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A. W. Tozer

"The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst For the Divine" by A. W. Tozer
I find it interesting that this book was written on a train trip from Chicago to McAllen, Texas.
A. W. Tozer finished the rough draft just as his train was pulling into the train station.
This book has 10 chapters, 121 pages, I read a chapter a day. Each chapter, each paragraph has deep thought and insight for the reader to ponder. This book is considered a classic in Christian literature. During that train trip the Holy Spirit used A. W. Tozer as a tool to reach countless people that have read this book, in order to deepen the roots of their faith.

"Faith is not in itself a meritorious; the merit is in the One toward whom it is directed. Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into Focus."

"The Word of God is quick and powerful. In the beginning He spoke to nothing, and it became something. Chaos heard it and it became order; darkness hear…

Wednesday's Challenge

Yes, I know it is Thursday and I am posting on my Wednesday's Challenge, but I know you will forgive me.
I read chapter 17 of Luke today.
What would we do without the Gospel of Luke, his Gospel brings the story of Jesus to technicolor. Luke is the only scholar and Gentile writer of the New Testament, he did careful investigation and research, interviewing eyewitnesses. This Gospel was probably written in about 62 A.D. His motive in writing the Gospel is that all people would know, both Jew and Gentile, that the Gospel is for everyone. Luke knew personal information about John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus, and other facts. His Gospel gives greater insight to Jesus' prayers 3:21, 5:26, 6:12, and parables on prayers 11:5-13 and 18:1-14. The Gospel also emphasizes evangelism Luke 19:10, and the universal message of salvation 2:14 and 32, 3: 4-6, 9: 51-56, 10:33, 17:16. There are 6 miracles and 19 parables that are only found in Luke. He also added the Magnificat 1:46-55, Benedic…

Fragrance of Life

"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always, leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?" 2 Corinthians 2:14-16


A dear friend died late last night, he had been the worship leader at our church for over 30 years. He was a talented man, a sweet and loving person. He had led the music at my own mother's funeral nearly a year ago. A week ago he told a friend that "soon he would be singing in the Lord's choir." That is such a beautiful picture, such an exuberant feeling to know that we will see each other again, and that when we do we will be singing before the throne of God.
What do you think about when you think of heaven?
Do you think of harps, angels, singing?
I guess heaven is s…

Question Of The Week #8

Question Of The Week #8, Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com
Do you participate in Lent? Do you give up anything for Lent? If so what? Why? What do you hope to gain from Lent this year? I don't know if 'gain' is the right word...what I'm asking is what are your goals this year, what are you hoping to accomplish or learn? Do you think Lent is important? or not so much?
"Lent is the 40 day long liturgical season of fasting and prayer, representing the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert where He endured temptation." Wikipedia.
No, I do not practice Lent, nor have I ever, nor have I ever given it any thought other than knowing what it is.
It would be rather daft of me to leave this post as not really having said anything.

One of the questions above is: What are your goals this year, what are you hoping to accomplish or learn? I will elaborate on this question, but it will not have anything to do with Lent.
I am a goal oriented person, a lis…

Eve

The Hebrew name for Eve is Havah, meaning birth giver. There are many in the Christian Church that believe the story of Adam and Havah, is just a story that has been told in order to explain the beginnings of the human race. The issue can be a touchy subject and become a heated discussion, labels can be given to people, liberal vs. conservative. I honestly do not believe that God needs us to argue our belief's about Adam and Eve, He needs us to tell people the Good News of Jesus Christ!
"Havah, The Story of Eve" by Tosca Lee
In the first chapter entitled "The Garden" the reader is swept away by the sensuousness of the paradise of Eden. Life in Eden is flawless, harmonious, tranquil, everything flows together and is in perfect unity. The relationship that Adam and Eve have is unyielding in their desire for one another, neither one is ever apart from the other for very long, speaking is not necessary they can discern each others thoughts. Yet, they are like innoce…

A Dark and Swarthy Character

Last Wednesday I gave a brief introduction to a book that I have now completed. The name of the book is "Demon, A Memoir" by Tosca Lee. As I mentioned previously when I tell my friends the name of the book they give me a "raised eyebrow look," or they say they don't want to hear about it. I try to assure them that the book is Christian fiction, not a secular horror book, nor does the book glorify demonology. This book is a "thinking book," meaning it has solid teaching behind the initial story, of the consequences of sin, and man's indifference to God.
The swarthy character Lucien wants a Boston book editor Clay to write "his" story. Every meeting that these two characters have is provoking, unsettling, and portent (see definition below); but yet for Clay he becomes obsessed with the interviews, and when the next meeting will occur. Clay does not eat well, does not sleep well, his life is monopolized with this daunting story. There is ne…

"Wednesday's Challenge"

Every Wednesday I give an update on my daily Bible readings, I am participating in "Operation Read Bible." I have chosen this year to start my daily Bible readings by starting in the New Testament, I should be finished July1.
I have finished the Gospel's of Matthew and Mark, I am reading the Gospel of Luke now, finishing Luke chapter 9 today.
I am working on a introduction or synopsis of the Gospel of Luke, stay tuned for this.
In Luke 9:57-62,
"As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' And Jesus said to him, 'foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' To another He said, 'Follow me.' But he said, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father. And Jesus said to him, 'Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.' Yet another said 'I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell…

Fragrance of Life

"Fragrance of Life" is a new weekly post that I will be writing on, it is going to be inspirational writing, and will be what the LORD prompts me to write. The title "Fragrance of Life" is taken from 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV,
"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?"

