Jesus Continued

As a Christian, one of the more difficult doctrines to understand is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. We all know that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, He is God, and the Bible tells us that we are sealed by Him at the moment we believe in the truth of the gospel (Eph1:13). But beyond that many are clueless to the effects, the workings, the evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives as believers.

J.D. Greear has written Jesus Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You. It is a challenging, helpful and practical guide (for lack of a better word), to engaging the Holy Spirit in your life.

Using scripture as His foundation, Greear shows how throughout the Bible,The Spirit works in the lives of believers. From Jesus promising that His followers would do “greater things” because the Holy Spirit would fill them than Jesus Himself had done in His ministry, to Jesus’ command for the disciples to wait to fulfill the Great Commission until the Holy Spirit had come upon them.  He shows how the Holy Spirit is the One who gives the spiritual power to God’s people to do His work for His glory.

Most books on the Holy Spirit are deep and full of theological jargon, and bent toward a particular belief.

And while some would argue with J.D.’s view and theology, this is one of the better books that I have read on the subject.

Jesus Continued is broken down into three helpful sections.  The first focuses on the important theological and biblical foundations of the Holy Spirit.   The second section focuses on areas where we can experience the Holy Spirit.   The final section focuses on how we seek the Holy Spirit.

Like all of J.D.’s other books, they are helpful, practical, applicable and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling or curious about the working and effect of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.

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The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

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They have a Bible for everything now.

Sportsman, Nurses, Law Enforcement, Ladies, Men’s, Student’s, etc.

So it only makes sense that  with the commercialization of everything else related to Duck Commander, that they would also put out their own brand of Bible.

I have to admit I was skeptical, about the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. But when I received my copy  in the mail from Thomas Nelson to review, I was pleasantly surprised.

I expected it to be a plain Bible with some fluff articles scattered throughout but it’s not.

There’s a 30 day devotional called “Lifechangers” in the front of the Bible written by both Phil and Al Robertson. There’s also 104 articles, 52 from Phil and 52 from Al, throughout the Bible categorized topically to be used as a devotion one day a week throughout the year. There’s a topical index in the back as well as several study helps and charts.

I was really impressed with the layout of this Bible. It’s an easy to read New King James Version with plenty of scripture references at the bottom of the page to help you study further. And with the articles distributed throughout the entire Bible, it really is a helpful study tool for everyday life.

Although I was given a copy for review from the publisher, this would have been one that I would have bought for myself or would have bought for someone as a gift.

Check it out wherever Bibles are sold.

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Leadership Lessons

leaderI’ve always liked character studies from characters in the Bible and King Saul was certainly one who had much to write about. When I was offered the opportunity  to review “Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul”, I jumped at the chance.

The book is co-authored by Dr. Ralph Hawkins and Dr. Leslie Parrott. I was not familiar with either  but was interested in what they had to say .

The book is laid out in a study book form with 10 lessons to provide biblical principles to areas of leadership. All of them practical and helpful with examples from Scripture to point the reader to the application of the lesson.

I did like the study guide aspect with questions and group discussion ideas. There are checklists,  diagrams and action points throughout  that help illustrate the lessons being discussed

I will say that at I think this book is better read as a group rather than as an individual study . I think having a group of people to flush out ideas and perspectives on the lessons discussed would have given me a greater depth of understanding to the principles being addressed.

All in all, this would be a good book for a men’s group or leadership group to work through to show why leaders fail and to be given practical application for not only success but recovery from failure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Football Season Is Amongst Us!

I have been anticipating the upcoming football season with great fervor.  The pre-season games aren’t that great but they’ll suffice for now. I’m ready for August 31 and September 5th.

I hope you’re anticipating it as well.

Here’s a little video to get you in the mood.

 

“My child is gifted. He’s also 29, unemployed, and living in my basement”

From the Matt Walsh Blog:Image

“My child is gifted. He’s also 29, unemployed, and living in my basement”

A guy writes in to explain why his 29 year old son is entitled to the American dream, regardless of the hard work and effort it takes to acquire it.

Matt responds with some tongue-in-cheek responses that move beyond sarcastic to sardonic. But he’s right on in everything that he says in response!

Nailed It!

If you’ve ever tried to  pastor, counsel or help… remember this!

A Great Baseball Story (even for those who don’t like sports)

I’ve been a fan of the Cincinnati Reds ever since my friend Mark introduced me to baseball cards when I was in 4th grade. I loved Pete Rose and Johnny Bench, and then players like Eric Davis and Barry Larkin. And while they have had some great players over the years, they now have a new legend playing for their team; third baseman Todd Frazier.

