Friday, August 29, 2014

Why You Really Can Memorize Scripture by Dr. Daniel Morris

Understand and unlock your mind's natural ability to memorize long passages
Called to be a missionary as a teenager, I had a great desire to fulfill God's will, but had a great sense of inadequacy for such an extraordinary purpose.  But God says he who meditates in His Word ... shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:3). This verse was and still is a great source of encouragement.
Part of meditation is to memorize God's Word, so I began a systematic method of memorizing consecutive passages of scripture.  Through the years I learned, both by study and by experience, how God made our memory function.  Presently, I have 42 chapters memorized and, best of all, our missionary work has prospered beyond what I could have imagined.
This book describes what I learned about permanently memorizing scripture and will help you be one of the few who experiences the blessing of meditation in God's Word, and the hope that whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
In this book you’ll learn:
  • Specific memorization techniques.
  • How to memorize scripture, the Bible.
  • How to retain what you memorize
About the Author
Dr. Morris graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and Anchor Theological Seminary.  He received his Ph. D. in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University.  Since 1978, he and his wife, Debbie, have served as missionaries in Chiapas, Mexico. He presently pastors the Baptist church he founded in Tuxtla GutiĆ©rrez and oversees several other churches, missions and a Christian school. Much of his time is dedicated to training Mexican pastors, and counseling.

Here's my review of this valuable resource:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Daniel Morris and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Why You Really Can Memorize Scripture" 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.

“Why You Really Can Memorize Scripture” by Dr. Daniel Morris may be a tiny booklet that can be read in one sitting, but it provides some good information that can help you commit Scripture to  memory.  Dr. Morris gives a brief overview of the structure of memory and a general idea of how it works and how to utilize it.  Such understanding may help you to overcome obstacles to memorizing Scripture.  It helped me to recognize several issues I have in my memorization process.

The author describes the process he uses to memorize Scripture then gives you a verse and walks you through that memorization process.  Dr. Morris also provides suggestions for not forgetting what you’ve memorized.  I have added some of his suggested techniques to my own existing memorization system, and they’ve helped me to memorize faster and more completely.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 19 – Revelation 14

Chapter 14 is the final part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  The Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000 Jews – Chuck calls them the 144,000 commandos!  Chuck suggests that heaven isn’t as far away as we imagine – that it may be another dimension of our present existence.  Is it just me?  Or does that sound like Frank Piretti’s “This Present Darkness”?

Anyway, back to Zion.  This is apparently where Jesus will be placed on the throne of David.  This is one prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled.  And it will be fulfilled when Jesus reigns during the millennium.  We’ll talk about that more in a couple weeks.

The Warrior-King that the Jews expected when Christ first came is the Ruler Who will come for us.  And when He returns with His army, those of us who are part of His body will return with Him.  Ooh, I’ve got chills!  I cannot wait.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 15 & 16.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

She didn't expect to fall in love--but roses aren't the only thing blooming on Galveston Island Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her boisterous Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand--directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John's--and they want Cassia's full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into this former Rossi's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

Here's my review of this lovely novel:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Janice Thompson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "A Bouquet of Love" 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.
Some people believe that Glen Campbell put Galveston on the map.  I believe that Janice Thompson has that honor.  “A Bouquet of Love” is Janice Thompson’s fourth offering in the Weddings by Design series, adding a new family – and cultural dynamic – to the landscape.  The Rossi family has been imbedded in every aspect of Galveston Island.  Now, a new family has come to town.  A Greek family.  With a patriarch that is hostile toward the Rossis.  Who has opened a Gyro shop across the street from Parma John’s Pizzeria!  But now that Cassia Pappas has taken a job at the flower shop on the Strand and is making friends with the Rossis, she is struggling with being completely honest with both her family and her new friends.

Having grown up in a community that was Italian, Jewish and Greek, this book took me back to the similarities of the cultures I loved as a child.  For the most part, the situations the characters found themselves in were comedic.  But having lived much like this as a child, and grown up and out of it as an adult, I found myself getting frustrated with Cassia.  I was giving her advice as I was reading.  Telling her to be honest with her father and her friends before she weaved such a web around herself that she was completely trapped.  Yet, Janice Thompson is a gifted craftswoman who made me laugh and really pulled me in to this work of fiction!  Her books always land on my “keeper” shelf.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 18 – Revelation 13

Chapter 13 is also part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  This chapter features the Beast out of the Sea and the Beast out of the Earth.  These two figures represent the pseudo-Christ (Dr. Missler says this is a more accurate title than anti-Christ) and the false prophet.

The pseudo-Christ is believed to be an Assyrian.  He’s got a boastful mouth and will make war with and overcome the believing Gentiles living at this time.  One fascinating thing that Chuck mentions repeatedly throughout the study is that the return of Christ is imminent, and since Satan doesn’t know when the rapture is going to happen, but he knows that when the rapture does happen he will have a very limited time to wreak havoc on the earth and mankind, there must always be a person at the ready to become the pseudo-Christ.  I never thought about this but it makes complete sense.

