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Friday, September 23, 2011

Growing Up In God's Family


Growing Up in God's Family: Bible Study GuideGrowing Up in God's Family: Bible Study Guide by Charles R. Swindoll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The is an excellent book for a new Christian. The book explains how a Christian should grow up in his faith. Chuck Swindoll is one of my favorite writers and I always learn a principle from his writings. Below are a few quotes from the book that spoke to me:


The church was made up of what writer Howard Snyder calls Kingdom people rather than Church people. He writes, "Church people think about how to get people into church; Kingdom people think about how to get the church into the world. Church people worry that the world might change the church; Kingdom people work to see the church change the world."  p. 65


In order to produce Kingdom people today, Christian leaders should view the church as a place for believers to huddle, like players on a football team, to receive biblical instruction and a moment of rest. The real game occurs during the week, as the team members live out their beliefs and proclaim Jesus Christ in the world. p. 65


Someone once said, "The Bible was not given to satisfy idle curiosity; it was given to change a life."  p. 97


Christ is committed to it [the church], not because He's committed to an institution, but because He's committed to us. The word church in Greek, ekklesia, means literally "called-out ones." The church is a body, not a building. We don't go to church; we are the church.  p. 103


In the church, we're "members one of another," [Rom. 12:4-5] implying both community and accountability.  p. 104


Here [2 Samuel 24:14b] David models the second characteristic of the spiritual adult: a mind that thinks theologically. He made his decision based on his understanding of the nature of God versus the nature of man. God's mercies are great. Although He may discipline us, once the sin is dealt with, it is forgotten.  p. 113


When we fail . . . we do not quit.

When we obey . . . we do not argue.

When we sacrifice . . . we do not lose.  p. 115


Chapter 15 is a classic. Principles from this chapter I needed in my life today. I will not share all of it but need for my sake to share some. When we go through trails it is best to do what the Psalms teach. The give us permission "to weep, to dance, to shake our fists in anger. But never does it let us shift our focus from God." p. 119


Read Psalm 26: 1 "Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. 3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. 5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. 6 I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving And declare all Your wonders.

8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells. 9 Do not take my soul away along with sinners, Nor my life with men of bloodshed, 10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; Redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12 My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I shall bless the LORD."


Look at the steps David followed:


Be Open before the Lord: Examine me. Try me. Test me.  pp. 120-121


Remembering God's Love, Continue to Obey  p. 121


Refuse to Spend Time with Wrong Associates p. 121


Maintain a Positive Attitude: How therapeutic, though, is a heart of gratitude, for it refocuses our minds on the Lord and His healing presence.  p. 122


Be Faithful in Public Worship  p. 123


Patiently Stand and Wait for Relief.  p. 123


Now take a look at 1 Peter 2:18-20 "18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first."These verses show us that, first, mature believers want to please God, regardless. Second, they model the life of Christ. Displaying Jesus' qualities while suffering is more important to them than coming out on top.  Third, they see benefit in hardship. Through the pain, they cling even more to the Savior's side. And for that reason alone, it's worth it all.  p. 124


Remember, there is something to hold on to in our topsy-turvy world-or, according to David, some One to hold on to. [2 Sanuel 22:2-3]  p. 126


Henry Gariepy describes the precious insights trails provide us:

The Arabs have a proverb: "All sunshine makes a desert." (They ought to know.) When life is easy, it is possible to live on the surface of things. But when the trail and sorrow come, then one is driven to the deeper things. Then one can enter into the secrets and beauties of God. It is in the storm that God arches His rainbow over us, its multi-splendor revealing all the elements of color that make up the beauty of the world. Life's greatest revelations come in its storms.  p. 126


L-Listen. I listen intently to other people's words and feelings.

O-Overlook. I overlook other people's minor differences and petty faults.

V-Value. I value the people I love, treating them with dignity.

E-Express. I express my feelings by giving of myself.


I highly recommend this book!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and BackHeaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an encouragement to those that read it. I don't necessarily agree with everything that Colton shares about Heaven. The fact that he says he met his sister would was miscarried has to give hope to those like my wife and I who have lost a child to a miscarriage. Colton's description of Heaven does make Heaven more real to the reader. I would highly recommend that all believers read this book! Chapter 15, "Confession," reminded me again that God already knows our thoughts so when we pray we should pour our heart out to Him. Even if that means we tell Him we don't understand or think life is unfair. He loves us and always has our best interest at heart! The video below is an interview with Todd and Colton:


I trust you will also check out the website, http://heavenisforreal.net/

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Monday, September 5, 2011

A Call to Courageous Living


Call To Courageous LivingCall To Courageous Living by Catt Michael
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Excellent booklet based on the movie. Only 55 pages, but worth the read. Glad to see all the helps based on this excellent movie. The plan of salvation is given in the last section. This is a good booklet to buy to give out to unsaved friends or new parents.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Greatest Thing in the World


The Greatest Thing in the World: Experience the Enduring Power of LoveThe Greatest Thing in the World: Experience the Enduring Power of Love by Henry Drummond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book on love. The love described in 1 Corinthians 13. The author. Henry Drummond, (1851-1897) was a world-renowned 19th century evangelist from Scotland. He assisted Dwight L. Moody with revivals. If you are interested in a study on the Bible meaning of love this is the book for you!


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The Family

The Family
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