“How They Grow”

Tarrying for the Shine by Isaiah Reid
(the 16th and final part of his book “How They Grow”)

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

In this hasty generation, we want everything quickly, including patience and maturity!  And what about those who receive the gracious experience of a pure heart by faith from God, and then decide that they have “arrived” spiritually, with no further need for growth?

By means of a “time lapse” view of an apple in his garden, Isaiah Reid helps us take the long view of how the Lord works maturity in us, all by means of those experiences and challenges through which He helps to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

This essay, Tarrying for the Shine, is the last chapter in Reid's book “How They Grow.”  (Note: This article served as the basis for the message on the last night of the Iowa Holiness Association's Camp Meeting 2012 in Jim Kerwin's portrayal of Isaiah Reid.)

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The Attrition of One Soul on Another by Isaiah Reid
(Part 15 from his book “How They Grow”)

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

The souls of men and women around us, good and bad, are being used by God to shape us and mature us.  What sort of effect are we having the souls of others?

Isaiah Reid cites examples from his own life, both of those who might have been used to discourage and embitter him—like the “crabid” editor and the critical minister—as well as those who brought him closer to his full potential as a man and as a Christian, like his mentor, Dr. Eratus J. Gillett.

Reid ponders these thoughts as he considers The Attrition of One Soul on Another, the next-to-last section of his book, “How They Grow.”

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Advance as Effected by Habit by Isaiah Reid (Part 14 from his book “How They Grow”)

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

Isaiah Reid, founder of the Iowa Holiness Association

It was pointed out to me in that in the midst of the site-upgrade shuffle, I had not posted this month's link to the latest Isaiah Reid book chapter.  Taken from the closing chapters of his best-selling holiness book, “How They Grow,” our founder looks at habits we form—both good and bad—and examines how they either abet or abort our spiritual growth.  It's all there in Advance as Effected by Habit.

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