Author: Dr. Henry T. Blackaby
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tn.
Category: Christian Living, Spiritual Growth, General
Price: Suggested Retail: $9.98
About the Author
Dr. Henry T. Blackaby is the founder and President Emeritus of Blackaby Ministries International, an organization ‘built to help people experience God’.
Dr. Blackaby was born in British Columbia. He has devoted his lifetime to ministry. He studied English and History at the University of British Columbia as an undergrad and earned his B.D. and Th. M. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds four honorary doctorate degrees!
In 1970, Dr. Blackaby followed God’s call to pastor a tiny church in Saskatoon, Canada. That church, Faith Baptist Church grew, and led to the founding of thirty-eight new churches and became a pastoral training center. Dr. Blackaby went on to serve on staff at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served as special assistant to the presidents of the International Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources. Officially retired, he still provides consultative leadership in the Christian community.
He has published many spiritually influential messages in his lifetime, most notably and my favorite: Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (1990) which has sold 7 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages. The other favorite of mine which I have also blogged about is Experiencing God Day-by-Day Devotional. Both of these books won the Gold Medallion Award.
His works are very much sound in Biblical doctrine and very uplifting and yet convicting.
(This information was taken from Blackaby Ministries International website.)
Isaiah 35:8 speaks of a Highway of Holiness
On July 8 my devotional, Experiencing God Day-by-Day, took me to Isaiah 35:8 and that verse has remained on my heart for the last couple of weeks. You always have to read the Scripture in context to really understand the message.
Let me quote Isaiah 35:1-10 (NASB) to present this verse in context. The subject is Zion’s Happy Future.
‘1The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;
Like the crocus
2 It will blossom profusely
And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the Lord,
The majesty of our God.
3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.
7 The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes.
8 A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.
9 No lion will be there,
Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;
These will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk there,
10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.’