Monthly Archives: November 2016

David and the Psalms by Michael Ruszala

People are fascinated by the concept of royalty. The notion stirs up sentiments of love, admiration, and hatred. We see ourselves in them, and yet we criticize them at times with indignation. While most monarchies today have been put aside or at least limited in their power, the concept of royalty cannot be erased from human consciousness. In the words of Jesus, Christians pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The ultimate and most perfect monarchy is that of God himself, the sovereign of all creation.
Through David and the story of the kingship, God taught us about his governance of the world and of his people. David was only human and at times the worthy subject of both praise and severe criticism. But in his relationship with God, we find a model for the people both then and today: suppleness to God’s will; wholehearted pursuit of righteousness; sincere repentance from sin; mercy for others; and true worship of God, who alone is worthy.

On a more personal note:  While David was the man after God’s own heart, we must be willing to look at him very objectively. In that, if God was willing to forgive David for all that he did which was wrong…why? Why would God forgive a man such as he? More importantly, if God was willing to forgive David; then we should feel ultimately blessed that He (our God) was willing to offer forgiveness and salvation to each of us.

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Doc Murf

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The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

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The classic account of the final offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich.

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater, the last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

The Last Battle is Cornelius Ryan’s compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate imperatives of survival, where, as the author describes it, “to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to exist more militarily correct than to win.”

The Last Battle is the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals.

Well written and a real mindful captivating read! The atrocities of war and the alliances of perceived friendships, betrayals and the outright blaming and holding accountable for poor leadership!! In the end, Hitler was his own worst enemy who tore down his leadership for not accomplishing his goal of domination because he as the ultimate leader did not supply his military with the necessary tools they needed. GREAT BOOK TO READ, despite it’s age (1966) it is based upon much factually based information believed to have been supplied by Heinrici himself.

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Doc Murf

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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century’s most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact. First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons. Graham’s relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup’s ten “most admired men” thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century. This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles? This book is dedicated to those readers . Who sense the pressing need in today’s world for inspired leadership . Who rise to leadership’s high calling and are willing to carry its weight . Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.

I found this book extraordinarily written with numerous tips and traits of Billy Graham that would, without doubt, aid anyone in their quest to becoming a better leader. While his style of leadership may not be that of corporate America, it is truly Godly and biblically based. It is well worth the time to read in order to decide for yourself as to whether, or not, you should undertake such a trek to follow in his footsteps in his style and manner of leadership.

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Doc Murf

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