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Review: God's Final Word, Understanding Revelation by Ray C. Stedman

Title: God's Final Word, Understanding Revelation
Author: Ray C. Stedman
Publisher: Originally published 1991/Discovery House Publishers 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: New Testament, Revelation, Bible, Bible Commentary
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 384
Rating: 5 Stars


Revelation is a book in the Bible that is often misunderstood and or ignored. A casual reader of the Bible will read through the book, not stopping to try and understand it. It's treated as if it's something to be feared, rather than studied and embraced.

Ray C. Stedman explains Revelation in terms that are easy to understand.
Some of these topics are:

The letters to the seven churches. The various horsemen. Angels and other created beings. God's judgment.The meaning behind the symbols.The seals that are opened.God's Word that stands alone.The Holy City.
After reading God's Final Word, Understanding Revelation, there are two things that stand out to me.
Revelation is a book of hope. I li…

A New Year, A New Focus

Putting Your Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic
Having faith, beliefs, and convictions is a great thing, but your life is measured by the actions you take based upon them. You can build a great life around those things you believe and have faith in. I’ve built mine around my belief that I can inspire and bring hope to people facing challenges in their lives. That belief is rooted in my faith in God. I have faith that He put me on this earth to love, inspire, and encourage others and especially to help all who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I believe that I can never earn my way to heaven, and by faith I accept the gift of the forgiveness of sins through Christ Jesus. However, there’s so much more than just “getting in” through the Pearly Gates. It is also about seeing others changed by the power of His Holy Spirit, having a close relationship with Jesus Christ throughout this life, and then being further rewarded in heaven.
Being…

Review: Know What You Believe by Paul E. Little

Title: Know What You Believe
Author: Paul E. Little
Publisher: InterVarsity Press revised and republished 2008
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Bible, Knowing God, Basic Foundation Beliefs, Core Beliefs
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 214
Rating: 5 Stars

Do you know what you believe? Yes, I'm asking you this question.
Basic doctrine is something that many Christians would stumble on. They could answer with who God the Father is, Jesus Christ, sorta answer who the Holy Spirit is; but then when asked further many would stumble on those basic beliefs about Hell, Satan, Angels, Sin, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus' return.
Why is this? I believe there are a variety of reasons.
Ignorance. The meaning of ignorance is "lack of knowledge". The reason for this lack of knowledge is because people have not read and or studied the Bible. Prejudice, and this includes preconceived beliefs about issues, as well as hang-ups about why God would allow certain things.…

Weekly Readings, January 20-26, 2013

During the 3rd week of January I read:
Genesis chapters 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Psalm chapters 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99
Luke chapters 21, 22, 23, 24
John 1, 2, 3,

I began a Precept study of John this past Wednesday night. I'll be camped out in John heavily over the next couple of weeks. These first two weeks are literally picking sentences apart looking for certain words etc., so far I've read the first three chapters of John......several times.

I began memorizing John 3:17 before I began the study of John in Precepts. I'm memorizing Scripture along with LPM (Beth Moore's blog). The goal is to memorize 2 per month for a total of 24 in a year. In 2011 I memorized 18, didn't quite make it to 24.

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."John 3:17 NKJV
Are you reading your Bible?

Weekly Readings, January 14-20, 2013

All Scripture read from the NKJV (New King James Version).
Genesis 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Psalm 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 24
Isaiah 55
Luke 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
1 Corinthians 12
Revelation 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22---this complete one reading of Revelation in 2013---11 more to go. The next version I'll read Revelation from will be the KJV (King James Version).

