PrayerPoints – Book Review

978-1-4964-0950-8There has been numerous times in my life where I have faced a situation where I wanted to pray , I needed to pray, but I didn’t know what to say.  If this sounds like you, and for many of us it does, this book can help.

PrayerPoints is beautifully designed to help with any specific need you may have.  No matter what season of life your going through PrayerPoints can guide you towards a closed relationship with God through prayer.

PrayerPoints – Praying God’s Promises At Your Point Of Need is a beautiful leather-like reference book that features almost 250 entries and addresses more than 170 topics we face on a regular basis from Abandonment to Wrong Choices.  Almost any need or problem that we may have is covered with at least one entry.  Some topics have several entries.  I love that the book is pocket size, perfect for my back pocket.

The verses reflect God’s promises to us in the circumstances we face and offer biblical based prayers that help us pray to God regarding the situation, based on God’s Word.

At the back of the book there is a Guide To Prayer Topics and a Scripture Index that breaks down the topics categorically based on Emotional, Physical, Relational and Spiritual needs.

Some of the topics that are addressed in this book are:

  • Emotional: Abandonment, Abuse, Addiction, Loneliness, Past Hurts, Tragedy
  • Physical: Cancer, Chronic Pain, Financial Need, Sleeplessness, Unemployment
  • Relational: Alienation from Family, Being Bullied, Conflict, Death, Grief
  • Spiritual: Emptiness, Guilt, Lost Feeling, Need For God, Shame

Each PrayerPoint entry is short, leaving ample time for additional prayer and reflection. The Bible verses are opened up to shine light on the promises in them. All through PrayerPoints an intimacy between the reader and God is developed with honest sincerity.

Once I started using PrayerPoints, I found this book indispensable, both in my personal prayer time and in private ministry time with others.

I highly recommend PrayerPoints. 5 out of 5 stars.

You can read an excerpt HERE                               PrayerPoints is available on Amazon.

I am blessed to have received a copy of this bible for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Have a blessed day, Jay

Under Our Skin

Watson, an NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, has written in my opinion one of the most thought provoking books of our time.  Watson has remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. In Under Our Skin Watson, delicately and sensitively  examines both sides of the race debate and appeals to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.  Drawing from his own life as a young boy and young man, his role as a father and husband, and his family legacy.

Under Our Skin does a wonderful job of presenting the race issue that was hi-lighted with Ferguson.  Watson does a brilliant job of illustrating how history and human nature has gotten us, as a country, to this point. He points to how the music we listen to affects the way we perceive things and how we can so easily get caught up in thinking of it as a race war. Watson gets straight to the heart of the issue and shows how we can change for the better.  I thought one of the best parts of the book was his thoughts and the background that he gave of his own story and that of his father and Pop Pop.

This is a read that I highly recommend for men young and old. 5 out of 5 stars!

Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, a writer and speaker, and a widely read and followed commentator on social media.

He attended Duke University as a freshman and transferred to the University of Georgia, where he majored in finance. After an all-SEC senior campaign, he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season and appeared in another Super Bowl following the 2007 season. After a three-year stint with the Cleveland Browns—including the 2010 season in which he led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns—Watson signed with the Saints in 2013.

Watson serves on the executive committee of the NFL Players Association and is the founder of the nonprofit One More foundation along with his wife, Kirsten. They live in New Orleans with their five children.

I am blessed to have received a copy of this bible for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Have a blessed day, Jay

Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect

WHY YOUR PAST DOESN’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOU

A great post by Pastor and author Kurt Bubna!

via Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect.

Self-proclaimed “recovering idiot”, Kurt has been in pastoral ministry since 1976 and now serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a vibrant, growing, and community-focused congregation in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Nothing Can Separate Us

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The question the gospel of grace puts to us is simply this: Who shall separate you from the love of Christ? What are you afraid of?

Are you afraid that your weakness could separate you from the love of Christ? It can’t.

Are you afraid that your inadequacies could separate you from the love of Christ? They can’t.

Are you afraid that your inner poverty could separate you from the love of Christ? It can’t.

Difficult marriage, loneliness, anxiety over the children’s future? They can’t.

Negative self-image? It can’t.

Economic hardship, racial hatred, street crime? They can’t.

Rejection by loved ones or the suffering of loved ones? They can’t.

Persecution by authorities, going to jail? They can’t.

Nuclear war? It can’t.

Mistakes, fears, uncertainties? They can’t.

