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Overcoming temptation, and achieving victory should be the birthright of every Christian, not a birth defect! but few experience victory and the more abundant life that God intends? Why? Because few understand the challenges faced in overcoming sin and fighting temptation, most have a limited understanding of the divine provisions provided for that overcoming, and few understand the process whereby God brings about transformation. Just using the word transformation makes many people uncomfortable. The same is true of Peter's call to believers to be holy. But God desire His children to experience more abundant, overcoming lives, and His provision for their transformation is without question. You will learn about overcoming sin and understanding temptation in the information and links found on this page. Also look for help in the practical Christianity section.

Authors:

  T. Austin-Sparks     Dan Augsburger     Daniel Bourdeau     S L Brengle    Fenelon    

Charles Finney    
S D Gordon    

F. J. Huegel     Mead MacGuire     J. Gregory Mantle   Walter Marshall     L. E. Maxwell   

James McConkey     F B Meyer     H. C. G. Moule   Andrew Murray     Ruth Paxson    

Frank Phillips   

 
Arthur Pink    J. C. Ryle     Hannah Whithall Smith     Hudson Taylor    

 
Gerhard Tersteegen     Major Ian Thomas     Charles Trumbull     Unknown Christian    

Henry Venn     Thomas Watson     Octavius Winslow
     Ellen White


Subjects


Basic Christianity: Next Step: Surrender to God    Foreign Books

Sin    Maintaining the Life     Faith    Feelings     Indwelling Christ    Salvation   

Consecration   
Surrender    Temptation    Spiritual Growth   

Overcoming Sin & Victory    Overcoming for Children    Dying to Self   

Unpardonable Sin    Sanctification / Christian Perfection / Holiness
  

Dangers of Victorious Life


Overcoming Temptation & Experiencing Victory

Are you interested in experiencing God's transforming power? Be encouraged, you have neither the wisdom or the strength to overcome—you are utterly unable; But Jesus has both! He said, "Without Me ye can do nothing," but with Him you can do ALL things.

The following materials will help you in that quest.

 

Organized by Subject

 

Basic Christianity


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First Step: Surrender Your Life to God

Anonymous: Turn Your Life Over to God

"What," thought he at length, "is it to be a Christian? How shall I begin?" "To be a Christian," he said, "is to love God, and to live to please Him. This I know I have not done. I have been a diligent student; but it was because I was interested in my studies, and was ambitious to excel. I have come to college in hope of fitting myself for distinction in life. Alas! I have not thought of God in all this; I have not cared to please Him; I have not asked His will. This was all wrong. Of course, therefore, if I would be a Christian, I must entirely change my life in this respect. I must begin to act as God would have me; I must begin by doing the first thing I have to do, to please him...." (Read more about the first step)

James McConkey: Surrender Your Life to God

"God would not only have us yield all that we are to His service, but all that we have to His keeping. He would have His yielded children at perfect rest and peace concerning all the varied interests of their lives. He would have them “anxious in nothing;” “casting all their care upon Him;” “kept in perfect peace” because they trust in Him. Essential to this is committal. For perfect peace requires perfect committal. He cannot prove his ability to perfectly keep that which we have not perfectly committed! ..." (Read the rest of this wonderful sermon)

Ellen White: Unreserved Surrender

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Christ's call to sacrifice and unreserved surrender means crucifixion of self. In order to obey it, we must have unquestioning faith in Him as the perfect example, and a clear realization that we are to represent Him to the world. The characters of those who work for Christ are to be conformed to His character. They are to work in His lines; they are to live His life. His call to unreserved surrender is to be to them supreme. They are to allow no earthly tie or interest to prevent them from giving Him the homage of their hearts and the service of their lives. Earnestly and untiringly they are to labor with God to save perishing souls from the power of the tempter." (Read the rest of this short article on surrender that was published in 1908)
 

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Sin

J. C. Ryle: "Sin" (Taken from his book Holiness)

This is the first chapter of his book and is foundational everything appearing in later chapters. I have assigned this book as reading to the students in my classes because of the clear scriptural teaching provided on the subject on sin. I don't agree with everything he says, so read with discernment. He lived in the 1800s. Holiness was a reaction to what he viewed as very passive and inadequate understandings of victory being promoted by the holiness movements of his time.
 


