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* A remarkable work – quite unique
This is a remarkable work and something quite unique that I’ve not come across before (and believe me I’ve seen most ideas). There is a huge appetite for devotional type books and I’m sure that this one will appeal to many people.

For many children and adults alike, the stories written by C.S. Lewis, and featuring the magical land of Narnia and its incredible inhabitants, are something which have been a part of growing up for generations.

Now, the stories told in the books are shown in a new light in an exciting new book, Discovering Aslan, High King Above all Kings in Narnia. 

Inside this unique and inspirational book you will find a devotional commentary which describes the background to the stories and the way in which the Lion of Judah is reflected in them, through Aslan.

Through references to many Bible passages, a light is shone upon the hidden story which has been concealed within the Narnia tales, until now. The references directly correlate to passages within the Bible and are striking in their similarity.

Discovering Aslan, High King Above all Kings in Narnia is a rare look inside two of the world’s most popular stories – Narnia and the Bible.  The messages are as clear today as they were when first written, so take a journey of enlightenment and new understanding and get your copy of this amazing book today.  Russ Burg (USA)

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* Enhance your wonder and love of Christ
You can read the Narnia tales as just good stories, but CS Lewis wanted people to see more. This book will help you see the many links with Jesus, the Lion of Judah. Use this to enhance your wonder and love of Christ.  John Olley (Perth, Australia)

* Fantastic
Fantastic, thought provoking read.  Melissa Waugh (Sydney, Australia)

* A deeper understanding of Christianity
Great study that gives a deeper understanding of Christianity. Would make a great home group Bible study.  Lyn Haack (Manilla, Australia)

* An unusual and fascinating book
Geoff Waugh explores fascinating layers of meaning in C. S. Lewis’s children’s classic. Aslan, the triumphant lion, is revealed as a reflection of Jesus. The book includes devotional meditations using Bible references.  (Amazon Customer)

* Worth your time – rich teaching
Whether you are familiar with Narnia teachings, or this is new to you, Geoff Waugh faithfully puts together the many layers of meaning in the significance of the Lion Aslan as portrayed in each of the books of the series. This is a great companion when you read, and is a stand-alone teaching on the depths of teaching that C.S. Lewis weaves into Aslan’s character. Definitely worth your time.  Steve Loopstra (USA)

* I like it
I like it. I especially like the simplicity of expression. These days, with surface thoughts the order of the day, to be guided to look for depth of thought is an invaluable prompt to search for satisfying meaning.  Lilian Fleming (Sydney, Australia)

* An invaluable companion
As a child I fell in love with the classic children’s book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. It is good that it seems just as popular today. Yet many people miss the deeper references that Lewis constantly alludes to in the plot of this book. This is where the book by Geoff Waugh proves to be an invaluable companion. He shows how at nearly every step the hidden story Lewis was alluding to takes shape. If you are not familiar with the Christian background details you will be endlessly fascinated. 
Philip Waugh (Springwood, Australia)

* Determined to read
I have never read any of Narnia and am not a good reader but I read this book and have determined to read the Narnia series.  Stan Beattie (Rockhampton, Australia)

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C. S. Lewis wrote:
The whole Narnian story is about Christ …

The whole series works out like this.
The Magician’s Nephew tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Prince Caspian, restoration of the true religion after corruption.
The Horse and His Boy, the calling and conversion of a heathen.
The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’, the spiritual life.
The Silver Chair, the continuing war with the powers of darkness.
The Last Battle, the coming of the Antichrist, the end of the world and the Last Judgment.

From the book’s Introduction:
The triumphant Lion of Judah features this way in these stories:
Creator and Sustainer in The Magician’s Nephew.
Saviour and Redeemer in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Way, the Truth and the Life in The Horse and His Boy.
Restorer and Commander in Prince Caspian.
Guide and Guardian in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Revealer and Victor in The Silver Chair.
Judge and Conqueror in The Last Battle.

From the back cover:
He is the High King above all kings, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is the son of the Great Emperor beyond the sea, beyond the world. He spoke and sang before the creation of the world and brought the world into being.
He commands legions of creatures and people in many worlds. Some creatures loyal to him may seem strange to us, and many of them fly. They worship him and serve him wholeheartedly. His word is always true. You can depend on him totally.
He appears unexpectedly and makes things right. He gave his life to conquer evil and ransom the guilty rebel. He rose again by dawn and appeared first to loving, caring young women. He has enemies in this world and in other worlds but he defeated them and they are doomed. They tremble at the sound of his name.
All who trust in him are forgiven and set free. He breathes life into hearts of stone. His breath gives life.
He is the Lion of Judah.