I've had one of those day's, where I've tripped over my own feet, cannot speak a sentence with out stammering, and yet worse, I've had people remind me and point out to me my inept and disgraceful self. I thought about my inability to walk today and I was reminded of a Bible verse in Proverbs.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not…

Question Of The Week #7

Question of the Week #7, From "Operation Read Bible" Do you like listening to sermons? Have you ever subscribed to sermon pod casts? Have you ever listened to sermons on the radio? Do you have any favorites? What resources (if any) have you found on the web you'd like to share? I am a visual person, when I am in church listening to a sermon I take notes, it helps me to better retain the information, and also to keep my attention focused on the sermon message. Listening only to a sermon is more difficult for me, I can for a brief time listen, then I get bored because I do not have visual stimulation. I do try when I am listening only to a sermon to take notes, but once again I am more attentive to visually see the sermon message being given. I have never subscribed to sermon pod casts, nor do I listen to them on the radio. I prefer to go to the websites of those Christian people that I like such as; Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, Charles Swindoll, Max Lucado, and visually read the…

Aloha Reef Series: Midnight Sea

"Midnight Sea" is book 4 in the "Aloha Reef" series by Colleen Coble.
Lani a young woman lives on the big island of Hawaii, she lives with her aunt Rina that owns a coffee plantation. Many of the people that work at the plantation are old friends of Rina, friends that had once lived with her in a hippie commune. Lani is shot by an unknown perpetrator while at the coffee plantation, she becomes blind, the doctor believes it to be temporary. A man named Ben brings his trained guide dog Fisher, to work with Lani to give her security and independence. The book is part mystery, part love story, all in a beautiful exotic setting of Hawaii.
I am new to the author Colleen Coble, having just read another of her books, "Without a Trace." I still have another book to read, "Abomination." Her newest book "Cry in the Night" recently became available this month.
Her website is http://www.colleencoble.com/

I am presently reading the book "Demon, a M…
Consider this an addition to the previous post on "At The Well."

I read recently, "that we should praise our husbands in front of others," I will add that we should praise them in front of our children. Our children need to hear us as wives say how proud we are of our husbands and their accomplishments, and they should hear us say to our husbands how thankful we are for them. Appreciation always goes a long way!

The Love of God

"There's a wideness in God's mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in his justice,
Which is more than liberty.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of man's mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind."

F. W. Faber

At The Well

Amy posted the questions this week over at http://www.titus2atthewell.comWhat is your definition of friendship? My definition of friendship is the mutual support, companionship, love, trust, commitment, and devotion of a two way relationship. Did you follow the belief that we should not be friends with our children? Has that changed? Being friends with our children was not the primary focus when we were raising them, our son's are now 25 and 24. Our focus was on providing for their basic needs, and bringing them up in a safe, Christian, loving environment. Often we would have to make unpopular decisions, but those decisions were always in their best interest. When our son's became adults, that is when the relationship changed, no longer were we in "charge" of them, we could relax from declaring to them what decisions they should make, or what their boundaries were. They still ask our advice, and we still advice in as few words as possible, being as honest as possible…

Wednesday's Challenge

Hau'oli La Hanau~~Hawaiin
la BreitheShonadhuit~~Irish Gaelic
joyeuxanniversaire~~French
AllesGutezumGeburtstag~~German
Happy Birthday~~English
However I say it, it is Happy Birthday to me on February 12.
On February 12, 2008 my mother became very ill and nearly died that day, it did begin her slow death and she died March 2. The afternoon of February 12, 2008 I got a phone call from my Mother's nursing home charge nurse, that I needed to come as quickly as possible because it did not look good. I packed my clothes half hazard for the possibly extended visit, also bringing with me my still warm from the oven un-iced chocolate birthday cake. I never ate that birthday cake, and I love chocolate so much, but it would have tasted like cardboard to me. This year I have planned a party for this Saturday, we are cooking hamburgers on the grill, chips and dip, a birthday cake, a cheesecake. My youngest son's 24TH birthday is Monday the 16TH, and my oldest son's wife's birthday is…