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Maintaining the Life

Meade MacGuire: "Abide in Christ"

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Faith

L. E. Maxwell: "Fact, Faith, Feeling"
James McConkey: Commit Your Life to God
James McConkey: The Sure Shepherd

F B Meyer: "Fact, Faith, Feeling"
F B Meyer: The Blessed Life of Trust
J. C. Ryle: "Thirst Relieved"
Henry Venn: "Thoughts on a Weak Faith"
E. White: Faith & Acceptance

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Feelings

Hannah Whithall Smith: The Problematic Nature of Our Transient Feelings

"Self-absorption is always a temptation to young people, and if their religion is of a sort to add to this self-absorption, I feel that it is a serious mistake. If I had my way, the whole subject of feelings and emotions in the religious life would be absolutely ignored. Feelings there will be, doubtless, but they must not be in the least depended on, nor in any sense taken as the test or gauge of one’s religion. They ought to be left out of the calculation entirely. You may feel good or you may feel bad, but neither the good feeling nor the bad feeling affects the real thing." (Read more of Hannah's thinking on this subject)

Indwelling Christ
 
Austin-Sparks: Christ Our Life

 
" The New Testament makes it unmistakably clear and emphatic that the destiny of all is to be “Christ all and in all.” We must learn that a true work of the Spirit of God is to attach everything to Christ Himself. He, Christ, must be the life of our spirit, the “inner man,” so that we are strong in the Lord: not in ourselves, nor in others, nor in things. We shall have to survive adversity by His strength within alone. Christ will have to be the life of our mind. Perplexity will find us without the power to explain and understand, but the Spirit will teach and lead. Christ will need to be life for our bodies. There is such a thing as Divine life for the physical body. Not always does the Lord choose to heal the body, but He does always want to be its life, even in suffering, to fulfill His purpose. It is the Lord Himself, and for this to be so, it often has to be against a background of natural inability." Read the rest of Christ Our Life
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Ruth Paxson: Christ in You
Hudson Taylor: Exchanged Life

Major Ian Thomas: Prairie Audio Series
Major Ian Thomas: Saving Life of Christ Audio Series


J C Ryle: Christ is All
"Alas, there are many of the Lord’s people who live far below their privileges! There are many truly Christian souls who rob themselves of their own peace and forsake their own mercies. There are many who insensibly join their own faith, or the work of the Spirit in their own hearts, to Christ, and so miss the fulness of Gospel peace. There are many who make little progress in their pursuit of holiness, and shine with a very dim light. And why is all this? Simply because in nineteen cases out of twenty men do not make Christ all in all. Now I call on every reader of this paper who is a believer, I beseech him for his own sake, to make sure that Christ is really and thoroughly his all in all. Beware of allowing yourself to mingle anything of your own with Christ." Read more of Ryle's Christ is All...

Francis Ridley Havergal: Christ For Us

"Think of this will as always and altogether on our side—always working for us, and in us, and with us, if we will only let it; think of it as always and only synonymous with infinitely wise and almighty love; think of it as undertaking all for us, from the great work of our eternal salvation down to the momentary details of guidance and supply, and do we not feel utter shame and self-abhorrence at ever having hesitated for an instant to give up our tiny, feeble, blind will, to be—not crushed, not even bent, but blent with His glorious and perfect Will?" (Read all of Havergal's Christ for us)

 

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Salvation
 

J. C. Ryle

J. C. Ryle:
Assurance (From Holiness)

"None are so likely to maintain a watchful guard over hearts and lives as those who know the comfort of living in near communion with God. They feel their privilege, and will fear losing it. They will dread falling from their high estate, and marring their own comforts, by bringing clouds between themselves and Christ. He that goes on a journey with little money about him takes little thought of danger, and cares little how late he travels. He, on the contrary, that carries gold and jewels will be a cautious traveller. He will look well to his roads, his house, and his company, and run no risks. The fixed stars are those that tremble most. The man that most fully enjoys the light of God’s reconciled countenance, will be a man tremblingly afraid of losing its blessed consolations, and jealously fearful of doing anything to grieve the Holy Ghost." (Read Ryle's Assurance)

Farai Mangengwa

Farai Mangengwa |
The Prodigal Son

Brother Farai shared this wonderful sermon at the Adventist Student Association of New Zealand Convention in Wellington, NZ on June 6, 2008. The sound is a bit distorted but you will forget about the sound quality as you come face to face with yourself in this sermon.


