Exciting Update! Forged Hope is Available Now!
A couple of brief excerpts from the Foreword of Forged Hope,
“When I was approached to write the foreword for “Forged Hope,” I asked myself the question, “Why would Scott want a simple preacher like me to introduce such an in-depth study on Hope?” So, the simple part in me wants to say, “Read this book; it’s a good one!” But then I realized, that is just too simple, so here goes.”
“After reading Forgotten Hope, the first book in this series – and by the way, if you haven’t read it, you really should – I realized Scott was not just another author wanting to give you his view of the subject. He wants those who read and study the topic of Hope to be well versed in the proclamation of such an important topic for today’s world and in the Church.”
A brief excerpt from the Introduction of Forged Hope,
Throughout Forgotten Hope there is a thread of Truth that cannot be ignored. In chapter 10, we begin the conversation we will have here.
It is clear that none except Christ has ever gotten it exactly right. The rest of us will spend a lifetime “cleaning our cups.” It is not assumed that at the point we accept The Offer we instantly get it right, that we have all the answers. As we point out, what it means is, at that point we “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24), and that this begins a process defined in Colossians 3:10: “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
In the chapters to come, we look at the “players” in this process as well as its impact. We will also look at “knowledge” and the difference between it and “wisdom.” We will study what it takes to move from one to the other and again expose and warn against those who, like the Pharisees, would use the first to give the illusion of the second.
Why will we do all this? “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
The first of the series, Forgotten Hope, is now available as both an eBook and a print version.
(watch video excerpt readings below)
Description of Forgotten Hope:
Written in the year preceding the coronavirus and published in the midst of the Pandemic when the world needs nothing more than it needs Hope.
Take a walk with the author as he searches through time for those who sought and fought to retain and revive this Hope. On this walk, the author details the “Offer of Hope” for what it is and what it is not. As you come to understand the Offer, you will take solace in passages like, “I offer you Peace that your heart will not be troubled and that you will not be afraid.” The author will expose the truth of a culture that would steal this Hope from you and counter it with Truth from the Offer, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” The author explains the warfare between those of the physical world and those of the spiritual world.
The author will introduce you to:
Robert Boyle, born Jan. 25, 1627. Known as the father of Modern Chemistry he said, “…the World is the great Book, not so much of Nature, as of the God of Nature, which we should find crowded with instructive Lessons, if we had but the Skill, and would take the Pains, to extract and pick them out” And “I am confirmed in the belief, that by transferring our impressions to the Sacred Text, we often impute to the Scriptures our own faults and deficiencies.”
David M’Clure, Doctor of Divinity, 1748-1820. David said he, “…desired an education to qualify (him) for usefulness,” so, he left home at the age of fifteen to pursue greater learning. He taught, “Let us strive to be holy, that our minds may be Heavenly. And may we be prepared for our departure, should it be this year, or this day…”
Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, wrote. “The more I see of the world and the various affairs of the children of men in it, the more I see of the vanity of it, and the more I would fain have my heart taken off from it, and fixed upon the invisible realities of the other world.” In contrast, of himself, he pledged, “…that the Lord Jesus Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or death, by health or sickness, by plenty or poverty, by liberty or restraint, by preaching or silence, by comfort or sorrow.”
Vance Havner, 1901-1986, was raised “…with a bible in one hand and a bird book in the other.” Illustrative of his efforts to revive “the Church,” “Most of us make the mistake of trying to change our circumstances instead of changing ourselves.”
A.W. Tozer, 1897-1963. There may have been no one with a greater thirst for written knowledge than Tozer. Upon his ordination, Tozer’s prayer included, “…false shepherds abound who deny the danger and laugh at the perils which surround Thy flock… I beseech Thee, give me sharp eyes to detect the presence of the enemy; give me understanding to see and courage to report what I see faithfully. Make my voice be so like Thine own that even the sick sheep will recognize it and follow Thee.”
They not only believed in and embraced The Offer of Hope but also understood that before you can accept The Offer, you must believe in the One who makes it.
The Offer has been made. Hope “knocks” and says, “Here I am…”