A New Year, A New Focus

Starting the New Year with a Fresh Perspective by Mike Glenn
In the story of the prodigal son, Luke uses a curious phrase when the younger son realizes what he has lost and determines to go home. The King James Version translates the phrase, “He came to himself.” That phrase has always fascinated me. How do you come to yourself? Can you set yourself down somewhere and then forget where you left yourself? Actually, it is something like that. We can become so buried under mistakes and failure, stuffed under grief and regret, that we get to the place where we no longer recognize ourselves. But God’s “yes” changes all that. When the Spirit changes our true identity in Christ, we leave behind everything that is false and start walking toward the truth of Christ and who he created us to be.
Changing your mind
Walking away from the lies and destruction of sin is very close to the practical meaning of biblical repentance. It goes far beyond feeling bad about your sin—…

A New Year, A New Focus

Learning the Art of Self-challenge by Jason Jaggard
Through taking healthy risks that make you a better person or the world a better place, you begin to develop a deeper appetite for good. At first it might not be very tasty. Taking even a small risk can be more difficult than it sounds. And that is why we have to practice. We have to develop the skill of challenging ourselves.
We want the act of making healthy choices to become a natural and authentic part of who we are. But before something can become a habit, it often is a hassle. Put another way: if we want new habits to become instinctual, then they must first be intentional. And in order for that to happen, we have to practice the sacred art of self-challenge.
I don’t want to freak you out, but what we’re really talking about is obedience. Obedience to God is the path that leads to Life. It’s the path that transforms you into the person you long to be.
And obedience always requires risk.
What’s amazing i…

Weekly Readings, January 7-13, 2013

Bible readings for this week were:
Genesis chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
Psalm chapters: 139, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 121
Luke chapters: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
Revelation chapters: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
All Scripture read from NKJV.

Bible Reading with Elyse Fitzpatrick

If you never got off the ground with a 2013 Bible reading plan or are so far behind you’ve already thrown in the towel, join Crossway for the next four Mondays on the Crossway blog as we read Romans 1-8 together. Each Monday in March, Elyse Fitzpatrick will share devotional thoughts from Romans, helping us delight in God’s word and rejoice in the gospel in 2013.

So join us for the next four Mondays as Elyse encourages us again from Romans 1-8. We invite you to bring questions, insights, and interact in the comments section. For more devotional material to accompany Reboot with Romans, check out Elyse’s newest book­—Comforts from Romans: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time.

http://www.crossway.org/books/comforts-from-romans-tpb/?utm_source=Media+List_Bloggers&utm_campaign=a750f20827-Reboot_blogger_list_1_14_2013&utm_medium=email
Paperback $14.99 @ Crossway
http://www.amazon.com/Comforts-Romans-Celebrating-Gospel-Time/dp/1433533197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13579937…

Review: Approved Unto God with Facing Reality by Oswald Chambers

Title: Approved Unto God with Facing Reality, The Spiritual Life of the Christian Worker
Author: Oswald Chambers
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers 1997, Originally---Approved Unto God was published in 1936, and Facing Reality was published in 1939
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
Labels: Christian Living, Classic Christian Non-Fiction, Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge 2013
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 124 pages
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:
The book is two books in one volume. Approved Unto God, is located first in the book and is a bit longer at 67 pages. Facing Reality is located last and 50 pages in length. 
The focal audience of the two books are directed towards Christian workers. We are all Christian workers. We should not think that if we are not a pastor, or Bible teacher, or missionary, we are not working for Christ. In fact we are all workers and servants to and for Christ Jesus.

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to b…

Review: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez

Title: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Lion Hudson on November 7, 2012
Genre: Non-fiction
Labels: Biography, The Hobbit, Fantasy Fiction Author
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult, but suitable for young adult
Pages: 192
Rating: 5 Stars

Last October I read and reviewed The Hobbit on my other blog @ Impressions In Ink. To read review:
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-hobbit-by-jrr-tolkien.html
The Hobbit was the first book I've read of Tolkien's. I've watched the trilogy of The Lord of the Ring movies. But, had not until last October read any of the books. Surely back in high school we read The Hobbit? I don't remember, I was bored with school most of the time and was probably tuned out to any books we were supposed to read. In college, well that's a different story, I had bloomed by then in to a bit more maturity.