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Consecration

Jonathan Edwards: His Dedication to God

Here is a portion of his dedication: "I have this morning told Him that I did take Him for my whole portion and felicity, looking on nothing else as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were; and His law for the constant rule of my obedience; and would fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the end of my life...." (Read the rest of his dedication)

 

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Surrender

S. D. Gordon: "Not My Crutches"

"She was in the last pew alone. She listened, and she said: "I wish I could give something, but I can't. I haven't got even a copper."
And a very soft voice inside said: "There are your crutches! "Oh! her crutches! She could not give her crutches. "Yea," the strangely quiet voice said: "You can, and if you did they would learn about the Lord Jesus yonder. He has done so much for you. Somebody will learn about Him. It will mean so much when they hear it. Give your crutches! " "No, no! "she said passionately.

Rosalind Goforth: Surrenders Her Children

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Overcoming Temptation

Dan Augsburger: Overcoming Temptation

Hannah Whithall Smith: Discovering Victory

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When temptation comes, if I turn at once to Him, breathing this prayer: ‘Lord, save me. I cannot save myself from this sin, but Thou canst and wilt,’ He never fails me. Either He completely changes my feelings in the case, or He causes me to forget all about it, and my victory, or rather His victory is entire. This is a secret of the Christian life that I never knew before"

Gerhard Tersteegen: Warning Admonition Against Temptation

Thomas Watson: Temptations Work for Good

John Bunyan: Finds Victory

William Secker:
Avoid Every Kind of Temptation

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Spiritual Growth

John Newton: Spiritual Growth

"Unbelief is a great sin. If the devil were to tempt you to some open notorious crime, you would be startled at it! But when he tempts you to disbelieve the promises of God, you hug it as your infirmity, whereas you should consider it as a great sin, and must pray against it." (Read the rest of the article)


Mead MacGuire:
Laws of Growth and Sanctification

"When a man receives Christ by faith, he is “as a child born unto the kingdom of God.” In the Scriptures he is spoken of as a “babe in Christ.” Means have been provided by which he is to grow up into the full stature of manhood in Christ. This does not mean that he is growing into holiness, but rather in holiness. “The believer does not get disentangled from the sin gradually. He breaks with it in Christ once for all; he is placed by a decisive act of the will in the sphere of perfect holiness; and it is within it that the gradual renewing of the personal life goes forward. This second gospel paradox, sanctification by faith, rests on the first, justification by faith.” - The Way of Deliverance, page 10. As we seek to appropriate day by day the blessings that are in Christ for us, there is a constant growth and expansion of the spiritual powers. The capacity to see and feel and understand the things of God is constantly increased...." Read more of Mead MacGuire's Law of Growth

J. C. Ryle: Spiritual Growth (From Holiness)

"When I speak of “growth in grace” I only mean increase in the degree, size, strength, vigour, and power of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one of those graces admits of growth, progress, and increase. I hold that repentance, faith, hope, love, humility, zeal, courage, and the like, may be little or great, strong or weak, vigorous or feeble, and may vary greatly in the same man at different periods of his life. When I speak of a man “growing in grace,” I mean simply this—that1 his sense of sin is becoming deeper, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, his love more extensive, his spiritual-mindedness more marked. He feels more of the power of godliness in his own heart. He manifests more of it in his life. He is going on from strength to strength, from faith to faith, and from grace to grace. I leave it to others to describe such a man’s condition by any words they please. For myself I think the truest and best account of him is this—he is “growing in grace.”
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J. C. Ryle: Christ is All

Harriet Beecher Stowe: How To Live On Christ

" How, then, shall a Christian bear fruit? By efforts and struggles to obtain that which is freely given; by meditations on watchfulness, on prayer, on action, on temptation, and on dangers? No, there must be a full concentration of the thoughts and affections on Christ; a complete surrender of the whole being to him; a constant looking to him for grace. Christians in whom these dispositions are once firmly fixed, go on calmly as the sleeping infant borne in the arms of its mother. Christ reminds them of every duty in its time and place—reproves them for every error—counsels them in every difficulty, excites them to every needful activity. In spiritual, as in temporal matters, they take no thought for the morrow—for they know that Christ will be as accessible tomorrow as to-day, and that time imposes no barrier on his love. ..." Read more of Stowe's How To Live On Christ...

