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My Inleiding tot “Celebration of Discipline”… ‘n Nuwe Begin…

Ek is besig om ‘n boek van Richard Foster, met die title “Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (Revised Edition)” (Gepubliseer deur Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., in 1989) (Eerste uitgawe gepubliseer in London in 1990) te lees. Ek gaan my blog gebruik as ‘n tipe dagboekvir die lesse wat ek leer in die boek, en soms ook my gedagtes deel oor dit wat ek lees. Kom saam met my op ‘n reis in hierdie reeks oor die boek van disciplines van die geloof. Ek hoop dit sal sin maak vir jou.

‘n Paar dinge voordat ek begin.

Ek weet daar mag dalk mense wees wat verskil met wat Richard Foster sê oor dissiplines van geloof. Indien jy wil verskil, is jy meer as welkom om jou opinies te gee. Wees asseblief respekvol teenoor mense wat dalk nie dieselfde voel as jy nie. Dit geld ook vir iemand wat saamstem met dit wat hy sê. Indien daar besprekings is op wat ek skryf, hoop ek dat dit opbouend en leersaam sal wees vir almal wat aan die bespreking deelneem.

Weet dit: Indien ek voel dat jy “die persoon speel” en nie “die bal speel” nie (met ander woorde, as jy nie respek het vir iemand nie), sale k jou inskrywing verwyder. Indien jy iemand persoonlik wil aanval, is jy meer as welkom om jou eie blog iewers anders te begin.

Nie almal wat hier lees, is bekend met universiteit-standaard werkstukke nie. Ek gaan ook nie poog om so ‘n tipe werkstuk te doen nie.  Omdat ek iemand anders se werk gebruik, gaan ek gereeld verwysings maak elke keer as ek dele van sy materiaal gebruik of selfs sy gedagtes op indirekte maniere gebruik. Ek gaan nie dit wat ek skryf verkoop nie, maar dit is steeds nie my werk nie, daarom sale k deurgaans erkenning gee aan Foster. Hou dit dus in gedagte as jy verwysings na die persoon of die boek lees.

Ek skryf elke stuk in Afrikaans en in Engels. Jy is welkom om albei te lees en opmerkings te kstyf by albei. Hou asseblief jou opmerkings in Engels indien jy by die Engelse weergawe enige opmerkings maak.

My Introduction to “Celebration of Discipline”… A New Start…

I am reading through the book by Richard Foster called “Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (Revised Edition)” (Published by Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., in 1989) (First edition published in London in 1990). I am going to use my blog as a type of diary for the lessons I am learning from the book, and at times share my own thoughts on what I am reading. Come and journey with me in this series about the book on disciplines of the faith. I hope it will make sense to you.

A few things before I start.

I know there might be people who disagree with what Richard Foster says about disciplines of faith. If you want to disagree, you are more than welcome to your opinions. Please be respectful of people who might not feel the same as you. That goes for those who agree with what he says as well. If it so happens that there are discussion about what I write, I hope it will be constructive for all who participate in the discussion.

Know this: If I sense that you are “playing the person” and not “playing the ball” (in other words, if you disrespect someone) I will delete your post. If you want to attack someone personally, by all means, start your own blog somewhere else.

Not everyone reading here are familiar with university standard papers. I am not attempting those kinds of papers either. But, because I am using someone elses work, I will give him his due respect, and mention wherever I use parts of his material or even uses his thoughts in indirect ways. I am not selling what I am writing here, but it still isn’t my work. Keep this in mind if you read references regarding the person or the book. I will not make such a big reference every time as I have done in the beginning of this post, though.

I am posting this in English and Afrikaans each time. Feel free to read both, if you understand Afrikaans.

1 John 1… … … …

1 John 1 (New International Version)

The Word of Life

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make our joy complete.

Walking in the light

5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

1 John 1 (Amplified Bible)

1[WE ARE writing] about the Word of Life [in] Him Who existed from the beginning, Whom we have heard, Whom we have seen with our [own] eyes, Whom we have gazed upon [for ourselves] and have touched with our [own] hands.

2And the Life [an aspect of His being] was revealed (made manifest, demonstrated), and we saw [as eyewitnesses] and are testifying to and declare to you the Life, the eternal Life [in Him] Who already existed with the Father and Who [actually] was made visible (was revealed) to us [His followers].

3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

4And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full [and your joy may be complete].

5And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].

6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].

7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

8If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].

9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

10If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].