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Radiant Glory

MARTHA WING ROBINSON was an unassuming, little woman, her name known to few besides those with whom she had immediate contact during her lifetime. Among those few, however, were several ministers and missionaries who have labored extensively and successfully in this and other lands, and during the course of their ministry they have referred to the unusual life and experience of their teacher to whom they owed so much. In addition to their testimony numerous of Mrs. Robinson‘s writings have been published and circulated the world over in recent years. The result is that today the name of Martha Wing Robinson is much more widely known and her influence far greater than when she died in 1936, over a quarter of a century ago.

With this increase of knowledge of the name and of the works of Mrs. Robinson, there has come an increased interest in her and the desire to know more about her. To satisfy this wish is one of the purposes of this biography.

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Redeeming Relationships

Dr. Danie Craven, one of South Africa’s greatest rugby heroes once said, “In order for a team to overcome their opponent they first have to overcome the game.” This is also true of life.  In order for us to overcome the obstacles of life, we first have to overcome life itself.

Life is like any game of sport, sometimes you are hurt, other times you score.  Some games you win, some you loose.  In the game of rugby you will find yourself some times laying underneath a rough mall, at this time you may consider giving up. But there is no glory in giving up, rather get up and score a try!  Making mistakes does not mean you’re a failure, it‘s when you give up that you accept failure.  When it comes to relationships, people are likely to give up, ignore, or isolate themselves in order to protect themselves from further harm, instead of getting up and fight back, seeking to redeem (save and restore) the bad relationship.

“I do not have to understand why I was tackled?” If you are going to look for a cause and effect for everything that happens in a game you will go crazy.  For sure there are some results to a certain strategy used, but even that is open to change, due to the nature of the ball.  I’m not delivered to the fall of the ball either, I play the game, I exercise, and I strategize to improve my performance.  But I do not look for a cause and effect every time I’m tackled. I get up and play on.

Many of the tackles of life are in the area of relationships.  One of my lecturers at Bible seminary, years ago, even suggested that 95% of all diseases could be traced back to a relational hurt in one-way or the other.  If that is true or not is debatable, but I know in my own life that we can be without any money, or even sick, but there is nothing that can cause so much pain and misery as when we fight over something, and do not make up.

The thing that helps us through life’s troubles is our relationships. On one’s deathbed no one ever thinks about work, nor material things, or “they should have worked harder”, but usually most people die knowing they did not spent enough time with the people they love.  Relationships are one of the most important aspects of life, because godly relationship is eternal.  When there are friends giving support, one is able to go through tremendous hardship.  When my wife and I fight about something, I struggle con­centrating, I feel lousy and miserable the whole day.  This is true of any close relationship.

The game of life can be much easier when we are at peace with the players in the team.  When we feel we belong and are treasured.  We cannot win without the team helping us. The title of the book is also the purpose of the book, redeeming relationships. According to the dictionary the word redeem means to buy back; to act so as to settle or discharge (a burden, obligation, etc); to recover or free by payment; to free oneself from (a promise) by fulfilment; to ransom; to rescue, deliver, free; (of God or Christ) to deliver from sin; to get back; to reclaim; to exchange (tokens, vouchers, etc) for goods, or (bonds, shares, etc) for cash; to pay the penalty of; to atone for; to compensate for; to put (time) to the best advantage.

For too long we have lost games in the area of relationships, and endured major injuries.  It is time to get behind the game, get the game strategy from our champion Couch, Jesus, and start to train for a victorious life.

The chapters in this book are constructed in such a manner to arm you with information first, there are some self-study, also some practical exercises and lastly an encour­agement to help you share what you’ve learned so far.

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The Real Faith

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

The thesis of The Real Faith is that faith is more than merely hoping or saying the right things (such as the positive confession movement would teach), but rather, a divinely imparted spiritual commodity that comes as you draw nearer to Christ; a sudden certainty that God alone can give.

He declared that the least amount of faith that He could give was greater and mightier than the largest amount of the power of the devil. Remember that faith —the weight of a grain of mustard seed —will do more than a ton of will, or a mind full of determination. Genuine faith can no more manifest itself without result, than the sunshine without light and heat.
Faith as small as a Mustard Seed. Mat 17:14-21 The faith that God gives as a gift, is greater than any power. Mat 13:31; 17:20; Mark 4:30; Luk 13:18-19; 17:6

Every good gift: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:16-18

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