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Movement

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Missions often begins with the foundation of Matthew 28 & Acts 1. But where do we go from there in how to get on mission & go on mission?

The answer lies within this mission primer. This short book defines what missions is, where it comes from & how it is best achieved within the local church in all aspects.

Those aspects being organizations, giving, going and thus fulfilling the call to missions. This resource is a great tool for introducing new Christians to missions & stirring up lifelong Christians to return to a focus on the call & command of Missions.

Thank you to Crossway. I received this ebook from Crossway for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

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Old Testament Lens

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The Gospel of Mark is an underrated Gospel that often gets overshadowed by the other 3 gospels by preachers, due to preference. Just because it is the shortest gospel, does not mean it does not measure up.

With that said, this commentary differs in approach from other commentaries on Mark. The editor/author of this commentary takes the Gospel of Mark & lays the lens of the Old Testament over it.

The purpose in doing so is to illuminate or draw attention to themes & imagery from the Old Testament that Mark records. Therefore, you will notice implications throughout the Gospel of Mark directly tied to the Old Testament, verifying that Jesus is who He says He is & does what was said about Him for His people.

This commentary does not go without sections on application wth implications for our life today. Therefore, do not think this is an overly technical, academic or historical commentary all alone.

People of various bible contexts & vocations will benefit from this tool for the Gospel of Mark. But don’t be surprised if you come away with greater desire to study the Old Testament as a result.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

ReFRESH

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The moment that the buzz of the alarm sounds, people enter into a frantic pace of the day. However, just because the alarm buzzes does not even guarantee that one truly rested.

Does the above describe you? If so, there is a way out of the frantic life and it begins with refreshing our internal state so that we are better guided through the external pace of life.

This book is not about changing your busyness, but about changing the way you navigate through the demands of life. This is not a difficult read at all…you will find it simple, beneficial and practical so that you understand how to not only refresh your soul, but to daily reset your mind on the grace of God and the gift that it is for us & for those we encounter.

Thank you to Crossway. I received this ebook from Crossway for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

 

Rise Up

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The tools of the trade are merely avenues for truth to shine. What are the tools for raising boys?

Mike Fabarez believes all the tools are found in scripture. Thus, those tools are scripture, the church, the family, and the teachable moments that life brings to us and our children.

God has designed boys to be mobile, to be messy, and to grow into men who reflect His nature.

This book is simply a flashing arrow that points you in the direction that boys tend to go in while showing you the boundaries that keep them going in the right direction so that they develop into men who reflect God & pass on their faith to the next generation.

Boys are simply little men that need help developing into the men that they are created to be. This book is highly practical but gives great foundational truths for why boys must be raised by men who understand the heart of God and God’s call & design of man.

If you are looking for something to help you grow as a dad, grandfather, uncle or disciple-maker, then check out this resource for yourself & those entrusted to your care & raising.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

On Mission in Marriage

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Marriage is a mission-field because God is at work within marriages. After all, marriage is a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the Church.

But unfortunately, many couples place great emphasis on their wedding & little emphasis on their marriage. The wedding a brief moment, while the marriage is many, many moments.

This resource is a tool for learning & growth within marriage. The structure of the book is designed in devotional & study format so that couples participate together as One. Even those who are not married understand that marriage has challenges & difficulties.

This book is a helpful not for overcoming those challenges or difficulties but for growing through it all & seeing how God can use it to shape marriage to glorify Him more & grow couples closer to Himself.

You will find this book to be something that requires participation from both the husband and wife so that each learns more of their role & gifts. The book offers practical insight, questions for reflection and resources for videos of other testimonies from couples who have grown through this resource together.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Legacy of Eternal Life

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The family was the first institution in scripture, long before the church. Therefore, the family must remain the spiritual stalwart for the Kingdom to advance best.

In this book, readers will learn how the spiritual strength of a family remains intact and it mostly through small actions & decisions rather than big actions & decisions.

One of the great aspects is that this book is doctrinal & applicable in nature. It is not a how-to or quick-fix book, but rather an instructional guide to why discipleship of the family is important and why loving God must remain at the forefront.

Each chapter provides the foundational truths & the applicable ideas for reinforcing the truths of God & his design for the family. The practicality of this book flows from the doctrinal truths of the book.

The greatest way to ensure your children & their children walk with God is that they see you walk with Him genuinely. This implies that you are recognizant of your own sin & need for grace & mercy, that you are dependent on God for daily bread, that you are seeking Him daily, and learning to walk in His ways. But in your imperfections, you are teachable & desiring His guidance. Simply put, a person that humbles themselves will be exalted and what a portrayal of God at work for children to see.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Close as Close can Be

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John Ortberg is an incredible writer with a gift for renewing your spirit to know God and be closer to Him.

It is no lie that Ortberg has written numerous books and his latest is truly a compilation of so much of his past writing. Sure, there may be a few things of note in this new book that you haven’t heard from John before. But for the most part, this is a refresh on what already have heard from him.

That does not mean this isn’t worth picking up and reading, but you can expect a lot of quotes and antedoctes that will help you grasp the understanding of intimacy and transparency in community.

If you like John Ortberg, you will enjoy this book. If you have never read his stuff, this is good one to start with.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. 

Grace at Work

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Although grace can be indescribable at times, Jerry Bridges has a way with words to explain & introduce others to this gift. This book is refreshing on levels that will have you desiring to be changed by God’s grace and wanting more of it.

The reality is that the grace of God has the power to free and release us from everything including our deepest shame and our greatest efforts.

Add this to the list of books that Bridges has written that leave a mark on it’s readers, because the totality of God’s grace reaching as far back as our inception of sinfulness and reaching as far forward to bless in the days ahead…what a wonder!

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. 

The Change You Don’t See Coming

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Are you ready for a reality check? A gut-check? A heart-check? Because all 3 are coming your way when you read this book. But the question is can you put your phone down long enough to read this book or will you be reading it on your phone via an app?

You may not make it past the foreword without getting convicted & becoming sober-minded towards the concepts of this book.

The smartphone is definitely a tool that can be used to glorify God & help us grow spiritually. The problem is we are not disciplined enough to use it for those reasons alone.

Putting aside the problems of internet temptations, etc…the issue at hand is the behavioral changes & mind-altering that is taking place within ourselves because of our phone use.

This book addresses all of the above in a way that is not judgmental nor harsh. The reason being is because if you have a smartphone you are guilty of something that this book addresses. So there is no running & hiding.

This is a book that is timely for our society & churches and is a book that will be republished with updates once we see more changes happen to ourselves in the days ahead as smartphone use ramps up & technology updates.

Thank you to Crossway. I received this ebook from Crossway for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

Immeasurable

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What is success in ministry? What does God deem as worthy, approving and faithful? Chances are the answers to those questions are different than how those questions are answered on display in the lives of many ministers and the cultures of many churches.

There are scores and scores of books that are put forth to enhance so many aspects of ministry and unfortunately apart from the Holy Spirit and spiritual disciplines.

But this book…….is different.

In 24 brief essays, the author puts forth the reality of ministry in no matter what age you did or will do ministry in. The reality of ministry is to simply operate out of the joy of knowing Christ and experiencing the fellowship of being attached to the Vine. When this gets pushed to the side, ministry becomes a job instead of a joy and we face burn-out, confusion, depression, disillusionment (thinking that we are bearing fruit on our own) and before you know it, pride seeps in to the place where the Vine once was.

This book is the kryptonite to the popular ways of church marketing and other avenues of “doing ministry”.

You can read this book devotionally with the 24 essay format or read it as you face different seasons of ministry and spiritual growth or challenges.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review.