E. White: Growing Up Into Christ

"The plants and flowers grow not by their own care or anxiety or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot, by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth. The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life --air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in Him. He is their "everlasting light," "a sun and shield." Isaiah 60:19; Psalm 84:11...." Read More

E. White: Spiritual Growth In Grace

"Before the believer is held out the wonderful possibility of being like Christ, obedient to all the principles of the law. But of himself man is utterly unable to reach this condition. The holiness that God’s word declares he must have before he can be saved is the result of the working of divine grace as he bows in submission to the discipline and restraining influences of the Spirit of truth. Man’s obedience can be made perfect only by the incense of Christ’s righteousness, which fills with divine fragrance every act of obedience. The part of the Christian is to persevere in overcoming every fault. Constantly he is to pray to the Saviour to heal the disorders of his sin-sick soul. He has not the wisdom or the strength to overcome; these belong to the Lord, and He bestows them on those who in humiliation and contrition seek Him for help...." Read More


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Overcoming Sin and Victory

Dan Augsburger: The More Abundant Life (Sermon Series)

Dan Augsburger: Overcoming Sin and Fighting Temptation

Dan Augsburger: Jacob's Transformation MP3

Dan Augsburger: Leah-Hope For Needy Hearts MP3

Dan Augsburger: Lot-Understanding the Wandering Heart MP3

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S L Brengle: How To Keep Holiness

Charles Finney: How to Overcome Sin

S D Gordon:
Quiet Talks on Power

F J Huegel: Christ's Victory Our Victory

J. Gregory Mantle: Beyond Humiliation: The Way of the Cross

Walter Marshall: Gospel Mystery of Sanctification (Ch. 12, "Holiness Through Faith")

L. E. Maxwell: The Secret of Victory Over Sin

Meade Macguire: Christian Victory Now

James McConkey:
The Ministry of Suffering

H. C. G. Moule: Christ and Sanctification

Andrew Murray:
That God May Be All In All

Frank Phillips: His Robe Or Mine (Book)

Frank Phillips: Justified Walk (9 Sermon WOP Series)

Frank Phillips: Righteousness By Faith

Frank Phillips: The Branch and the Vine

Hannah Whithall Smith: Discovering Victory

Hudson Taylor:
Exchanged Life

Gerhard Tersteegen: The Believer, The Temple of the Holy Ghost

Gerhard Tersteegen: True Godliness

Charles Trumbull: Victory In Christ

Unknown Christian: The Victorious Life

Octavius Winslow: Healing For the Sick-Sick Soul


 
Overcoming for Children

Hannah Whithall Smith: Her Child's Transformation
 


Dying to Self

Dying to self is an important, but often misunderstood concept in Christian growth. It isn't something we can do for ourselves, but it is necessary just the same, and was mandated by Jesus in his conversation with the rich young ruler who wondered what he lacked to inherit eternal life. A variety of thoughts, quotations, and books will be featured here.

Surrender and "dying to self" speak of a similar, but not identical thing, in many cases an ongoing process. Surrender speaks of a decision or choice for Christ and following Him, and can be progressive as a person increasingly surrenders. Read more in the introductory section.

Fenelon

"... A fourth step consists in a cessation or death to that repugnance which men naturally feel to those dealings of God which are involved in the process of inward crucifixion. The blows which God sends upon us are received without the opposition which once existed and existed oftentimes with great power. So clear is the soul’s perception of God’s presence in everything; so strong is its faith, that those apparently adverse dealings, which were once so exceedingly trying, are now received, not merely with acquiescence, but with cheerfulness. It kisses the hand that smites it...." (Read more from Fenelon's letter to Madam Guyon on dying to self)



Introductory Thoughts on Dying to Self


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Sanctification, Christian Perfection and Holiness

I have in my possession a book that reviews five different understandings of sanctification, including the Wesley, Reformed, Pentecostal, Keswick and Augustinian-Dispensational Perspective. Needless to say numerous books have been written on the subject, the most famous, perhaps being Wesley's Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Where lies the truth on this subject? What is meant by perfection? Is such a thing even possible? I believe God can bring about a sanctifying work of perfection through His power, and I will add articles and chapters on the subject from time to time.

Jonathan Edwards: True Religion in the Life of David Brainerd

This very helpful article lists four key indicators of spirituality in the life of David Brainerd.


