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Florence Nightingale: A Life Inspired by Lynn M Hamilton

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Has there ever been someone who accomplished so much and at the same time thought less of herself? Before she had even turned forty, Florence Nightingale was the darling of the British public, the heroine of the Crimea. She could have sailed home to England and comfortably dined out on her fame for the remainder of her long days. Instead, she conducted a ruthless post-mortem on every moment of her wartime service and found herself entirely wanting. She did not try to hide her mistakes; instead, she sought to broadcast them so that everyone would understand what happens in unsanitary medical facilities. She could well have slid into self-pity and inertia, yet she spent the next several decades campaigning for reforms. One hundred and fifty years ago, the respect we now have for nurses and the intense training that nurses must undergo was nothing but a seed in Florence Nightingale’s imagination. If we believe that nurses are some of the most respectable and hardworking people in our community, we owe that belief to Florence Nightingale. But she never took the credit. As an old woman of seventy-seven, she deflected all her accomplishments onto God with the words, “How inefficient I was in the Crimea! Yet He has raised up Trained Nursing from it!”

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Quite a fascinating woman! On the same line as Mother Theresa. She left a life of luxury to do great works for God’s calling. Seeking to help those less fortunate and with the mind to help the less fortunate. An awesome passage in our history, one of the likes we don’t hear about in our history classes, in High School or in college course work. Truly sad that our history programs have gone to the way-side. We need to hear more of these historical figures in our course work so that we keep these great people in the limelight so these heroes remain alive in our hearts and minds. Thus, fostering a new age in our history through the present. As there are some that would be inspired about such things.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Spirit Warriors: Strategies for the Battles Christian Men and Women Face Every Day by Stu Weber

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Pastor and former Green Beret captain Stu Weber reveals the crucial spiritual battles that all Christians face constantly, whether or not they are aware of them. “Somehow we have come to mistakenly associate spiritual warfare with charismatic personalities strutting across brightly lit platforms … whuppin’ up on evil spirits,” says Weber. “But spiritual warfare is so much more than a show.” With warm and winning counsel, the bestselling author/speaker warns of the very real perils readers face, giving them what they need to survive and thrive.

Paying attention to what is happening around you, daily, and to what the Word of God (Bible) is saying are two of the greatest elements to this present battle of Spiritual warfare. You MUST choose God’s word over the words of man. You MUST choose the full armor of God rather than the armor of this world…you will be severely unprepared.

A MUST read book with a MUST listen to message!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship by Thabiti Anyabwile

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In this transformational book, trusted pastor Thabiti Anyabwile repositions our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of Divine life presented in Henry Scougal’s classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is not individualistic, but is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centred on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another’s sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel and grow spiritually together.The Life of God in the Soul of the Church is experienced personally by believing the truth and shared relationally in the church which leads to great joy and holiness.

I found this little book quite insightful and telling of how the church should relate to it’s members. And how the members of the church should relate to the church, it’s fellow member, and the community in which it resides.  By actively reading, I found myself getting lost in the proposed and inferred functioning of the people.

If you get a chance to read it, get it and read it.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

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Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.

But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

This book sure does highlight much of which we take for granted concerning the helping of those less fortunate. We can certainly create far more harm than good in our dealings with the poor by just giving and not teaching, mentoring, and developing!

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Doc Murf

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Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan

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K.P. Yohannan Begins His Journey to expand the church.

K.P. Yohannan was a tongue-tied 16-year-old when God sent him on a journey that would transform the way he and millions of others think about and live out the Great Commission. But the story doesn’t end with him.

Join Dr. Yohannan as he introduces you to believers on both sides of the world who are making the revolution a reality. Through the videos on this site, you’ll step into a South Asian slum, meet persecuted believers and watch God use national missionaries to transform closed-off villages into flourishing congregations.

An interesting & fast read, the life of a man called to missions work by spreading the word of God.

Godspeed & Good Reads!
Doc Murf

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