Posts tagged ‘God’

March 21, 2012

$45K in 45 days

It is more blessed to give than to recieve. This is something my dad understands, which is why for his 45th birthday he wants to give a gift to children who have essentially nothing.

He and Moriah, my younger sister, visited these children two years ago and were changed forever. Each day from now until April 29 dad will be posting a glimpse into life at God’s House of Grace.

Please spread the word (pinterest, twitter, facebook, blog…) and consider donating. Just $1 can change a child’s life for the better.

via $45K in 45 days.

March 3, 2012

Then Sings My Soul Book 3 by Robert J Morgan – Book Review

Then Sings My Soul Book 3
The Story of our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith
By Robert J Morgan

 

Then Sings My Soul 3 is all about the history and future of Christian hymns. In the first section, The History of Hymnody, Morgan leads us from Biblical times up through Contemporary praise. In the second section, Do You Know These Hymns?, we have the familiar format of a hymn complete with sheet music followed by a page of history specific to that hymn. The first hymn was written about AD 100 and the last in 2001. The third section, Six Hymn Stories I Love to Tell, is similar, but the stories are much longer (6-12 pages each). In the fourth section, Hymning in Private and in Public, the reader is encouraged to apply the knowledge of the hymns to his or her life. The Epilogue closes out the book with a reminder of the gospel – a perfect ending in my opinion!

I loved the first two books in the Then Sings My Soul trilogy. I couldn’t imagine a better hymn book, but this third installment surpassed my expectations! Having a particular interest in history certainly helped, but even if you don’t share that enthusiasm, you will find this book easy to read and learn from. My favorite part of this book is the history of hymnody. I loved seeing the similarities and differences in the way the church worshiped in song through the years. My only complaint is the way this book is bound. The pages are artistically ragged and uneven, making it difficult to flip through the pages, especially when looking for a certain page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

January 12, 2012

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn (guest book review)

My mom, Kim, wrote this book review.

Healing is a Choice was full of great content: applicable scriptures, relatable anecdotes, and helpful suggestions about how to survive the pain of this earthly life.  This pain may come from emotionally devastating events like divorce (as in the author’s case) or death of a loved one or it may be physical pain due to some kind of illness or accident.  Arterburn’s solutions work for any kind of hurts one is trying to work through.  I thought his advice was very worthwhile and not just the psycho-babble that some tend to deliver.

But because of the voluminous content and the workbook included within, it was just too big!  Some of us looking for healing have physical handicaps of some kind or another–for someone with chronic pain like myself, the book is just too heavy and unwieldy.  It took me a long time to get through—I think some of the VERY GOOD POINTS were belabored a bit and some information seemed redundant (probably because of the included workbook).  Maybe I did need to hear things reinforced in different ways multiple times, but as I said, it did make the book physically cumbersome.  Even my wonderful “book hugger” book holder struggled with it!

So for those wanting to get their money’s worth out of a self-help manual, this fits the bill.  Much cheaper than a counseling session, you could make great progress emotionally and spiritually by applying this seasoned Christian counselor’s material. I will definitely go back to it again and again to reread marked passages.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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December 17, 2011

Will someone be there to catch him?

A friend of my mom recommended her niece’s blog and I have found it to be so inspiring!

This picture, and the post surrounding it caught my attention.

an orphan jumping into "uncle's" arms

The children in this orphanage in Uganda lack so much that we take for granted. Until they came to the orphanage, they lacked the bare necessities – a home, a bed, food.

But even now that they have those things, they still lack a forever family.

When I saw this picture and read about how the children could not trust “uncle” to catch them, even though they wanted to jump so badly, it drove this truth home. After all, isn’t that the most simple illustration of trust that there is – a child jumping into his daddy’s arms? Yet these orphans have no one they can trust.

Who will catch him when he jumps?
Will someone be there when she falls?

God designed children to be raised by parents. Parents who love them, parents who care for them, parents they can trust.

Every child needs a forever family.

Will you catch him? Will you be there for her?

October 29, 2011

Passion with Purpose

A Peek Into Your Passion at ylcf.org

Earlier this month, I read the first post on ylcf.org about Passion. I wondered what my “passion with a purpose” was as I hurried out the door. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was passionate – I often use that word to describe myself. I just wasn’t sure what my purpose was.

It turns out I simply couldn’t see the forest for the trees, for when I arrived at my destination a wave of anticipation hit me, and with it, realization. I was on the University campus for a pro-life outreach.

Ever since going through Justice For All‘s Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue training for the first time, I have found a passion for meaningful dialogue, not just about abortion, but other things like creation science or man’s relationship to God. The training (which I have been through 4 times) taught me key techniques, like humbly asking questions, to gently reason with people so as to find Truth.

17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
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Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
18 “ Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD

 

If you’d like to read more about meaningful conversations I have had, click on the “God Stories” tab in the sidebar.