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Artwork: The Lion of Judah series by Rebecca Brogan, Tasmania, Australia

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Iraq: Bravery and beauty in the midst of disruption

‘They could destroy our church, but they can’t destroy the small church inside us.’

In today’s world there are almost 60 million refugees. One in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. But these people are more than just numbers. They are some of the most incredible people on earth, as World Vision writer Kari Costanza found in Iraq.

Meet Ibtihal, Huda, and May. They are artists. In the summer of 2014, armed groups drove them from Mosul. They joined 3.4 million Iraqis who have had to flee their homes, often leaving everything behind – 120,000 of them Christians. These women now live with 5,500 others in a camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Ibtihal, Huda and May started a small business in their refugee camp
A year ago, Ibtihal, Huda, and May started a small business – making mosaic tiles with a group of women from the camp. The tiles depict the letter “N” for Nazara – the Arabic symbol for Jesus of Nazareth. “They marked our houses with the letter N for Nazara,” says Ibtihal, speaking of the armed groups. “The N means these houses belonged to them. They stole our houses. Our furniture. Everything,” says Ibtihal.

May joined the group of women at the camp with her daughters Rita, 20, and Sally, 17. Being forced from her home wasn’t her first loss. May lost two brothers in a 2010 church bombing in Mosul. Four years later, she lost her home and her every possession. Her acceptance of such tragedy is dumbfounding. “It is written that we will be displaced,” says May. “This is our faith.” The women say the mosaic “N” symbolizes their unshakeable faith. “They could destroy our church,” says May’s friend, Gaydaa, “but they can’t destroy the small church inside us.”

‘A cross amid the rubble, which leads to a place of peace, brotherhood and comfort.’

Ibrahim is a painter. His family escaped from Mosul on August 6, 2014. Ibrahim had just built a beautiful home for his family. He had a good job with the government. His wife was a nurse and his children were in school. Overnight, they became homeless in their own country – internally displaced people unable to go home.

Ibrahim’s paintings express his hope in Christ in the midst of terror
Ibrahim paints his feelings. With beautiful colors and haunting imagery, he’s recreated the frightful night his family had to flee. In the reds and the blacks you can feel the terror of that night. But there is hope: a cross amid the rubble, which leads to a place of “peace, brotherhood, and comfort,” he says. That’s where Ibrahim and his family live now in northern Iraq. It may be temporary. It may be longer. They don’t know.

Another painting shows a man lying in the street. Ibrahim says the man is disheartened and displaced, hoping to return home, but not knowing when. He worked in blues to create a stormy sea. “Looking at the sea gives you mixed feelings of beauty and fear for the people who want to travel outside, seeking a better future,” he says. But this sea is deadly. Ibrahim knew of two families from a nearby village who drowned like so many others, trying to escape.

Ibrahim has lost his home and his occupation but it cannot quash the creative spark in his soul. “The Christian people in Iraq are creative,” he says. “They were artists – music and drama. If the Middle East loses its Christians, it will be a disaster.” Ibrahim wants to stay in Iraq. He wants to continue to be salt and light in a troubled place.

‘When Jesus comes I will be happy to translate for the rest of us.’

Father Daniel is a Chaldean priest. Old beyond his years, he turned 26 this week. With another priest, Father Douglas, Father Daniel oversees a camp for more than 700 Iraqi Christians, most who fled their villages on August 6, 2014.

Father Daniel is faithful and funny. Before becoming a priest, he studied to become a doctor with Muslim classmates in Ukraine. His classmates bombarded him with questions about his faith. To answer them thoughtfully and thoroughly, Daniel took online courses in theology. Through that study he decided, “to become a spiritual doctor instead of a regular doctor.”

Father Daniel knows every child in the camp – all 200 – by name. When he walks through the camp, they gravitate toward him, holding his hand, basking in his smile. He preaches in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Father Daniel says when Jesus comes, he will be happy to translate for the rest of us. “When I am with him, I feel there is no place I’d rather be on that glorious day,” says Costanza.

Father Daniel knows all 200 children in the refugee camp by name
World Vision works with Father Daniel to provide the internally displaced people with what they need – food vouchers to buy things they can’t otherwise buy: protein like meat and cheese, and supporting small businesses such as hairdressing, cooking, and tailoring, even a playground for kids who used to play outside in their villages. The children live in cramped quarters with no privacy. They need a place to play.

