Jim Elliot by Robert Lloyd Russell

Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot

Background:

In early 1956 Christian missionaries Roger Youderian, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Jim Elliot lost their lives. On “Palm Beach” on the banks of the Curaray River in a steamy jungle in Ecuador. They were brutally killed by an unreached tribe they had worked long and hard to reach with God’s love.

Many thousands of individuals have come to know Christ in a personal and living way and thousands of others have altered the direction of their lives as a result of the shocking massacre and the many articles and books written about it.

Even the Auca Indians who thrust those fatal spears have seen a significant portion of their number come to know Jesus Christ.

Content:

This unique book contains transcripts of four messages given by Jim Elliot before leaving for the mission field. The first two messages are hard-hitting straightforward talks to seventh and eighth-grade students.

  • The first is about “Spiritual Desire” including its nature and how to increase it.
  • The second discusses “The Effects of Sin in a Christian.”
  • The third message, entitled “Peter,” is an exposition of 1 Peter 1:3.
  • The fourth, “God’s Prophet,” traces the concept and role of a prophet with the primary focus being Jesus Christ, the Father’s ultimate Prophet.

Robert Lloyd Russell grew up in the same local church as Jim Elliot and was a friend of the Elliot family for many years. Jim was one of his childhood Sunday School teachers and there was a period of several weeks when Russell and his parents and siblings lived with the Elliots in their home.

One of Jim’s brothers, “Dr. Bob,” officiated at Mr. Russell’s wedding.

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The Fruit of Self-Control: Something I Need

The Fruit of Self-Control: Something I Need

When we think of someone with a lack of self-control, perhaps we turn to a historical figure like Henry VIII. Henry is known for his enormous appetite, six wives and multiple executions during his reign. One could say that he overindulged and had no self-control. But we don’t have to go back into history, most of us overindulge at the dinner table at Christmas, New Years’ Day, Thanksgiving or on other festive times. You might be wondering what controlling our appetites has to do with the fruit of self-control. Surely, Paul is talking about a different kind of control. Isn’t he? The self-control Paul talks about is sensual appetites and desires that requires not only mental but also physical self-control, something we all need more of.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23

I Could Do with More Self-Control

Couldn’t we all! So how do we get more self-control over our bodies and minds? Where do we get that power? It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to exercise self-control. So, there you have it folks, try as you might, on your own, the amount of self-control we need to be fruitful isn’t from within, it’s from the Holy Spirit. That is a relief and takes the pressure off us as we turn to God and ask him for another measure of self-control. We don’t have to do it by ourselves. Let’s run to our Abba Father and ask him for the self-control we need.

Okay, it can help us control our appetite and maybe lose a pound or two, but what else can it do? Besides keeping us from sensual sins, what benefits does self-control have?

Creates Harmony, Not Discord

A gentle response, rather than words spoken hastily in anger, creates harmony. Controlling our tempers doesn’t mean that we can’t be upset, but maybe it is that proverbial counting to ten before speaking that creates peace in the family or the workplace. Disciplining a child should be a controlled event, not a cuff over the head with curses angrily spoken. Relationships flourish rather than diminish when the fruit of self-control is exercised.

Strengthens our Relationship with God

This is a rich one. With a strengthened relationship in God, often our other relationships are strengthened too. The graphic illustration of a vertical relationship with God means a horizontal relationship with people. While this is often true, it isn’t always so. New believers from other religions embrace Christ, often at great costs. What is most precious is Jesus Christ and him alone. Paul understood that when he said, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3: 8). We don’t know how Paul’s family took his conversion to Jesus Christ, but being Pharisees, I imagine some members were not happy with him. Yet, he held himself in control to follow Christ. Furthermore, he often likened the Christian life to that of an athlete in training. Athletes require lots of self-control. Self-control encourages perseverance which means the prize at the end of the race will be won.

What area of your life requires more self-control? How will you acquire that added measure of self-control?

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Jim Elliot: Recorded Messages (Missions) by Robert Lloyd Russell

Jim Elliot Recorded Messages
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Jim Elliot: Recorded Messages (Missions)

This book is directly relevant to all Christians. All Christians will appreciate Jim’s straightforward, hard-hitting style of speaking.

  • Young Christians—from junior high through college—and new Christians of any age, will benefit from the understanding gained from Jim’s discussions on “Spiritual Desire” and “The Effects of Sin in the Christian.”
  • Mature Christians will appreciate the spiritual meat in his messages on Jesus Christ and Peter–they are rich and thought-provoking.
  • Missions-oriented Christians and those with an interest in the history of missions will find the book riveting.

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Thy Will Be Done on Earth by Robert Lloyd Russell

Thy Will Be Done On Earth

Thy Will Be Done on Earth

Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:17 NIV)

  • Confidently understand God’s desire for you!
  • Increase your Christian maturity with Godly inner convictions!
  • Make decisions according to God’s specific desires for you!
  • Live the Christian life you desire-and God wants for you! Reviewers say.

“I was blown away by the book. exciting. a quality work”

“Very rewarding. Both the new Christian and seasoned Christian will find it instructive.”