What Is Christian Perfection

Counterfeit Sanctification

Daniel Bourdeau: Holiness


Anonymous: Holiness: A Possible Experience

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There is in our nature a capacity for holiness. Power to effect it is not ours, but a capacity to receive it is in us. No force of will, no high, full resolve, no earnest struggling alone can secure it, but we can be the subjects of it. We cannot produce it, but can possess it. Our capacity for holiness is original and inherent. Sin has alienated us from God and reigned over us, but our receptivity of holiness it has not destroyed. Our mind is carnal, but it can be renewed."


Arthur Pink: Beauty of Holiness

“'O worship the Lord—in the beauty of holiness.' This is the only kind of beauty which the Lord cares for in our devotions. 'Godliness is to the soul, as the light is to the world—to illumine and adorn it. It is not greatness which sets us off before God—but godliness' (Thomas Watson). Ornate architecture and expensive apparel—God has no delight in. It is the loveliness of inward purity and outward sanctity, which pleases the thrice Holy One. Sincerity of heart, fervor of spirit, reverence of demeanor, the exercise of faith, the outgoings of love, are some of the elements which comprise the “beauty of holiness” in our worship."


Hudson Taylor: Ribband of Blue (Sermon on Numbers 15)

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It commences with instructions concerning the burnt-offering, the sacrifice in performing a vow, and the free-will offering. It was not to be supposed that any one might present his sacrifice to GOD according to his own thought and plan. If it were to be acceptable - a sweet savor unto the LORD - it must be an offering in every respect such as GOD had appointed. We cannot become acceptable to GOD in ways of our own devising; from beginning to end it must be, “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” (Read the entire sermon)


E. White: True Sanctification

"Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ." (Read the rest of this excerpt from Acts of the Apostles.)

 

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Dangers of the Victorious Life

Many dangers come with this life. As a result several writers included chapters on the dangers and how to meet them. Here are four such chapters compiled on one page.

Unknown Christian & Charles Trumbull:
Dangers of the Victorious Life

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Unpardonable Sin (Sinning Against the Holy Spirit)

Is there such a thing as a sin that cannot be pardoned? What does it mean to sin against the Holy Spirit? This question is often raised by new believers who fear they have too greviously sinned against God to be pardoned. If a person worries about committing such a sin, it is obvious such a sin was not committed. As the following suggests, the unpardonable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit, whcih occurs when one willfully chooses to go against the clear, convicting promptings of God's Spirit, until the Spirit no longer seeks to communicate.

E. White: The Unpardonable Sin

"It is not God that blinds the eyes of men or hardens their hearts. He sends them light to correct their errors, and to lead them in safe paths; it is by the rejection of this light that the eyes are blinded and the heart hardened. Often the process is gradual, and almost imperceptible. Light comes to the soul through God’s word, through His servants, or by the direct agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disregarded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul. Thus it had been with these Jewish leaders. They were convinced that a divine power attended Christ, but in order to resist the truth, they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. In doing this they deliberately chose deception; they yielded themselves to Satan, and henceforth they were controlled by his power." Read more about the unpardonable sin...

 

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T. Austin Sparks

T. Austin-Sparks was born in London, England in 1888 and was educated in both England and Scotland. At the age of 25 he was ordained as a pastor. A crisis caused him to leave the denomination with which he was affiliated and he dropped the title of "Reverend." Based in Honor Oak, London, he published a bi-monthly magazine called "A Witness and A Testimony" from 1923 until his death in 1971. He spoke little of himself, preferring to focus all attention on Christ.

Christ Our Life (Christ must be everything to us!)

 

 


Dan Augsburger
 
His Robe Or Mine (The study guide)
The More Abundant Life (Sermon series)
Overcome Sin and Temptation
(A sermon)
 
Daniel Bourdeau (1835-1905)
 
 
 
Ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1858, Daniel Bourdeau spent many years doing evangelism in the New England region of the United States, as well as Canada. He also organized French-speaking churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. He also participated in evangelism in Europe.

