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Revelation Unveiled: Understanding the Heart of Jesus in the Imminent Day of the Lord Kindle Edition by Russell M. Stendal

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Sadly, many commentaries on Revelation ignore the need to have a clean heart in order to survive what’s coming. In this edition, we dig deep into the signs, the wonders, and the genuine Christian’s role in the soon-to-be-fulfilled book of Revelation. We even go back to the prophets to help clarify what is the most important message to Christians today.

The book of Revelation should be of intense interest to today’s Christian. It describes not only the persecution that originates from Satan, but also announces the day when God will intervene and cleanse the earth. This is definitely something to look forward to if we are right with him. Not so much for those living for themselves.

This is but one resource to allow the one who studies biblical revelation to gain some answers into the meanings of this biblical book of finality and a new beginning. Well written interestingly equipped with much background; however, I also felt the appendices were lacking. But do not let that detract from the wealth of knowledge that could be gained by the remainder of the book. You must judge for yourself.

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Doc Murf

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Jesus, an Obedient Son Kindle Edition by Michael Phillips

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For many years, best-selling author Michael Phillips assumed he clearly understood the life of Jesus. Though Jesus was in truth his Savior, and even his Lord, Phillips felt challenged to understand more of the remarkable life lived two thousand years ago in Palestine. Then came a crisis in his spiritual pilgrimage when circumstances forced him to open the book of his life in a new way, and delve more deeply into the fundamental why of Jesus’ life.

Challenged to discover the New Testament imperative for his life, Phillips takes a fresh look at the Bible to find out what is the essence, the foundation, of spirituality. Boiled down. The raw reality of the gospel. No frills. No excess baggage. No trite little phrases learned in Sunday school or youth group.

He discovers a key that gives validity to an entire life’s purpose and perspective as a Christian for right now. Not in some grandiose, far-reaching way . . . but the link between belief and practice, between eternity and now, between Christianity as a world religion, and Christianity as a practical guidebook for going about the business of life in the trenches. For if ever a man walked in harmony between ultimate purpose and the next five minutes, that man was Jesus Christ. And that key to Jesus’ life was obedience.

An intriguing insight into what would Jesus be like in the here and now. How would he look, act, choose his disciples, etc. Much, in fact, would be the same excepting the surroundings; and quite possibly the trial. A very interesting look and feel. Many interesting tips on how we should be and what our outlooks should be based upon…biblically speaking.

 

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Doc Murf

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The Life and Times of Jesus: From His Earthly Beginnings to the Sermon on the Mount (Part I) by Michael J. Ruszala

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To write a book about Jesus is a challenging task; to live a life like Jesus’ is more challenging still.

Though not primarily a work of theology or of spirituality, this popular history intends to help the words and deeds of Jesus come alive for contemporary readers.
I found this book rather fascinating, in that, it took snapshots of the life of Jesus, up to His Sermon on the Mount, and explained in a generalized manner. I found it to be very good and informative. I thought it worth the time to read and the time to ponder over.
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The Journey: Living by Faith in an Uncertain World by Billy Graham

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Billy Graham is respected and loved around the world. And this work is his magnum opus, the culmination of a lifetime of experience and ministry!

Chapter by chapter, Graham leads us on a journey in faith. We learn about God and his purpose for our lives; who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We are reminded of the things God has given us to live successfully: the Bible, the privilege of prayer, fellowship and the church, and the Holy Spirit. We learn to deal with challenges along the way: temptation; wrong thoughts and motives; emotions that can defeat us; habits that destroy our spirit, and what to do when life turns against us. And we are given practical advice on knowing God’s will, making right decision, strengthening our marriages, being wise parents, and using our gifts to share Christ with others.

With insight that only comes from a life spent with God, The Journey is filled with wisdom, encouragement, hope, and inspiration for anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

I have not read very much by Billy Graham, but this was one of the best written guides into one’s faith and following. I was enamored with his guidance and backing everything up with biblical scripture. This should be a primer for anyone, young or old, new or tenured, in the faith of Christianity!

This is a must read book! Of course, in my humble opinion!

