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Converts Guide

By John Hames

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   Chapter 1 - Getting Properly Started - "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness In himself" (1 John 5:10) The starting-point in the way of Christianity has proved to be the
   Chapter 2 - Paul's Conversion - "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voi
   Chapter 3 - Satan's First Attack - "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil" (Matt.4:1) Because we have broken ranks with sin and the world
   Chapter 4 - Walking by Faith - "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7) In entering upon the Christian life the beginner will hear many new and strange expressions, whi
   Chapter 5 - The Value of Secret Prayer - "That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his pe
   Chapter 6 - The Danger of Being Sidetracked - "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Eph. 5:11) We frankly admit that error and false doctrine a
   Chapter 7 - Untempered Zeal - "Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Matt. 10:16) One of the many th
   Chapter 8 - Obeying the Checks - "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). No doubt by this time the newly converted soul has become acquai
   Chapter 9 - When and How to Seek Holiness - "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection." (Heb. 6:1) All true Christianity begins and ends in the
   Chapter 10 - Carnality - "But Saul and the people spared Agag." (1 Sam. 15:9) While there are several figures and characters used in the Holy Scriptures as types of Christ
   Chapter 11 - The Double Portion Blessing - "And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." (2 Kings 2:9) "If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you
   Chapter 12 - How to Listen to a Straight Sermon - "Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth." (1 Sam. 8:9) The convert must also learn how to listen to strong sermons without casting away his confidenc
   Chapter 13 - How to Treat Doubtful Things - "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." (Rom. 14:23) The devil is aware
   Chapter 14 - Beware of Jesting - "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God." (Psalm 50:23) Among the m
   Chapter 15 - "Taking Up the Cross" - "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23) The command, "Take up the cross," is
   Chapter 16 - On Being True - "We are true men" (Gen. 42:11). The word true is used as an adverb when establishing a fact, statement, or declaration, but here in the text it is
   Chapter 17 - How to Determine Our Calling - "Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee" (Jer. 1:17). In the chapter before us we have one of the
   Chapter 18 - How to Keep Free in the Meeting - "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" (Gal. 5:1). My purpose in this chapter is to give the convert a few brief
   Chapter 19 - The Curse of Disobedience - "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry" (1 Sam. 15:23). There is no theme in the blessed Book of
   Chapter 20 - Going Back to the Altar - "And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel" (Gen. 35:1). Since we are dwelling in the enemy's land and are not beyond the possibility of fall
   Chapter 21 - Untimely Matrimony - "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" (1 Pet 2:11). In looking the fiel
   Chapter 22 - How to Treat Inspiration - "Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew Thee that Thou art a hard man, reaping where Thou hast not sown, and gathering
   Chapter 23 - The Change from Joy to Soul-Burden - "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal" (1 Cor. 12:7). There will hardly be an experience more perplexing and
   Chapter 24 - What to Expect - "Yea, and all that will live godly In Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Tim. 8:12). In casting a hurried glance over the highway of holy li
   Chapter 25 - The Chastening of the Lord - "My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord" (Heb. 12:5). As earthly parents sometimes find it necessary to reprove, correct and chastise
   Chapter 26 - Planted in the Proper Soil - "But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himse
   Chapter 27 - "The Evil Day" - "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day" (Eph. 6:13). Since the convert is in a new country
   Chapter 28 - Beginning the Day with God - "When I awake, I am still with Thee" (Psalm 189:18). A careful observation of more than twenty years has thoroughly convinced us that if a person w
   Chapter 29 - What to Do When Tied Up - "Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him: on the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold Him: H
   Chapter 30 - Spiritual Lessons from the Trees - Among the many admirable and attractive pieces of divine workmanship seen in the world today there is hardly one to be found more instructive and insp
   Chapter 31 - Bringing Christianity into Disrepute - "Let not then your good be evil spoken of" (Rom. 14:16). It is a well-known fact that no matter how piously one may live, he will never obtain the
   Chapter 32 - Administering and Receiving Reproof - "Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head" (Psalm 141:
   Chapter 33 - Seed Thoughts - * Who of us believe unwaveringly that for every idle word we speak, we shall have to give an account thereof in the day of judgment? * We exercise fa
   Chapter 34 - The Starting Promise - "And He said certainly I will be with thee" (Exod. 3:21). The above is the promise God made Moses when sending him to Egypt to lead out the childre
   Chapter 35 - Why Some Are More Spiritual Than Others - "But others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold" (Matt. 13:8). Jesus here compares
   Chapter 36 - The Ear of God - "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are opened unto their cry" (Psa. 34:15). It is quite difficult to throw off the embarras
   Chapter 37 - Hidden Manna - "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna" (Rev. 2:17). There are three hidden things referred to in the Word of God which gre
   Chapter 38 - The Little Child Spirit - "And He said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:

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