Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings

Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings

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by L. B. E. Cowman, Jim Reimann, James Reimann
     
 

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An updated version for the 1990s of one of the best-selling devotional books of all time, this text is based on the NIV and will lead you from life's dry, desolate places to the waters of the River of Life — and beyond, to their very Source.

In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the

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An updated version for the 1990s of one of the best-selling devotional books of all time, this text is based on the NIV and will lead you from life's dry, desolate places to the waters of the River of Life — and beyond, to their very Source.

In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the world, Streams in the Desert ® — her collection of prayerful meditations, Christian writings, and God's written promises—has become one of the most dearly loved, best-selling devotionals of all time since its first publication in 1925. Filled with insight into the richness of God's provision and the purpose of His plan, this enduring classic has encouraged and inspired generations of Christians. I heard the flow of hidden springs; before me palms rose green and fair; The birds were singing; all the air was filled and stirred with angels' wings. Now James Reimann, editor of the highly acclaimed updated edition of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, again brings us the wisdom of the past in the language of today, by introducing this updated edition of Streams in the Desert. With fresh, contemporary wording and precise NIV text, the timeless message of the original flows unhindered through these pages, lending guidance and hope to a new generation of believers. We never know where God has hidden His streams. We see a large stone and have no idea that it covers the source of a spring. We see a rocky areas and never imagine that it is hiding a fountain. God leads me into hard and difficult places, and it is there I realize I am where eternal streams abide. Day by day, Streams in the Desert will lead you from life's dry desolate places to the waters of the River of Life — and beyond, to their very Source.

Author Biography: Mrs. Charles E. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310230113
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
33,845
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.13(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction to the Updated Edition Streams in the Desert, first published in 1925, along with My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, has become one of the two most beloved daily devotional books of all time. It has been a source of hope, encouragement, comfort, and strength for millions of people through the years, and has remained a perennial bestseller.
L. B. Cowman, who first published the original edition, was an American missionary in the Orient with her husband, Charles. Streams in the Desert is a compilation of Cowman's favorite writings from some of the best-known Christians over the last several centuries, including Charles Spurgeon, F. B. Meyer, Andrew Murray, A. B. Simpson, and Hannah Whitall Smith, just to name a few. By adding appropriate Scripture passages, poems, and some of her own writings to these great truths by other great Christians, she ultimately compiled one devotional reading for each day of the year.
The enduring power of Streams in the Desert is the result of the selections being firmly based on the truth of Scripture. Yet over the last few years, many readers found themselves struggling to understand the full meaning of these writings, especially since some of them had been written hundreds of years before. Therefore, just as there has been a need for new translations of the Bible due to changes in the English language, the wording of these powerful truths needed revision to be understood by today's reader. As the editor of this updated edition, I have endeavored to maintain the beauty of the original without altering its meaning, giving it the same care I gave the updated edition of My Utmost for His Highest, which I edited several years ago.
For those of you familiar with both Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest, you may be interested in knowing something of the tie between these two best-selling daily devotional books of all time. Not only were they originally published during the same time period (Streams in 1925, and My Utmost in 1927), but L. B. Cowman and Oswald Chambers had ministered together. They met when the Cowmans were missionaries to Japan and Chambers traveled there to preach. Also, both were greatly influenced by Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher of the late 1800s. Chambers came to a saving knowledge of Christ through the preaching of Spurgeon, and Cowman selected more of Spurgeon's writings for Streams in the Desert than those of any other person.
In this new edition you will find a number of enhancements. All Scripture quotes, except those otherwise marked, are now updated using the New International Version of the Bible and are referenced within the text. My purpose in referencing all Scripture quotes is to facilitate further study of the Bible passages. Also, in order to make this book a further help to the Bible student, teacher, or pastor, I have added a Contributors Index, a Scripture Index, and a Subject Index. Much of the work on the indexes was done by my assistant, Susan Cullen. I wish to thank her for her diligent efforts. Her work was tedious, yet thorough, and she demonstrated a true understanding of the verse: 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men' (Col. 3:23).
My prayer for you, the reader, is that you would be blessed by the application of the truths in this book like so many millions before you. God has ministered to me in a very special way as I have worked on this new edition. I know firsthand the power of Christ that lies within these pages, and the hope, encouragement, comfort, and strength that comes from His Word being applied to our hearts. I trust insights shared here from God's Word by many saints of His down through the ages will be like 'Streams in the Desert' to you during the difficult times of your life, for He has said, 'Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert' (Isa. 35:6).
James Reimann, Editor January 1
The land you are ______ to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. (Deuteronomy 11:11_--_12)
Today we stand at the threshold of the unknown. Before us lies a new year, and we are going forward to take possession of it. Who knows what we will find? What new experiences or changes will come our way? What new needs will arise? In spite of the uncertainty before us, we have a cheerful and comforting message from our heavenly Father: 'The LORD your God cares for [it]; the eyes of the LORD ... are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.'
The Lord is to be our Source of supply. In Him are springs, fountains, and streams that will never be cut off or run dry. To those who are anxious comes the gracious promise of our heavenly Father: If He is the Source of our mercies, mercy will never fail us. No heat or drought can dry the 'river whose streams make glad the city of God' (Ps. 46:4).
Yet the land we are to possess is a land of valleys and hills. It is not all flat or downhill. If life were always smooth and level, the boring sameness would weigh us down. We need the valleys and the hills. The hills collect the rain for hundreds of fruitful valleys. And so it is with us! It is the difficulty encountered on the hills that drives us to the throne of grace and brings the showers of blessing. Yes, it is the hills, the cold and seemingly barren hills of life that we question and complain about, that bring down the showers. How many people have perished in the wilderness valley, buried under its golden sand, who would have thrived in the hills? And how many would have been killed by the cold, destroyed or swept desolate of their fruitfulness by the wind, if not for the hills---stern, hard, rugged, and so steep to climb? God's hills are a gracious protection for His people against their foes!

