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The Gospel Cannot Be Chained: A Grace Paraphrase of Paul’s Four Prison Letters

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The Gospel Cannot Be Chained is Mick Mooney’s paraphrase of Paul’s four prison letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Mooney’s paraphrase places a special emphasis on the message of grace throughout each letter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his paraphrase and I’ll probably read it again from time to time. I thought the paraphrase was respectful to the original while giving a modern, personal flair (such as his reference to DNA). What more can I say? Read a couple brief excerpts for yourself:   At one point in time, we all assumed we had to keep our distance from God; believing, in our minds, that our weaknesses and shameful behavior made us an enemy of God. But how wrong our thinking was! For the very God we believed was against us actually journeyed from heaven to earth in order to reach out to us with the truth of his eternal love. Oh, what a wonderful revelation...

Predestined for Good Works by Eddie Snipes

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Predestined for Good Works is a little more technical than other books by Eddie Snipes. In this volume, the author digs into the various views of predestination. He explains both Calvinism and Arminianism and how they’ve allowed a man-made doctrine to hijack the truth of God’s Word. “Any doctrine that divides rather than unites the church is not of God. Any doctrine that forces us to choose one set of scriptures and reject other scriptures is not a doctrine of Christ.” – Eddie Snipes, Predestined for Good Works Eddie Snipes builds up the doctrine of predestination, which is more than salvation. He explains the implications of predestination for our life, ministry, and perseverance in difficulties. Predestined for Good Works is worth a read as long as you’re not afraid to delve into Scripture, stripped naked of human-imposed ideologies. “As you discover God, you’ll discover your...

The Spirit-Filled Life by Eddie Snipes (@eddiesnipes)

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“As long as we believe our actions are what creates godliness, then we’ll continue to live life from a position of defeat, trying to find a way to victory.” – Eddie Snipes, The Spirit-Filled Life   The Spirit-Filled Life by Eddie Snipes provides a very clear explanation of what it means to live in dependence on the Holy Spirit. If the title makes you squirm, let me assure you he’s not a tongues-speaking Pentecostal, but neither is he a fundamentalist. His middle road navigated some rugged terrain with ease. I say that because he would point out the flaws with extremes on either side of a theological issue and show ample support from scripture to lead you forward toward a Spirit-filled life. The author begins by explaining our new nature in Christ. Then he talks about the anointing of the Spirit, which is the result of placing ourselves under the authority of Christ. Next, he...

Out of the Ashes: How Unplanned Trials Reveal God’s Planned Grace

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“The one who feels that they have ruined their life and whose religion, works, and self-goodness has failed is also the person who can fully understand the love of God.” —Eddie Snipes, Out of the Ashes   Out of the Ashes helps people struggling with difficult circumstances in their lives. The author, Eddie Snipes, describes the beauty of failure and how God can transform our lives and circumstances, but also how God can use our circumstances to teach us to depend on Him rather than rely on ourselves. The author describes God’s love and grace to bring us salvation and new life. He also reminds us that guilt and shame can’t stick to our new life in Christ (I like that analogy). Other chapters deal with receiving God’s gift of abundant life and how to grow in grace. I enjoy reading short books and feel this one is worthwhile if you don’t mind that it’s short.     Tweetables “The person...

Simple Gospel, Simply Grace: How Your Christian Life Is Really Supposed to Work

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace, a recent book by Bob Christopher, outlines the basic message of Good News while stripping away the distortions of the Gospel we’ve come to believe. We let ourselves develop formulas for living the Christian life instead of living in the freedom of God’s grace.   Apart from Jesus, we make God out to look like a Picasso painting. It’s our inherent fear that paints such a distorted view. We think of him as a mean, judgmental, and angry being who can never be pleased. –Bob Christopher, Simple Gospel, Simply Grace Bob Christopher divides the book into three parts: Life, Forgiveness, and Freedom. He discusses the work of Christ on our behalf as the one-time sufficient satisfaction for our sin. The author then spends one third of the book focusing on forgiveness because we tend to misunderstand our complete forgiveness in Christ so we live in fear, guilt, or...