Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Truth About Forgiveness

John Macarthur

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Forgiveness, something all people struggle with in their lives. John Macarthur addresses forgiveness from a Biblical point of view in a small but meat packed book. Macarthur begins with our need to be forgiven. He addresses the modern psychology views and how their views have penetrated the church. He mentions how sin has become an illness. Next, he explains how God alone can forgive sin. He demonstrates this concept through the the scripture in Luke where the paralyzed man is lowered by his friends down to Jesus for healing. Thirdly, he shows that God's forgiveness is not deserved through the example of Paul and confession of sin. Fourthly. He shows how God wants to forgive, acts to forgive, provides a way to forgive through the parable of the prodigal son. Lastly, he talks about how to forgive others through Christ's calling of the tax collector Matthew.

This book is an excellent presentation of Biblical forgiveness. His writing is deep but not too complicated for any laymen. He provides a logical progression of ideas. So often we get caught up in pop psychology and forget what sin and its consequences are. We try to excuse it as an illness, but sin is a spiritual problem and Macarthur is not shy to proclaim that in this book. He's straight forward. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a Biblical perspective on forgiveness....and that is everyone.

This book was provided through for my review, I was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Here's Lily!

The Lily Series

Here's Lily!

By Nancy Rue

Thomas Nelson

In this story you meet Lily Robbins, a sixth grade girl who has red hair and the personality to go with it. Lily is often the brunt of her brother's jokes and a school bully's taunts. During a special girl's only class session, she is picked out by the instructor for modeling lessons, and the story develops from there. In the midst of her modeling classes, Lily obsesses with proving herself to everyone, especially the school bully. I don't want to give the ending away, but the modeling agent and another event teaches Lily a lesson on God confidence...instead of self-confidence.

I thought this book was cute and appropriate for a 10-12 year old girl. In a world that stresses physical beauty, Rue creates a simple storyline that encourages inner beauty. Her writing is age appropriate and will capture the attention of the intended age group.

I do believe that the teaching on God Confidence was not developed well enough. It fell short of really explaining God's take on confidence. Our confidence should be in Christ, but what does that confidence really mean? This whole concept was a little confusing.

Overall, I really liked the story, and I think when my daughter is a little older, she will enjoy it as well. I'm always looking for stories that will help shed a Biblical perspective in opposition to the world system, and this is one I will use with added explanation of our confidence in the work of God and His purposes.

I received this book from and was not required to write a positive review.

Chuck Swindoll's Paws & Tales

Chuck Swindoll's Paws & Tales Biblical Wisdom For Kids



Soap Box Derbies, go carts, forgiveness and cooperation are all tied together in this children's DVD that focuses on teaching children Biblical concepts. This particular DVD,number 8 in the series, is based on Ephesians 4:32 and Philippians 2:3-4 and includes two episodes that teach kids about being kind and caring. In episode #1, “The Hullabaloo at Hunker Hill,” C. J. and his friends learn a lesson in forgiveness and being tenderhearted toward one another. In “The Great Go-Kart Race,” the team discovers how to work together

I really enjoyed this DVD, and so did my children. The animation, though simple, was well done and engaging. The stories were well thought out and presented. I really liked that the overall feel to the stories didn't show a lot of stupidity that you see in secular cartoons, yet is was comparable in quality. The stories weren't overly filled with scripture but scripture was used appropriately and in a timely manner. The character of Papa Chuck, reminded me of a grandfatherly character filled with wisdom and kindness.

This is a good video for children and a great alternative to secular cartoons. I know my children will watch it over and over again– even my 10 year old!

This DVD was provided by Tyndale as part of their Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

John Macarthur
Thomas Nelson

"Becoming a Christian means being sick of your sin, longing for forgiveness and rescue from present evil and future hell, and affirming your commitment to the Lordship of Christ to the point where you are willing to forsake everything. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it isn't just holding up your hand or walking down an aisle and saying, 'I love Jesus.'" ―John MacArthur
Best-selling author and pastor John MacArthur brings his deep knowledge of Scripture to this foundational subject. Step by step, he walks through the impact of God's sovereignty, our submission, the characteristics of holy living, and our assurance of salvation. MacArthur makes the case that the Christian life is full and rich―but not easy. It requires sacrifice, perseverance, and transformation in the ongoing process of becoming more like Christ. And it is absolutely worth the cost.
The Truth About Series For decades, MacArthur has encouraged countless Christians to develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and a greater respect for God's truth. In The Truth About Series, he now gathers his landmark teachings about core aspects of the Christian faith in one place. These powerful books are designed to give readers a focused experience that centers on God's character and how it applies to their daily walk of faith.

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ is an excellent book for any Christian. Macarthur delves deeply into the subject of lordship salvation and what it means in a short concise book. Macarthur introduces us to the sovereignty of God and our response with a balance of good writing and scripture. God is sovereign, and that is a great place to start this book. Next, he delves into justification and lordship, provides clear biblical support and direct easy to understand definitions. Then, he proceeds onto sanctification. Finally, he tackles what love and hate mean, and discusses the love of God in terms we don't often hear.

Each additional topic deals with another aspect of Jesus' lordship.... from daily submission, holy living, confession and restoration, to our ultimate destination.

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to follow Christ. We have so many teachings out there that are confusing or misleading people, and we need to read strong Biblical based teaching that seeks to show the truth of the gospel and salvation, which Macarthur has done in this book. I look forward to reading more in this series.

I received this book from for review and was not required to right a positive review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Well, I just had to post a few deer photos.  I saw these mule deer on the way to town, but I didn't have my camera... oh bummer.... why didn't I have it?  So I thought my chances of getting any photos of them were nil. But they were there on the way home... just in a little different place. Now I don't have  a good wildlife telephoto lens... my longest lens is a 200mm.  But I grabbed it, and took off to get some photos.... this time they were more skittish and I got some shots, but nothing here are a few shots of the mulies!