Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Out Standing Study Bible

I have been reading and studying using The Spirit Filled Life Bible for a few months now and I am truly impressed with the quality, depth and richness of the materials included. You will find the Holy Spirit continually revealed throughout the Bible and in our daily lives. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed scholars to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible.
It is an outstanding resource, which offers a fresh look at the work of the Holy Spirit in the work of God and the people of God in every book of the Bible.

Those who seek to discover the reality of the Holy Spirit in Bible and in the believer’s life today will grow in God as they study the 41 kingdom Dynamic themes, the more than 550 Word Wealth Studies from the Hebrew and Greek which make the Word come alive, the Truth in Action life application materials at the end of each Biblical Book, the well written introductions for each book and verse by verse study notes.


The print or typeface is easy to read and the pages are well organized and uncluttered. The design or lay out makes it enjoyable to use. The binding seems sturdy and the Bible lies open well for study. My only complaint is the pinkish highlights of the word wealth sections. I would have preferred gray or green.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF THE KING

What do you see when you look around today? I see wars and rumor of wars Matthew 24:6, I see the flood of darkness (in every form of wickedness) and the battle for the elect of God is being waged by a seemingly endless flood of false causes and doctrines. If we look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith what might we see? Hebrews 12:2.

If we look through the Eyes of the King we will see a three-layered or three-dimensional blue print.
The 1st layer our daily life where mankind seeks to plan, rule and to be as God.  
The 2nd layer contains the plans and schemes of the Satan, to kill, steal and destroy all that God has established. John 10:10.
 The 3rd layer revealed the plans and strategy of The Great I Am Exodus 3:14, The Father of Lights James 1:17.

We must look past the our earthly sight or the glimpse we may see of our adversary the devil who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8 and look to ‘God the builder of everything’ Hebrews 3:4 He is the Great I Am, the King of Kings. His Word tells us The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. So as much as Satan knows he does not comprehend the ways or plans of God.

Look to God’s Word and see God’s plans and ways so that you might see through the Eyes of the King. Understand that it is ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts’ Zechariah 4:6.  God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts Isaiah 55:8. He knows the beginning from the end and every scheme of the evil one is laid bare before Him who from everlasting to everlasting is God.

Become a friend of God because God shows His plans to those He calls His friends John 15:15. His plans come to us with His provision, wisdom and His timing.

In the book of Joshua we see that Israel never lost a battle when they sought the Lord and his strategy.

Look and See through the Eyes of the King, then say with Job “I know that you can do all things! No purpose of yours can be thwarted”. Job 42 2 
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic because of them (what you see in the first two layers). For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you." This is an applied paraphrase of Deuteronomy 31:6

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

ESV Reader’s Bible

The ESV Reader’s Bible was created for those who want to read Scripture precisely as it was originally written–namely, as an unbroken narrative. Verse numbers, chapter and section headings, and translation footnotes are helpful navigational and interpretive tools, but they are also relatively recent conventions. In the ESV Reader’s Bible they have been removed from the Bible text. The result is a new kind of Bible-reading experience in a volume that presents Scripture as one extended story line.
On the top of each page a verse range is included for orientation. Other features include a single-column text setting, readable type, and a book-like format. The Reader’s Bible is a simple but elegant edition, and is perfect for devotional reading, for extended Bible reading, or for focusing on the overarching narrative of the Bible.
  • Black letter text, with no verse numbers or footnotes
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Two ribbon markers
  • This Cloth Over Board edition is packaged in an 
  • attractive slipcase

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Specifications

Format:Cloth Over Board
Page Count:1,840
ISBN-10:1-4335-4414-8
ISBN-13:978-1-4335-4414-9
Trim Size:5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight:36.1 ounces
Published:June 30, 2014
Type Size:9 pt.
Page LayoutSingle Column
Additional FeaturesSewn Binding
Maps
Words of Christ Black

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Interpreting The Pauline Letters


Interpreting The Pauline Letters: An Exegetical Handbook by John D. Harvey
Published by Kregel Academic

One of my mentors Dr. Thomas F. Harrison made a profound statement concerning Hermeneutics and Exegesis. “He who seeks wisdom not just a knowledge of how to exegete but discovers how to make the text useful to others has discovered both the Art and Science of Exegesis.”

This book is a valuable demonstration of Dr. Harrison’s statement. Building on the foundation of the authority of God’s Word Dr. Harvey wisely explains and then uses the elements of exegesis, which are then demonstrated by useable examples.