While he hasn’t risen to a level of Pete Rose or Johnny Bench, what he did the other night puts him in a league of his own and has earned the respect of millions of fans.

Instead of botching the story I am going to include a partial article about what went down. Click on the link to read the whole story and then watch the youtube clip at the end.

From Gregg Doyel:

 Three weeks into the season, Todd Frazier is among National League leaders in home runs, RBI and WAR — offense and defense — and has an OPS of .941. Last season he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting with a slash line of .273/.331/.498. He’s a former first-round pick out of Rutgers, just turned 27, can play all four corner infield or outfield positions, and has that look of a longtime starter on a longtime pennant contender. On the field, Frazier is worthy of being anyone’s favorite player.

But it’s off the field where he became mine. It’s Teddy.

Maybe you know the story by now, and if you do, you know it for the home run, the called shot, the touching connection between Teddy Kremer and Todd Frazier. I know it for those things, but I know it for two other reasons as well. Those reasons are coming, but for those who don’t know the story — or for those who’d like to relive it — here it is:

Teddy Kremer handles batboy duties for the Reds from time to time. It started last season when his parents won a silent auction at a local school, minimum bid $300, for one game as a batboy. The Kremers bid the minimum and won, because nobody else bid. Why? Probably, as the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Paul Daugherty surmised in this beautiful story, because people at the school knew how much the Reds meant to Teddy and didn’t want to bid against him.

Anyway, Kremer handled those duties with such charm that he became a local sensation and then went national, attending President Obama’s State of the Union address in February as a guest of Speaker of the House John Boehner, an Ohio native from nearby West Chester. At one point in the program, Obama picked Teddy out of the crowd and waved.

Teddy has that effect on people. He has it on me, and I’ve not met him. Not yet, anyway. That’s on my bucket list.

Back to Frazier, and the home run. Teddy was a batboy for the Reds game Thursday when he announced in bits and pieces that he wanted three things: 11 runs for the Reds, 11 strikeouts for the pitching staff — a local pizza company, LaRosa’s, gives fans a free pizza when the Reds whiff 11 batters, and Teddy loves that pizza — and a home run for Todd Frazier.

The Reds scored those 11 runs and recorded those 11 strikeouts. As for Frazier, this is what Teddy told him before his at-bat in the sixth inning: “Come on, hit me a home run, I love you.”

And this is what Frazier told Teddy: “I love you too. I’ll hit you one.”

I love you too.

That’s reason No. 1 why Todd Frazier is my favorite player. Not that he promised Teddy a home run, but because he told Teddy, “I love you too.” Ballplayer or not, who does that? What grown man tells another grown man that? My favorite player does.

Read the rest.

Even if you’re not a fan of baseball or even sports, it’s hard not to be touched by a story such as this.

More Beautiful You

I saw this video this morning and it made me realize how people see themselves vs. how God sees them.

Which then reminded me of this song by Johnny Diaz

I think the video sums it up well but let me leave you with this:

13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.  – Psalms 139:13-16  ESV

Have a great day!!!

Who Do You Think You Are?

I received the book “Who Do You Think You Are?” from booksneeze.com in order to review it. It has taken me some time to go through it because of other responsibilities.

It’s hard to say if I am a fan of Mark Driscoll or not. I have benefited greatly by some of his sermons and sometimes I think he misses the point of the passage. But regardless of your view of him, I will say that I enjoyed this book more than I did his book on marriage.

Driscoll gives an expository and accurate look at the letter to the Ephesians in this book. At times there seems to be a bit of duplication in the explanation of topics but he does follow the text. But what really stands out in this book is Driscoll’s love for the gospel. You don’t have to read very far into each chapter without reading of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection being brought up and you can tell that its mentioning is done from a love for what Christ has done for him.
You sense a pastoral tone to each chapter as if he is counseling you one on one. Very unusual but very intriguing.

Most importantly, this book focuses on who we are in Christ and how our sin debt does not disqualify us from a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

This is a good book for new and seasoned Christians alike and one I will probably recommend to those who struggle with their identity in Christ.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

It’s Been A While …

Hello everyone! I’m not dead. I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t been kidnapped by little green men. (At least I don’t remember if I was)

However I have a new son. Actually my wife had him, I just watched.

Anyway, My schedule has been extraordinarily chaotic for the past few months but I hope to return to blogging soon.

So in the meantime, here’s a little video that sparks hope in me…