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book Understanding Job

front cover Second Edition 2011
In response to requests by readers, questions have been added at the end of each message for personal reflection and group discussion. The text is the same as the first edition.

Reflections on the meaning and purpose of Job's suffering
(ISBN: 978-981-08-9886-1)

Why did God allow Satan to afflict Job so severely?
Why did Job falter in spite of his moral and spiritual stature?
Why didn't God directly answer Job's perplexing questions?
Was Satan triumphant? Was God satisfied with Job?
Was Job a mere, helpless victim in a contest between God and Satan?
Is there meaning to the whole episode?

These are some troubling questions that confront reflective readers of the Book of Job.

Understanding Job is an attempt to answer these difficult questions. More than that, it seeks to help us understand the person Job, his state and the meaning in his heart, and how he fared before, during and after the severe trials that came upon him.

The content of this book is based on messages preached in a local Christian congregation. The underlying conviction is that the Book of Job is a very profound and meaningful book through which God desires to teach us deep truths - truths that are critical to the living of a life of whole-hearted, unwavering commitment to God.


Book Review by Gerry Davey of Understanding Job by Lim Kou (PDF, 62.2K)

Family circumstances in recent years have dictated that I read a significant number of books on the topic of suffering, grief and loss. I consider UNDERSTANDING JOB to be one of the best.

By the very way that it is set out it brings a useful clarification to the main points of this Old Testament Scripture. It is very easy to get lost in the long diatribes of Job's friends and his responses, but this book helps to prevent this.

The author's comments stick close to the biblical text and he lets other Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, interpret it.

I sense that the author has considerable wisdom and experience in counselling from his useful insights for people helping those actually going through suffering or other experiences they cannot presently understand.

In my opinion, Mr Lim paints a balanced picture of what Job did right and where he failed.

The book would be useful for someone going through suffering or traumatic loss when our understanding can easily become warped.

God's sovereignty is firmly upheld whilst compassion towards Job's predicament is clearly exhibited. I sensed a good balance as far as Calvinist and Arminian viewpoints are concerned.

It was heart-warming to read encouragement to both longing for truth and for the exercise of self-control and discipline. In some places the author almost seems like a modern day mystic, in the best sense of the word, and reminded me of the better titles of A W Tozer.

The author is at the same time theologically competent and very practical.

He leaves no room for any "health and wealth" theories.

One slight criticism is that it still bears the marks of being a series of addresses and more rigorous editing could eliminate some of the repetition, but don't let this put you off reading it!

Gerry Davey
International Literature Consultant,
O.M. International

Book Review by Brian Stewart of Understanding Job (PDF, 145K)

Why do the righteous suffer? This is a question that all believers must wrestle with. The answer is imperative, because we will all face pain and infirmity and hardship in our lives. And even when this issue is not foremost in our thinking, we will frequently encounter unbelievers who will say to us, as I have heard on multiple occasions, that they ‘cannot believe in the God of the Bible, because he allows tremendous suffering in the world.’

Praise be to God that he has not left us without instruction on this important question. He has placed the book of Job in our hands to address this issue from both an earthly and a heavenly vantage point. But Job is a long book and for many is hard to understand. I am therefore grateful that pastor and author Lim Kou has unwrapped the important teachings of this book through his work, Understanding Job.

Through Understanding Job I have come to understand more of God’s purposes through the life of Job and the meaning of the tremendous suffering he endured. Reading this book has helped me understand God’s ways so that I may apply that knowledge to my own life. I have also gained insight into spiritual warfare and a new understanding of how the events of my life form part of God’s much larger purpose.

I recommend Understanding Job as an important book that should be read by all believers.

Brian Stewart
Cuba Director for Action International Ministries



book Entendiendo a Job

book cover Entendiendo a Job (Spanish translation of Understanding Job)
(ISBN: 978-981-07-2224-1)

¿Por qué permitió Dios que Satanás afligiera a Job tan severamente?
¿Por qué flaqueó Job a pesar de su estatura moral y espiritual?
¿Por qué Dios no le respondió directamente a Job sus desconcertantes preguntas?
¿Estaba ganando Satanás? ¿Estaba Dios satisfecho con Job?
¿Era Job tan solo una simple e indefensa víctima en una competencia entre Dios y Satanás?
¿Tiene algún sentido todo este episodio?

Éstas son algunas de las inquietantes preguntas que enfrentan los que leen de manera reflexiva el libro de Job.

