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Life of Martin Luther by John Frederick William Tischer

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A very interesting book on the life of Martin Luther. Yielding a wealth of information on his upbringing, his time in the monastery and his push toward the reformation.

The thing that stands out most to me is the statement he made at the diet at Worms in 1521, when he was asked to recant his books, pamphlets and stances on the doctrines he was promoting:

Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.

What daring? What audacity? What courage to speak out at the powers that be (the Romish Church and the pope) letting them know that they were wrong and taught improper and wrong doctrines to the people that followed them. Also, to use the powers at hand in any particular area to use force in order to force others to follow them. This is the power we each need in order to spread the truth. These are the powers we need in order to faithfully follow Jesus’ and hold NO fear of anyone or anything else within our hearts. God will protect our souls, this was a promise; our live He may or may not save from death at any given time. If He does, so be it. If not, then, also, so be it! Let God’s will be done here on earth.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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Darwin’s Black Box helped to launch the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, with the movement stronger than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the book with an important new Afterword on the state of the debate.

For this edition, Behe has written a major new Afterword tracing the state of the debate in the decade since it began. It is his first major new statement on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands who wish to continue this intense debate.

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While I found this book to be a rather difficult read, it was a worthwhile read. I have listened to several interviews with Dr. Michael J. Behe in the past and found him to be quite engaging on the subject of science and religion. A strong proponent for the Intelligent Design argument and a believer that science upholds many of the discoveries of biblical finds. More importantly, that science truly explains and upholds Intelligent Design as a belief of how life began.

You read and decide for yourself!

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science: The Holy Scriptures Examined in the Light of Modern Knowledge by Maurice Bucaille

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science is an objective study of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Qur’an. This book seeks to spiritually unite by highlighting similarities in the texts. It sheds new light and dispels many preconceived ideas in separating what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation.

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I did not even get through with the Introduction, or the Preface, before having the feeling this was not entirely “…an objective study…” or comparative study of the Bible, Qur’an, and Science. But far from me to stop reading a book solely on such an observation. I knew by the end of the introduction where this doctor was going with his assertions; despite the explanations for such by the Christian community and the archaeologists, etc. But I still believe that one can learn more from an adversary based upon his position on certain subjects, especially religion & religious texts. Also, do you remember the old adage?

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Yeah! Remember that! Most of us purchase books based upon their cover. So I read on…because I wanted to understand the mentality.

He out-rightly states, and relies on, sura 2, verse 256, in his portrayal says,

“There shall be no compulsion in religion”; however, if you read the statement in its entirety it says, “There shall be no compulsion in religion; the right way has become distinct from the wrong way. Whoever renounces evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handle; which does not break. Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

So, if you believe rightly, there is no compulsion. For brevity sake I will not subit all, but shortcuts to such references where the Qur’an in essence, if not blatantly, where Islam forces one to submit or die. While these may not be all-inclusive, it is enough to get the message through to those who do not believe concerning Islam’s stance on peacefully coexisting with others.

Dr. Bucaille makes assertions without proof, or negating nor acknowledging, supposed contradiction within the Biblical text. He pushes a belief that the Bible is not science compliant and science denier position. Which is completely foolish. While throughout the history of Christianity there were church father’s who denied such sciences as the earth being round and that the earth was the center of the universe, but those were men who made those decisions and held those beliefs. There was a time that church fathers stated and outright outlawed the possession of bibles by laymen…because we are too stupid to understand what lies within those pages. On the flip-side, there was a time where one of the Calif’s made it unlawful to possess a Qur’an. All the Qur’ans were collected and burned. And the original Qur’an was purportedly taken into heaven with Muhammad and Allah…so, where did our present Qur’an come from or originate?

He spoke of how deceitful the Jews were and all non-believers, but fails to remind us that the Qur’an states:

“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Quran 3:54

It is hard to believe a man who says he is being objective in his presentation and study, yet deals in half truths and partial information. Which opens us up to another thing, the doctrin of al-Taqiyya.

Taqiya or taqiyya (Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”)[1][2] is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. (ref: Wikipedia)

While I was dismayed with the book itself, I was grateful for the opportunity to read something that was outside of my comfort zone and showed me that people do not believe as I believe. Hence, they will take great strides to usurp my purposeful walk with God.

I believe you understand what is going on here. But if you seek to follow Christ, not everyone will believe what you have to say, nor will they sit idly  by as you share the Gospel truths. Be forewarned, my brethren!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Angels: Ringing Assurance That We Are Not Alone by Billy Graham

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Yes, angels are real.They are not the product of your imagination.

If we had open spiritual eyes we would see not only a world filled with evil spirits and powers but also powerful angels with drawn swords, set for our defense.