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“Fresh water from a time-tested fountainhead of faith” -- Dr. Gary Smalley

Meet the Author

La Senora Cowman y su esposo fueron pioneros en Japon y China desde 1901 hasta 1917. Durante ese tiempo ayudaron a fundar la Sociedad Oriental Misionera. Cuando la mala salud del senor Cowman, Forzo ala pareja a regresar a Estados Unidos: La senora Cowman's Gira su atencion a cuidar por su esposo hasta su muerte. Seis anos mas tarde. Fuera de las experiencias y corazon quebrado de la senora cowman's vino su primer libro. 'Manantiales en el Desierto' seguido por ' Primavera en el Valle'. Durante los 25 anos que siguieron la senora cowman's inspira varias campanas mundiales de distribution de escrituras y escribio 7 libros mas. Finalmente el domingo de pascua del ano 1960. A la edad de 90 anos la senora cowman's conose cara a cara el Dios que ha servido muy fielmente por casi una decada.

Jim Reimann has more than five million books in print in twelve languages, including the updated editions of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. He is a former retail executive and past chairman of the Christian Booksellers Association. As an ordained minister, Bible teacher, author, and expert on Israel, he hosts teaching tours of Israel and other Bible lands, which he offers through his website. Www.Jim Reimann.com

Editor de las actuales ediciones de Manantiales en el Desierto y My Utmost for His Highest expandido y actualizado en el lenguaje de hoy.

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This devotional was suggested by a friend in June of 2008. As much as I love "My Utmost For His Highest", which I also own, this devotional is exceptional. Rarely will you find constant day to day messages geared towards the great difficulties that many of us face in our day to day lives. If you are going through great mental, emotional, or physical tribulations in life; this devotional is most definitely for you. Or if you know someone in great need of some very deep inspiration to get them through their days, refer this devotional to them. I have given my copy to a dear friend who I know will receive many benefits from it, and cannot wait to get another copy for myself. Do yourself a favor and stop at the store and just read a few days from this incredibly annointed and blessed author. You will be amazed at her gift, and twice blessed from her words of comfort and exhortation.
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This book came highly recommended, and I have not been disappointed. Daily reads that make so much sense and can be applied to your daily walk with God. Very uplifting and so many times the day's read included exactly what I needed!
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