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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!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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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!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers by Will Rogers & Joseph H. Carter

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Will Rogers was America. Part Cherokee Indian and former cowboy, he captivated audiences around the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks. His colorful life recently inspired a commercially successful and critically acclaimed Broadway musical — winner of 6 Tony Awards. His words are as entertaining, inspiring and revelant today as they ever were.

A simple, plain-spoken man, he was the voice of a nation during the ’20s and ’30s. Movie star, vaudeville headliner, radio commentator, his views and observations were syndicated daily and weekly in over 600 newspapers across the country.

Here is the essential Will Rogers — the story of his remarkable career, from Oklahoma “cowpuncher” to international star . . . and the warm, knowing and hilarious philosophies of the man embodied the heart and soul of the nation.

While I disagree with his politics (overall), it is without doubt difficult, at best, to not laugh at his commentary and his genuine witticism.  He was a generous man with a zeal for living life and helping his fellow man who was down and out.  He made fortunes and he lost them, and he made them back again. Never afraid of a challenge, he always sought to go head on. He was but 56 when he died, but lived a life fuller than most who lived until twice that.

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More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Startup Became America’s Home and Craft Superstore by David Green

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The retail industry has undergone enormous changes during the last thirty years.

But there is one retailer that not only has remained consistent in the fluctuating?even tenuous?market, but also has grown in the process.

More Than a Hobby takes you inside the story of David Green, the man who built the phenomenal success of Hobby Lobby. Green went beyond surviving in a competitive retail market to thriving, ultimately expanding his $600 start-up company into a $1.3 billion per-year enterprise.

Green’s incredible accomplishments were based not on business-school theory but on his grassroots experiences as a store manager and his creative application of cutting edge ideas, including:

  • Allow managers to spend no more than thirty minutes per day on paperwork
  • Instead of paying a middleman, assemble as much of the product as possible in-house
  • Give buyers the freedom to purchase without restraint―but within the realm of common sense
  • Keep God and family first

More Than a Hobby is a practical field manual, filled with revolutionary ideas for all those who dream of success in the world of retail business.

David Green used very simplistic, easy to attain goals which permitted him to adhere to his faith, apply it daily, glorify God, and accomplish his goals! A short book, but well worth the read that is chock full of tidbits with long term life values. Worthy of applying within one’s own life!

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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!

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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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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Will America Inevitably “Awake” to Its Need for Religion?

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By Matthew Murphy

July 31, 2015 0 Comments
The religious landscape in America has been statistically shown to be changing. The Pew Forum reports that from the years 2007 to 2014, the Christian share of the population decreased by nearly 8 percent. In addition to these stats, it’s not hard to see materialist trends alive and well. You need only observe any mall on Black Friday.
Maybe you’re wishing for the next “great awakening,” in which Americans flock back to the church and begin to pursue the Christian life. This notion of a Great Awakening is directly related to periods in history in which people, by the thousands, returned to the church after a period of secularization. Though many might think this trend is impossible, I would argue that the next Great Awakening is more than just a possibility. It’s a reality to come.
Let me explain.
Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system, but the trip inspired his magnum opus, Democracy in America (maybe you have read it). In this massive work, Tocqueville comments upon various aspects of American society in hopes of understanding the nature of democracy.
In this book you will find a plethora of rich ideas about American democracy, but the one I find particularly interesting is Tocqueville’s commentary on the democratic soul.
Tocqueville takes the human soul seriously. Whereas Jean-Jaques Rousseau believes the human soul to be a historical accident of sorts, Tocqueville argues that “Man did not give himself the taste for the infinite and the love of what is immortal. These sublime instincts are not born of a caprice in his will: they have their immovable foundations in nature…” (Democracy in America, 510).
Though he does not say it directly, I believe Tocqueville is arguing for the natural presence of the soul in man.
But, if you read the quote again, you can also see that Tocqueville makes another metaphysical claim. He implies that the human soul is not content with the objects of the material world and has a “taste for the infinite and the love of what is immortal.” This obviously raises a number of implications.
According to Tocqueville, “the soul has needs that must be satisfied” and these needs cannot be satisfied by the material world. The simplest way to achieve consolation and satisfaction for the soul is religion, which connects us with God.
This hunger, on a mass scale, would inevitably lead to a third Great Awakening as more and more people seek healing for their souls via religion. It could, however, reflect the vague “spirituality” of the 1960s, so I can only urge the church be prepared and knowledgeable, ready to offer people the ailment to their hurting souls in a way that is lasting and good for the whole of society. For if the church misses this opportunity, there could be nothing short of drastic results.

