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Seeing Him by KP Yohannan

By on Nov 22, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living | 0 comments

Just because a book is short doesn’t mean it has no value. This little eBook from K.P. Yohannan contains numerous gems. At a mere 45 pages, Seeing Him contains four chapters on learning to see Jesus in our lives, in our circumstances, and in the people around us. Learn to open the eyes of your heart to see Jesus. Grab this quick read for your lunchbreak or morning devotions. Here’s a brief excerpt: But I look back now and thank God for the few months of that “dark night” of my soul. It was during that time that I began to pursue and embrace the Lord again. I began living again and each day loving Him. He was no longer distant and far off, but near and continually before my eyes. I realized then, and still do today, that I have only one need. That need is Jesus. That truth affects my relationships with the people around me as well. There is nothing that draws me close to someone except...

Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

By on Oct 21, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living | 1 comment

For many years I have been a fan of the wit and wisdom of James N. Watkins. He weaves his natural sense of humor into serious subjects with seamless ease. And trust me, his sense of humor is warped like mine! Check out this “stand up” routine Moses could have given with his back against the Red Sea: “Hey, how’s everybody tonight? Well ‘shofar,’ so good (rim shot). So, how ‘bout that Passover meal? Great menu if you have to be on the lamb (rim shot). Tough room. I’m dying like a firstborn in Egypt (rim shot).” -James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad   Having lived through many “lemons” in life, his words are also rich with the wisdom of personal experience and the compassion that grows out of it. “But we often ask, “How could a God of love and compassion let one of His children experience such sinful actions?” Perhaps in the same way He let His one and only Son experience such...

Hearing God by Mark and Patti Virkler

By on Oct 18, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living | 0 comments

I read the Kindle edition of Hearing God, but it’s really designed to be a workbook. Actually, it’s like an interactive daily devotional, with short readings followed by prompts and space to record your thoughts. Since I’m already familiar with Mark Virkler’s books and courses, I read it straight through without doing the exercises. Hearing God covers the four keys to hearing God’s voice, how to meditate on God’s voice, and hearing God through your dreams. This is a good introduction to Mark Virkler’s teachings, but someone new to hearing God’s voice would be better served with his full teaching in his book, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice or his online course. That said, there are plenty of thought-provoking insights and encouraging words in this brief overview.   “Meditation is intently seeking God’s revelation, resulting in God’s disclosing Himself to you.” Mark VirklerPowered By the...

When We Have Failed—What Next?

By on Oct 16, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living | 0 comments

After some recent failures, both public and private, I picked up When We Have Failed—What Next? to help make sense of my propensity to blow it. K.P. Yohannan gives biblical examples of those who have had very public failures and God brought them back to become great servants of God. The difference in whether one can recover from a failure or not is in one’s willingness to humble themselves after failure. Those who are proud and try to cover up, minimize, or run away from their failure will continue to live that way. Those who humble themselves before God and others to seek forgiveness will eventually develop the humble character of Jesus, marked by compassion for the shortcomings of others. If you or someone you know has failed (who hasn’t?), then When We Have Failed—What Next? is a short but helpful read.   Brief Excerpt Toward the end of Jacob’s journey, God changed his name, which...

Journey with Jesus by K.P. Yohannan

By on Aug 5, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living | 0 comments

Journey with Jesus provides a glimpse of the life of Christ as the disciples must have experienced His life and teachings. The emphasis remains on the truth that Jesus could do nothing on His own. Jesus sought direction and empowerment from God. We must live in that same humble, dependent relationship to experience the direction and power of God in our lives. Here’s a brief sample from the text: Yet even in the familiarity of Bible verses, we still find it difficult to love one another. Why is that? One of the reasons is because we do not want to pay the price. You see, love is always costly. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave … “ (emphasis mine). Gave what? What was the price of God’s love? His Son, Jesus. The cross was the price God paid because of His love for us. We can ask ourselves the same question: What is the price of our love? Put your name in that...