Green Leaf Press Quarterly Newsletter, January, 2008

“Knowledge always desires increase: it is like fire, which must first be kindled by
some external agent, but which will afterwards propagate itself.” Samuel Johnson
(Boswell)
“Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. To remedy this, we must
begin by showing that religion is not contrary to reason; that it is venerable, to inspire
respect for it; then we must make it lovable, to make good men hope it is true; finally,
we must prove it is true.” Pascal (Pensees)

Let me review with you some of the chief reasons that we are in the business
of producing and selling books. We have produced books that we think are meeting
a need that is not being adequately addressed. And we want to keep before people
books that will help them to further develop their understanding of Christianity and
the forces opposed to Christianity. We believe that truth is one of the most important
instruments that God has placed in our hand. Please consider the following
passages:

Ephesians 6:10-14, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his
power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil...Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist,”
(NRSV)
Jeremiah 23:29, “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a
hammer which breaks the rock in pieces?”
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
II Timothy 2:24,25, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but
kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with
gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the
truth,

We believe that our minds are a gift from God and that we should be
continually growing in understanding and knowledge of the truth.

1. A scribe asked Jesus, which commandment is first of all? “Jesus answered,
The first is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and
with all your strength.” (Mark 12: 29,30)
2. Col 3:1,2, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that
are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set you minds on
things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
3. Rom 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the
renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and
acceptable and perfect.”
4. Col 1:9,10, “We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may
be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord,”

Christians tend to neglect the God-given potential of their minds. This may,
be in part, due to laziness. Thinking can involve hard work: learning, evaluating,
reflecting, coming to conclusions—doing the gradual work of building up the bricks
of intellectual thought. It is tempting to allow someone else to do our thinking for
us. John Stott wrote, “No one is fully converted who has not been converted in his
intellect.”

Especially since the beginning of the 20 Century, substantial th al segments of
Christianity, in the west, have intellectually isolated themselves at great expense to
the cause of Christ. As a result, the secularists have too much had their way to the
damage of our society. Denish D’Souza writes in his recently published book,
“What’s So Great About Christianity?, ”Instead of engaging this secular world, most
Christians have taken the easy way out. They have retreated into a Christian
subculture where they engage Christian concerns. Then they step back into secular
society, where their Christianity is kept out of sight until the next church service.
Without realizing it Christians have become postmodernists of a sort: they live by the
gospel of the two truths. There is religious truth, reserved for Sundays and days of
worship, and there is secular truth, which applies the rest of the time.”

We must acknowledge the apostle Paul’s caveat in I Corinthians, chs. 1-3 that
not all knowledge is good knowledge, nor is all human wisdom good wisdom. But we
must not fall in the trap, as have some Christians, of disparaging learning. The rest
of Paul’s teachings, not to mention the rest of the Bible, emphasize that knowledge
and wisdom are to be desired, but to be gained in reference to God and not apart
from him. We do not make proper use of our minds by avoiding bad philosophy.
They are to be filled with all that is good and true and righteous. Our witnessing is
at its best when it comes out of an overflow of our knowledge of scripture and related
subjects. Christianity is inseparable from the truth: II Peter 1:16, “For we did not
follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

Our website has recently been upgraded. (www.gogreenleaf.com) It is much
more user friendly with Pay Pal. We can keep it up to date with some of our newest
selections that avoid the inevitable lag in producing catalogs. If you and/or your
church are in sympathy with what we are doing, please encourage them to put a link
to our website on their web page. You could include a brief line like this: Green Leaf
Press in Alhambra, California, is dedicated to making available some of the best
books in the areas of Bible Study, Christian Living, and Apologetics. New selections
are added regularly. They offer a 35% discount on all books, and no charge for
shipping. Please go to the website
: http: www.gogreenleaf.com
Thank you,

Foster H. Shannon, President

Green Leaf Press, Inc., P.O. Box 880, Alhambra, CA 91802-0880 Phone: (626) 281-7221 FAX:323-221-4334

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Web Page: www.gogreenleaf.com

Board of Directors: Richard Erdman, Eric Hoey, Al Soo Hoo, Bibiana Soo Hoo, Warren Potter, Dean Rowley, Foster Shannon, Janis Shannon, Darrel Sager, John Van Genderen, Matthew Welde

 

 

 

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