That is a good pamphlet. I'm glad Larry did not extol Hannibal and the Carthaginians any more than he did - I'm pretty sure they were the "bad guys."
But, yes, this is what God has been showing me - He doesn't want my rules and regulations - He wants my HEART! It looks very cliché in print, but once God makes that real to you it changes everything.
Um...Larry wasn't "extolling" Hannibal. Why do you say that? If you note the parts that I bolded in the following passage, Larry's already pointed out that Hannibal was a "bad guy". If you study history and the various armies and rulers and famous battles, there is much to be learned about strategies, inspiration, pressing on, and many other things. Larry was just using this particular well-known story as an example for pressing on.
Because of Hannibal's determination, his men went forth and accomplished their "impossible, unattainable" goal, though at a terrible cost. Fifteen thousand of them died while crossing the mountains. Those who survived entered foreign territory and defeated the Romans in northern, central, and finally southern Italy. At the Battle of Cannae, they destroyed almost fifty thousand troops in a day—the worst defeat ever suffered by the Roman empire!
Hannibal, a barbarian whose "faith" was vainglorious and worldly, nonetheless inspired his troops to sacrificial effort. Without condoning his ruthlessness, we can acknowledge his resolve. In our lives, sin and temptation can tower over us like the Alps towered over Hannibal's army. Realizing Jesus is returning for a church without "blemish, but holy, and blameless" (Eph. 5:27), we must respond to the Holy Spirit as he beckons us to "see beyond the Alps." The "Comforter" —"one who stands alongside to instill courage [like a general]"—is preparing us as an army to do battle for the Holy One of Israel.
Across the land genuine followers of Jesus Christ are speaking out in mounting unison: "I see no Alps—those obstacles in my way—I'm on a ‘Way of Holiness’ (Is 35:8) to bring glory to his name."