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Desperate for His Presence: God's Design to Transform Your Life and Your CityJust started reading Desperate for His Presence and it is a most read for anyone who is interested in the God of the Bible. I dont know if I have ever underlined so many things in the first 40 pages of a book. Looking forward to the rest of it.

People who are desperate for God’s presence move beyond convenience and personal comfort.  They have gotten hold of something in their spirit, and they cannot let go.  For them, Jesus is not a religious concept-He is reality. Our relationship with Him cannot simply be added to our life like an appendage. He is not a lucky charm we carry in our pocket to protect us from bad things or bring us good fortune. He is God!!! We have many methods and plans about how to make people feel welcome in the church.  Many of those methods are successful in drawing people, but are they drawing the presence of the Lord?

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Francis Chan- New Book

For those of you that read Crazy Love Francis Chan has just released his new book Forgotten God- Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of The Holy Spirit.  I am the worlds slowest reader and I read it in 3 hours.  It is definately worth the time and money.  Here are some of my hightlights from the book.

  • You would know that the Spirit led the first Christians to do unexplainable things, to live lives that didn’t make sense to the culture around them, and ultimatley spread the story of God’s grace around the world.
  • …I also believe that the Spirit is more obviously active in places where people are desperate for Him, bumbled before Him, and not distracted by their pursuit of wealth or comfots (like we are).
  • I am embarrassed by some of my “Christian” neighbors because my unbelieving neighbors seem more joyful, welcoming, and at peace. Why does this happen? And how is it even possible?
  • I want to be different today from what I was yesterday as the fruit of the Spirit becomes more manifest in me.
  • The Spirit desires to use us when our hearts are aligned with this vision, when we are filled with genuine love for the church, and when we desire to see the church grow in love for God and others.
  • I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit.  I want people to look at my life and know that I could’nt be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through.  That if He doesn’t come through, I am screwed. (I probably shouldn’t write that word here, but it’s how U truly feel about this.)
  • I spent years asking God to be a part of whatever I was doing.  When I read the book of Acts, I see people privileged to play a part in what God was doing.

That is just a taste of the great stuff in the book.

Book Review: For the tough times

Max Lucado’s “For the Tough Times” is a very simple and easy book to read.  This 80 page book does not take long for even the slowest of readers to read and yet its content is great.  With chapter titles like: Where is God, The Bitter Taste of Revenge, and In the Silence, God Speaks, anyone who is gouing through a tough time will be able to relate to different parts of this book.   

Through out different parts of the book Max Lucado focuses on different Biblical Characters and how they respond to life’s difficult situations.  Max Lucado does a great job of taking these Biblical stories/characters and showing how they relate to tough situations that we face today.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through some difficult times and is now trying to see God despite the difficulty.  This is also a great book for those who no nothing about God’s love and grace and how it relates to suffering.  

Champter four starts out as follows:  “How could God allow evil to bring destruction and loss into our lives?  Why doesn’t he protect us from the perpetrators of wicked and evil acts?  Our hearts ach, our questions churn.”  

Can you relate?  Have you ever asked these questions?  Do you want to know how to Hope in Tough Times?  Take a couple of minutes to read this book.

The Strengths Movement

Over the past several years God has really been speaking to my heart about helping to develop young people. As a Pastor I believe that we have to do more than offer people the love of Christ. We have to help them understand how to use the gifts and abilities that God has given them. We have to help them become functional in the world in which we live.

I believe that we have to help develop the next generation of leaders. We have to invest into the lives of our kids. The Strengths Movement is a great organization that is looking to do this. 

The Strengths Movement sets out to tie all efforts together under one cohesive idea: the way for all children and adults to succeed in the future is by focusing on their strengths. It is time to shift the focus away from remediation of weaknesses and toward discovering the potential of strengths in every child. This is the Strengths Movement.

Jenifer M. Fox is the author of Your Child’s Strengths, Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them”  and is “a recognized leader of the Strengths Movement within our educational system, for parents and organizations that serve youth.”

I highly recommend you getting her book and learning more about the stregths movement.  Marcus Buckingham also has a book titled “The Truth About You” which also talks about Strengths.   Learn more about Marcus Buckingham here.  

Its time to go out and discover your strengths.

The Truth About You

About a month ago I ran across a great opportunity to read and review Christians books from Thomas Nelson.  I agreed read books and then write a review.  So here goes.

Recently I read The Truth About You- Your Secret to Success written by Marcus Burckingham.  This book is designed like no other I have read.   It’s design allows the reader to become actively involved in the content of the book.   After reading several pages you are challenge to watch a DVD from Marcus Burkingham.  

For me viewing the DVD would be worth the price of the book.   The DVD is very well done, and the story of a little boy who desires to be a drummer, but is learning a different instrument is powerful,  in itself could change your life.   So far I have showed this DVD to my wife and plan on sharing it with others.  The DVD is captured my attention for the entire time.   

DVD changed my perspective of how I read and understood the author.  After watching the DVD  I know have a visual picture of the author and as I read I can actually hear and see him explaining his points.  Wow, I wish I could explain the impact the DVD had on the rest of my reading.   

The the thoughts that are presented in this book  are great.  I have read many different leadership books, but I must admit that some of the ideas presented in this book are new.  One of the ideas that I love from this book is the idea of ” neutralizing” your weaknesses.  Now, if your a reader of leadership, this is nothing new to you. But, Marcus Buckingham redefines what a weakness truly is.  And if watching the DVD is not reason enough for you to buy the book, learning how he defines weaknesses is.   

If you like applying what you are learning this book is for you.  Marcus Buckingham ask that as you read the book you take a note pad with you throughout the week to help you learn what your weaknesses and strengths truely are.  He then challenges you to act on what you are learning.   

This is truly a great read. If you are a leader you have got to read this book.  If you are a leader I recommend that you buy this book for the leaders under your authority.  An easy read, with great information.