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Clutter-free Christianity

Posted by dturn on April 6, 2009


Here is a write-up on a new book I am reading:

When did the Christian life become so complicated?
Your greatest desire is to please God, but with each passing week, your spiritual to-do list grows longer.
As you strive to fulfill a never-ending inventory of requirements for being a godly parent, spouse, voter, employee, and more, you feel increasingly disconnected from the God you’re trying to serve.
It’s time to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of what it means to please God.

In this liberating look at the core principles of faith, Dr. Robert Jeffress reveals the truth about what God really wants from you–and what He wants to do for you.
Through solid biblical teaching and practical insights, Dr. Jeffress points you toward a revitalized faith centered on becoming more like Jesus in action, attitude, and affection. You’ll learn how to partner with God in the process of spiritual transformation as you choose to follow Christ in forgiveness, obedience, trust, contentment, service, and prayer.
Through a renewed focus on experiencing the kingdom of God right now, you’ll find your to-do list shrinking and your spiritual life deepening. It all comes with embracing Clutter-Free Christianity.
Includes a Bible study guide for personal growth and group discussion.

This is a great book that I have just gotten into. I recommend it off of what I have read so far.


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book review

Posted by dturn on December 19, 2008

Here is a great book that I am recommending to everyone in need of some financial direction.
I haven’t had the time to do a complete review, so here is a summary:

You really can be rich in every way, every day.

So you want to own the home you love, make memories on wonderful vacations with family or friends, finance college educations, and help others too?

You can—starting here and now.

With lively humor, proven know-how, and practical principles for financial health, Living Rich for Less helps you stretch your dollars to realize the lifestyle of your dreams. Ellie Kay’s entertaining and enlightening examples show you simple steps to save, spend, and give smart, and her three main principles are undergirded by dozens of effective rules and hundreds of Cha-Ching Factor™ tips that keep or put money in your pocket.

Ellie knows what it’s like to be financially-strapped or struggling, wanting to be the Joneses but feeling as poor in spirit as in pocketbook. She went, within two and a half years, from being a new wife and mom with $40,000 in consumer debt and seven children (and college educations) to support, to being completely debt-free and within fifteen years able to pay cash for eleven different cars, give away three of those cars, buy two five-bedroom houses (moving from one to the other) and nicely furnish each, take wonderful vacations, dress her family in fine fashion; and support more than thirty non-profit organizations in more than a dozen different countries, giving away more than $100,000.

Isn’t that the kind of transformation to a rich life that you want?

Living Rich for Less helps anyone get there in our taxed-out, maxed-out times. Because financial security doesn’t mean just genuine prosperity, but being able to live luxuriously, give generously, and care for yourself as well as the others around you.

Why keep up with the Joneses when you can be them?

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book review: how would Jesus vote?

Posted by dturn on October 31, 2008

How would Jesus vote? Is an interesting book.
I found it a tad bit difficult to read, but it was full of information.

This book was an interesting take on the Christian view of voting.
It focused, not on the particular candidates, but, on the issues.
Normally we hear about the standard issues of abortion and gay rights.
The authors also spoke about immigration and poverty.
On the immigration point, it is interesting that they talked about this issue but not the racism that continues to exist in our nation.
Still separate but equal?

The book makes it seem like this election is the most important in the history of our country.
Why is that?
What is it that makes all the other elections so non-important?

God has been/will always be concerned about His creation – US not U.S.A.

We should let our personal relationship with Christ reflect our voting habits.
We have a chance for our voices to be heard.

Pray. Consider. Pray. Read. Pray.

Author Bio:
Jerry Newcombe is senior producer for Coral Ridge Ministries television and has produced or coproduced more than fifty documentaries. The host of two weekly radio shows, he has also been a guest on numerous television and radio talk shows. He is the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books.

Dr. D. James Kennedy is one of the most trusted and recognized Christian leaders of our time. The senior minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he is the featured preacher on television’s “The Coral Ridge Hour” and radio’s “Truths That Transform”, syndicated on over one thousand stations throughout the U.S. The founder and president of Evangelism Explosion International and chancellor of Knox Theological Seminary, he is the author of more than sixty books, including the bestselling What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

You can pick up this book here

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book review

Posted by dturn on September 30, 2008

Touch by Rudy Rasmus

One of the first things that caught my attention about this book was the cover.
It shows the battered, worn hands of someone who might be homeless.
It was a powerful example of what is to come, even before you read a single page.
Pastor Rasmus, of Houston, gives a street-level view of what it means to love those who seem unlovable.

One of the great things about this book is how rudy shows us how the love of God changed his life along with the lives of the members of his church.
We get to watch how Rudy’s life is transformed from a mess to a miracle.
At every step he took, God was there to meet him and give him the grace to carry on.
The more Rudy received, the more he wanted to give away to touch every person he came in contact with the love and mercy of Christ.

Touch is an incredible, true story.
It also shows how biblical principles can be lived out.
Rudy and his church personalize the scriptures.
They show that, in spite of life’s challenges, the church should be willing to throw a lifeline to help others who are less fortunate.

If you are considering buying this book, don’t just do it because it has a cool cover.
Don’t just do it because Pastor Rudy is Beyonce‘s pastor (for real).
Don’t even do it because you’re looking for a cool story.
Get this book to experiences God’s grace through the eyes of a man who longs to see the least of these, Touched by the love of God.

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wild goose chase

Posted by dturn on August 18, 2008

Scared to make a move? Not sure if it’s your time?

Many of us have found ourselves caught in a rut of daily existence.
We wonder if there is more to life than what we are currently experiencing.

Are we really living up to our potential?

What we need to do is to break out of our pasts and pursue the great plan that God has in store for us.

To help push you out of that rut, I highly recommend a new book by Mark Batterson called,
Wild Goose Chase.

Reading Wild Goose Chase has been one of the most exciting things that I have done in a long time.
Mark has an uncanny knack for grabbing you by the collar, with his writing style, and never letting go.
The way he weaves together true life tidbits with scriptural application is awesome.

He asks very simple, yet pointed questions to help you navigate through your lifes’ journeys.

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark is the author of the best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger (www.markbatterson.com). He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

If you really want to reach for success, Wild Goose Chase will help you get there.

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book review: Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

Posted by dturn on July 31, 2008

Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

My first impression of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church was one of relief.
It is awesome to know that it is possible to create a church, and even networks of churches, that is diverse as the community that it resides.
Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an established leader in the multi-ethnic arena. He is the co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network.

Mark asks us to look deeper into the issue of racial reconciliation in the church.
As a matter of fact, in his writing, Mark pushes us past the surface and into the ultimate moment of reconciliation, mankind with Christ.
He explains how ethnically diverse communities of faith can pave the way for a major advancement of God’s love and grace.

I really felt that this subject of this book was overdue for some attention.
I could understand and thoroughly appreciate the 7 core commitments mention in this book.
After digesting this information I wondered what our communities would look like if all churches took on these characteristics.
I know that the church can make things much more complicated than it should be.
If we could operate in the unselfish love of Jesus Christ, the impact on our world would be amazing.

My overall opinion of this book is that it is a must-read for pastors, church leaders, church planters or anyone who wants to make a difference.
Our cities are becoming more and more diverse. Unfortunately, they are also more segregated on Sunday mornings.
This book will help to change that.

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