Isn’t it nice to meet new people? Since I live in “paradise,” my circle of acquaintances is always in flux. People come here from all over the world. It enriches us; gives a new perspective.
This year I’ve introduced you to four people who can help as you think about the meaning of scripture. That done, you can then apply it readily to your own circumstances and also stir up your love for God (and other people!) You’ll be amazed at how this way of reading the Bible lifts your heart and makes your life so much more enjoyable. First, get what it says right, then get it meaning, then apply it to how you think, act, do. Lastly, let that meaning roll around in your mind until your awe and love for God wells up. Then your love for others will spill over. It is mind first, then will, then emotions. Never in reverse, or worse yet, skip the mind part! These guys can help you do it. I can too!
Walter Chantry–editor of Banner of Truth Magazine and author of several books. He is short and to the point. Almost crisp. He gives you sweeping views of biblical truth while applying it with piercing accuracy. Look him up at www.banneroftruth.org or www.cvbbs.com
Roger Ellsworth–pastor of Parkview Church in Jackson, Tn. He has written more than 30 books which in simple language explain and apply scriptures verse by verse. His explanations make you think; his applications stir your emotions. Find his books at rogerellsworth.com or cvbbs.com.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones–pastor of Westminister Chapel in London 1939-1968. His sermons continue to be published and will help you understand the particular context and general biblical principles behind that portion of scripture. Reading him changed my world-view and my life. Access him at www. ml-j.org or www.cvbbs.com.
Ernest C. Reisinger–my pastor and mentor. He was on the governing board of Banner of Truth from 1968-1984. His books are available at www.cvbbs.com. I helped him edit some of them. His gift was in spotting the potential for trouble and exposing it without flinching. www.cvbbs.com or www.founders.org are the best places to find him.
Now here’s the rub. Introductions can lead to no where. Sometimes new people move here who have their nose up in the air, (intent on looking down it), ready to change everything about our community. They don’t like the food; they have more money to spend than we do; they think we are stupid, lazy, and uneducated! Ten winters are about as long as they stay around. No one really lets them in.
Pastors Reisinger, Chantry, Lloyd-Jones, and Ellsworth are not like that. They all have pastoral hearts. Let them into your circle of friends. They will enrich your spiritual life.