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The Central Issue

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If the Word of God is living and active, why is the Word of God not front and center of everything within the Church?

If the Spirit of God gives freedom & life, why is the Spirit of God not welcome to work within the Church?

Unfortunately, the church is more interested in marketing programs & personalities rather than the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is the Word. We are seeing programs pushed & the purpose of the Word taking a back seat.

Fortunately, Jesus will build His church and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. If this is true, let us return to the Word and see it begin to do the work of God within the people of God and the world around us.

This book places great emphasis on the two-fold work of the Word of God. First, the Word of God is powerful. It can revive and give life to dry bones. Second, the purpose of the Word of God is to allow God to speak and therefore be heard & known.

We must allow the bible to be central so that we are saying we want God to be God amongst us and within us. Do we believe that the Word cannot return void? If so, let us remove the hindrances that prevent the scriptures to being the focal point of the Church in its operation and and application.

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

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Part 2 – The Handy Guide Series

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The Handy Guide to New Testament Greek was the first part in this series on the Greek of the New Testament. Here is part two and it is another helpful tool for learners.

The Greek language is not simple, hence the title of this book. But it is learnable and helpful in understanding scriptural truths. This guide is comprehensive & concise in aiding the learner in the nooks & crannies of learning the Greek language.

Emphasizing difficult vocabulary, this book lays a foundation for navigating the waters of intermediate greek learning. This foundation is important and vital because learning the Greek language is anything but easy. However, once you gain your footing, the language grows on you & reading it in the New Testament becomes a joyful journey rather than a struggle.

Books like these are treasures in the hands of learners of the Greek language.

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 Method of Mentoring

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“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2

These words from Paul to Timothy directly imply that mentoring must be part of pastoring.

There is no such thing as an irreplaceable pastor. If a church is convicted that their pastor is irreplaceable, they will soon realize that their church is to be no more. This is because of the mortality reality.

Phil Newton’s book is a strong plea for mentoring and it contains both they why & the how. This book will leave you both wanting to mentor & knowing how to do so. The blueprint is not something he created, but something he followed & instituted from scripture and church history.

Mentoring is widely accepted & utilized in the corporate world, but largely avoided by the church today. One could go even so far to say that mentoring is the sleeping giant within the church, because the church is full of leaders who are brimming with potential and gifts, but lack someone to train them & pull it out of them to be on display through serving and being mentored.

This book is strong in both theory & philosophy and will awaken readers & churches to the reality that is awaiting them,

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.

 

Tick-Tock…

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Go ahead & judge this book by it’s cover…you may be thinking “Oh, a book that diminishes the priority of preaching & significant preparation.”

If that is your thought, you are wrong.

In fact, this books weighs the worth of preaching & proper preparation and therefore emphasizes the great importance of it. You will discover that the author implies that because preaching is so vital & the preparation so significant, one must really aim to do it right and do it well.

This book is truly helpful for the pastor who struggles with time management & seems to always be in crunch-time by the end of the week. The author shares from his personal journey of learning how to prepare to preach every week. You will find that the author did not have this figured out for quite a long time & fought every week the challenge of finding the time to get it all in by Sunday.

Therefore, you can trust that the author is writing from experience & from mistakes that he personally learned from. That is exactly what you want in a book that is instructional in nature.

This is a resource for all pastors who are rookies or seasoned, because of the teachability and tools that this book offers to all.

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

A Thrilling Tale of the Truth of Faith

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Paul Hathaway is a drop-out. That’s right. He did a year of bible college, but has stronger degrees from the school of persecution & provision. If you do not believe me, please check out his autobiography.

His story is thrilling & convicting. His ministry to smuggle bibles in China & get the Word of God to the darkest Asian places is explained in great detail & drama in this book. He does not hold back but pulls the curtain back so that people can understand the risk of following Jesus & the reward of risky faith.

You will be shocked by what Hathaway endured & you will be saddened by what you’re not experiencing due to your lack of zeal & risk. This journey will ruin your desire for comfort, safety & security.

To understand what I am describing, please check out this book & others by Paul Hattaway.

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.

Tozer on Jesus

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Let us look to Jesus, fixing our eyes upon Him. That is what this book will lend you to accomplish. Tozer was a man known for dwelling upon the nature & person of God in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is no surprise to find that this book dwells upon the riches of the person of Christ.

This book will take you on a journey on the personhood of Jesus Christ & challenge to think about how you might imitate him & depend on Him as the branches rely on the Vine.

Each chapter includes questions for reflection & evaluation as to who Jesus is & where you stand with Him.

I find Tozer to be both refreshing & challenging in his writing benefitting the spiritual growth & integrity of the believer.

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

A year for the kids

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Nancy Guthrie is a great writer & editor for this piece. This is one of many books I have from her ministry & this one is a home-run.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to prayer, we can sometime be all over the place & no place at all. Therefore, this book is both an arrow & a target in the hands of parents.

You will find yourself wanting to pray more & learning how to pray for your children. This book tackles both the how-to & why of praying so that you are motivated & inspired from within to pray for your children.

This book will serve as a gift to you & a gift to many others. It comes recommended for gift-giving and will serve that purpose for years to come.

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

 

The Choice

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God’s love beckons the broken to Himself. His love is redeeming, restoring and comes in the form of rescue to those who are lost & hopeless. Those who deem themselves found & hopeful from their own efforts are prideful & unable to discern the power of God’s love.

This book is a memoir on the power of God’s love & how His love is actively engaging the world. You will find yourself as a reader, enveloped in this story & unable to put it down. No matter what the enemy lays as traps, he cannot overpower the love of God & His saving grace.

This is a book you’ll be reading & reading over the course of time.

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

 

A history of the Pentecostals

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Spirit Empowered Theology is a resource that delves into the spirit of God & how He works and how He manifests Himself in the lives of believers. Just to be up front; this book leans toward the charismatic culture. Therefore, know up front what sort of theology you are opening up in this book.

If you are wanting a theology of the pentecostal movement and it’s history & it’s direction today, this is a book that you can & should discover. Even if you are not of the charismatic culture, this book will help educate you on their convictions & beliefs, which is important to know & understand.

Agreements or disagreements, it does not hurt for us to explore the other side of the coin to understand the why’s & how’s of the pentecostal church. I did not agree with everything in this book, but I learned & had questions answered about the Pentecostal movement & faith.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.

Looking Back…

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This is a book written honestly & openly by a pastor who though he had struggles & hurdles, did not allow the joy of ministry & serving the Lord to depart from him.

From the first page to the last page there is both a candidness & a passion vividly revealed in each chapter. This is the sort of book to be read on sabbatical, vacation, or when traveling to a conference or retreat. Upon reading this, I felt like I had a partner who ministry who gets what I experience & wants to share with me some of the secrets to fulfilling your calling as a minister.

But do not allow your ministry to continue on & never read books like this. Do not wait until it is too late to wonder what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

Will there be some things you may disagree with in this book? Surely, but for the most part these are general convictions that all ministers wrestle with and because of this man’s graciousness, we can listen intentionally to what he has to say to us all.

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