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The Sunset Limited (Movie)

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“The Sunset Limited” opens in Black’s apartment with the two men sitting at a small dinner table in the kitchen. Here, Black digs into White’s brain to find out why he wanted to take that dive that would end his life. He also asks him questions about his beliefs and values. White doesn’t seem to have any personal beliefs or values. He doesn’t really have any friends other than a guy he grabs lunch with at his work every now and then.

Black converted to Christianity after his time in jail. He asks White – since he’s a college professor – how many books he has read. White gives an estimable answer of 4,000 over the course of his lifetime. His favorite book is “War and Peace,” but Black asks why he hasn’t read the “best book.” Black is referring to “The Bible.”

The movie pans out into Black’s deep, religious beliefs and goes into why he served time in prison and what happened in prison. While White sits and listens to his stories, he must think about what all this means. He tries to get up and leave several times, but he is drawn back into Black’s discussion. White keeps telling Black the only thing out there for him and the only thing he believes in is the Sunset Limited. It will take him to the only thing he believes he has left to do, which is to die. There seems to be nothing of value for him and nothing else he feels he can do. Black thinks there is more and tries to pursue White to think about life and God.

McCarthy took his own two-person play and wrote the screenplay to fit cinematic standards. How does a story that contains only two characters and one setting keep people interested? It’s all in the dialogue and the acting. McCarthy is the best choice for writing a screenplay like this; Jones and Jackson are the best choices for these two roles.

Their dialogue is not only theological and philosophical, but it’s also humorous. McCarthy is able to shed some comedic value into a deep discussion to keep the viewer interested.

I’ve seen parts of this movie before, which peaked my interest and I finally saw the whole movie. It is a very interesting set-up between an atheistic professor who desires to commit suicide and a felon murderer born again Christian. Makes one think, on either side of the issue. Both pose very powerful arguments from their positions.

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God and the World a Survey of Thought by Arthur William Robinson

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A man, so it has been said, is distinguished from the creatures beneath him by his power to ask a question. To which we may add that one man is distinguished from another by the kind of question that he asks. A man is to be measured by the size of his question. Small men ask small questions: of here and now; of to-day and to-morrow and the next day; of how they may quickest fill their pockets, or gain another step upon the social ladder. Great men are concerned with great questions: of life, of man, of history, of God.

So again, the size of an age can be determined by the size of its questions. It has been claimed that the age through which we have passed was a great age, and tried by this test we need not hesitate to admit the claim. It was full of questions, and they were great questions. As never before, the eyes of men strained upwards and backwards into the dim recesses of the past to discover something, if it might be, of the beginnings of things: of matter and life; of the earth and its contents; of the solar system and the universe. We know with what interest inquiries of this sort were regarded, and how ready the people were to read the books that dealt with them; to attend lectures and discussions about them, and to give their money for the purposes of such research. It was a great age that could devote itself so eagerly to questions of this importance and magnitude.

But as men cannot live upon appetite, so neither can they be for ever satisfied with questions. Hence it follows that a period of questioning is ordinarily followed by another, in which the accumulated information is sorted and digested and turned to practical account; a time in which constructive work is attempted, and some understanding is arrived at as to the relation that exists between the old knowledge and the new. It looks as if we were nearing such a time, when, for a while at all events, there will be a pause for reconsideration and reconstruction, and the human spirit will gather strength and confidence before again setting out upon its quest of the Infinite. Already we are asked to give attention to statements that are intended to review the whole situation and to summarise, provisionally at all events, the results that have been attained. Each of these attempts will, in its turn, be superseded by something that is wider in its outlook and wiser in its verdicts. This little book is an effort of this nature, and it is offered in the hope that it may serve some such useful and temporary purpose.

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