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The Cost Of Following Jesus

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The Martyr’s Oath will challenge you and cause you to stop, think and inspire you to grow deeper in your faith and walk with Jesus. To walk alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ. Every day we are witnessing an astonishing escalation in Christian persecution like we have rarely seen since the first century. Like the stories in the book, we all need to start walking a life that Jesus expects us to, a life willing to die and gain for Christ. Jesus warns us that we will be persecuted for leading a life each day when we follow Him. He said that our lives should not be life of comfort, but of one that we need to listen Him.

Johnnie Moore, like many American Christians, didn’t fully appreciate the extent of what was going on until he witnessed a graduation of theology students in India. Unlike graduation ceremonies here in America- where feel good speeches made by visiting celebrities are expected-this one featured a remarkable oath. It wasn’t an oath to excel. It was an oath to be willing to die, if necessary for the cause of Jesus.

Each chapter is a first hand account of those who are truly ready to die for their faith in Jesus across the Middle East and Africa, but these are more than stories, they are life experiences of real people who faced torture, danger and sometimes death. Your faith will be challenged! Are you ready to stand up for your faith?

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Love This Bible

Absolutely love She Reads Truth Bible! I received the Gray Linen Hardcover version, but the bible comes in several different beautiful colors. I love the key verses and reading plans. I see myself using this bible for years to come. The artwork at the beginning of each book is beautiful. The translation is Christian Standard Bible (CSB) which I am familiar with as I have other CSB bibles. I like the daily or yearly devotions that are included in the bible.

Features of the bible:

There is an introduction at the beginning of each book.
Wide margins for note taking and journaling.
189 Devotionals.
68 Key Verses.
35 Full-color timelines.
20 Full-color maps.
11 Full-color charts.
Reading plans for each book of the bible.

I received this book from BH Publishing Group to review.

 

 

Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks

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Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks will awaken you each day with fresh insights right from the Spirit of God. You will be challenged, encouraged and strengthened. I found it hard to read only one devotion a day.

Priscilla’s devotions deepened my relationship with Jesus and increased my understanding of Him. For me this book is a 90 Challenge to sit and listen quietly to God. I loved how the book was set up. There are 90 different devotions that start with a scripture passage and thoughts by Priscilla. There is space as well to journal your thoughts and prompts to get you started.

One of the devotions that had me thinking was about Daily Bread, and talks about the Sabbeth, how it is not meant to be a hurdle to be worked around each week. We all need to stop and refocus our attention on God. “That it should be a pause, a stopping point, a decision to take a break….. My goal is to make Sabbeth a priority.

This was my first Priscilla Shirer book and will not be my last, game changing, thought provoking. Get the book, you will devour the devotions..

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

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I had the joy of being part of the book launch team for Daring to Hope, Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful which releases this month and highly recommend it. Kate struggles and wrestles with the same questions we all do about pain, suffering, death and how God brings us through these storms.

Daring to Hope arrived as I was being deployed for Disaster Relief, the book spoke to me through the Holy Spirit. Kate shares short stories throughout the book and is up front about her journey from weariness and despair to hope and joy, wondering where God is in the midist of her trials. We all have low points in our lives, but know that God is walking along side us as we draw closer to Him. Kate learned to lean on Him and yearn to know He is ALWAYS WITH US, even if sometimes it does not feel like it. True hope that comes in knowing Him, that God will answers Kate’s prayers. Kate teaches us to have hope, encouragment and know that through her dark times God is always with her. Throughout the book, Kate shared different scriptures from the bible reinforcing how much God cares and loves us and how important a relationship with Him is, to know Him intimately even when we are walking through hard times.

“ But the longer our family abides with and among others who are more materially needy, but truly only just as desperate for Christ as we are, the more this separation seems not only unbibical but impossible.”

“I wanted people to understand the Gospel not because of our words, but because of the way we lived.”

I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Holy Spirit Come To Me

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Are you missing the whisper’s of God? Are you yearning to hear Him? The author does an incredible job of walking the reader through the seven languages God uses to speak to us.  If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. If you want the Spirit of God to fill you, be still. Quiet is the think tank of the soul. I highly recommend this book.

This deployment taught me that my cast was just a minor blip, disruption, that there are bigger issues than a body who is wore out. I learned these past two weeks to take the bull by the horn and step outside my box, my four corners. I learned to just walk up, offer my hand to those broken, hurting, nothing left, offered to pray, hug and let them just share. Still a work in progress, learning to just sit and listen. Jesus, can you continue to whisper that if I am too preoccupied with my problem’s that I can’t hear His promptings.

We may think everything happens too fast, at the speed of light, but if we stop for a minute and realize God is in control life will go smoother. On this deployment we planted lots and lots of seeds and may not see the fruit of our labor right away, but Jesus has plans for everyone. Most everyone gives up too easily if things are not going our way or too quickly and we lose focus of the greater picture.

When is the last time you stopped to hear Jesus whisper? When is the last time you heard God’s voice? Do you know how to listen for it? Mark Batterson walks you through the seven languages God uses to speak to us: Scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting, and pain.

Start reading for free here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/sneak-peek-whisper-by-mark-batterson/