Entendiendo a Job es un intento de dar respuesta a esas difíciles interrogantes. Más que eso, trata de ayudarnos a entender la persona de Job, su condición y el sentido en su corazón; y cómo le fue antes, durante y después de las pruebas severas que vinieron sobre él.

El contenido de este libro se basa en mensajes predicados en una congregación cristiana local. La convicción que aquí se encierra es que Job es un libro muy profundo y de amplio significado, mediante el cual Dios desea enseñarnos profundas verdades - verdades que son importantísimas para tener una vida de compromiso sincero e inquebrantable con Dios.

 

Book Review by Brian Stewart of Entendiendo a Job (Spanish translation of Understanding Job) (PDF, 6K)

¿Por qué sufren los justos? Esta es una pregunta con la cual todos los creyentes tenemos que lidiar. Es imperativo tener una respuesta, porque en nuestras vidas todos enfrentaremos dolor y enfermedad y privaciones. Y aunque este tema no sea primordial en nuestros pensamientos actuales, a menudo nos vamos a encontrar con no creyentes quienes nos dirán, como me han dicho a mí en múltiples ocasiones, que ‘no pueden creer en el Dios de la Biblia, porque él permite tremendo sufrimiento en el mundo.’

Gloria a Dios que él no nos ha dejado sin instrucción sobre esta pregunta tan importante. El ha colocado en nuestras manos el libro de Job, el cual se dirige hacia este tema desde un punto de vista terrenal y celestial. Pero Job es un libro largo y para muchos es difícil de entender. Por eso estoy tan agradecido de que el pastor y autor Lim Kou ha desenvuelto las enseñanzas importantes de este importante libro, mediante su obra Comprendiendo a Job.

Por medio de Comprendiendo a Job he podido entender más ampliamente los propósitos de Dios en la vida de Job y el significado del arduo sufrimiento que él experimentó. La lectura de este libro me ha ayudado a entender mejor las formas en que Dios obra para poder aplicar este conocimiento a mi propia vida. También he aumentado mi discernimiento acerca de la guerra espiritual y tengo una nueva comprensión de cómo los sucesos de mi vida forman parte de los amplios propósitos de Dios.

Yo recomiendo Comprendiendo a Job como un importante libro que cada creyente debe leer.

Brian Stewart
Director de Cuba para Action International Ministries



book Yorbav Daefzir-euq Garkawv

book cover Yorbav Daefzir-euq Garkawv (Akha translation of Understanding Job)
(ISBN: 978-981-07-2832-8)

Miqyaer aqjeq ghae-eu naef Saqdaq nae Yorbav-anr teunav nav-aer bikhaeq-euq la?
Yorbav guiqlanq saflarpaw ghaq teunavni khav-eu, aqjeq mirnae aqjox-aer ghaq baq-ir-euq la?
Aqjeq mirnae, Miqyaer, Yorbav zanqler-awr narhaq-eu dawq-anr maqaer khofnaeq-euq la?
Naef Saqdaq ghaqler-euq lalaq?
Miqyaer nuikhanr shirmae laq?
Yorbav-aq, tiqjeq-iq maqjanr nya-eu Miqyaer & naef Saqdaq aqmui mui-eu jeq pyeuf-eu taefla laq?
Yorbav-euq garkawv-anr hawngae dzawgeuf-eu jeq anrmae laq?

Yorbav Sanqbof gui-eu tsawrhaq deuq-euq nuima lafkhoer narhaq-eu dawq heudeuq narhaq larnya-eu mae.

Yorbav Daefzir-euq Garkawv sanqbof heudmq-aq, narhaq-eu dawq heudeuq-anr aerkhof-awr, Yorbav kandui dui-eu shaqzanq yadaq-eu maeqhu, daqluf ngae hawr-eu daqghaq-euq gar hawngae, aqjerjeq mawrlar ngalaer povtser taq-euq ma.

Sanqbof heudmq lafkhoer boftaq-euq jeq-aq, Kalizaq armur-anr maeq-euq Yorbav sanqbof-anr nae dzawgeuf paq-aer ghae-eu deuqmae. Aqdui daefzir dawqtawvluf Miqyaer-anr lawrnaeq a’naeq jir-awr maqpov maqpar larni daef-eu gharduq—Miqyaer, aqdui-anr nafdui dui-eu yawtsaq yawdawr heudeuq bidzaw geufmawf-eu mae.