Question Of The Week #6

Have you read any Christian classics? Which would you recommend and why? If you haven't read any, why not? Are they too intimidating? Not enough time? Are any on your TBR pile?
Yes, I have read several Christian classic books, to name a few: "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan, "Knowing God" by J I Packer, "The Greatest Thing in the World" by Henry Drummond, "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe, "Humility" and "With Christ in the School of Prayer" both by Andrew Murray, "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence, and also other books written by Peter Marshall and Catherine Marshall, Oswald Chambers, C S Lewis,
D L Moody, A W Tozer, R A Torrey, E M Bounds, Charles Allen, and Billy Graham. Yes, I have other classic Christian books that are in my TBR pile.
I have been blessed by having many classic Christian books on the shelves in my dad's study. He started collecting these treasures in t…

Acts of Faith Series, The Centurion's Wife

I have been anxious to read a book that I'd read reviews of on other blogs. I bought this book last Thursday afternoon, I read the last sentence at 5:00 P. M. Friday, I just could not put the book down. The book made an impact on me and I am still thinking about the characters in the book.
"The Centurion's Wife" by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
The year is 33 A. D. and in the Judaea Province lives a young servant girl named Leah. Leah is a servant in the household of the Roman Prefect of Judaea Pontius Pilate and his wife Procula. Procula suffers headaches and dreams that haunt her, her malady made worse since the "fanatical prophet" was crucified. Leah is sent on a mission by Procula to find the prophet's disciples, and find out what happened to the body. In a political move Leah is betrothed to a handsome centurion from Gaul. Leah does not wish to be a servant to any husband, she prefers her service under Procula. The man that Leah is betrothed to is Alban…

Why Do You Blog?

Why do you blog?
Blogging requires a lot of creativity, determination, perseverance, study, forethought, and a motive.
What is your motive?
According to http://technorati.com there are 112.8 million active blogs, with 175 thousand new blogs created everyday. As my grandmother would say, "thar sure is a whole mess of people out thar that likes to chew the fat." This means there are a lot of people who feel the need to "chat."
My original motive was to store information about the books that I've read, this then morphed into expressing my reviews on books, posting my collection of quotes and poems, practicing my grammar and spelling (don't look to close.) As time went by I felt the desire to go further in expressing my feelings about my life thus far, sharing my struggles, my walk with the Lord. I have shared about my family. I have shared many pictures, some taken by me, some were taken by others. I have stumbled back into something that I enjoyed doing as a kid,…

Rock Harbor Series, Without a Trace

"Without a Trace" by Colleen Coble is book 1 in a series of 4 books entitled "Rock Harbor."
Rock Harbor is the name of the imaginary town set near Lake Superior and in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Rock Harbor is surrounded on 3 sides by the Ottawa National Forest.
The author Colleen Coble has a great website that I just spent some enjoyable time reading, also I followed a link over to James Scott Bell's site. http://colleencoble.com/
"Without a Trace" sets the pace for the main character in the "Rock Harbor" books, Bree Nichol's. Bree and her dog Samson are a trained search and rescue team, they live in a lighthouse that she and her now missing husband and son lived in. Bree's best friend Naomi lives next door with her mother, and they own a Bed and Breakfast place. Naomi and her dog Charley also team up with Bree and Samson, to search and rescue those that are missing. There is mystery surrounding the disappearance and presumed dea…

Wednesday's Challenge

It is Wednesday and time for an update on my "Operation Read Bible Challenge." I just finished reading chapter 11 of Mark. In Mark 11: 24 Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." NIV.
This verse has been misused, and or misunderstood by people that believe that if they have enough faith then a certain thing they pray for will automatically happen. What do we do with a statement like that. When we pray for something, are we not to believe that God will answer our prayers?
In August of 2003 my oldest son David was in combat in Iraq, he was in the middle of his first tour. In our hometown newspaper it had been announced that a young man, a native of a nearby town, also a soldier, a husband and father, was killed while serving in Iraq. I was thinking of this young man, while I was having my devotional and prayer time, and the Lord asked me "if something happened to David, would you s…

Question Of the Week #5

"Question Of The Week #5, From Operation Read Bible" "What do you do in the in between times? Those times when you are in between Bibles, or in between books of the Bible, or in between Bible studies. Do you ever feel a bit lost, a bit unsure of where to go next? What to read, or study next? It's not that you don't want to read, you do, its just that you maybe a bit indecisive, or you maybe a bit overwhelmed with all the choices." I can sum these questions up in one answer; I don't choose, I don't sum up anything, I am not in a quandary as to what to read, or study in the way of a Bible study, or book of the Bible to read, or in a daily devotional to read. As I wrote in the previous sentence I don't choose, God chooses. I let the Holy Spirit lead me to what He wants me to read, to study. I am His student. I was in my 8TH year of Bible Study Fellowship when I moved back in with my dad to care for him, I was in prayer as to whether I should transfe…