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

My First Hands-On Bible

BibleMy 4 year old grandson loves to have me read stories to him from my bible, so when I got the chance to review the new children’s bible published by Tyndale Publishers I was thrilled.

My First Hands On Bible with its flexible pink leather- like cover (it also comes in blue but his favorite color is pink), featuring the New Living Translation is absolutely beautiful. What I love about this bible is that it actually features the word for word text of the NLT bible. It’s not paraphrased or an author’s interpretation, it’s actual scripture.  And, it’s beautifully illustrated.  My grandson loved that he got to hear his favorite bible stories and also see them illustrated.  He LOVED the pictures.  It made story time so much more enjoyable and fun.

Throughout the bible there are interactive ideas, prayers, and “Jesus Connection” statements that help explain biblical ideas to your child.  These things make this bible the perfect parent/child or grandparent/grandchild activity.  It’s the perfect way to teach and share the word of God with preschoolers, prekindergarten, and kindergarten children (ages 3–6) while helping them build a solid faith foundation.

My grandson says he gives this bible 10 out of 5 stars and I agree!

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

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?

Your Hope In The Storm

 
Christ’s last words in the sermon on the mount talk about the storms of life. The final four verses (Matthew 7:24-27) teach that these storms will be powerful and that they cannot be avoided.

So, the question is not can I avoid the storm, but how can I remain secure when the storm strikes. This much is certain, the storms will come.

Jesus is talking about more than physical dwellings. He is talking about your life. The same things – the rains, the rising streams, the winds will attack each house. Don’t be fooled. The security of the house rests not upon the elaborateness and beauty of its construction, but upon the solidness of its foundation.

In the Proverbs the wise are those who fear God. The foolish are those who live as if there is no God. The wise builder’s house does not fall in the storm. The house of the foolish builder will fall with a great crash.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]

40 Different Authors, 3 Continents, 3 Different Languages.

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Among all the books ever written, the Bible is absolutely unique. Actually, it is not just a book—it’s 66 books. And one of its most remarkable qualities is the complete unity of the overall message despite having so many different authors writing over many centuries on hundreds of controversial subjects. Natural explanations fail to account for the supernatural character and origin of Scripture.

The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.

Shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cup-bearer, and a priest all penned portions of Scripture. They had different immediate purposes for writing, whether recording history, giving spiritual and moral instruction, or pronouncing judgment. They composed their works from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile while writing history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs. In the process they laid bare their personal emotions, expressing anger, frustration, joy, and love.

Yet despite this marvelous array of topics and goals, the Bible displays a flawless internal consistency. It never contradicts itself or its common theme.

66 Books . . . 1 Message
Despite writing in radically different times and contexts, the Bible’s many authors all told the same message about God’s eternal plan, from Creation and the Flood to Christ’s work on the Cross and the consummation of God’s plan. You can find the same truths stated by Moses and the Old Testament prophets, Christ Himself, and Christ’s apostles.

The First Creation
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” —Moses

“By God were all things made.” —the apostle John

“At the beginning God made them male and female.” —Jesus Christ

Noah’s Flood
“Noah went into the ark, and the waters increased greatly, and all flesh died that moved upon the earth.” —Moses

“The world that was then, being overflowed with water, perished.” —the apostle Peter

“Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and took them all away.” —Jesus Christ

Resurrection of Christ
“You will not leave my soul in the grave; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.” —King David

“Christ was buried and rose again the third day.” —the apostle Paul

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” —Jesus Christ

The New Creation
“I will make a new heavens and a new earth, says the Lord.” —the prophet Isaiah

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” —the apostle John

“I go to prepare a place for you.” —Jesus Christ

The unity of Scripture demonstrates its supernatural inspiration. Only the one true, holy God could provide us with such a flawless Bible that reveals such a matchless message: the Lord’s staggering love for His creation.