Month: July 2019

“As your Days, so shall your Strength be.


As your days, so shall your strength be.” (Deuteronomy 33:25)

BELOVED, it seems a sad thing that every day must die and be followed by a night. We have seen the hills clad with verdure to their summit and the seas laving their base with a silver glory. We have stretched our eyes faraway and have seen the widening prospect full of loveliness and beauty and we have felt sad that the sunlight should ever set upon such a scene and that so much beauty should be shrouded in the oblivion of darkness. But how much reason have we to bless God for nights! If it were not for nights how much of beauty ever would be discovered?

Never should I have considered the heavens the work of Your fingers, O my God, if You had not first covered the sun with a thick mantle of darkness–the moon…

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12 Amazing things I learned from John


John 14, 15 & 16

1. Do not worry, believe in God.

(Joh 14:1)Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

(Joh 14:17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

2. We have the ability through Christ to do greater works than even He did while He was on earth.

(Joh 14:12)Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

3. Whatever we ask in His name, we will receive.

(Joh 14:13)And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

(Joh 14:14)If…

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{Love} | 1 John 4 v 16

{Kylie Bentz}

What a scripture! “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4: 16 (NLT)

In the Amplified version – the word ‘trust’ is replaced with ‘believe’. So the verse reads: “And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and He who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.” 1 John 4:16 (AMPC)

I realised the other day, after reading this verse, that there’s a difference between knowing someone and believing in someone. I realise this sounds obvious, and you’re saying “Duh Kylie!” 🙂 … but I believe…

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Pastor Eric Geiger on His New Book ‘Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development’


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Ed Stetzer: Recently, I invited my friend Eric Geiger, Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, CA, to join our Wheaton College Every Nation Graduate Cohort to talk about both leadership in the church and his book, Designed to Lead, co-authored with Kevin Peck. Our interview is below.

Ed: Could you give us a brief overview of the book?

Eric: There’s one chart in the book that’s my go-to chart that I use if I’m ever asked to speak about leadership in a non-Christian environment. It’s from Dave Ulrich and all the research he did about the common characteristics among leaders in the book The Leadership Code.

It’s a chart later in the book where there’s a circle in the middle, and it’s four different domains, and he says all leaders have to be a strategist, executor, talent manager, and then human capital developer. The…

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True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer [Book Review]

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I actually read this book several years ago, but these were thoughts I wrote then for a class. True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer by LS Chafer, original copyright 1919, but still in print. I read this addition.

The book True Evangelism by LS Chafer is a critique of the techniques of persuasion and coercion that can be used (by some) in the presentation of the gospel. While written nearly a century ago, the concerns shared in True Evangelism remain relevant. Chafer presents a solid case that the true means of bringing people to genuine faith in Christ is through prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit. This does not mean we never verbally share the gospel – of course, we do – but what are we relying on? Our ability to persuade, or prayer and the Holy Spirit?

Page 58 made a key point when it compares…

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Graceful Evangelism, book review

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P1070618Graceful Evangelism, Christian Witness in a Complex World by Frances S. Adeney. Baker Academic, 2010.

I won this book in a book giveaway from The Baker Deep End Blog in…2014! Finally, I read it this year! This informal blog, associated with Baker Book House, has giveaways of Christian non-fiction books – mostly academic or of a more thoughtful nature. I won another book recently, and hope to read it before 2020 (haha).

First off, this is an academic book. It is not a practical “how to” book about sharing Christ with your co-worker or neighbor. Rather it is about the theology that underlies evangelism and the history of evangelism over the last 2,000 years – with the ultimate focus on approaches to evangelism today. I think its primary use would be as a textbook in classes on evangelism, outreach, and missions. If I was teaching such a class, I would…

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