Daily Archives: January 17, 2017

Books
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The Gift of Being Yourself (Book Review)

Book: The Gift of Being Yourself
Author: David Benner
Amazon Link: Click here

From Publishers Weekly:

In contrast to other books filled with drive-through pop psychology and sound-bite spirituality, Benner, a psychologist and spiritual director, offers an impressively deep and challenging introduction to Christian self-discovery in a little more than 100 pages. The foundational premise is that true knowledge of God and true knowledge of oneself are inextricably intertwined. For those who view such an approach as simply an accommodation to our culture’s obsession with self, Benner provides a multitude of quotes from historic, respected theologians such as Augustine and John Calvin. He offers a clear and practical outline for those seeking to begin the lifelong process of knowing God and knowing themselves in an authentic way. As a gift to Christian counselors everywhere, Benner explains the difference between authentic self-discovery and most psychological approaches. Without mentioning names, he uses the stories of “fallen” Christian leaders to illustrate how some Christians’ well-intentioned avoidance of self-discovery can become a deadly snare. His discussion of accepting our flaws and sins as a necessary step to transformation is a model of lucidity. Although self-knowledge is the subject, it becomes clear that transformation is the ultimate goal both of this book and of the journey it invites readers to begin.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

 

My Observation:

This book is definitely going to be on my “read again” list. I really enjoyed various sides to this thought-provoking. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes and ideas:

  • The best way to fulfill your calling is to be your authentic self.
  • Your calling is revealed in how God made you.
  • How to find out what to do? Mentally ask the twelve year old Jesus after being found in the temple, “What motivated you to do something like that and to know where to fulfill your calling.”
  • Don’t always assume your job equals your calling or that it has too.
  • Write out a personal mission statement about becoming the best “you” you can be.

 

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All, prayer|fasting
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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Ten

2 Corinthians 4:16-

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

Believe it or not you are halfway there! Yeah! Good for you. I wish I could tell you it’s all downhill from here. Don’t give up. Hopefully by now you are already beginning to feel God’s nearness. The truth is God is always near. It’s we who don’t always recognize it.

That’s really the whole point of fasting. Fasting is an act of worship. As we fast we are disciplining our bodies and allowing ourselves to become more sensitive to His presence.  When I first began fasting, I thought it somehow bribed God into answering my prayers. Like it was some sort of cat-nip for Christ. He couldn’t resist watching me suffer and rushed in to spoil me.

Well… that’s not quite right.

The truth is living in a world dominated by sin has its downsides. One of them is we get so accustomed to it we lose our sharpness as it relates to sensing the presence and voice of God. Fasting brings us out of our normal routine for a while in order to re-itemize our priorities so we can regain our closeness with God.  Have you ever been around a couple who were experiencing martial issues? Especially if it had stemmed from lack of communication the antidote usually is a trip away from everyone else so they can spend time with each other and reestablish their relationship. I know of at least one getaway place that’s only for couples in trouble. There’s no phones, tv’s, radios, computers, etc. etc. etc. It’s just them and the medicine bottle reads, “Talk to each other.”   That’s what you are doing. You’re taking time away to reestablish your relationship and reconnect with God.

So, fasting doesn’t change or coheres God into anything. It changes us and reconnects us back to Him.

Action Steps

  • If you’ve lost it over the past 10 days, regain your focus to ‘come out’ from everything else and spend time with God.
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All, Leadership
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How Can I Trust the Bible

The Bible can defend itself. There’s a famous saying that says, “It is said that the Bible is like a lion; it does not need to be defended but simply let loose.
The Word of God has proven itself throughout time and history.

In preparation for the next part of our series “Can the Bible Be Trusted?”, I wanted to give you some additional resources to further your trust in the Word of God. Below are books, links to articles, podcasts, and people who regularly write and speak in defense of Christian faith. It all really comes down to one question though, “What will you do with Jesus?” If you are looking to not believe, you’ll find some random information and voice to support your opinion. If you choose to believe the mountain of evidence that says God is real and wants to be active in your life, there’s an opportunity for that too. What are you going to do with Jesus?

Books:
No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity (Nabeel Qureshi)
Quantum Christianity (Aaron D Davis)
The Case for Christ (Lee Strobel)
Cold Case Christianity (J.Warner Wallace)
Making Sense of God (Timothy Keller)
God’s Crime Scene (J. Warner Wallce)
The Reason for God (Timothy Keller)
Misunderstanding Scripture With Western Eyes (E. Randolph Richards)
Evidence for God (Michael Licona)
A Ready Defense (Josh Mcdowell)
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict
 (John Mcdowell)

Links:
Can We Prove the Bible Is True?
You Can Trust the Bible
How Do We Know the Bible Is True?
How Do I Respond to Bible Critics?
How Do I Handle Bible Difficulties?
Is the Bible Reliable?
Proof, I want proof
Scientists Prove Existence of God
Proving God’s Existence (Would You Believe If He Showed Up at Your Door?)
Creation: “Where’s the Proof?” (When the person you talk to on creation insists that you “leave the Bible out of it,” they are really saying the deck should be stacked one way.)

Podcasts:
Cold Case Christianity Podcast
Apologetics 101
Apologetics Unplugged

People:
Rick Warren
Josh McDowell
C.S. Lewis

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