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Saturday, January 14, 2017

60 Days of Happiness: Discover God's Promise of Relentless Joy

I just finished reading '60 Days of Happiness: Discover God's Promise of Relentless Joy.'

I was excited to read this book because I loved Randy Alcorn's book 'Heaven' and thought this would be as inspirational and dynamic.

Sadly, I found it a bit dry. It seemed like he looked up happy quotes on the internet and scattered them throughout. And the chapters felt very repetitive.

I did take away one thought though that may have been worth reading the whole thing! And that was when he pointed out that we expect God to treat us by the way we perceive Him. So if we see Him as a harsh, controlling task master with no sense of joy we will fear Him and not get close. But if we see Him as a happy God then we can expect Him to want us to be happy too.

That made sense to me.

If you want Bible verses about happiness and joy or quotes from other writers and well-known people, then get the book.

Tyndale gave me a copy of this book for my review.


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Saturday, January 07, 2017

God Wants Us to be Happy

I’m reading a booked called 60 Days of Happiness, DiscoverGod’s Promise of Relentless Joy, by Randy Alcorn.

He basically shows us in the Bible that it’s Biblical to be happy and filled with joy.

He quoted Octaves Winslow who wrote: The child of God is, fro necessity, a joyful man. His sins are forgiven, his soul is justified, his person is adopted, his trials are blessings, his conflicts are victories, his death is immortality, his future is a heaven of inconceivable, unthought-of, untold, and endless blessedness – with such a God, such a Savior, and such a hope, is he not, ought he not, to be a joyful man?

Alcorn says that some think God’s laws are burdensome, but that changes when they realize He intended them to secure our happiness. 

Which caused me to re-look at the 10 Commandments in that light.

 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Think about it! If you steal, several things could happen. You could go to jail! You could live with the guilt. Or you might not feel guilty, so you go on keep stealing more and then eventually get caught. No happiness there!

Keeping the Sabbath. God is giving us a day off with His blessing! Time to enjoy Him and our friends and family. And rest!

Honoring your parents. Makes for harmony in your family. Also shows a great example for your own kids to get!

I could go on, but I think you get it! God’s rules are meant for our peace and happiness. So we don’t have to keep looking over our shoulder wondering if we’ll get caught, or wondering if we did the right thing, or avoid people because you don’t get along with them.

Psalm 119:127-130 Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.
129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review of Keeping the Fire by Rolland Baker

Rolland Baker and his wife Heidi Baker are missionaries in Mozambique, Africa. One of my favorite books (which I'm reading for the 3rd time) is their devotional "Reckless Devotion" so I was really looking forward to reading this book: Keeping the Fire.

It's very good, but not as inspiring as the devotional.

Baker lists 5 ways for either a church or a person to "keep the fires of revival going"
1, Find God
2. Depend on Miracles
3. Go to the Least
4. Suffer for Him, if Necessary
5. Rejoice in the Lord

He gives examples in each chapter of things that have either happened to him or their ministry.

I totally agree these are all important, but it's not til the end that he wraps it up in "Jesus just wants a relationship with you." "He could dazzle the world with amazing miracles, but all He cares about is a relationship."

That I can totally agree with!

The Bakers are amazing people with an amazing ministry. I'd recommend this book if only to be inspired by lives that go all out for God.

Note - I was given this book by the publisher to review.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Review of A Minute of Vision for Men

What a great devotional book for men! A Minute of Vision for Men takes no time to read an inspirational thought that connects life with Scripture. Something meant to stick with them during the day. A perfect way to center your mind and day on God!

I received a book from Tyndale House in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What does God want Christians to be doing?

While waiting for Heaven we are called to pursue Holy lives. God has also commissioned each of us to witness for Him.

Words, deeds and attitudes that reflect God's character reveal Him to a watching world. Confession of faith in Jesus Christ carries weight only when accompanied by the proof of a changed life.

A set-apart Holy life attracts those being drawn to the Savior while convicting those who reject Him.

God's plan to establish His eternal dwelling place fuels our desire to bless our community today.

Jesus Himself gave us a list in the scriptures:

In Matthew 6 He told us to: give to the needy, pray, forgive others, fast, don't make money your god, don't worry, but seek God's kingdom and His righteousness first.

From Matthew 28:19-20 He told us to make disciples and teach them to obey all God has commanded.

And from Acts 20:24 we are told to testify to the Gospel of God's Grace.

It's pretty clear!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sweet Children's Book

I wrote a little book for my grand-daughter on her first birthday and was so pleased with it!!
You can click on the link below and read it. It's short! :)

The Day You Were Born

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A Review of a most Unsettling Book

I just finished reading Dr. Timothy Dailey's book 'Apocalypse Rising'.

After finishing a year of Bible study on the book of Revelation I was looking forward to reading this book. But I didn't enjoy it at all. And I guess really we weren't meant to. It's a very serious and gloomy topic.

In his history sections, talking about the various wars and invasions, it was incredibly gory. Added to that was his section on EMP and how all of America could easily and speedily be destroyed and I had trouble sleeping at night! 

Because I had accepted a copy of this book from Chosen with the promise I would give it a fair and honest review though, I felt like I must finish reading it. And I did. His section on the current refuges in Europe was interesting and I believe on target. But at least the book of Revelation left me with hope and the feeling that God is in complete control.

I didn't get the feeling from this book.

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