The false prophet is thought to be Jewish because of the references to the beast coming out of the earth.  He forms the third person of the Satanic trinity (Satan, pseudo-Christ and false prophet).  Signs and wonders will deceive the earth dwellers.

Chuck also talks about the mark of the beast and the number of the beast and gives us a Biblical snapshot of who this coming world leader will be.  But he also delivers some very valuable advice:  it is a complete waste of time to speculate about who this coming world leader might be.  Your time will be much better spent if you focus your time and attention on the One True King, Jesus Christ!  Hallelujah!

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 14, 15 & 16.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

Here's my review of this wonderful book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "In Perfect Time" 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.

"In Perfect Time” by Sarah Sundin is the third installment in her Wings of the Nightingale series, and I believe it to be her best novel so far! If you’ve read the first two books, you’ve been introduced to Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nurse, fiery redhead and incorrigible flirt! She dates for fun – lots of men at once – no time or desire for anything serious. As her character is featured in this book, we learn why she lives this way. Getting to know her character has been heartbreaking and joyful at the same time.

You may also remember C-47 pilot Roger Cooper. He’s steered clear of Kay, the idea firmly planted in him that dating should be to determine suitability for marriage. Coop has easily ignored Kay’s advances in the past, but now that she’s become a Christian and it looks like she’s changed her “bad girl” ways, he finds it even more difficult to be around her!

You’ll also be reunited with old friends Tom, Mellie, Hutch and Georgie. But this novel reads perfectly well as a standalone story. Still, I recommend reading the others – they’re all sweet, clean romances with a historic authenticity.

I love how the author showcases the power of prayer in this novel. Her illustrations inspired me because I’ve been there before. It also makes me sad that we so easily forget the wonderful things the Lord has done for us – what He’s freed us from. This book is a great reminder that no one is beyond God’s redemption!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 17 – Revelation 12

Chapter 12 is another part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  This chapter is a graphic history of Israel, represented by the woman in the chapter.  That makes the man-child Jesus Christ.  And the red dragon has been trying to destroy Him since the beginning of time.  Chuck goes through a powerful list of strategies that Satan has used in an attempt to eliminate Messiah.

My favorite part of the teaching in this session included Dr. Missler’s thoughts about a ticking counter in heaven that advances each time someone makes a decision for Christ.  Satan doesn’t know what number on the counter will represent the fullness of the time of the Gentiles to signal our Heavenly Father to send Christ back to gather His people, so each time the counter advances, Satan flinches.  Chuck says Satan’s been in shock treatment for 1900 years!  I love that!

Chuck also made our group laugh when he said that no one should wait to make a decision for Christ and that someone listening to him right now could be holding us all back by not making that decision.  This also led one of our small group members to admit that he didn’t think anyone could be 100% positive that they were saved.  I am praying that he receives that absolute assurance.  I am also praying that those who already belong to Christ won’t take advantage of that assurance, but will strive to do God’s will and be in alignment with Him regarding all things.

Only seven weeks left!  I can’t believe how quickly this time has passed.  Thankfully, I am building quite a list of topics for personal study as I progress through Revelation.

Homework for next time:  Read chapter 13.  Read Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 10:24f, Micah 5:5f, Zechariah 11:17.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 16 – Revelation 10-11

Chapters 10 and 11 are part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  The seventh trumpet ushers in the Bowls of Wrath.  In chapter 10, we discuss the “Little Book” and the Seven Thunders.  In chapter 11, we look at the Temple and the Two Witnesses.

The Seven Thunders spoke, and John was about to write down what they said, but was forbidden.  So, why make a reference to the fact that the Seven Thunders spoke, but not record what they said?  This is the only sealed thing in this unsealed book.  The point is that no doctrine can be built upon the “Canon” being complete until the words of the Seven Thunders are recorded.

The delay of judgment is coming to an end.  Time is up for lost sinners to repent.

Take the time to do a study on the tabernacle and the temple.  They are fascinating.  If you have an opportunity to tour “Messiah’s Mansion”, I would recommend that as well.  Chuck’s teaching on this topic was fascinating as well.  Check it out.

Now for the burning question:  Who are the Two Witnesses?  What is the Scriptural basis for your opinion?  Personally, I agree with Dr. Missler on this point.  I believe the Two Witnesses are Moses and Elijah.  The reason I believe this is that the miracles they perform are reminiscent of these OT ministers.  Chuck’s teaching has reinforced my belief in this because he mentions the transfiguration where Moses and Elijah show up and talk with Jesus and Peter offers to build tents for them.  Chuck suggests this may have been a “staff meeting” about the end times.  Ooooh, I’ve got goose bumps!!!

Homework for next time:  Read Revelation 12.  Who is the “Woman” of chapter 12?  How does this chapter affect our perspectives of today?