Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekly Recommendation: "Kingdom Living"

As we begin to look at the Beatitudes as we discuss joy, I have been blessed with the John MacArthur book, "Kingdom Living: Here and Now." John MacArthur is one of the most influential persons in my life. I weekly devour his books, articles, sermons, and lectures. He stands as the best Bible teacher in America today. I have been repeatedly enriched from him.

Kingdom Living is essentially his series of sermons on the beatitudes in book form. MacArthur has simply taken the transcripts from him sermons and with minor edits, has published them. Nonetheless, this book stands as an insightful and practical guide into understanding Jesus' teaching in the Beatitudes and how to have real, lasting joy.

The book is fairly simple and easy to read. MacArthur frequently refers the reader to various stories and texts in the Old Testament. MacArthur is a firm believer in illustrating the Bible by using the Bible.

So for those wanting to learn more about the Beatitudes and on Jesus' teaching on joy, I can think of no better source than this.

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