Dr. Graham lifts the veil between the visible and the invisible world to give us an eye-opening account of these behind-the-scenes agents. This best-selling classic records the experiences of Dr. Graham and others who are convinced that at moments of special need they have been attended by angels. With keen insight and conviction, Dr. Graham affirms that:

God’s invisible hosts are better organized than any of the armies of man or Satan.Angels “think, feel, will, and display emotions.”Angels guide, comfort, and provide for people in the midst of suffering and persecution.At death, the faithful will be ushered by angels into the presence of God.

A great book which specifically details the use and applications of Angels, both in the bible and in our lives. Those special and strange things that occur within our lives are happening due to some initial cause. Angels are all around us to aid, guide, and protect us…God’s children.

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Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You by John F. MacArthur

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Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you.

John MacArthur has taken the twelve disciples and presented them as you and I! A phenomenal feat, in my opinion, because most people – such as you and I – place the twelve on a pedestal of spiritually great men. While that is true, when our Lord chose them to follow Him…they were exactly like you and I. Sinners, liars, cheaters, etc. Read and be amazed by this short, easy reading book!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

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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!

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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

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What IS the truth about Jesus?

Today, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, bestselling authors, Internet bloggers, and atheist think tanks. They’re capturing the public’s imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church.
How persuasive is this new image of Jesus? Is it based on well-supported facts and arguments? Or does it fade away when exposed to the hot light of
scrutiny?
In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor
Lee Strobel explores such controversial questions as:

  • Did Christianity suppress “alternative gospels” that portray Jesus more
    accurately than the New Testament?
  • Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early
    biblical texts?
  • Have fresh insights and explanations finally disproved the resurrection?
  • Were the essential beliefs about Jesus stolen from earlier mythology?
  • Have new objections disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah?

Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objections from today’s foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.

THIS was an AWESOME book for anyone at any level in their walk in Christianity! Great resource for the evangelist or the apologist. A great resource for those discipling others in their walk with Christ. A strong foundation of philosophically, archaeologically, and historically needed information in order to make that plunging step with your life to completely turn it over to the Lord! Well worth the read and would be a worthwhile tool to use as a study over the belief in Jesus as the Christ!

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The Power of Unlimited Faith: Living in the Miraculous Everyday by Kynan Bridges

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Do you ever hear people talk about “getting more faith” or “increasing their faith?”  When we buy into this idea, we never have enough. Though we constantly seek after greater faith, it always feels just beyond our grasp…

The Truth is, you already possess all of the faith you will ever need—both to please God and to release His miraculous power in your everyday life. You simply need to know how to activate it!

You’ll learn how to:

  • See the invisible—and discover God’s supernatural solutions
  • Operate key principles of faith—and unleash God’s unlimited power within you
  • Activate the law of confession—and agree with God’s Word
  • Expect the miraculous—and watch impossibilities turn around

I found Mr. Bridges perspective on activating one’s faith into an unlimited potential as being interesting and simplistic. Sometimes that is just what we need…simplicity! I found his book to be very well written and quite an easy read. I read it in about tree days, unfortunately…I was sick, so I had nothing better to do and way too many books to read. It was a blessing to read his book along with his testimonies. I felt it well worth the time to read, we can always learn something new from another in Christ’s love, you just never know!

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The Healing Handbook: An Essential Guide to Healing the Sick by Kynan Bridges

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Sickness is not God’s will… for you or for anyone else. According to the Bible, sickness is not a gift from Heaven—it is a result of sin, the Fall, and the curse. You are not called to accept or embrace it; you have been anointed to release God’s healing, deliverance, and freedom!

In The Healing Handbook, Pastor Kynan Bridges gives a fresh voice to this powerful ministry that every Christian gets to be a part of… this includes

you!

You’ll learn how to:

• Use Christ’s authority to experience victory over sickness

• Remove the barriers to receiving divine healing

• Activate your faith to release the supernatural power of God

• Walk in signs, wonders, and miracles on a regular basis

Don’t go a day longer without experiencing the miraculous gift that is living inside of you. Get ready to step into a new dimension and unleash God’s healing power in your life today!

While I do not normally read this kind of book, I must admit, I was drawn to it for several reasons. Kynan Bridges opened my eyed to several aspects of my Spiritual life where I was lacking! Namely: Faith and Belief…of all things. We, as the species of man, have this innate mindset where we design God and place Him into a box of our own making. This was, without a doubt, a great book to read and learn a thing or two…if you aren’t too closed minded? We have all done it and we continue to do such things that stagnate and hold back our faith and knowledge; as well as, other aspects of our lives! Make it a habit of breaking God out of the box into which you have placed Him.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

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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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