Daniel Bourdeau: Holiness
 

S L Brengle
 

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Fenelon
 
On Dying to Self (From a letter he sent to Madam Guyon)

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Charles Finney: How to Overcome Sin (from Power From On High)

"In my early Christian life I was very nearly misled by one of President Edwards’s resolutions, which was, in substance, that when he had fallen into any sin he would trace it back to its source, and then fight and pray against it with all his might until he subdued it. This, it will be perceived, is directing the attention to the overt act of sin, its source or occasions. Resolving and fighting against it fastens the attention on the sin and its source, and diverts it entirely from Christ...." (Read more from this helpful chapter)
 

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S D Gordon
 

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F. J. Huegel
 
Huegel served as a chaplain and missionary, the first in World War I and the second for twenty-five years in Mexico. He wrote several books on victory, the best known being Bone of His Bone.
 

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Mead MacGuire
 

 

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J. Gregory Mantle

 

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Walter Marshall

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L. E. Maxwell
 


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James McConkey
 



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F. B. Meyer



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H. C. G. Moule


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Andrew Murray


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Ruth Paxson 


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Frank Phillips:

Pastor Frank Phillips served the church he loved for over 45 years in a variety of pastoral and leadership positions. Upon retiring Pastor Phillips devoted the next ten years to sharing the message of righteousness by faith that had been so life-changing for him. In these revivals his wife Dorothy was his constant companion. He was a popular speaker and many individuals experienced new life as a result. Most of the time Pastor Phillips held one-week revivals that typically consisted of nine to ten sessions. Fortunately many of these revivals were recorded and thus preserved for our use. I became personally acquainted with Pastor Phillips in 1978 when I invited him to hold a week of prayer at Andrews University. From that time we began corresponding and sharing varioius studies back and forth. Over the years he sent me tapes of his series, as well as a manuscript that he had not been able to publish.

His Ministry:

Frank Phillips' Life

His Books & Sermons

His Robe Or Mine (Testimonial)
His Robe Or Mine  or pdf to download (English Book)
His Robe Or Mine (Russian Book)
His Robe Or Mine (Portuguese Book)
His Robe Or Mine (Malagasy)
His Robe Or Mine (French)
His Robe Or Mine (Romanian Book)

His Robe Or Mine Study Guide (The Study Guides by Dan Augsburger)
Justified Walk (9 Sermon WOP Series and study notes by Cheryl Hosford)
Righteousness By Faith, Sandy OR, 1978 (10 Sermon Series)
The Branch and the Vine
(6 Sermons)  
Arthur Pink

Arthur Pink (1886-1952) was a pastor, evangelist and Bible scholar who was relatively unknown in his day. However, the posthumous publication of his books eventually made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century. In his early days he was a theosophist involved in an occultic gnostic group. However his father’s ongoing sharing of scripture—particularly Proverbs 14:12 (“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”) brought about his conversion. He studied at the Moody Bible Institute, pastored churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, South Carolina, Great Britain and Australia. In addition to his work as pastor, he also published the “Studies in Scripture newsletter, and wrote books and pamphlets. He died in Scotland as a result of anemia.

Arthur Pink:
Beauty of Holiness

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J. C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) served as a bishop with the Anglican Church in Liverpool England. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He wrote many books, including Christian Leaders of the 18th Century, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Holiness—considered by many the BEST book ever written on the subject, and Principles for Churchmen. His conversion came in 1838 through hearing a reading of Ephesians 2 in church.

 
J. C. Ryle: Holiness (a downloadable pdf)
J. C. Ryle:
How To Attain Holiness
J. C. Ryle: "Sin"
J. C. Ryle: Spiritual Growth (From Holiness)
J. C. Ryle:
Christ is All
 
 
 
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Hannah Whithall Smith

 
Hannah Whithall Smith: Discover Victory

"When temptation comes, if I turn at once to Him, breathing this prayer: ‘Lord, save me. I cannot save myself from this sin, but Thou canst and wilt,’ He never fails me. Either He completely changes my feelings in the case, or He causes me to forget all about it, and my victory, or rather His victory is entire. This is a secret of the Christian life that I never knew before."

Hannah Whithall Smith: The Problematic Nature of Our Transient Feelings

She shares why examining our feelings to deterimine our spirituality is so problematic.
 

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Hudson Taylor

The Exchanged Life comes from the book Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor. In this oft-quoted chapter they reference a letter which Hudson Taylor sent to his sister describing the wonderful things God was doing in his life. From this time, where Hudson Taylor had previoiusly been a struggling Christian, he was now enjoy victory and peace like he had always longed for, and, WAS a happy Christian! Read the "Exchanged Life" from the Taylors' book, then read the introduction and the key "Holiness" chapter from Christ is All by Henry Law, from which the quotation that played such an important role was quoted.