The gospel of grace calls out: Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You must be convinced of this, trust it, and never forget to remember. Everything else will pass away, but the love of Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Faith will become vision, hope will become possession, but the love of Jesus Christ that is stronger than death endures forever. In the end, it is the one thing you can hang on to.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31‬ NIV

A Dad’s Love for his Baby Girl

A beautiful story for a Sunday morning.

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Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
February 12, 2005

Mary Noble and I slid into the ancient red leather and steel booth of a diner in Birmingham and placed our breakfast order.

As we poured cream into steaming black coffee, we heard the shrilling ring of the telephone at the cash register.

“Diner,” answered the aging man with silver hair and loose skin that hung in folds around his neck.

He answered briskly but quicker than you could say “eggs over easy,” his voice melted like marshmallows dropped into hot chocolate. “Oh, hey honey.”

That’s what caught our attention. We hushed, raised our eyebrows and leaned closer to eavesdrop better.

“Where are you?” He waited. “You didn’t forget your camera, did you?” Another pause. “Be sure to put it in the basket at airport security. Don’t walk through the detector with it. Then, don’t forget it. You’ve got your money, right?” Another pause. “OK…

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The Homeless Beggar (An Interesting Short Story)

The Homeless Beggar (An Interesting Short Story)

If we were truly honest with ourselves and God, where would our actions fall?

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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes
while it was filling with people for service …. only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.

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He asked people for change to buy food … NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and
was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with
stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was…

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Giving Away A Handmade American Patriot Pen

Scott at Trails of Life is great craftsman and writer. He is currently having a giveaway where he is giving away one of his handcrafted pens. I urge you to go over to his site, enter the contest and check out his posts. Blessings, Jay

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If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that one of my passions is crafts, more specifically woodworking and turning handmade pens.

In January, I launched another website/blog called Four Oaks Crafts. I created this new site to showcase some of my works, sell some handmade pens, and help others discover the joys of crafting. I don’t plan to quit my day job anytime soon, but who knows where this could lead me in the future.

How did I arrive at the name? The “four” represents my four immediate family members. And the mighty oak tree represents strength. God has bless me with a godly and loving wife and two wonderful kids. Together, and with God’s help, they have strengthened me, helping me grow emotionally and spiritually.

To thank you the reader and to give something back, I am holding a giveaway over at my new website:

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How Do We Define Success?

The following post was written by Pastor and Author Kurt Bubna.  Kurt wrote the book “Epic Grace” which I have reread several times and I find his regular posts on kurtbubna.com a true joy to read.  I encourage you to check out his website and his book Epic Grace which you can get HERE.

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SuccessIn our culture, we underrate failure and overrate success. In fact, I recently did an Amazon search for “how to succeed” and found 27,857 books listed. Seriously, that’s a lot of noise out there about success, but I fear too many insights about this issue have got it dead wrong. Frankly, a lot of pastors wrestle with this issue on a regular basis (myself included).

Several years ago, a middle-aged pastor named Tom came to me extremely discouraged. He told me, “I’ve spent my entire life trying to succeed at something . . . anything . . . but the golden ring is always just out of reach. No matter what I do, my church just won’t grow.”

I asked him an important question, “Tell me how you define success?” Without blinking, he rattled off a list of measurables and goals that “must be met” (his words) for him to feel accomplished as a pastor. Most of them had to do with attendance numbers and recognition by his peers.

I gently pushed back and responded, “What if success is different than you think? Is it possible you’ve been reaching for the wrong golden ring?” The look on his face was telling as I took just five minutes to redefine for him how God defines success.

How God defines success: read the rest of the article here

Faith Is No Faith If It Depends On Miracles

Lord, my faith is no faith at all if it depends on whether or not You perform a miracle for me or for someone I love. And yet I believe that miracles do happen. So I ask You to look with compassion on my prayer and to grant the desires of my heart. Whether Your answer is yes or no, now or later, I trust that You hear me, that You understand my distress, and that You will act with compassion.

Halfhearted Devotion

My Actions

While reading 2 Kings today I noticed that the story of all the kings included the statement, “And he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but”.  Notice the but?  The kings always seemed to have a halfhearted relationship with God.  Then along came Ahaz.  In 2 Kings 16:2-4 we see that Ahaz didn’t do anything pleasing in the sight of the Lord.

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the lord his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the pagan shrines and on the hills and under every green tree.  2 Kings 16:2-4

Halfhearted relationships with God over the course of many generations can have an impact on later generations. Children can quickly see through the hypocrisy of halfhearted devotion and this may cause them to reject everything we stand for, especially the good things. The question is, when it comes to our relationship with God, what kind of example are we setting for our children?