 



book The Two Kingdoms

book cover Second Edition 2011
In response to requests by readers, questions have been added at the end of each message for personal reflection and group discussion. The text is the same as the first edition.

Understanding the Kingdom of God and the Fallen World
(ISBN: 978-981-07-0608-1)

As Christians, it is important for us to understand the fundamental issues of life from a biblical perspective. What is of primary importance to the Lord? What is the meaning and purpose of our time on earth? How can we live well as citizens of heaven in a fallen world? What is true success and how can we live a successful life?

The Two Kingdoms seeks to draw answers from the Scriptures to these key questions. It considers various important issues pertaining to the kingdom of God and the fallen world to help us grasp the true meaning of our earthly existence and the values, perspective and approach in life we should adopt.

This compilation of eight messages can help you discover in a deeper measure the meaning and joy of living in and for the kingdom of God.

Book Review by Brian Stewart of The Two Kingdoms (PDF, 81K)

I heartily endorse The Two Kingdoms by Lim Kou. It defines the basic issues involved in our walk with the Lord in this fallen world. The teachings are full of clarity and insight, making it an excellent discipleship tool for all believers. Coordinating the printing of this excellent book in Cuba has been a great privilege for me. The vast majority of Christians on the island have come to follow Jesus in just the past 15 years, and churches of all denominations continue to grow at a rapid pace. The heartcry of all my colleagues there is for discipleship material that will help believers truly follow the Lord they have believed in. Lim Kou's book addresses this urgent need in a powerful way and helps Christians understand how to live for the Lord on a daily basis.

Brian Stewart
Cuba Director for Action International Ministries

Book review by Ms. Myrna Narzo on The Two Kingdoms by Lim Kou (PDF, 8K)

The kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven is the central theme in the synoptic gospels and in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s been quite a while since I last heard substantial preaching on the kingdom of God, so it’s good to read The Two Kingdoms by Singaporean lawyer-turned full time Christian worker Lim Kou. He handles the topic with clarity and with lawyer-like precision, and faithful to the biblical text.

Composed of eight messages that have been edited for print, The Two Kingdoms paints in broad strokes what the kingdom of God is like based on New Testament passages, how it contrasts with the kingdom of this world, and how Christians can live well in this fallen kingdom without surrendering to its pervasive spirit. The style is authoritative; and the text is engaging to read and to study.

The author highlights the kingdom of God as one that is not primarily “eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” He firmly points out that it is in essence, a moral and spiritual kingdom and its emphasis is on the spiritual, rather than on the material and visible realm.

Reflecting on this definition recalled to my mind a friend who felt a twinge of guilt because she longed to work outside her local church. “Parang di na kingdom of God ang papasukan ko, eh,” she said. And she heaved a sigh of relief later upon realizing that the kingdom of God is larger than the local church! It seems she was deeply influenced by her previous church’s definition of the area of the kingdom of God as being coterminous with the frontiers of the church’s power and authority.

The author gives a face and a name to the pervasive “spirit of the world” that he warns about. He alerts us to its manifestation in songs and music, apparel and fashion, in what we read and watch. It is present in the world of business, in the world of politics, in art, literature, movies as well as in human relationships and even in sports and games. Exercising vigilance is important.

One major question confronting us these days is this: how should Christians view doing well in career, achieving status and recognition in society and having material wealth? The author is wise to devote the latter half of the book to biblical reflection on the issue of success, ambition and accomplishment. One chapter is a well-thought out study on success from the biblical perspective – the way to attain it and its varied manifestations. And the last chapter considers the value of right motivation and faithfulness in service with Bible characters as models.

These varied and practical features make this book a good reference material for pastor-teachers. And given its very readable text, it could serve as adjunct reading material for Bible study and discussion groups for young adults/professionals, and as training material for church workers as well. My only regret is the absence of study or guide questions and/or thoughts-to-ponder box at the end of each chapter.

Ms. Myrna Narzo
Freelance Editor, Translator and Writer.
1 April 2006
Philippines



book Los Dos Reinos

book cover Los Dos Reinos (Spanish translation of The Two Kingdoms)
(ISBN: 978-981-08-7882-5)

Como cristianos, es importante que entendamos los asuntos fundamentales de la vida a partir de una perspectiva bíblica. ¿Qué es de principal importancia para el Señor? ¿Cuál es el sentido y propósito de nuestro tiempo en la tierra? ¿Cómo podemos vivir en un mundo caído siendo ciudadanos celestiales? ¿Cuál es el verdadero éxito y cómo podemos vivir una vida exitosa?