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Doc Murf

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The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence by James W Goll

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The presence of God is meant to be more than just an occasional event during Sunday morning Worship—you are meant to live in God’s presence! In “The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence,” James W. Goll uncovers ancient and nearly forgotten keys to deeper intimacy with Christ Jesus while revealing the ease of working with Christ instead of for Him. Through this book you will rediscover the lost precepts of Biblical meditation, contemplative prayer, and waiting on the Lord and learn how to apply them in your own life. Most importantly, you will gain inspiration for your own intimate walk and the courage to spread the fire His presence to everyone around you! “The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence” also includes a modern-language translation of The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. An inspiration to James Goll, this 15th-century believer has inspired generations of Christians with his simple life and profound writings on the nature and presence of the Lord.

This was a very good book, as well as a fast read, that can kick-start YOUR practicing in God’s presence. Primers, so-to-say, to aid you in the emulation of Christ and the Apostles. Consider this little book which possesses a wealth of ideas to jump-start your  life into a Christ-like life!

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MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Who Is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith by Darrell L Bock

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IS JESUS WHO HE SAID HE WAS? Some say he was just a man; others claim he was the Son of God. Historian Darrell Bock tests the authenticity of Jesus’ claims against the rules of history to find out if he truly is the Christ of Faith.

This reader-friendly book examines twelve events, sayings, and teachings of Jesus, using ten well-accepted historical rules. Pull up a chair, engage in the conversation, and discover how fascinating the discussion of the historical Jesus can be.

This was quite the easy read at only 214 pages. The overcoming of objections with reason and with historical data and writings of others who brought many things into the cultural context that was needed in order for anyone, including those who are apologetically & evangelically minded. We each, as followers of the Christ have an obligation to strengthen our faith through reason and historically based research. It is through this method that we can be better prepared to “give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

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Doc Murf

 

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New World Order by A. Ralph Epperson

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This book by A. Ralph Epperson purports to uncover hidden and sinister meanings behind all the symbols found on the Great Seal of the United States, committing America to “A Secret Destiny.

I found it rather interesting that so many things, as well as groups, came into play. Call it conspiracy theory, if you choose, but keep in mind that this is what is spelled out, to some degree, within the book of Revelation of the Bible. The only time people use the term “Conspiracy Theory,” or “Conspiracy Theorist” is when they (the speaker) desires to denigrate and assassinate the character of the person who is speaking of an alternate theory of any given situation! Be ever-so vigilant! Be leery of those forcing a thought down your throat that YOU know in your heart to be untrue. As the Bible tells us,

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” ~1 John 4:1

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The Book of Revelation Unveiled

The fundamental message of the book of Revelation is simple. It promises that God will institute universal peace, prosperity and cooperation over all the earth immediately after the return of Jesus Christ. It reveals how this wonderful new world will be established and why it will never be destroyed or superseded by any other way of life or social order.

I found this to be a short and informational read on the Book of Revelation, not all-inclusive mind you but very good and well written. Of course, we will not know “other” interpretations of any given book in the Bible until it actually happens. But, with that said, and standing by the belief that the Bible is the Word of God, then it is all true – that which has happened and that which will transpire! If you believe & obey you are alright; if you do not believe then you very may well be in for a world of hurt.

Blaise Pascal’s wager was that if there is a God and a true religion, shouldn’t you seek him and it out and follow it? (Severely paraphrased, but that is the essence of it.) In other words it would be illogical not to believe in God.

You can obtain your free copy HERE.

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Can Man Live Without God by Ravi Zacharias

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In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

I must admit, the book was in interesting as well as a quick read. I especially enjoyed his arguments, as they were simple & succinctly put. Hard to argue against them…as there was nowhere left to go.

He also has some downloads at his website, http://www.rzim.org

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Fire from Within by Carlos Castaneda

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Fire from Within by Carlos Castaneda

Each of Carlos Castaneda’s books is a brilliant and tantalizing burst of illumination into the depths of our deepest mysteries, like a sudden flash of light, like a burst of lightning over the desert at night, which shows us a world that is both alien and totally familiar — the landscape of our dreams.
Fire from Within is the author’s most brilliant thought-provoking and unusual book, one in which Castaneda, under the tutelage of don Juan and his “disciples,” at last constructs, from the teachings of don Juan and his own experiences, a stunning portrait of the “sorcerer’s world” that is crystal-clear and dizzying in its implications.

In a most thought-provoking and unusual work, Carlos Castaneda continues his tuteluge under don Juan, the Yaqui Indian sorcerer–constructing a stunning portrait of the “sorcerer’s world” that is crystal clear and dizzying in its implications.

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