Saturday, July 9, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Seeing the Unseen

If you want to read a book that will challenge you and open your eyes to a closer walk with the Lord, this is the book.
Seeing the Unseen by T. W. Hunt I enjoyed reading because it open my eyes as a Christian what I should be doing in my life. Sure, your faith tells you He's present in the world, but what if you could truly recognize God as being right next to you every moment? What if your faith could deepen beyond what you can see to a richer level of experiencing the invisible hand of God in your relationships, work, and play?
The book is only 102 page of reading but it is very good read and a good reference book if you choose to keep it in your book library. I found myself with paper and pen in hand and find I would like to skim back through the book to for scriptures and reasoning that will disciple me down the right mindset path.
Again, this is a great read and if you can pick up a copy of this book; I recommend it.

BOOK REVIEW: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

If you were able to travel through time meeting some of the greatest leaders throughout history, what would you hope to learn from them?
David then spends the next 28 years applying The Seven Decisions to his life and business, benefiting himself, his family, and countless other people around him. His success hit a snag at one point, only to rise to even greater heights as he embraces Truman's lesson that "Adversity is preparation for greatness.
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews; David Ponder's world has once again been shaken. His beloved wife, Ellen, suddenly and unexpectedly dies in her sleep, and he's at a complete and total loss without her.
Imagine a theater in heaven filled with some of the greatest figures in the history of the world, people whose brilliant minds, accomplishments and courage transcend time. Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, King David and George Washington Carver are a few of Andrews' time Travelers.
Perhaps it is also a clue as to what we all must do to help bring sanity back to our world, our communities and our families.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Genesis 46:1–4

"So Jacob set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac. During the night God spoke to him in a vision. 'Jacob! Jacob!' he called.

"'Here I am,' Jacob replied.

"'I am God, the God of your father,' the voice said. 'Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.'"
God again appeared to Jacob. Notice when he did this: after Jacob had worshiped God. Worship opens our hearts to God's messages. If you need to hear a clear word from God today, start by worshiping him. Focus on who he is and how he has acted in history and in your life. He will reveal more of himself as you focus on what he has already revealed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Genesis 45:17–18

"Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Tell your brothers, "This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan. Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces."'"
The story of Joseph encompasses such a range of human experience: dysfunctional families, unjust suffering, deception and sorrow and loss and bitterness and impossible situations. At the heart of the story is Joseph's faith in God, and this faith activated God's gracious hand, which supervised the whole chain of events. In the end, everything was restored and great blessing abounded: Joseph's family was reunited and provided for with great abundance, despite the famine all around them. Now, too, God is working his great plan, and as we trust in him he will heal, restore, and provide the best.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Matthew 14:15–21

"That evening the disciples came to him and said, 'This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.'
"But Jesus said, 'That isn't necessary—you feed them.'
"'But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!' they answered.
"'Bring them here,' he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!"
The disciples asked Jesus to send the people away to buy food. Jesus knew that they already had all that was needed to feed the crowd of thousands. He took the little they had and asked God's blessing on it. This is the key: to ask God's blessing on what you already have been given. What do you possess already that, when blessed by God, will "feed" others? Ask God to show you. Bring to God that which he has provided for you and ask his blessing on it. Who knows how many you will feed?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Proverbs 9:1–6

"Wisdom has built her house;
  she has carved its seven columns.
She has prepared a great banquet,
  mixed the wines, and set the table.
She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.
  She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
'Come in with me,' she urges the simple.
  To those who lack good judgment, she says,
'Come, eat my food,
  and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;
  learn to use good judgment."
Wisdom wants to be found. You don't have to do anything but look for it. And you don't have to look far, either. It is readily found. In fact, it's knocking at your door right now. It will give you a "high-altitude" perspective ("She calls out from the heights"), which is what is so often needed. She offers life, enjoyable life. To think that God's ways are not "fun" is to get it backward. To have God's wisdom is to truly live.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Psalm 18:30

"God's way is perfect.
 All the LORD's promises prove true.
 He is a shield for all who look to him for protection."
 God's way is perfect! (Nothing else in life is.) This you can stake your life on. All of his promises prove true. God is a shield to protect you. Trust in his unwavering promises. Claim his promises for your life—today!