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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.

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Doc Murf

 

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

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In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.

Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.

Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.

I found this book most extraordinary in it’s presentation of a Christian meeting a Muslim who is open minded, and vice versa. As both were willing to speak to one another freely and openly to discuss their beliefs and why they believed what they believed. This is the crux of the apologetic argumentation. That which Christians MUST be willing to do…know, understand, and both discuss and explain why they believe what it is that they believe. It is in this way that man will win his fellow man for God through such open dialogue and discussion. And it is not the argument, itself, which causes one to change their beliefs. Rather it is the Spirit of God who touches our hearts and guides us toward the answers we need. You may win a few people this way, but the majority will be won through the Holy Spirit!

An EXCELLENT book which was well worth the time to read!

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Doc Murf

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English by Martin G., Jr. Abegg, Peter Flint, Eugene Ulrich

From the dramatic find in the caves of Qumran, the world’s most ancient version of the Bible allows us to read the scriptures as they were in the time of Jesus.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English is the first full English translation of the Hebrew scriptures used by the Essene sect at Qumran. (The Essenes, along with the Pharisees and Saducees, were among the three most influential Jewish groups of their time [150 B.C. to 68 A.D.]). Between 1947 and 1956, in 11 caves overlooking the Dead Sea, more than 800 manuscripts of two types were found. The first are called “biblical”–because they contain material that was later canonized in the Hebrew Bible; the second are called “non-Biblical”–because they contain poetry, rules for holy living, and imaginative, midrashic interpretations that are unique to the community that produced them.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible comprises the biblical manuscripts, including many new Psalms, Apocryphal books, and previously unknown readings of Deuteronomy and Isaiah (which appear to have been among the most important books of the Bible to this group of Essenes). The translation of each book is preceded by an introduction that describes the text’s importance to the Essenes, their distinctive interpretations of the text, and suggestions of how historical and political events may have shaped these interpretations. Translators Martin Abegg Jr., Peter Flint, and Eugene Ulrich have loaded this volume with scholarly notes and commentary, but their interpretations are formatted in a way that does not impede the general reader’s enjoyment of the book. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible breathes new life into scripture by delving into the earliest source material yet discovered. It is a crucial work to reckon with for anyone interested in Jewish life around the time of Jesus. –Michael Joseph Gross

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An intriguing read, to say the least. Mostly biblical and upholding the contents of the bible as we know it, some things contrary to the writings we have learned from books not canonized into the bible as we know it, and others not seen before, which need to be studied. Some of what I read upheld much of the existing scripture and some other things were but commentary on what was written. Majority of what was captured was fragmentary at best. Oh, but what a discovery it was! Unless you are a great student of the bible and archaeological finds…this may, or may not, be a good book for you. You need to be a die-hard student. The writing is quite fragmentary and requires much in the way of assumptions.

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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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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 7 Habits That Will Change Your Life Forever Kindle Edition by Adam Houge

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Becoming a highly spiritual Christian needs to be the goal of every believer. Love in itself is an action and should be practiced habitually by everyone. We through love should be fervently seeking the Lord, and cherishing one another. We must be constantly portraying the heart of God toward one another on a habitual basis.

As it is written,
“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” 1Co 15:33

In this book we will distill the best habits down to the seven most productive ones. If practiced properly, they will carry over into every other category of life and drive you to become a highly spiritual Christian.

Very interesting book, while there are numerous books out there concerning the habits of man which will change his life for the better, and each one of those books makes a good case for their list of habits to pay close attention to. This book is no exception…it make very good, strong biblical arguments for each of these habits – in order to change your life!

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On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books by St. Augustine

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In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine helps readers discover, teach, and defend the truths of Scripture. According to St. Augustine, in order for Christians to fully understand Scripture, it should be interpreted with faith, hope, and love. St. Augustine helps readers recognize and interpret figurative expressions and ambiguous language. St. Augustine suggests that readers consult original translations and commit difficult terms to memory. He also suggests we familiarize ourselves with the meaning of frequently used symbols, such as “shepherd” and “sheep.” For those who teach the Scripture to others, St. Augustine says we must teach in honesty–not for self-seeking purposes. This text offers an impressive wealth of practical wisdom for reading the Bible. It is evident that St. Augustine earnestly wanted his readers to understand God’s Word.

This was an interesting read into the mind of one of the brilliant minds of the Christian beliefs.  Hard to see the thoughts of people from the 4th & 5th centuries, versus present day.  My, how the philosophies and morals of man have changed over time…and not for the better!

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The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham

   

 

Age and illness have removed him from the public eye, but only death will stop Graham from promulgating the same good news of salvation in Jesus Christ that he has preached now for 70 years. Only some of his exempla are new, drawn from recent headlines and the web, but, as always, Graham makes the message fresh, makes it new, in a plain-speaking and personal manner that few other evangelists have mastered quite as well. He remains absolutely faithful to the text of the Bible, as sure of sin and damnation as they are biblically portrayed as he is of repentance, salvation, and heaven. Moreover, he is as convinced of prophecy—that Jesus’ coming was foretold and that his Second Coming is certain—as ever. He doesn’t acknowledge nuance (although he doesn’t condemn metaphorical reading of scripture, either), and—what upsets contemporary sensibilities much more—he adheres to traditional understandings, for example of marriage, as firmly as to traditional evangelical interpretation of the Bible. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. –Ray Olson

This was a really fast read! The crux of this book was to get back to basics, get back to Jesus, & get back to relying on the word of God which is the basis of our faith!

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