The Disciplines of Life


© 1948  V. Raymond Edman

Scripture Press Foundation, Wheaton, Illinois

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Subject: 1. Christian life.
BV4501.E3 ~ OCLC: 5350475 ~ LC: 48002228 ~ 253p.

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Table of Contents

Preface.....................................................................................7

The Discipline of Discipleship....................................................9

The Discipline of Danger..........................................................17

The Discipline of Daring...........................................................25

The Discipline of Darkness.......................................................33

The Discipline of Decision........................................................39

The Discipline of Declining Days..............................................45

The Discipline of Defamation...................................................55

The Discipline of Defense.........................................................63

The Discipline of Deformity......................................................71

The Discipline of Delay............................................................79

The Discipline of Delight..........................................................85

The Discipline of Dependability................................................91

The Discipline of Desire.........................................................101

The Discipline of Desolation...................................................113

The Discipline of Desperation.................................................121

The Discipline of Detail...........................................................129

The Discipline of Determination...............................................137

The Discipline of Difficulty......................................................143

The Discipline of Disability......................................................151

The Discipline of Disappointment............................................159

The Discipline of Discernment.................................................167

The Discipline of Discontentment............................................173

The Discipline of Disdain........................................................181

The Discipline of Disease........................................................189

The Discipline of Disillusionment.............................................197

The Discipline of Distinction....................................................203

The Discipline of Diversion......................................................211

The Discipline of Domination...................................................219

The Discipline of Doubt...........................................................229

The Discipline of Durability......................................................237

The Discipline of Duty.............................................................247

Acknowledgment.....................................................................254

   To keep from growing weary and faint-hearted, just think of the example set by Him who has endured so great opposition aimed at Him by sinful men! You have not yet, as you have struggled on against sin, resisted to the point of pouring out your blood, and you have forgotten the encouragement which is addressed to you as sons:

''My son, refrain from thinking lightly of the discipline the Lord inflicts,

And giving up when you are corrected by Him.

For He disciplines everyone He loves,

And chastises every son whom He heartily receives.''

                                       Hebrews 12:5, 6 (Williams' translation)

   You must submit to discipline. God is dealing with you as His sons. For who is the son that his father never disciplines?

IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING

   September 22, 1967, after nine months of being laid up with critical heart trouble, Dr. Edman stood in the chapel of Wheaton College and began his message to the student body with these words, ''This will be the first time in more than ten months that I have attempted to speak in public. But I want you to consider with me an invitation to visit a King.''

   In the middle of the message he succumbed to a heart attack and entered into the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

   No man was more disciplined than Dr. Edman, and he often dwelt on discipline in his messages. He served as President of Wheaton College for 25 years (1940-1965), and 2 years as Chancellor. He was not only an educator, but was a missionary to the Quichua Indians in the Andes, Ecuador, South America from 1923 to 1928. Dr. Edman was born in Chicago on May 9, 1900.

   We commend this book on THE DISCIPLINES OF LIFE in this day of promiscuousness. It will be a blessing to all who will stop and read it prayerfully and thoughtfully.

GEO. M. WILSON

PREFACE

   Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down, and the foundations of society appear to be crumbling. The discipline of the home seems to be vanishing in the new psychology which teaches: parents obey your children! The discipline of the schoolroom is becoming anathema, according to the so-called Progressive Education, lest the personality of the child be thwarted by the imposition of a will higher than his own. The old academic ''disciplines'' : mathematics, ancient language, grammar, are being ignored as obsolete and unimportant. Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can come only from discipline: the discipline of spirit, of mind, of body, of society. Otherwise, the home will lose its heart as well as its hearth, the schoolroom its strength, the textbooks their exactness, the Scriptures their sanction. Here are some disciplines of life presented to Wheaton's ''brave sons and daughters true,'' that they be sturdy citizens of the Red, White and Blue, and especially, good soldiers of the Crimson Cross. I trust that the Disciplines will be helpful to you.                                                                                                                  

V. R. EDMAN              

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