“This is absolutely great! It is a must for any Christian to understand and apply these elements!”

“It is very practical, easy to read and nicely presented, and it will be helpful to many people.”

“Easy to read, easy to understand, and deals with substantial issues. I especially appreciate the way it places the understanding of God’s will in the context of basic Christian discipleship.”

Thy Will Be Done On Earth provides:

  • A clear foundational presentation of God’s will
  • The Christian Life Model – the general will of God
  • The Christian Guidance Model – God’s specific will for you

Robert Lloyd Russell has a Master of Christian Leadership Degree from Western Seminary and has been a popular Bible teacher for over forty years.

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God Light: Sunlight, Sonlight by Robert Lloyd Russell

God Light: Sunlight, Sonlight

God Light: Sunlight, Sonlight

God Light identifies fascinating parallels between natural and spiritual light, contrasts the natural and spiritual light of the world, and illustrates applications of natural and spiritual light.

Analogies teach profound truth in simple language.

Written in short easily digestible segments, it is ideal reading for the person on the go. The reader will understand the statements God is light, The Light of the World, and Christians are to shine like lights in a profound way.

God Light is part of the “Christian Concepts Series,” presenting Timeless Truths with a Contemporary Perspective.

This series enlightens, exhorts, edifies, encourages, and entertains.

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God’s Child: Like a Tree (Christian Concepts Series) by Robert Lloyd Russell

God's Child: Like A Tree
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God’s Child: Like a Tree (Christian Concepts Series)

Practical Insights for Christian Growth!  Both new and mature Christians find meaningful ways to speed their growth process of becoming more Christ-like.  Intensely relevant to today’s culture.

Common to all the Christian Concepts Series books…

  • Intensely practical for today’s Christian
  • Enjoyable and entertaining reading 
  • Full of richness about little understood Scripture passages
  • Employ analogy to teach profound truth in simple language
  • Appreciated by all levels of spiritual maturity
  • Short, easy-to-read sections – ideal reading for the person “on the go”
  • Described as “Inspirational Doctrine” and “Living Theology”
  • “Think and Grow” questions for group study or personal contemplation 

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Real Jesus? Or Counterfeit Jesus? by John Allen Thornton

Real Jesus? Or Counterfeit Jesus?

Real Jesus? Or Counterfeit Jesus?

This is a book about Christianity and how there are false prophets who are introducing hateful, mean-spirited, and biblically inaccurate agendas. Those people are inventing a bogus and counterfeit view of Jesus.

Topics which are discussed are many, including…

  • Proper Bible interpretation
  • Balancing the call to confront evil with the duty of be gentle
  • Religiously motivated child abuse
  • Authoritarian “leadership”
  • Gender roles
  • Sex trafficking
  • Truth or falsehood?
  • How does a Christian live out the call to love all other people, even enemies?

Well, this book will help you to see that there are true things, and there are false things. Many of the very hard and troubling passages in the Bible and explained and discussed in great detail, all from a reverent and respectful view of the Bible.

Which path will you choose?

Throughout the book, there is a comparison between the way Jesus is described in the Bible, with the counterfeit views of Jesus that some religious and nonreligious people spew out.

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God’s Nature: Sonlight Sunlight (Christian Concepts Series) by Robert Lloyd Russell

God's Nature: Sonlight Sunlight
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God’s Nature: Sonlight Sunlight (Christian Concepts Series)

God’s Nature: Sonlight Sunlight identifies fascinating parallels between natural and spiritual light, and contrasts the natural and spiritual light of the world.

Analogies teach profound truth in simple language. Written in short easily digestible segments, it is ideal reading for the person on the go.

Think and Grow questions at the end of each chapter make it an ideal small group study. 

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God’s Church: Christ’s Pearl (Christian Concepts Series) by Robert Lloyd Russell

Christ's Pearl
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God’s Church: Christ’s Pearl (Christian Concepts Series)

Clear analysis with keen insights!  A little-understood parable that is full of practical teaching. This landmark book reveals parallels about the beginning of a pearl and the beginning of the Church, their formation, shape, location, source, condition, value, and more. 

Awards.  This eBook is an updated version of the print book “One Precious Pearl” which won five book awards.

  • Gold, Literary Excellence, 2011 World Book Award (1 of 3 awards across all genres).
  • Book-of-the-Year, Religion: Eastern/Western, Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award (USA).
  • Winner, Book: Biblical Studies, The Word Guild (Canada).
  • Runner-up, Religion: Christianity, International Book Award.
  • Finalist, Religion: Christianity, The USA “Best Books 2011” Award.

Common to all the Christian Concepts Series books…

  • Intensely practical for today’s Christian
  • Enjoyable and entertaining reading 
  • Full of richness about little understood Scripture passages
  • Teaches profound truth in simple language through the use of analogy
  • Appreciated by all levels of spiritual maturity
  • Short, easy-to-read sections – ideal reading for the person “on the go”
  • Described as “Inspirational Doctrine” and “Living Theology”
  • “Think and Grow” questions for group study or personal contemplation

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