Summary:
J. R. R. Tolkien was the author of fantasy fiction books that rang in a new type of sensory …

A New Year, A New Focus

This Year: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller by Steven Furtick
I’ve met a lot of people who knew what it was to burn plows and set out to live for God but didn’t know what to do next. They prayed, they made a commitment—and they got stuck. As a pastor, I’ve seen it over and over again. As a man trying to live for God, I’ve experienced it over and over again.
I’m guessing you’ve made plenty of resolutions about stuff you needed to start doing or stop doing. Maybe you were going to start praying or reading your Bible more.
Or maybe you were going to stop smoking or boycott carbohydrates or stop looking at pornography or stop saying mean things about family members behind their backs. Maybe you decided to break away from a relationship you knew was unhealthy for you.
The way I see it, there are two major reasons why well-intentioned people like us get stuck after we burn our plows.
One, we don’t think big enough. Two, we don’t start small enough.
I’m not trying to talk like…

Weekly Readings, December 31 through January 6, 2013

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver." 
Proverbs 25:11 NKJV

During the first week of January the Bible readings I read were:
Genesis chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 
Psalm chapters 146, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54
Jude (which is 1 chapter with 24 verses)
Revelation chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

All the above Scripture were read in the The MacArthur Study Bible NKJV.

Global Women's Ministry On-line Expo January 11, 2013

Global Women’s Ministry Expo Will Train, Connect & Empower Women's Ministry Leaders The 2013 Women's Ministry Expo offers training, connections and fresh ideas for women's ministry leaders worldwide via its interactive online program.
PRLog (Press Release) – January 4, 2013 – The first ever global Women’s Ministry On-line Expo is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 2013 featuring 24 trainers, idea generators and worship leaders plus Facebook and Twitter party hostesses and blog partners.

Hosted by International Women’s Ministry Mentor and Trainer, Marnie Swedberg, this on-line expo for Women’s Ministries is ideal for every leader who works with women’s ministry in any capacity.
The on-line expo is free to attend and will provide not only targeted training in the following eight leadership zones, but will also offer opportunities for leaders to connect with each other and the guest presenters at the live Facebook and Twitter parties which will run throughout the expo.

The e…

Review: Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

Please see my previous posts on a TWO BOOK giveaway:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2012/12/love-finds-you-in-glacier-bay-alaska.html
and information about how to purchase the book, and authors biographies and their links:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2012/12/pre-release-of-love-finds-you-in.html
Title: Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska
Author: Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss
Publisher: Summerside Press January 1, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction
Labels: Alaska, Romance, Orphaned, Travel, Alaskan History, Missionary
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult, but would be okay for young adult
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Ginny Marshall has a growing music career and a music producer that wants her to sign a lucrative contract. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Her lavish lifestyle takes her to important places, and affords her the ability to have expensive material possessions. Her fans make her feel validated, and her self-esteem rises. Her music producer Danny, is co…

Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge 2013

This challenge is a creation of Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible. The goal is to read books from those "Great Cloud of Witnesses of Faith"----Authors who are deceased and gone on to heaven, who've written great Christian non-fiction works.
The following are the books I hope to read for this challenge:
1. Approved Unto God with Facing Reality by Oswald Chambers
2. True Christianity by Jonathan Edwards
3. Prayer by O'Hallesby
4. The Confessions of St. Augustine
5. Beyond Ourselves by Catherine Marshall
6. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot (this is a biography of missionary Amy Carmichael)
7. Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
8. 50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe

There may be a few more I'll add to the list. These are books that have been on my bookshelves for far too long! I'm determined and anxious to read them in 2013!

Join us?
Link for sign-up post:
http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2012/12/cloud…

A New Year, A New Focus

Resolve to Love by Kerry and Chris Shook
Right now, there are three relationships in your life that trouble you. Perhaps a good friend said something to you yesterday. It felt critical, but you’re not sure what she meant. The two of you used to be so close, but lately you’ve been drifting apart. Some things not right. Oh, and your mother called. There’s that. You know you should return her call, but you haven’t. Why? You know there are things you should have said before, you avoided them, and now you feel it’s too late. It’s always so hard with her. Always messy. And then…your son has been missing. Not missing physically, but he’s been distant, quiet, silent. Missing emotionally. What’s that about? What’s going on in his life? You want to reach out, but he pushes you away. It worries you.
Maybe the relationships in your life aren’t exactly like these, but I’m guessing these remind you of someone close to you, a problem relationship in your life right now. Maybe…