Monday, March 24, 2014
As a student of scripture there are so many resources out there that it has been and can be so difficult to know where to even start. The Greatest Words Ever Spoken as a resource that we can use to connect passages from the OT and the NT to help us connect truth between the testaments. Regardless of the Bible translation, commentaries, and programs we are using we still endeavor to connect truths that help us further understand and build a close intimate relationship with Christ. This book is another source that we who want to know what Christ said about different subjects. This accumulation of Christ words is excellent and should be used by ministers as a great resource. I have one in my library and use it more often than any other recourse.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
How God Makes Men by: Patrick Morley The way Patrick Morley lays out this book in Ten stories by Ten men with Ten proven principles, using ten men from the bible lays the groundwork for how a Biblical man is made. I concur with Patrick’s assertion is that men have lost sight of what it is to be a man of God, it seems that during the 70’s women decided they wanted men to be more open to their feelings and express their emotion. This opened to door giving permission to not be men, to step back and let the women take control of what God intended for men to be. Men have been either feminized or been restricted and lost what God has called them to be. Using Scripture, Patrick shows that it is God’s commitment of raising men that honor, love, serve, sacrifice, and glorify Him. So we need to ask how does God do this? Patrick lays out ten principles and then gives an example of each from great men of Bible. Abraham show’s how God fortifies a man's faith. Joseph reinforces how God uses men for a greater purpose. Gideon shows how God uses a man's failings and fear into strength. This is just three of the ten examples that Patrick uses to introduce how God makes His men. I genuinely enjoyed how Patrick is able to show how these principles are connected to Scripture. By doing this he gives life and realism to these principles. Patrick displays in his book how God seriously desires to make men who have an authoritative influence and role in how God will transform the world. Read/Study this extremely engaging book and learn how to accept the challenge of “There is a God we want, and there is a God who is. They are not the same God. The turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is.” This is the compassion of How God Makes Men. A book for every man of God who wants to be how God wishes him to be.