Hello Truth in Grace readers! We wanted to provide another way for you to read our most recent writers. I consider these writers my personal friends and encourage you to continue reading their blogs.
J.L. Pattison has been a close friend since 2008. He is an excellent writer and has his own website. Over the last few years, God has blessed him with the talent to be able to write in a way that really makes the reader think. He has published three books including his latest The Man Who Thought He Could Fly. His fourth book will arrive in 2022. You can buy his books on his website or even here on Amazon. If you have not considered the influence of Christian fiction, I would also recommend reading his latest blogpost here on Truth in Grace.
Manfred or Stuart Brogden has written many book reviews and is also a published author including Captive to the Word of God: A Particular Baptist Perspective on Reformed and Covenant Theology. This can be ordered online at Amazon. Currently, he is also writing a commentary on Isaiah. Several of his latest posts are just a small insight to his exposition of this beautiful book.
Sony Elise has been a close friend since 1999. She works with her brother, Israel Wayne who is a homeschool and apologetics conference speaker. His site is Family Renewal. Sony has her own online book store that I encourage you to support. She is also in demand as a professional editor and was the editor for both of my books. Sony also writes on her blogsite called Southern Gospel World.
As a bi-vocational pastor, my time has become much more limited when it comes to writing. I still enjoy writing and have two books available through Amazon. Heroes of Courage is the first of a series on Biblical characters. My intention is to have the second book out by 2022. From Scam Into Blessing is a short autobiography dealing with my first missions trip to Liberia, West Africa in 2007. In addition, as time permits, I will also write on our church blog where I pastor in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The church also posts our sermons at SermonAudio.
Thank you again for the memories and for walking the road of Truth in Grace and Defending/Contending through the last 13 years.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Mark Escalera – The Desert Pastor
10 Serious Problems with “Jesus Calling”
Tim Challies — November 11, 2015
Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is a phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down. According to publisher Thomas Nelson, it “continues to grow in units sold each year since it was released [and] has surpassed 15 million copies sold.” Nelson is involved in an expansive new marketing campaign that involves a new web site and daily radio devotionals. ECPAreports that “Thomas Nelson began its partnership with the Salem Media group to provide 60-second daily messages on Eric Metaxas’ show, which is carried on more than 100 stations nationwide and worldwide on SiriusXM Radio. The Jesus Calling radio devotional reaches more than 500,000 people each day through these segments.” With 15 million copies sold, it has marched its way into rare company.
The Gospel Coalition posted this week some thoughts on dementia that I would highly recommend you read. I understand the heartbreak that many go through as they seek to care for their loved ones. As the disease takes hold, the mind of the loved one disappears into an ether that will never return. Some good friends are struggling with this at present with a family member and the sorrow they feel brings back some painful memories.
I recall vividly, when my wife and I lived in England, having to watch my grandmother disappear before our eyes. In a very short timespan, I went from being her grandson, to her son, to her brother, and then one painful day, she no longer recognized me. This was a lady who loved the Lord and who had long sung the songs of Zion. Her face had changed little. The pain continued to course through her frail body but she rarely complained in the last months of her life. Even when my own dear mother came to visit us in England, we took her to visit her mom but there was not even a flicker of recognition for her daughter. What a painful experience and another sobering reality of what this life can bring to those we dearly love.
However, there is an unexplainable joy that comes to our hearts when we realize that for those who know Christ, they are kept secure in His care. Nothing can separate them from the love of Christ – not even dementia. For those who are left behind, appreciate what you have because one day it will be too late.
We deal with these things because of the curse and sin that has passed from Adam to all of his descendants. Praise the Lord though that one day all of sin and death will be totally swallowed up. There will be no pain, no suffering, no tears, and no diseases of any kind. “What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see!” This is the encouragement that is provided by the truth of Scripture. For those who have a family member going through this, still show your love to those who cannot remember you. Many times, in our younger years, they loved us when we did not understand. It is our responsibility and our privilege to care for those who will go before we do to the other side of eternity.
Do not lose heart, dear friends and readers, at what you see before you. Trust the Lord for His wisdom, strength, and guidance as you give loving care even to those who no longer know who you are.