Jesus is God incarnate. Only in Him do we meet and become one with God. Jesus is truth, Jesus is love, Jesus is light: all the things that God is. The point of scripture is to lead humans to Jesus so that they can become one with the only God. If you know Jesus you no longer need to search for truth, love, or light. Those things are found in Him, in God.
Scripture is not to be our focus, He is. Scripture's job is to guide us to Him so that we can truly be made alive. It also 'keeps us in the lines' so to speak, regarding what is true.
His Holy Spirit within us gives us life as well as leads and guides us. We are to be conduits for His love, light, and truth to all creation, letting Him both speak and act through us at all times. The more we do this the more we become like Jesus, and therefore more like God.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
This book is both an explanation and an exploration of the concept of God's grace. It is written for the
Christian who wants to learn more about this theological truth. It attempts to define and expound upon this
idea in terms that can be readily grasped by most readers.
I was provoked to meditate on the grace of God by this book and to seek the guidane and teaching of the Holy Spirit in regard to the undeserved kindness that has been poured out upon us sinners and that is a good thing. I truly had a good time with this book and would recommend it to others.
Also, I need to add that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher's Booksneeze program but that in no way biased my review.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This is my review of A Shot of Faith to the Head by Mitch Stokes, PhD. I was provided a complimentary copy of the book but this did not influence this review in any way.
The book is an examination of philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God. It attempts to equip the christian with some cogent, logical arguments both to bolster their own faith and to use against those who attempt to discredit their belief. Each chapter ends with a summary listing several points that the christian can use in defense of his faith.
I thought this book to be an interesting read. A number of the arguments used in the book were new to me. I believe that the author goes a long way to help the average christian who enounters skepticism or even antagonism towards their beliefs. I believe it would profit many if they would take the time to work through the book and apply it.
I must add one note to the above, however: arguments are just that-arguments, and in the end only the work of the Holy Spirit upon a person's heart can really bring about true conversion. " “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them."-John 6:44(NIV).
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This is my review of 1000 Days by Jonathan Falwell. I was generously provided this book through Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program but this fact does not affect my review.
The book has 15 chapters and each one of them expound upon different parts of the gospels, bringing out life lessons through the words and acts themselves and also fitting stories and examples from the author's and others' lives. Each chapter ends with a small group of questions to aid reflection on the text.
It is obvious that the author is a pastor. His primary intention is magnify Christ and to bring others to faith in Him. In fact, I almost titled this review "Every Page a Sermon, Every Chapter an Altar Call".
I thought that this book did a fine job of asking the reader questions that might cause him or her to examine their life, and hopefully bring them to the realization that real peace and happiness can be obtained only through knowing Christ and trusting in Him, for in He alone is found true fullness of life.
Monday, March 5, 2012
This is my review of The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program but this is an unbiased review.
The book is an attempt to use the sayings, incidents and events of the four gospels to bring out the humanity of Christ without minimizing His deity. The author follows the basic chronological order of his sources and each chapter follows a particular theme.
I feel that the author, in the main, accomplished what he set out to do. He walks the fine line between humanity and divinity in his analysis of the Lord Jesus and His life. Perhaps this is an attempt to make Him more accessible to this somewhat more questioning age. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is the assumptions the author sometimes makes, such as his thought that Christ's birth was not something included in the Lord's teaching to His apostles (or seemingly mentioned by Him to them) and that therefore the Nativity accounts must have had their origin in Mary.
On the whole the book made me think. It allowed me to see a slightly different viewpoint of stories which I have read many times. And, on occasion, it helped me to rebalance my overall view of our Lord.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is my book review of Nearing Home by Billy Graham. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Booksneeze, but this in no way affects my review.
Billy Graham has written this book as much more than a memoir of his later years. This is a manual on how to live through old age until one's appointment with the Lord. It is full of wisdom gleaned from a long life of serving Christ. It covers a number of topics, not only for the aged, but for their children.
I got a lot from reading this book. It made me contemplate the future more than I have in a long time. In addition, it really hit home for my wife who happens to be involved in elderly care and must wrestle with a number of the issues presented daily. It is a beautiful book, and I recommend it highly.