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Let’s Get Serious

This is a little ‘off topic’ as they say. It is not really about setting up Christian House Sitters but both on this blog and on the Christian House Sitters web site there is a mention of the books that I have written.

I have had a number of emails asking about the Christian book called Let’s Get Serious. Folk want to know what it is about and where or how it can be used.

To save me writing the same answer over and over here are a couple of quotes.

The first is from the Introduction and explains the book.

The second is the openig page of the book.

EXTRACT FROM INTRODUCTION:

As you study this book you will learn, in very, practical down-to-earth, terms what it means to follow Jesus Christ allowing Him to become Lord of every area of your life. As you apply these teachings you are going to find God doing some wonderful things in your life. To help you get started I would like to suggest a few ways in which you can get the most benefit from this book.

1. It can be used for private study. In this case do not try to read the whole book at one sitting. Read at most one chapter per day and think carefully about how you can begin applying the principles that you have learnt before moving on to the next section.

2. This book can also be studied by a couple or indeed by a family. In this case apply the same rule outlined above but do not use the self-evaluation appendix printed at the end of the book. Instead make a copy for each person and fill it in individually and privately.

3. This book is ideal for use in a bible study/ house group situation. People will each need their own copy. Study the chapter at home before coming to the meeting then at the meeting you can discuss the teachings.

4. Finally this book is valuable as preparation for one of my seminars or as a reminder of what you learnt during the seminar. (For details about arranging a seminar please contact me. )

EXTRACT FROM CHAPTER ONE: 

The preacher was an impressive looking man with a deep booming voice. Everyone had told me what a great speaker he was, and I was certainly not disappointed. When he spoke he conveyed a feeling of power and authority.

Near the end of his sermon he turned to the congregation and said; ‘One day a Chicken and a Pig were strolling down the road together when they noticed a small boy sitting at the roadside. He was dressed in rags and was sobbing. The Chicken and the Pig felt sorry for him so they went over and asked him why he was so sad. The young lad tearfully explained, “I’m hungry, you see my Dad is out of work and so there is no money at home and with no money there is no food. I am crying because I am hungry.”

The Chicken and the Pig drew aside and the Chicken said; “We must DO something. But what can we do? They thought for a while then the chicken turned to the pig and said, “I know let us pool our resources and give the kid a meal of bacon and eggs.

“Just a moment”, replied the Pig,” That’s all very well for you. All you would be doing is making a token contribution but for me it would mean total commitment.

The preacher thundered ‘God is not interested in our token contributions, He demands total commitment!’

I left that meeting feeling guilty. I knew that I’d not given God total commitment. How, I wondered does one even begin.

The idea of living a life of total surrender to God seemed somehow rather frightening and certainly far beyond my capacity. I wanted somebody to put some handles on the concept of commitment, something practical that I could grasp hold of and apply in my life……..

God bless you,

Ray

www.christian-housesitters.com

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ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

6 responses »

  1. I would love to get your thoughts on the following video.

    Do you really believe that you should surrender your life to ‘God.’ How do you even determine God’s will for you? Scripture? Holy Spirit? Divine Revelation?

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  2. Thank you for your comments. Darren Brown is a man who has made a career out of psychological tricks. He is very good at his job but it has nothing to do with real conversion or the power of God.
    Yes I am totally convinced we should surrender our lives to God. There is no other way to know the fullness of His blessing in your life.
    God guides many ways. He uses people, the Holy Spirit convicts, circumstances help BUT in the end it must fit in with His revealed will in the bible.
    Ray

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  3. Ray,

    I appreciate your response, and I do believe that you believe in the power of god to convict, convert, to guide etc. I’m certain you are a nice, kind fellow as well, but just as prone to ‘sin’ as any man. I don’t think Derren Brown was trying to convince anyone that this is how people are converted, only that intense emotional, ‘convicting’ experiences are not evidence of god.

    Many people assume those experiences are the ‘holy spirit’ or some other supernatural force. I won’t get into the contradictory nature of the bible, the fallibility of those who wrote the bible, errancy of translation, but as someone who spent 30 years in the church, and most of those years as a believing christian, ive seen this type of stuff first hand many times. What people take to be an emotional encounter with god is nothing more than an intense emotional response.

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  4. Hi again,
    I was not suggesting that Daren Brown intended anything underhand simply that he is skilled in psychological tricks and that is what he used. It was psychology at work not the power of God. I believe he would agree with that statement.
    I am trained and worked for many years as a Psychologist. I therfore have no problem accepting the power of an emotional response. I also agree that some things done in the name of Christianity have been actually done psychologically.
    However the presence of fakes and false experiences does not, in my humble opinion, negate the reality of what God can do, has done and will continue doing. As for your comments about me personally Thanks for saying I am sincere and nice,. I do try but you are 100% correct in saying that I am as prone to sin as any man. Indeed I am that is why I need a Saviour.
    Feel free to email me if you want to continue this discussion. I do not think that a public blog is the best venue.
    Ray

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  5. interesting post. i found this site talked a lot about surrender to god from both the Hindu and Christian perspective. thought you may enjoy it.

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  6. Thank you for your kind comments.
    I am personally strongly committed to the Christian perspective but I still appreciate your comments.
    God bless you
    Ray
    http://www.christian-housesitters.com

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