4 - 8 July
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
The Warrior Lord's Sword
by Ray Hawkins
About the Book:
'The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword ...'That is one of the ways the Bible defines itself. This Devotional takes you into 30 other of its definitions. Your confidence in and appreciation of God's word will be strengthened as you understand its claims.The author's hope is that this book will enrich your love for and understanding of God's unchanging scriptures. For God has expressed Himself within them so you will know Him in a personal way.Scripture is God's breath in print with power to declare His glory. It is His sword to strike against ungodliness. He has given it to us also to guide, guard and govern our relationship of faith in Him.
About the Author
Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.
I’ve read and enjoyed several devotional books by Ray Hawkins. This was no exception. I particularly liked this one which focuses on The Bible – the Word of God. I liked the way it was set up too with a Sword Drill, which is a relevant bible verse at the end of each day’s devotional. Ray gives a lot of practical advice and insight from his study of God’s Word and his years in the ministry. Sometimes sentences just jumped out at me. ‘Decisions are easy to make and therefore easy to forsake.’ Any of us who have ever made a new year’s resolution only to have it fall by the wayside a short time later, could attest to that. In this case, Ray is taking about decisions made for Christ and stresses that it is far more than just making a decision. It is about following and making daily choices or continuing in what you have learned. To do this ‘demands effort of the will.’
A thought provoking idea on age 16 is “Christians are similar to roadside advertising signs’ meant to catch people’s attention. And then direct them to Jesus and the gospel. I could have taken excerpts from a lot of the pages but will give just a few others that struck me. Over many years there have been those who have sought to get rid of the bible but as we find here, ‘Whatever forces want to attack, undermine or smash the Scriptures will not succeed…. Scripture cannot be annulled, broken, melted down or dissolved. Therefore what it has said must be fulfilled.’
There is an interesting comment about the importance of the book of Jude and the religious charlatans it warns against. I also liked the way Ray picked up on Frodo’s journey in Lord of the Rings and likens it to God’s call and the Christian’s journey. The two days devoted to the familiar story of the Sower and the four soils for the seeds I found really well done. An excellent book to see the reader through 31 days, giving something to think about and act upon each day. I highly recommend this book.