Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review of Walk it Out by Tricia Goyer


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Tricia Goyer and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Walk it Out" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Walk It Out” by Tricia Goyer is a thoughtful and thought-provoking challenge to live a life of love as we obey what the Bible teaches us.  This autobiographical book takes the reader on a journey with the author as she experienced a turning-point moment in her Christian walk where she moved from a “God help me” to a “how can I help You God” kind of faith.

Tricia challenges the reader to pursue God’s dreams and purposes for our lives rather than our dreams for ourselves.  She helps the reader examine their activity and encourages them to determine the kingdom value of that activity.  This is a life-changing book that points the reader to the Word of God and shows how the author applied the Word to her own life and circumstances.  This may be particularly helpful when trying to figure out how to apply Scripture to your own life.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Action Storybook Bible Giveaway

Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God's redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God's story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.

Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God's beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Counseling Under the Cross by Bob Kellemen

Counseling Under the Cross

by Bob Kellemen 
Spiritual Growth
New Growth Press


Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care. In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther's gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care. As Kellemen mines Luther's own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God.

Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone. 
 
 
 
 

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Bob Kellemen, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He is also the author of many books, including Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations.

Bob and his wife, Shirley, have two children and two grandchildren.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Thessalonians 3


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.as4other matters,pray4us that msg of L spread rapidly&be honored as was w/u(1)

2.&pray we may be delivered from wicked&evil ppl,4 not evry1 has faith(2)

3.But L is faithful&will strengthen&protect u from evil 1(3)

4.we have confidence in L that you’re doing&will cont2do things we cmd(4)

5.may L direct ur hearts into G’s love&Christ’s perseverance(5)

 

6.in name of LJC, we cmd u2keep away from evry believer who idle,disruptive(6a)

7.&doesn’t live accordg2 teachg u recd from us (6b)

8.4u know how u ought2follow our ex.  We weren’t idle when w/u(7)

9.nor did we eat any1’s food w/o paying; we worked night&day so we burden(8)

10.we did this 2 offer ourselves as model 4u2 imitate(9)

11.4even when we w/u,we gave rule:”The 1 who unwilling 2work shall not eat”(10)

12.we hear some among u are idle&disruptive; they busy, they busybodies(11)

13.such ppl we cmd & urge in LJC 2 settle dn&earn food they eat(12)

 

14.as for u brosis, nvr tire of doing good(13)

15.take special note of any1 who obey instruction in this ltr(14a)

16.associate w/them in order that they feel ashamed(14b)

17.yet regard them as enemy, warn them as fellow believer(15)

18.Now may L of peace give u peace @ all times in evry way; L b w/u(16)

19.I, Paul, write greeting w/my own hand,which=distinguishing mk of my ltrs(17)

20.The Grace of our LJC b w/u all(18)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Paul asks for prayer and prays for the Thessalonians (1-5)

Principle: Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life.

2.Paul’s final  command and the example he set (6-12)

Principle: Christ followers help others and glorify God, they don’t take advantage.

3.Paul teaches how to deal with idle and disruptive believers (13-18)

Principle: Christians should help each other to be like Christ.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul closes second Thessalonians’ letter with teaching about idle believers.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Christians are examples to others in word and deed.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.What will you do today to incorporate or improve the practice of praying for your church leadership?

2.How will you change your behavior today to be less idle and/or disruptive?  How will you gently guide other believers to be less idle and/or disruptive?

3.What action will you take today to obey Paul’s instruction in this second letter to the Thessalonians?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

God's Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace PLUS GIVEAWAY

God's Crime Scene for Kids

by J. Warner Wallace

Children's Book / Resource

David C Cook




In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.


Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God's Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Give kids the tools to investigate the evidence of God
in His creation!

 Meet the Author


J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on

Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.


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First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to J. Warner Wallace and his publisher for sending me a copy of "God's Crime Scene for Kids" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“God’s Crime Scene for Kids” by J. Warner Wallace is the next step in helping kids (and I must confess, this adult) understand why Christians believe what we believe.  This book will open the eyes of those with “blind faith” and reveal the evidence behind the soundness of creation.  The easy-to-read chapters help to develop logical thought processes while engaging the reader who is drawn into the book to help solve a mystery with the story’s main characters.

This book is filled with tools and challenges to build faith and sound reasoning techniques.  “God’s Crime Scene for Kids” is a great tool to help build a solid faith foundation for Children of God of all ages.  I’m sure I will read it many times myself and I can’t wait to share it with my grandson.