Posted in Eternal Perspective, New Year, Prayer for Today, Redeeming the Time, tagged 2013, Book, Eternal, Happy, Lutheran, New Year, Perspective, Prayer, Redeem, Time, Today on December 31, 2012 |
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Lord, make me to know thine end and the measure of my days that I may know how frail I am. Another year of my pilgrimage has passed. I am a year nearer to my death, nearer to Judgment, nearer to eternity to come. Whither shall I flee as the sins of the past year and the transgressions of the years rise to condemn me? Lord, to Thee I flee for refuge in these last hours of the waning year. For the sake of Thine own Son, whom Thou has sent to be the Savior of all men, be gracious to me, and pardon mine iniquity.
Trusting in the merits of my Savior, I come boldly to Thy throne of grace, in full confidence that there I shall obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Oh, satisfy me early with Thy mercy that I may rejoice and be glad all my days. May the remaining years of my life be spent in Thy service that, when my last hour shall come, I may depart in peace to enter into Thy joy forever. Amen.
from The Lutheran Book of Prayer, 1951
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Posted in Manhood, Manliness, Men, Men's Issues, Men's Devotional, Men's Ministries, Pursuing Godly Manhood, tagged Biblical, Book, Godly, Kingdom Man, Manhood, Men's Ministries, Tony Evans on October 31, 2012 |
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Posted in Covenant Home, tagged Book, Child Rearing, Christian, Covenant Home, Culture, Douglas Wilson, Home, Parenting, Quotes, Standing on the Promises on October 2, 2012 |
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Far and away one of the best books I’ve ever read on child-rearing is Standing on the Promises, by Doug Wilson. If you were to ask to borrow my copy, I’m not sure it would do you any good because you probably wouldn’t be able to read the words from all my markings. It’s that good.
Yet, if you are looking for a “how to” book to help you raise your children, you will no doubt be very disappointed indeed. While the book is not without practical application, Wilson is far less concerned with giving you twelve easy steps to parenting godly kids as he is to giving you a firm foundation upon which to do so. But, I hasten to add, the book is anything but abstract and impractical. It is encouraging, instructive, and even inspiring. I heartily recommend it to any and all parents who are seeking to raise godly children in this ungodly age.
Here are a few choice quotes from the first chapter that I think are worth passing on…
The Fountainhead of Culture
The biblical family is an instituted government, established by God at the very beginning of human history. The constitution for this government was written by him, and revealed to us in his Word.
Parents bring up their children to be colonists at the proper time, planting families of their own.
Consequently, each family is designed to be a culture – with a language, customs, traditions, and countless unspoken assumptions. God has made the world in such a way that children who grow up in the culture of the family are to be shaped and molded by it. The duty of the husband and father is to ensure that the shaping is done according tot he standards of the Word of God.
[A common problem among modern Christians] is that of forgetting the family is a culture at all, and allowing, by default, outside cultural influences to take primacy in how the children are shaped. When the biblical cultural mandate for the home is abandoned in the home, the vacuum will not be there for long.
By nature, children are malleable. They will either be shaped lawfully, by those commanded by God to perform the task, or they will be shaped unlawfully, by outsiders. But as children, they will be shaped.
Stay tuned for more gems from Wilson’s book.
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Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Dale Tedder, Lifelong Learning, Reading, What I'm Reading, tagged Book, Book Reviews, Books, Christian Book Summaries, Dale Tedder, Leader Book Summaries, Reading, Success Book Summaries, Summaries, Summary on January 18, 2012 |
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I’m a bit of a late bloomer. I’m convinced that it was God’s grace moving in and through my call to ordained ministry that empowered and encouraged me to become someone who enjoys reading. Prior to that… all the way through college (to my parent’s horror) I seldom picked up a book (my grades reflected this fact).
Yet, even in college, when I was interested in something, such as politics, I would actually pick up a book and read it. It was after I graduated from college that I found myself reading books, mostly on theology. It was partly through reading that God ignited my heart and mind for him and for ministry. I’ve been a fairly active and consistent reader ever since.
However, to my frustration, there are just too many good books worth reading and not nearly enough time. Therefore, the discernment process is key… which books to read and when. This process is a work in progress for me.
One thing has been very helpful is reading book summaries and reviews. I once heard Os Guinness say that we can’t possibly read everything we want to, so why not benefit from others who have read and summarized (and even evaluated) some of the same books that you have been meaning to read, but just haven’t gotten around to yet. If the summary of the book really excites you, you can always buy the book for yourself.
There’s a very helpful post today at Church Relevance on this point. I recommend that you read it as well.
Here are a few Book Summary providers that I’ve come across. Two of them I have already subscribed to. A couple of others I’m considering. If you have other recommendations, I’d love to hear from you.
- Christian Book Summaries - This is a free service. They have a great collection of Christian books on a wide variety of topics.
- Success Book Summaries - I have also subscribed to this. It comes in both audio and print. They cover books on leadership, personal development, business, etc.
- Leaders Book Summaries - This is one that I’m about ready to pull the trigger on. It looks great. The Church Relevance blog specifically mentioned this one in today’s post.
- Business Book Summaries Reviews is a website that reviews other “book summary” websites. They have a great list of other good services with their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Again, let me hear from you if you have some other good suggestions. I’m always looking for ways to read more (as well as to remember what I read).
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Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Manliness, Men, Men's Issues, Men's Ministries, Pursuing Godly Manhood, tagged Book, Godly Manhood, Man Alive, Man in the Mirror, Men's Ministries, Pat Morley on December 19, 2011 |
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NEW from Man in the Mirror…
by Pat Morley
Men, my new book MAN ALIVE comes out on January 17. I would like to enlist your help to get the word out.
90% of Christian men lead lukewarm, often defeated lives — and they hate it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. MAN ALIVE will show men how to harness the raw energy they feel into a powerful spiritual life.
But how do we engage these men? We need to put a little bait on the hook.
So we’ve produced a heart-pumping, 75-second video trailer that you can view at www.ManAliveBook.com. (Yes, I’m the driver.) (See video below)
The plan is to get as many people as possible to watch the video trailer to create awareness for the book and its message.
Would you please share the trailer with your friends? Here are some ways you can help get the word out:
Copy and paste to Twitter:
Check out this heart-pumping video trailer for Pat Morley’s new book MAN ALIVE at www.ManAliveBook.com.
Copy and paste to Facebook:
Share trailer w/ your friends via Facebook, Twitter, blog, or email list. Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll enter you for daily drawings. Each daily winner will receive a signed MAN ALIVE, DVD Study Resource, & 10 “Becoming a Man Alive” booklets — a $60 value. Enter once, eligible every day through January 17.
Email: Forward this email to your friends.
If you want to review the book, email me at email@example.com and I’ll send you an Advanced Reading Copy.
#453 © 2011. Patrick Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for non-commercial ministry purposes with proper attribution.
Thanks in advance for your interest and help,
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