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April 24, 2013

Mormon Missionaries – Sold-out and diligent in sharing their faith – Are we.??

another testament of Jesus Christ

Holy Bible and the book of Mormon

“So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11).

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Top Christianity FREE Books

Last night, completely by happenstance, while browsing in the iTunes store i discovered that 2 of the Top 10 and 3 of the Top 20 Christianity FREE Books were those of the Mormons.

I thought of this article my pastor shared a few days ago: “A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy: Why Mormons are Dealing with Globalization. Language Programs Flower in Utah’s Schools – Utah, with a history of missionary work, hopes to create a bilingual workforce, in part to lure international businesses.”

 
This evening at dinner i was telling my family about the article, several of the Mormon books being in the top free downloads and how the Mormons are all about their mission when it comes to sharing their faith..

And then…

After dinner, just before dark a couple of Mormon “Missionaries” who wanted to make sure God’s word was being shared with the lost, showed up on our porch with a free “testament” and a prayer for our family. I have seen them often and here all this time i was thinking they were probably Jehovah Witness, since we do have some of those visit often also.

Anyway, this is the second time in the last five days someone of a ‘variant’ faith has showed up on our front porch wanting to make sure our family knows about Jesus/God. WoW.

I see these two (most kind and courteous) young Mormon men knocking on doors and praying with folks on their porches at least once every couple of weeks or so. They are sold-out, diligent and serious about sharing their faith — Are we.??

Perhaps this will help…

‘Rom. 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” What is the Gospel? 1 Cor. 15:1-4 says it is the sacrificial death and physical resurrection of Jesus for sins. It is the powerful message of salvation to sinners. If you know that the Word of God will accomplish what God wants it to and if you know that the gospel has power to save, then it should ease your mind to know that in witnessing you are using two very powerful weapons: God’s Word and God’s Gospel. The Word of God is the Bible. The Gospel of God is His revelation of redemption.’
‘John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” Here Jesus speaks specifically about His crucifixion. It is He who draws to Himself all who are to be saved. When you present the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus for sins, Jesus draws the sinner to Himself. He does the work, not you.’
As a Christian, you are to witness with truth, honesty, and integrity. As the Lord provides the opportunity, you should respond in lovingkindness with a humble and gentle spirit (2 Tim. 2:24). And in that, you should point people to Jesus. It is He alone who saves.

‘If you know that God’s Word will accomplish what God desires, that the gospel is powerful to save, and that it is Jesus who draws all men to Himself, then you should realize that the responsibility of salvation does not rest on you, but on God. You are the teacher, the deliverer of good news. “How shall they believe in Him who they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14). You help them hear.!’

‘These three verses should help you to gain confidence. You witness; God saves. You plant the seeds; God waters. He uses you. It is His Word that accomplishes salvation. It is His gospel that is powerful. It is His Son Jesus who draws. You witness in power when you witness with the Word of God.’  Need more – read more at: http://carm.org/three-important-verses-witnessing

“Missionaries” came by and… <–http://instagram.com/p/YeCSrAhTyn/

 

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April 2, 2013

Great House of God

A Home for Your Heart, Lucado

The Great House of God; A Home For Your Heart by Max Lucado

I have asked one thing from the LORD. This is what I want: Let me live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life. ~Psalm 27:4

Did you know that God has built a House for your soul – a home for your heart? Just as you have a physical house to shelter your body, God has provided a Spiritual home to shelter your heart and house your soul.

The Lord’s Prayer sets this expansive floor plan in “The Great House of God,” while author Max Lucado takes you on a captivating room by room tour through the grandest and soundest of shelters you could ever know.

‘The observatory will stretch you.  The chapel will humble you.  The study will direct you.  And the kitchen will nourish you. The roof never leaks, the walls never crack, and the foundation never trembles. In God’s house, you are home. So come into the house built just for you. Your Father is waiting.’

Also included is an excellently detailed study guide that would make this an ideal book for small groups or book clubs to go into a deeper study or discussion of presented topics chapter by chapter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this eBook free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 16 CFR, Part 255.

October 31, 2012

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain by Paul D. Meier and David L. Henderson

Uncover Your Hidden Potential Within Life's Struggles

Uncover Your Hidden Potential Within Life’s Struggles

This is a great self development book on finding a purpose beyond our pain instead of living forever within it. I have written notes and posted colored tabs on its pages as well as used a highlighter within every chapter of this book.

The authors begin with the topic of pain as it relates to injustice and how easy it is to compare our lives to others’ and oft times wrongly perceive injustice. “Equal treatment does not automatically represent what is fair and just.” They address the problem of how perception of injustice is so easily distorted by one’s sense of entitlement. Can we handle truth and why blame God; rejection and acceptance; loneliness and knowing yourself, loss and gain, failure and true success, death and resurrection hope, and many more topics…

Whatever you or your loved one might be dealing with these authors have addressed it here within “Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain” as well as the steps to walk through it. They give “practical application points” at the end of each section for understanding how to follow through. This is a wonderful book; one that you could easily read time and again as needed.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 16 CFR, Part 255

July 20, 2009

…look at your situation now?

Filed under: Blogroll,Life with God,Student,Uncategorized — canwetalkaboutthat @ 2:56 AM

I thought I’d share my [possibly] funny discussion board posting from my Christian counseling class with yall this week where we were told to “Describe how this module’s lesson(s) changed the way you look at your situation now?

We first talked about un-forgiveness and were also assigned to view lessons 9 + 28 and then to read chapter 4 in Caring for People God’s Way. Which begins by telling us that Generally “thinkers” tend to behave in logical, rational, deliberate, and systematic ways, while “feelers” generally tend to behave in emotionally expressive ways.

Which tells me that I am quite [literally?] a paradox! What I mean by that is that I am a big “thinker” and a [even bigger] “feeler” [an extraverted, thinking, but primarily feeling and intuitive – Persuader] according to the assessment from both a DISC and a MBTI [an enfj to be exact, it said]… as such the “thinker” [bit] apparently makes for a paradox as it is in direct conflict with my natural inclination to act or think according to perceived “feelings!?!”

How is this relevant? Well, it is my latest [self] discovery after reading chapter 4. LOL! :o) With all these “assessments” I’ve had done one would think I would have thought of this sooner though……!

As far as how it has changed the way I’m looking at my situation now — I’m just not sure about that yet. I’m thinking I will have to think – pre-contemplate – about it for a bit, do some more contemplation – through reading – Preparation – some research and then determine how I feel about the various avenues of action I could pursue in what I need to change and course I’ll be taking the [best known available] action of  continuing to talk to my Hallowed Father – Abba [a lot] regardless of the above contemplation during that whole “pseudo-code [like] process! It is no doubt a good thing that He really does understand us better than we do ourselves – therefore I think it to be wisest to just let Him take care of the maintenance. 😉

Please note [that although, these are real assessments] a large portion of this writing is meant to be comical not literal… I have it on reliable authority that the final assessments contained no alarming or elevated indications for concern… :o) but I couldn’t think of anything else to write about from the lessons as it pertains to the Professors query and this type “analytical” stuff [as contained in chapter 4] is of an [unusual] interest to me. Hopefully, at minimum — funny or not — it demonstrates my having reviewed the lesson! 🙂

The ENFJ –  clip from the Myers and Briggs Foundation:
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Finds potential in everyone, wants to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.

DISC – Persuaders – a small clip from my 34 page assessment:
“Persuaders are integrative leaders who work with and through people. They have an outgoing spirit and high interest in people. A very creative person, makes friends easily, uninhibited in trying new things and prefers going by her feelings rather than just facts.”

DB4 – Subject: …look at your situation now?

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