I was delighted with his section, “The Great Transfer” in the chapter on the Theology of Paul’s letters. The transfer from the Sphere of Adam to that of ‘in Christ’ is the best I have seen in detailing what is meant and how it is realized starting with 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Colossians 1:13-14 and then throughout Paul’s letters.

As a semi-retired NT Greek, Hermeneutics and Homiletics teacher I highly recommend this excellent work to anyone seeking to understand and make the meat of the Word available to all who follow or seek Jesus the Messiah. I received a copy of this book from Kregel Academic for an honest review.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Strange Fire?

Proclaiming the Good News or Complaining about Fellow Servants
I weary when Christian leaders are so busy being critical of others in God's household. A Critical attitude toward others who serve Christ is directly rebuked in the Bible. 

If we are busy proclaiming truth and living a life that pleases God we will have very Little time to do other things and worry about what others are teaching.
One of the latest example is John MacArthur in His book 'Strange Fire'.

Romans 14:4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

I have no doubt that a good and sincere teacher can write a book whose PR says the following. 

"In ancient Israel there lived two priests who approached God without the reverence He deserves. They disregarded God’s instructions and burned incense in His Tabernacle with “strange fire . . . which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord” (Lev. 10:2). Scripture calls us to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Anything unholy — including false prophecy, phony miracles, religious hypocrisy, self-willed worship, or anything else of the sort — is a kind of “strange fire,” deserving of the most severe judgment. That is why pastor-teacher John MacArthur has written this treatise on a movement whose foundation and direction have betrayed the God they claim to represent. Laced with historical research, biblical support, and quotes from scholars across the spectrum, Strange Fire is a rigorous evaluation of the fastest growing segment of the American Christian church. And it is an important warning . . . • For those who want the church to be more inclusive, • For those on the lookout for miracles today, • For those who think “charismatic” refers more to worship style than substance, • For those who don’t understand why celebrity preachers are constantly falling from grace, • For those who believe religious experience is more important than biblical fact, • For those who don’t want to “limit God” or “put Him in a box.” Strange Fire is powerful, disturbing, and imminently necessary."

What really urkes me is how much attention this book brings and how it divides the Kingdom of God when He could use the time and resources to expand the Kingdom instead of bring division and an opportunity for the World to not see what Jesus wants which is that we love one another as followers of Jesus our Saviour and Lord. God's grace toward us is needed when we deal with others who serve God differently than the way we understand.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A Good Antidote to Rampant End Times Speculations


The Rose Guide to the End Times by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones is visually inviting, easy to follow and comprehensive. Studying the End Times (Eschatology) can be very confusing. This book is a detailed study, which is a good fit for an individual, Bible study class or group and even as part of the curriculum for a college course. 
I was pleased to see the author starts the first 5 chapters focusing on รข•˘What matters most when it comes to the end of the world.˙ Unlike many books on the market today the author does not seem to have a pet position to further. He lays things out so that you may understand what is Biblical and how others in the church see things. 
The sections on the Old and New Testaments put things wonderfully in Biblical perspective. The last section is enlightening as it lays out each of the 4 major views of the End Times in the Church today. This is helpful when hearing or reading about the End Times in that you will be able to discern which view the author or speaker believes in. If you desire to understand the End Times you will greatly benefit from this book. Please Note: I was provided a reader copy by Rose Publishing in order to provide an unbiased review.@rosepublishing

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

My Daily Pursuit by Tozer

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book. 
Gospel Light - Regal Books
Here is an excerpt:
January 31
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Heretics do not necessarily want to teach that there is no Trinity, or that God did not create the universe, and that there is no judgment. The very word “heretic” means one who picks and chooses.
The Samaritans were heretical in that they chose certain parts of the Bible. They had a Pentateuch and accepted it, but they rejected David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, 1 and 2 Kings and the Song of Solomon. They rejected all of Scripture except the Pentateuch.
The Samaritans went one step further: they translated the Pentateuch.
You can translate anything to prove what you are out to prove. All you have to do is say you know Greek or Hebrew, and after that, you are on your own. The Samaritans translated the old Pentateuch in a manner that proved Samaria was a place of worship. Because of that, they were very hostile to the Jews who claimed that Jerusalem was the place to worship.
The Samaritans accepted the Bible, but they just accepted as much of it is they wanted. When you pick and choose, you can believe just about anything.
Remember, it takes all of the Bible to make it the Word of God.
Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord,
Now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes,
And make me see;
Show me the truth concealed
Within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed,
I see Thee, Lord.
—Alexander Groves (1842–1909)
O Holy Spirit, open my eyes today that I may see that which You have for me. Blind me to those ways that lead me away from Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen.