Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2009 |
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Greetings one and all. I was supposed to write this review Monday through Friday. Opps:) Sorry about that. But here it is, such as it is.
This books is a new book from Bruce Wilkinson published by Waterbrooks Publishing.
It was an interresting read. It was mostly about prayer and living a life that honors God. And because of your prayer life and the way you live God will beliver miracles for His faithful children.
Quite frankly, I don’t particularly agree with that philosophy. Mostly this is referred to as the “health and wealth gospel”. It says that if youy say the right prayers and live the right way God will bless you. This means God is kinda like our little puppet that we can control. I don’t believe that by any since of the imagination.
I wish that could be true. But the fact of the matter is, it’s neither true nor biblical.
So no, I wouldn’t recommend this book.
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Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 |
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Greetings everyone! My apologies for not writing a blog post on here in a very long time. I have been learning so much the past several days and have often thought, “that would great to blog about!”.
My favorite class so far is Minor Prophets. So far we have studied Obadiah, Jonah, Joel, and Amos. Our memory work for Obadiah is so fascinating: (from 1:3-4), “the pride of your heart has deceived you, you who life in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘who can bring me down to the ground?’. Thought you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord”. Wow! That is really something! That verse really stuck me in the gut. I hope and pray not to be prideful.
I was also really fascinated with Jonah also. This man was a very prejudiced and patriotic prophet. This is the prophet of God whom He tells to go to Nineveh and preach against them lest they be destroyed. And Jonah runs the other way, seemingly to get away and hide from God. How can anyone do that?! But God gets his attention by sending a pretty big storm. The men he was with don’t know what’s going on. Their praying to whatever deity they serve and nothing is happening. They figure out it’s Jonah’s fault the storm is there. He tells them to throw him over board. But the pirates were pretty noble to try to save him and the ship, but they couldn’t so they finally cast him in to the sea. And the storm instantly stops. Wow. That really got the ship men’s attention. They sacrificed to God and vows to Him. Jonah go swallowed up by a great big fish. The Lord commissioned him to go to Nineveh and this time he listened. The fish spit him up on the shore, after he had been in the fish’s belly for three days and nights. He prophesied to them several days saying, “forty days and the city will be over turned”. The whole city listened. They all put on sackcloth and ashes. They all fasted and prayed for forgiveness from Jehovah God. And He listened to them and forgave them. Jonah was very dismayed. He wanted God to blast them. He confessed that was why he ran the other way at first. Because he knew God would forgive them if they repented. And he didn’t want God to forgive them! Unbelievable! But hold the embittered prophet, “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned by that great city?”.
That invites an obvious question: what makes a city great in God’s eyes? The amount of people (many or few) that cannot tell their right hand from their left. It also two other questions: where is God trying to send me? And if He is, will I obey His call?
I wanted to keep everyone up to date with what I am learning out here. Thank you all so much for loving me, praying for me, and giving money to allow me to be here doing this. Thank you all so much! God bless.
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