Los dos reinos trata de extraer de las Escrituras respuestas a estas interrogantes. Este libro analiza varios asuntos importantes relacionados con el reino de Dios y el mundo caído, para así ayudarnos a asimilar el verdadero sentido de nuestra existencia terrenal y los valores, la perspectiva y el enfoque que deberíamos adoptar en la vida.

Esta compilación de ocho mensajes puede ayudarte a descubrir de una forma más profunda el sentido y el gozo de vivir en y para el reino de Dios.

 

Book Review by Brian Stewart of Los Dos Reinos (Spanish translation of The Two Kingdoms) (PDF, 6K)

Recomiendo de todo corazón Los Dos Reinos por Lim Kou. El libro define los temas básicos que tienen que ver con nuestro andar con el Señor. Las enseñanzas están llenas de claridad y discernimiento, lo cual hace que el libro sea una herramienta excelente para el discipulado. Ha sido para mí un gran privilegio coordinar la impresión de este libro en Cuba. La gran mayoría de los cristianos en la isla han llegado a ser seguidores de Jesús en sólo los últimos 15 años y hoy en día iglesias de todas las denominaciones continúan creciendo rápidamente. El anhelo de todos mis colegas allá es el de tener material de discipulado que ayude a los creyentes a seguir de cerca al Señor en quién han puesto su fe. El libro de Lim Kou se dirige hacia esta urgente necesidad de una manera poderosa y ayuda a los cristianos a entender cómo vivir para el Señor día por día.

Brian Stewart
Director de Cuba para Action International Ministries



book Man of Faith

front cover Understanding and Living Out Biblical Faith
(ISBN: 978-981-08-3258-2)

It delights the heart of God when His children learn to truly walk by faith. But just what is true faith and how does one live by faith? Does having faith mean believing in the unseen? Does it mean believing without good reason and acting without understanding? Does it mean believing in something sincerely and firmly, with the preparedness to act on it? Why do we have to live by faith to gain God's approval? Where does faith come from and how does it grow? How can we exercise faith when we feel spiritually dry and God seems far away? Many may find this subject mysterious, difficult to understand and confusing. Misconceptions abound.

This collection of eight messages can contribute to an understanding of what biblical faith is, and how one can maintain unwavering faith and a heart on fire for God under all circumstances.


Book Review by Brian Stewart of Man of Faith (PDF, 6K)

In the Scriptures the concept of faith seems to be fairly simple and rather straightforward. But in everyday life we Christians tend to complicate the matter by developing man-made definitions of what faith is and then attempting to live our lives by those false standards. Many a believer has found himself sad and disillusioned not because the Lord has failed him in some way, but because the believer had false expectations that were not met. These are hard lessons to learn (I speak from experience!) but they are necessary in order to truly live a life of faith that pleases God.

Man of Faith by Lim Kou helps the reader clearly see the false concepts of faith that are common in our churches today. The small section at the beginning of the book on the misconceptions about faith is an expert diagnosis of where many believers have been misguided in their thinking. And the rest of this excellent book teaches us what faith truly is and what the normal outworking of our faith should look like in our daily lives. For this reason, Man of Faith is a book worthy of the attention of every believer.

Brian Stewart
Cuba Director for Action International Ministries

Book Review by Aurora C. Gamboa on Man of Faith written by Lim Kou (PDF, 71kb)

What is true faith? When do you call a person a "man of faith"? When do you say that a person is living by faith? These are some of the questions the book answers.

"Man of Faith" is the printed version of 8 messages the author preached to a congregation from 1980-87. It defines true faith, gives the importance of faith and cites a number of misconceptions about faith substantiated with Biblical texts.

The author believes that a 'man of faith' lives a life that is centred on Christ. And as he continues to know Christ his faith grows and bears much fruit for God. But it doesn't mean that his life is a bed of roses. Instead his life of faith could also face risks and challenges.

He gives emphasis to knowing Christ, knowing the truth, understanding God's ways and prerogatives and cooperating with God in the fulfilment of His plans not only for the individual believer but for the church as a whole.

The lives of Mary, mother of Jesus, (how Mary allowed God to carry out His plan through her) and Moses, (how Moses obeyed God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt) were discussed as examples of faith in action.

The Exodus account of Moses asking Pharaoh for the deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery is referred to as an outworking of faith.