 
Remember to read Law's chapter as well (below)
 

In his letter, Hudson Taylor mentions receiving a letter from a friend by the name of "Macarthy" that contained life-changing words regarding what Jesus' indwelling meant so far as holiness was concerned. Loving the old books of these great Christians, I've been busily searching to find the book quoted, and for a time thought it was in the book Christ is all by Stephen Tyng (that's what is usually mentioned around the web). Obtaining Tyng's Christ is All finally, I was disappointed to NOT find the quotation. Then I used "Google books" and searched for a few key words, and FOUND the source of the quotation: Christ is All: The Pentateuch by Henry Law. Not only was Taylor impacted by this quotation, but I'm guessing Andrew Murray must have read Law's book and quoted from it as well. I've enclosed the "Holiness" chapter (#8) from Law's book. Law, by the way, is considered one of the most Christ-centered authors of past times. Read and enjoy!
 

Hudson Tayor later sent Harriet Beecher Stowe's How To Live On Christ to all the CIM missionaries. The identity of this book has been a mystery for many years. Using Google books I discovered the quoted text in an introduction that Stowe wrote for a book by Christopher Dean. I am fairly certain the introduction to Dean's book formed the basis of the booklet which Taylor sent out since some of the reading is so similar to the wording he used in describing his experience. Read the introduction for yourself.

Harrient Beecher Stowe: How To Live On Christ
 


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Gerhard Tersteegen:
 
True Godliness (This is the BEST description I have ever read on the subject!)
Warning Admonition Against Temptation
(On what to avoid)

Major Ian Thomas
 


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Charles Trumbull
 
Victory In Christ (This somewhat biographically-oriented book is a favorite of many on the subject of victory)

The Life That Wins (This is the most famous chapter from Victory in Christ, which was sold as a pamphlet for many years, and is the pamphlet which Rosalind Goforth cites as the life-changing reading in her experience)



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Unknown Christian
The "Unknown Christian" was a British pastor who chose to remain anonymous. He wrote many books on a variety of practical subjects as a result of the questions that were being sent to him. The other book that is well known is the Kneeling Christian, which is also wonderful, and is available on the prayer page of this site.
 
The Victorious Life pdf (This is one of the BEST books I have read on the subject of victory!)



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Henry Venn
 
Henry Venn: Thoughts on a Weak Faith

Henry Venn served as a pastor in the middle of the 1700s, and was considered one of the better speakers of his time.



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Thomas Watson
 
Tempations Work for Good (This excerpt points out all the blessings that come with tempation.)


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Octavius Winslow

Winslow (1808-1878) is a much loved writer of the deep things of God. There is a sweetness about his writing that is touching and live-changing. He was born in England, raised in the US, but returned to London where he was a highly regarded pastor.

Octavius Winslow:
Healing For the Sick-Sick Soul

 

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Ellen White
 
Ellen White (1827-1915) was born in Gorham Maine. Her family moved to Portland, Maine, where she sustained a serious injury at the age of ten as a result of a stone hitting her in the head. She was in a coma for three weeks and spent the next six years trying to regain her health. As a result she only attended school for three years.

She came to believe that Jesus would be returning in the 1840s as a result of the preaching of William Miller, who pointed out what seemed to be clear prophetic teaching in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Thousands of Christians from all denominations—especially Baptists and Methodists—embraced this teaching, and many were excommunicated from their churches as a result. Jesus obviously did not come as expected, and she like many others struggled to know what had happened. Some gave up their new found confidence in Bible prophecy, others however did not lose confidence because they had seen too many genuine conversions and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit to ignore what had taken place before. They were also aware that individuals all over the world had independently come to the same conclusions as they had studied the same prophecies. All of these factors pointed to a genuine work of God. Eventually some came to believe that instead of Jesus returning to earth in the 1840s, He began a special work in heaven that would result in judgment being given in favor of God's people (Rev. 6:9,10; Dan. 7:21,22) prior to Jesus returning the second time (1 Pet. 4:17). At that time she joined a loose confederation of believers who shared certain beliefs but had not formally organized themselves into a denomination. The "Seventh-day Adventist" denomination only came into being in the 1860s.

