Monthly Archives: September 2016

Universal Laws: 18 Powerful Laws & The Secret Behind Manifesting Your Desires (Finding Balance) by Jennifer O’Neill


When it comes to working with the Law of Attraction, or manifesting your desires, there are many, so called “secrets”…

When movies are produced or books are published on either of these two subjects some of the most important information is, well let’s just say… “missing.” You’re only provided with half of the information that you need. 
Is it on purpose? Maybe, sometimes…
Is it on accident? Probably, most of the time…

Is it because they don’t know the entire truth themselves? Most likely…

You will never, ever, be able to fully understand how to manifest things into your life without understanding the how the ENTIRE manifestation process works. 
While this book is more along the lines of New Age, I truly believe we can learn a thing or two from it; after all, we were told:

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

Like the author mentions in her write-up that you do need to be open minded; but, in my opinion, not so open minded that you take another or a wrong path.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Life in the Ancient World

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We look back on the Biblical world as a time of fateful battles, inspiring prophets, great empires and profound learning. Unfortunately, this picture is often skewed to highlight regal, rather than common, history. More of our modern philosophy and theology grew out of the ancient agora than the palace. Many profound thinkers and religious visionaries in the ancient world never interacted with kings or fought in great battles. How does archaeology tell their story?

By examining ancient societal structure, crafts and daily practices, we can reconstruct the lives of common people to better understand the world of the Bible and breathe new reality into the ancient world we are trying to understand. This eBook features articles from Biblical Archaeology Review describing industry in Second Temple period Jerusalem and household structure in ancient Israel along with a collection of brief and lively accounts from Archaeology Odyssey describing standard practices across the ancient Mediterranean, from table manners to construction cranes, and from fashion and makeup to the Roman postal service.

If Jerusalem is famous for one thing, it is for being a religious center. But our interest in the Holy City lies also in its everyday life, of which so little is known. Recent investigations revealed that in ancient times, especially in the late Second Temple period (50 B.C.–70 A.D.), various arts and crafts, such as stonework, painted pottery and glass industry, flourished in Jerusalem. In 1983, the Israeli authorities opened to the public a building that had been closed for 1,913 years to the day. The building, in ancient Jerusalem’s Upper City, was a workshop that was stormed by Roman soldiers in 70 A.D., the year the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and burned the Jewish Temple. In “Jerusalem Flourishing—A Craft Center for Stone, Pottery, and Glass,” eminent Israeli archaeologist Nahman Avigad describes what his excavations in the Upper City teach us about Jerusalem as an ancient craft center.

An interesting look into the ancient life of a people two centuries ago. An eye opening event in and of itself.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Jesus, an Obedient Son Kindle Edition by Michael Phillips

Jesus obedient son

For many years, best-selling author Michael Phillips assumed he clearly understood the life of Jesus. Though Jesus was in truth his Savior, and even his Lord, Phillips felt challenged to understand more of the remarkable life lived two thousand years ago in Palestine. Then came a crisis in his spiritual pilgrimage when circumstances forced him to open the book of his life in a new way, and delve more deeply into the fundamental why of Jesus’ life.

Challenged to discover the New Testament imperative for his life, Phillips takes a fresh look at the Bible to find out what is the essence, the foundation, of spirituality. Boiled down. The raw reality of the gospel. No frills. No excess baggage. No trite little phrases learned in Sunday school or youth group.

He discovers a key that gives validity to an entire life’s purpose and perspective as a Christian for right now. Not in some grandiose, far-reaching way . . . but the link between belief and practice, between eternity and now, between Christianity as a world religion, and Christianity as a practical guidebook for going about the business of life in the trenches. For if ever a man walked in harmony between ultimate purpose and the next five minutes, that man was Jesus Christ. And that key to Jesus’ life was obedience.

An intriguing insight into what would Jesus be like in the here and now. How would he look, act, choose his disciples, etc. Much, in fact, would be the same excepting the surroundings; and quite possibly the trial. A very interesting look and feel. Many interesting tips on how we should be and what our outlooks should be based upon…biblically speaking.

 

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Life and Times of Jesus: From His Earthly Beginnings to the Sermon on the Mount (Part I) by Michael J. Ruszala

The Life and Times of Jesus

To write a book about Jesus is a challenging task; to live a life like Jesus’ is more challenging still.

Though not primarily a work of theology or of spirituality, this popular history intends to help the words and deeds of Jesus come alive for contemporary readers.
I found this book rather fascinating, in that, it took snapshots of the life of Jesus, up to His Sermon on the Mount, and explained in a generalized manner. I found it to be very good and informative. I thought it worth the time to read and the time to ponder over.
Godspeed & Good Reads!
Doc Murf

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