‘Now draw your dream, I said. I saw pictures of doctors, teachers, singers, and dancers.’

Father Daniel’s new congregation is hungry for healing. “What happened to them was a big trauma,” he says. “They need to be educated on how to deal with this loss. It’s really big. They worked for so many years. They have nothing.” But they need more than just handouts, he says. They need hope. “We are trying to help them be creative,” he says. “Iraqi Christians – when they are persecuted, they become creative. We opened a Child-Friendly Space. We did classes in music, flute, guitar, violin, dancing, drama, and drawing.”

When the children first came to the camp, Father Daniel had them draw their feelings. They drew guns and bombs and war.  “I hosted the same drawing exercise after six months,” he says “‘Now draw your dream,’ I said. I saw pictures of doctors, teachers, singers, and dancers.”

“I came home from Iraq feeling ashamed but inspired,” says Costanza. “Would my faith be so strong under so much pressure? Would I still write and take pictures? Would I still appreciate beauty – in people, in music, in art, and in nature? Would persecution pique my creativity? I hope so. When that day comes, I hope I can be like an Iraqi Christian, finding beauty and bravery, being my best – God’s best version of me – in the very worst of times.”

Source: Kari Costanza, World Vision

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This is a remarkable work and something quite unique that I’ve not come across before (and believe me I’ve seen most ideas). There is a huge appetite for devotional type books and I’m sure that this one will appeal to many people.

The triumphant Lion of Judah features this way in these stories:

  • Creator and Sustainer in The Magician’s Nephew.
  • Saviour and Redeemer in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • The Way, the Truth and the Life in The Horse and His Boy.
  • Restorer and Commander in Prince Caspian.
  • Guide and Guardian in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • Revealer and Victor in The Silver Chair.
  • Judge and Conqueror in The Last Battle

C. S. Lewis wrote:
The whole Narnian story is about Christ …
The whole series works out like this.
The Magician’s Nephew
tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia.
The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe, the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Prince Caspian, restoration of the true religion after corruption.
The Horse and His Boy, the calling and conversion of a heathen.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the spiritual life.
The Silver Chair, the continuing war with the powers of darkness.
The Last Battle, the coming of the Antichrist, the end of the world and the Last Judgment.

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Jesus.net: Over 12 million online decisions for Christ

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Over 12 Million online decisions for Christ.
Over 97 million visitors to their website.
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Eric Célérier was a 22-year-old new Christian, looking for work. Sure, he had three years of French cooking school under his belt, but he felt God was calling him to do something else. Someone from his church asked him if he would be interested working for the 1986 Billy Graham Crusade coming to Paris. “I said I don’t know who Billy Graham is,” Célérier said. “But I’m looking for a job.”
 
He still remembers the September 1986 Crusade at Paris’ Bercy Stadium. The view of Billy Graham preaching and thousands flooding the stage to give their life to Jesus. “It really impacted my life. When I saw all the people come to receive Christ, I said a prayer. I told God I want to be an evangelist. I want to win people to Christ like this man.”
 
More than a quarter of a century later, Célérier is at The Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Here more than 100 people from over 20 countries involved in Jesus.net, the internet evangelism movement he founded, have gathered for a five-day conference with one unified purpose: using the internet to reach people for Jesus. “I praise God every day,” the modest Frenchman said. “It’s really a movement of God.”
Tracing the steps of exactly when the online evangelism movement began is a little like figuring out who really invented the internet. Célérier recalls 1997 as the first time he started building tools for online evangelism, and 2001 when the first evangelistic website went live. But April 2005 was when the Knowing God website – the model that BGEA is using for PeaceWithGod.net – went live.
 
In the 7 1/2 years since launching in France, Célérier has seen more than 36.8 million people click on one of the Jesus.net websites that deliver a gospel presentation through video format. More than 12 million people have indicated they prayed to receive Christ and roughly 25 percent of those have filled out a personal information form, which has been used to send discipleship material as well as help new believers get plugged into a local church. “Recording decisions is just one step. It’s a measurement, not a goal,” he said. “The goal is that they would grow in their faith and get involved in a church.”
 
A network of 330 churches has signed on to help new Christians grow in their faith. Célérier’s team in France has worked hard to make sure new followers of Christ are given proper follow-up with discipleship information and connected with a local church in their area. “We try to move people along their spiritual journey, just like they would do at a Crusade,” Célérier said. “For them to connect to a local church is extremely important.”
 
