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Ben-Hur, a Reflection on the Novel and Upcoming Movie

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I decided to read Ben-Hur this year, not knowing that a remake would be in theaters on Aug. 12. I had seen the original classic in the 1959 version as a boy, which was mesmerizing, but going through the entire novel slowly as an adult impacted me at a much deeper level as I saw it afresh on the backdrop of the Bible narrative.  One passage that really hit home personally and for which I wrote about in a prayer letter to supporters on March 30, 2016 (5 years to the day from the passing of my wife due to cancer in 2011) was the following:  “In a recent reading of the novel, Ben Hur, I came upon a section where the Arab chieftan, Simonides asks his daughter what day it was…she affirmed it to be the anniversary of her mother’s death: "True, most true, my daughter!" he said, without looking up. "Today, five years ago, my Rachel, thy mother, fell down and died. They brought me home broken as thou seest me, and we found her dead of grief. Oh, to me she was a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-Gedi! I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey. We laid her away in a lonely place--in a tomb cut in the mountain; no one near her. Yet in the darkness she left me a little light, which the years have increased to a brightness of morning." He raised his hand and rested it upon his daughter's head. "Dear Lord, I thank thee that now in my Esther my lost Rachel liveth again!"

Five years ago this very day, my cluster of camphire, Paula, was received into glory. It is easy to identify with Simonides as he reflects on those five years with his daughter. Today I had the opportunity to reflect with my daughter, Amber, concerning this significant day. Amber reflects so many of the lovely traits that I saw in her mother. So, after talking with Amber I read afresh the words of Simonide, but changed them a bit, “Yet in the darkness she left me a little light, which the years have increased to a brightness of morning…Dear Lord, I thank thee that now in my ‘Amber’ my lost ‘Paula’ liveth again!"

 

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Book Notes ~ July 2016

July was a rather poor month for me in terms of book reading, only finishing 2 books out of the needed 4 in order to stay on target to reach my goal of 50 books in 2016.  But I would particularly commend to you the second of the two books I read, about revival in Thailand.

The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution 

I have mixed feelings about this book because I started reading it in order to better understand the course of the American Revolution. And eventually, in the last third of the book, the author did delve into the final stage of the war where Washington defeated Cornwallis at Yorktown. However, the majority of the book consisted of a detailed account of the European conflicts and naval histories of the 17th and 18th century in order to set the context for the American conflict. I learned more than I ever intended to learn about the Dutch fight for independence from Spain and the internal politics of the British Royal Navy. I nearly put the book down before I got half way through but I kept hoping that the author would eventually get into the American Revolution in earnest. My patience was rewarded but I came away with the feeling that it was not necessary to get into such gory detail about the conflicts between the European nations in order to understand the American Revolution. In the end though, I learned that perhaps the primary reason why the Americans won the war was because the British were arrogant, lethargic, incompetent, and internally divided.

 

 

 

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Top 20 Reasons Why My Toddler Gets Out of Bed

Our youngest is cute as a button at 2.5 years old, but can also be completely frustrating when he refuses to stay put after we have tucked him into bed for the evening.  Last night was particularly wearisome and I assembled a list of all his excuses for getting out of bed.  They are rather comical if you aren't the one having to deal with his fussing at the end of a long day.

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วีดีโอ ศจ. ดร. นที ตันจันทร์พงศ์ สอน คำสอนเพื่อชีวิต

ข้างล่างนี้พบกับ วีดีโอ ศจ. ดร. นที ตันจันทร์พงศ์ สอน คำสอนเพื่อชีวิต  

ดูวีดีโอคำสอนเพื่อขีวิตทั้งหมด ช่วยคลิกที่ YouTube ของคริสตจักร Grace City Bangkok 

 

"คำสอนเพื่อชีวิต" เป็นการสอนหลักความเชื่อคริสเตียนโดยวิธีถามตอบ ซึ่งสามารถเป็นเครื่องมือหนึ่งในการสอนและอธิบายความเชื่อที่ถูกต้องอย่าง กระชับและชัดเจน และเป็นช่องทางในการนำมาประยุกต์ใช้ในชีวิตจริง

คำสอนเพื่อชีวิตตั้งอยู่บนพื้นฐานของพระวจนะ โดยมีการอ้างอิงพระคัมภีร์อย่างชัดเจน นอกจากนี้ คำสอนเพื่อชีวิตยังเป็นกรอบและตัวอย่างที่ช่วยให้ผู้อ่านตีความพระคัมภีร์ อย่างถูกต้องมากขึ้น สุดท้าย คำสอนเพื่อชีวิตอธิบายพระกิตติคุณ ต่อต้านคำสอนผิดเพี้ยน และปลูกฝังชีวิตของเราตามแบบอย่างของพระเยซูคริสต์

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