The conversion of Saul, the murderer, into Paul the Apostle, is also cited to better understand the factors contributing to the making of a 'man of faith'. The life of Joseph is also a good example of a life of faith. Joseph was not lured into a life of pleasure. Instead, he steadfastly waited for the Lord's intervention for the fulfilment of God's plan for his life - a plan that would save the life of the people of Israel during the time of famine.

The book is a 'must read book' for every Christian. It is also good material for Sunday School classes, discipleship training, cell groups and home Bible studies. It comes with Bible references and questions at the end of every message for reflection and discussion. This will surely help every believer to be deeply rooted in the faith, to be real men and women of faith.

Aurora C. Gamboa
Freelance writer, editor, researcher

Book review of Man of Faith by Ernie Fornoles (PDF, 52kb)

I was a bit ambivalent to read this book, Man of Faith. I thought I would encounter theological terminologies and passages that only a Bible school graduate can understand - which I am not.

But in simple and understandable way, Lim Kou shared important insights on Biblical faith - where it comes from and how it grows. Citing examples of people in the Bible who lived in faith the truth from God that was revealed to them, he clearly showed that understanding and living out Biblical faith is possible and achievable. That even ordinary man like me can grow in the kind of faith God desires.

This book served as a wake-up call for me and hopes it would serve the same purpose for others who will encounter this book. Also I would recommend this book, Man of Faith to be taught in Sunday School classes where both the teacher and student can really have a good foundation and knowledge of Christian faith.

ERNIE FORNOLES
Deacon



book Hombre de Fe

front cover Hombre de Fe (Spanish translation of Man of Faith)
(ISBN: 978-981-07-2223-4)

Dios se deleita en lo profundo de Su corazón cuando Sus hijos aprenden a caminar verdaderamente en fe, pero... ¿qué es realmente la verdadera fe y cómo podemos vivir por fe? ¿Tener fe significa creer en lo que no vemos? ¿Acaso significa creer sin una buena razón y actuar sin entendimiento? ¿Significa creer en algo de manera sincera y firme, con la disposición de actuar en consecuencia? ¿Por qué tenemos que vivir por fe para obtener la aprobación de Dios? ¿De dónde surge la fe, y cómo se desarrolla? ¿Cómo podemos ejercitarla cuando nos sentimos secos espiritualmente y Dios parece estar muy lejos? Puede que muchos consideren que este tema sea misterioso, difícil de entender y confuso; al respecto abundan las interpretaciones erróneas.

Esta colección de ocho mensajes puede contribuir al entendimiento de lo que constituye la fe bíblica, y a cómo podemos mantener la fe inconmovible y el corazón ardiendo para Dios bajo cualquier circunstancia.


Book review by Brian Stewart of Hombre de Fe (Spanish translation of Man of Faith) (PDF, 7K)

En las escrituras el concepto de la fe parece ser bastante claro y sencillo. Pero nosotros los cristianos solemos complicar el asunto en nuestro andar diario al desarrollar definiciones de la fe que han sido inventadas por los hombres. Luego intentamos vivir nuestras vidas por esos falsos estándares. Muchos creyentes se han encontrado tristes y desilusionados no porque el Señor le haya fallado de alguna forma sino porque han tenido falsas expectativas que luego no fueron alcanzadas. Estas lecciones de la vida son difíciles (¡hablo por experiencia propia!) pero son necesarias para vivir una vida de fe que verdaderamente le complace a Dios.

Hombre de Fe por Lim Kou le ayuda al lector ver claramente los conceptos falsos de la fe que son tan comunes en nuestras iglesias hoy en día. La pequeña sección al principio del libro habla acerca de las concepciones erróneas de lo que es la fe sirve como una diagnosis experta de la forma en que muchos creyentes se han desviado con respecto a su forma de pensar. Y el resto de este excelente libro nos enseña lo que la fe realmente es y cómo se expresa normalmente en nuestras vidas diarias. Por esta razón Hombre de Fe es un libro digno de la atención de cada creyente.

Brian Stewart
Director de Cuba para Action International Ministries

book Truly Strong

book cover A biblical understanding of true strength
(ISBN: 978-981-09-0115-8)


Christians must be on guard against the enticements of worldly strength and power and, at the same time, recognise that God wants us to be truly strong.

This book can contribute towards a wholesome understanding of these issues and how God's children can become truly strong, firmly grounded in the Scriptures and in a deep personal relationship with God.

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