The Jesus.net movement, which began in August of 2009, is quickly spreading around the globe. Many other countries are getting involved under the Jesus.net umbrella. You might want to check out the fascinating Google Earth map with real-time decisions for Christ in 3D. Every minute three people come to Christ.
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Source: Eric Célérier, Trevor Freeze
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Central Asia: Woman returns from the dead to tell about Jesus

Central Asia: Muslim woman rises from the dead to tell her family about Jesus

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Christian journalist Steve Rees reports about a remarkable story from Central Asia. It’s about a 63-year old Muslim woman, Sabina, who landed in a coma and was proclaimed dead by her doctors. Her body was brought to a morgue where she stayed for two days.

In a near-death-experience she had a vision of a tree branch moving toward her and turning into a hand. She heard the words: “If you grab onto my hand, I will bring you back to life.” When she took hold of the hand, she came back to live, to the astonishment of the medical staff working in the morgue.

When she returned home, she surprised family members by heading straight to a local Pentecostal church where she surrendered her life to Christ.

This happened several years ago and since then her six daughters, her son, her 92-year old mother and a niece have become Christians too. It demonstrates that entire household salvations still happen, also among Muslims. Her emotional and powerful testimony is now spreading through her Muslim nation in Central Asia.

‘I saw Jesus. He had his arms open wide and welcomed me home.’

When Muslim students at university heard about the miracle, they invited Sabina’s son-in-law Jamal to share about Jesus with them.

A close friend of Jamal started to have dreams and visions of Jesus and within a month he gave his heart to the Savior. “When we prayed together he began to weep,” says Jamal. “After settling himself, he told me, ‘Jamal, I just saw Jesus again. This time he had his arms open wide, welcoming me home.’” When his friend’s wife heard about the conversion, she threatened to divorce him. But he prayed for her and three months later both of them were baptized.

Out of the conversion of this family many home Bible study groups have started among friends and neighbors. Some team members are ministering to Syrian refugees. “Last year we adopted an entire refugee camp before winter set in because many babies and toddlers die from the cold. We raised enough money to pay for heat and insulation in their tents,” Jamal says. They request prayer for their work with Syrian refugees, and for the love of Jesus to be revealed to many more friends and neighbours.

Source: Steve Rees

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Middle East: God protects new believers

Middle East: God brings dust storm to protect new believers from terrorist attack

At least 50 Christians in the Middle East directly experienced God’s mighty hand of protection from Islamist militants when He caused a giant dust storm to hide them from their attackers.

The story of divine protection began with a baptism held in secret. “By the ever loving grace of God, 24 believers of Jesus Christ from Islam received baptism in the Arabian Sea,” says Pastor Paul, founder of missions organization Bibles for Mideast. About 50 people, including the baptism candidates, boarded a bus that took them to the appointed spot. They had been instructed to keep their plans secret. “After the baptism service and prayers, we all entered the bus to return back to our house church for a worship service and the Lord’s Supper,” Pastor Paul recounts.

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The bus started moving. Suddenly three cars filled with Islamic militants came speeding up behind the bus and started shooting at them. “We don’t know how it was leaked to the militants,” says Pastor Paul. He believes it was their plan to kill them during the baptism service. But somehow, they misjudged the timing of their arrival.

A wild chase began, as the bus driver and the cars picked up speed on the two-lane road. “We really did not know what to do, but started praying to the Lord for His protection.” Then something very unusual happened. “Suddenly we saw a giant dust storm form behind our bus,” Pastor Paul says. At first they were afraid that the dust storm would envelop the bus and they would be forced to stop, which would cause the terrorists to overtake them. But, the dust storm surrounded the militants’ cars, not the bus. “We again heard the gunshots towards us. But we didn’t see their vehicles behind us any more.”

As some looked back at the dense cloud, they saw a beautiful vision of the Lord Jesus Christ in the dust storm. With gratitude to God they arrived at the house church and lifted up praise to the Lord.