Ellen White went on to be used of God in great ways on behalf of the believers who maintained their belief in the historic method of understanding Bible prophecy. She wrote more than 40 books and 5,000 periodical articles. She also received what were apparently visions from God from time to time. The heavenly communications were practical, brought beneficial improvements, and were attested to by many individuals. These visions still impact society the world over in our day, though few realize it. She was greatly respected in her day as a humble Christian who lived for Jesus.

Regarding beneficial improvements, she strongly promoted a lifestyle of health and medical intervention that resulted in the construction of the Western Health Reform Institute in 1866 in Battle Creek Michigan. Later the Battle Creek Sanitarium was constructed and became the leading healthcare organization of the time, to which Presidents and prominent business people came. It was at Battle Creek Sanitarium that breakfast cereal was invented. It was there that John Havey Kellogg became one of the leading physicians of his time, being an early adopter of more efficacious ways of performing surgeries and medical procedures.

It was a result of her influence that changes were made in lifestyle and diet that resulted in Seventh-day Adventists living on average ten years longer than the normal population. Recently members were identified as one of three groups of people who live longer than others. (see the National Geographic Article on Aging). A Major news publication (February 2009 U.S. News and World Report recently published the following in a list of 10 healthful habits that may help people to live to one hundred: “Live like a Seventh-day Adventist. . . . Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts, and get plenty of exercise. They’re also very focused on family and community.”

As a result of her influence educational institutions were also developed that were highly regarded in her day.

Her books are many and read by individuals of all denominations. Her book on the life of Christ, Desire of Ages, is on a "top ten" list of books read by pastors according to a survey taken by the Barna group. Other popular books include Steps to Christ and the Great Controversy.

Among her fans was Paul Havey who frequently mentioned her on his program: “Women have been honored on American postage stamps for more than 100 years, starting with one woman who was not an American, Queen Isabella, in 1893. Since then, 86 women have been honored, ranging from Martha Washington to Marilyn Monroe. Also many women authors like Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickenson, Willa Cather, and Rachel Carson. But I can name an American woman author who has never been honored thus, though her writings have been translated into 148 languages. More than Marx or Tolstoy, more than Agatha Christie, more than William Shakespeare. Only now is the world coming to appreciate her recommended prescription for optimum spiritual and physical health.”

Notice the following from other sources:

 
In 1959, Florence Stratemeyer, professor of Education at Columbia University in New York, stated, "Recently the book Education by Ellen G. White has been brought to my attention. Written at the turn of the century, this volume was more than fifty years ahead of its times."

Dr. Clive McCay, professor of nutrition at Cornell University, stated regarding Mrs. White’s books Counsels on Diet and Foods and The Ministry of Healing, "In spite of the fact that the works of Mrs. White were written long before the advent of modern scientific nutrition, no better over-all guide is available today." Hearing that others charged her with copying from others, he retorted: “Nonsense! I simply cannot accept that explanation: it creates a much bigger problem than it resolves! If she merely copied her contemporaries, how did she know which ideas to borrow and which to reject, out of the bewildering array of theories and health teachings current in the 19th century? Most were quite irrational and have now been repudiated! She would have had to be a most amazing person, with knowledge beyond her times, in order to do this successfully.” Dr. McCay was not a member of the church.

The accuracy of the medical and scientific information revealed to this humble woman a hundred years ago has been attested to by the most advanced medical authorities today. Now the United States government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to find out why Seventh-day Adventists live longer than any other group of people in America. News commentator Paul Harvey observed, "Combine all causes of death, and Seventh-day Adventists have death rates 50 percent lower than that of the general United States population."

She lived and worked in New England, Michigan, Australia and California, and died in 1915.

She was loved and hated. Sadly, some of the people who were her strongest supporters later turned against her when she would not support their personal agendas or took them to task for views that she felt were not in harmony with the Bible—which she personally believed was THE BOOK that believers should look to for wisdom from God. Though she wrote many books and had what appeared to be visions from God, she always placed her books at a lower level than the Bible. It isn't surprising that someone who was so used by God would also be attacked by Satan. Perhaps you are unacquainted with her. Instead of reading about her, read one of her books for yourself and see why so many who have read her books have come to realize that there is something more than usual in her ministry.

Here are some favorite books:

True Sanctification (Clear teaching on why it is the work of a lifetime)