two free online versions:
Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrim-s-progress
Bunyan Ministries (modernized): http://bunyanministries.org/books/pp_full_text.pdf
Derek Thomas, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church and Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, explains in a Google Hangout the value of reading Christian fiction and especially focuses on The Pilgrim’s Progress; you can watch it here.
We hope that you will join us on this journey of reading Pilgrim’s Progress next week!
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Starting May 17, the Library Ministry will begin reading through Pilgrim’s Progress written by John Bunyan (http://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrim-s-progress). We will be going through around a chapter a week and discuss through the blog (if you just want to read along and not share, you are also most welcome to).
If you are interested, please send an email to email@example.com to sign-up and obtain more details.