Source: Pastor Paul, via Mark Ellis

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Discovering ASLAN in ‘The Last Battle’

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C. S. Lewis wrote:

The whole Narnian story is about Christ.   … The whole series works out like this.
The Magician’s Nephew
tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Prince Caspian, restoration of the true religion after corruption.
The Horse and His Boy, the calling and conversion of a heathen.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the spiritual life (especially in Reepicheep).
The Silver Chair, the continuing war with the powers of darkness.
The Last Battle, the coming of the Antichrist (the Ape), the end of the world and the Last Judgment

Prologue

He is the High King above all kings, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

He is the son of the Great Emperor beyond the sea, beyond the world. He spoke and sang before the creation of the world and brought the world into being.

He commands legions of creatures and people in many worlds.  Some creatures loyal to him may seem strange to us, and many of them fly.  They worship him and serve him wholeheartedly.

His word is always true.  You can depend on him totally. He never lies.

He appears unexpectedly and makes things right.  He gave his life to conquer evil and ransom the guilty rebel.  He rose again by dawn and appeared first to loving, caring young women.

He has enemies in this world and in other worlds but he defeated them and they are doomed. They tremble at the sound of his name.

All who trust in him are forgiven and set free.  He breathes life into hearts of stone.  His breath gives life.

He reveals himself to all who choose to follow and obey him, and the more they know him the more they love him.  The more you know him the bigger he becomes to you. He loves with unending love.

He chose Peter to lead under his authority and to reign with his royal family.  They failed him at times, as we all do, but he always sets things right when anyone asks for his help, trusts him and follows him.

He has all authority in this world and in other worlds. Multitudes love and serve him now and forever. You can talk to him now and always. 

He is the subject of this book and many other books.  He calls you to respond to him, to believe in him, to love him and to live for him.

He is the Lion of Judah.

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Exploring the Story within the Stories

Introduction

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  – “Aslan is on the move”
  1. Prince Caspian  – “Every year you grow you will find me bigger”
  1. The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’  – “By knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there”
  1. The Silver Chair  – “Aslan’s instructions always work: there are no exceptions”
  1. The Horse and His Boy  – “High King above all kings in Narnia”
  1. The Magician’s Nephew  – “I give you yourselves … and I give you myself”
  1. The Last Battle  – “Further up and further in”

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One of the most popular Lion stories is about Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

The stories of Aslan illustrate in fairy tale the greater story of the Lion of the tribe of Judah hidden within the Narnia stories. Replying to a child’s enquiry about the lion’s name, Lewis wrote. “I found the name in the notes to Lane’s Arabian Nights: it is the Turkish for Lion. I pronounce it Ass-lan myself. And of course I meant the Lion of Judah.”[i] The Aslan passages echo and reflect the greatest story of all, the story of the Lion of Judah.

Aslan reminded the children that they would know him truly in their own world when they left Narnia: “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little you may know me better there.”[ii]

Lewis encouraged readers to make that discovery. He replied to Hila, an 11 year old girl who wrote a letter asking about Aslan’s other name: “As to Aslan’s other name, well I want you to guess. Has there ever been anyone in this world who (1.) Arrived at the same time as Father Christmas. (2) Said he was the son of the Great Emperor. (3) Gave himself up for someone else’s fault to be jeered at and killed by wicked people. (4) Came to life again. (5) Is sometimes spoken of as a Lamb (see the end of the Dawn Treader). Don’t you really know His name in this world.”[iii]

Most children did. Many adults did not.

Nine-year-old Laurence worried that he loved Aslan more than Jesus. So his mother wrote to C. S. Lewis, care of the Publishing Company. She received his answer ten days later. Lewis explained, “Laurence can’t really love Aslan more than Jesus, even if he feels that’s what he is doing. For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence thinks he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus: and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before.”[iv]

Lewis, replying to a girl, Ruth, wrote, “If you continue to love Jesus, nothing much can go wrong with you, and I hope you may always do so. I’m thankful that you realized [the] “hidden story” in the Narnian books. It is odd, children nearly always do, grown-ups hardly ever.”[v]

The Chronicles of Narnia can help you know Aslan better in the world of Narnia and to know and love Jesus, the Lion of Judah, better also.

Jesus promised to be with us always. He is with us now, caring for us and helping us, even though we do not see him yet. One day we will see him and really know how great and good he is. Meanwhile we can talk to him in our mind and heart anytime and get to know him better from the Bible, especially through the Gospels.

One of his last promises is ‘Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).

[i] C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children, edited by L W Dorsett and M L Mead, Touchstone, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995, p. 29.

[ii] The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ch. 16.

[iii] Letters to Children, p. 32.

[iv] Letters to Children, pp. 52-53.

[v] Letters to Children, p. 111.

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