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The migrants are too tired and disoriented to notice Forshage; they're eager for an opportunity to wash, eat, and rest. Each is an undocumented family from Central Americaâ€”Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, mostlyâ€”that is helping fuel what U.S. President Barack Obama has called a "humanitarian crisis" along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Most of the children who passed through the church one day last week were young, part of the recent surge in children under 12 caught at the border. There has been a 117 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied children caught at the border this year, compared with last year, according to the Pew Research Center. The number of children accompanied by an adult, meanwhile, has tripled, to more than 20,000.
Thousands of unaccompanied minors are housed in detention centers, but the families coming to the Sacred Heart Church represent that latter groupâ€”they are...
If you've never read any Puritan works, I would suggest Watson's 'Body of Divinity' (but read it from his account of the fall onwards) and then next Brook's 'Precious remedies'. Gurnall is best left until you get a flavor for Puritan works. I wouldn't want you to be put off before you even start!
US and Dorcas, thank you both for seconding those works. I count them very precious and still remember the delight in reading those works as a young Christian. What a treat Christopher has in store!
Christopher..I would suggest you buy the set of The Christian in Complete Armour in hard copy.(if you are able) We got our set from The Banner of Truth in Pennsylvania. It is a modernized abridgment and is wonderful to be read as a devotional. Spurgeon, Ryle, and John Newton all gave hearty recommendation to it.
Dorcas wrote: Hi Chris....observer is spot on with his recommendations. I would suggest that you read William Gurnall 'Christian in Complete Armor' wonderful little treatise on the saints warfare with Satan.
Christopher, I second Observer (good to see you post brother) recommendations but not sure would agree with our fine sister Dorcas on the word little when referring to Gurnall's excellent work
Christopher000 wrote: Well, hello. You have been on my mind and I was going to email you a few days ago but never got to it. I hope you are well, and if you ever want/need to chat... Thanks for the recommedations...appreciate it, and will look into them.
Hi Chris....observer is spot on with his recommendations. I would suggest that you read William Gurnall 'Christian in Complete Armor' wonderful little treatise on the saints warfare with Satan.
Christopher000 wrote: Thanks a lot, US and SC. Appreciate it. Pretty much all of the sermons I listen to are from SermonAudio. I don't remember how I stumbled onto that site but they had such a wealth of resources that I figured I ask because some peaked my interest. Thanks.
Just popped in and saw your post.
3 puritans I would highly recommend. Their works are freely available on the internet; so no need to pay!
They are Thomas Brooks, Thomas Watson and William Gurnall. If you read no other Puritan authors but these, you will be rich indeed. These all deal with experimental Christianity. If you want to add a doctrinal Puritan, then you could do no better than John Owen.
Warmest greetings to all the dear saints on here.
Blessings to you all.
See that you still have a devil in your midst. Lol
Thanks a lot, US and SC. Appreciate it. Pretty much all of the sermons I listen to are from Sermon Audio. I don't remember how I stumbled onto that site but they had such a wealth of resources that I figured I ask because some peaked my interest. Thanks.
Hello Christopher, I haven't tried it but I do know that quite a few very solid preachers are on there and do seem to endorse it.I listen to them on SA. Do you ever get a chance to listen to sermons on SA? It has been a very valuable resource for me.I'm very thankful for preachers who are well grounded in the Bible and who are faithful with their gift.
Since this thread seems.to have come to a halt...can anyone tell me if the Puritans are a good resource for sermons, Christian reading, etc. I was visiting puritandownloads.com and was wondering if their doctrines are sound before looking into purchasing anything. Thx.
I just ran into this interesting article from the Wall Street Journal. It is not that long to read. Very interesting considering this thread. Lament of a Legal Alien Or, for tablet users, http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/manmeet-singh-lament-of-a-legal-alien-1407799256-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwMjExNDIyWj Remember, Wall Street Journal articles many times don't they visible to nonsubscribers!
SermonAudio's Pilgrim Covenant Church with Pastor Ralph Ovadal has been warning about the immigration situation for a long time; his voice was one of the few saying the RC support for it was part of their strategy to increase their numbers. On their website they have many resources to reach out to RC people. And an excellent article about how RC didn't oppose Obama during elections time like they did against John Kerry on the abortion issue. Politically, it makes you wonder why is this a crisis now when illegal immigration has been going on for a long time (in fact, Bush passed the law being abused today to allow non-Mexicans to enter the US), so why couldn't Obama pass changes to the existing system when Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate? Another point: why are Central Americans still living in the US from the days when Hurricane Mitch hit down there? that was many years ago--haven't those countries recovered?