Major Bible Themes

This week on Sharin’ Hearts The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green pulls “Major Bible Themes: 52 Vital Doctrines fo the Scriptures Simplified and Explained” by Lewis Sperry Chafer from the shelf to discuss.

 

Can you explain or defend the Bible and its purpose?  Have you ever wanted to know more of God’s role in our lives, understand the different interactions  God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit share as they control, direct, and guide us through our time here on earth?  Most Christians lack the daily practical understanding of how God works.

Major Bible Themes addresses 52 questions we desperately need to rise up against the falsehoods that we are being asked to swallow as reality when in essence they are twisted fabrications of man’s thinking. Take some time out of life’s busy schedule and listen to what may be life-changing knowledge as the Holy Spirit grounds us in God’s Truth about Who He is and how He operates.  We will forever be going deeper and deeper into the depths of His grace as we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Trouble with Jesus

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at “The Trouble with Jesus” by Joseph Stowell.

 

 

Jesus declares He is the ONLY WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  In establishing this once great nation, His rule book the Bible was the foundation for our founding fathers.  Today, in a post-Christian society we have reduced the God of Creation, Jesus Christ, to a tradition that now competes with other significant religions within our society.  Now, man declares, through his own understanding, that all gods are good gods and our jaded culture says this is the new normal.

All worldly religions have their leaders in graves; only Christianity has arisen Leader.  Our society will let Him live if we don’t speak of Him publicly or make any claim of His deity.  Make no mistake, Jesus is unequaled. He doesn’t compete.

To say that ALL religions are true means no religion is true.  Are we ready to stick up for Jesus and be His advocate, anytime, anywhere?

If you want to know how to speak the Truth that Jesus is the only way, how to speak it humbly and compassionately, how to speak it wisely and patiently in ways that honor Jesus, then prepare your heart to be steadfast in being light overcoming darkness. THE TROUBLE WITH JESUS is a great guide to achieve this.

The Prayer Life

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green digs into The Prayer Life By Charles Usher

The question at hand isn’t about how many people prayed daily, but how many people truly understand biblical teaching and perspective on prayer. Because if we are truly serious about spiritual growth, about deepening our relationship with Christ… Prayer must be assigned the highest priority!

So, come be a part as we join author Charles Usher in a discussion of the prayer life and how to live it, with a concentration on spiritual warfare in his book, The Prayer Life.  This is a small book perhaps 50 pages yet filled with immense truth and practicality. The topics Usher addresses include: hindrances to prayer, equipment for warfare, the prayer of faith, perseverance in prayer, and prayers for nations, homes, and circumstances; for Scripture tells us to, “watch and pray.”

The Prayer Life by Charles Usher is currently out of print and can be found online only in very limited quantities. If you are unable to locate a copy and are interested in adding The Prayer Life to your library of Christian resources, please contact The Fireside Book Shelf through our home page and we can assist you in obtaining a reprint of this timeless work.

A Pocket Guide to Social Issues

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green opens A Pocket Guide to Social Issues by Answers in Genesis.

 

 

America is indeed in the middle of a cultural war. The battle lines are drawn around issues that polarize our society, there are many labels that get attached to these ideas, but labels can often be misleading.

In order to understand the issues, it is important to look at them from both sides, but the biblical side of these issues is not well-represented in the media.

Today’s feature covers a variety of topics like: when does life begin? What about stem cells, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and racism? Where do human rights come from, how do we know what is moral? These questions and others are answered in this compilation of topics and it’s contributing authors will layout both the biblical perspective alongside the secular understanding of the issues.

Because we must know what scripture says and how to address those around us in love and grace while still standing firmly on the Word of God and A Pocket Guide to Social Issues by Answers in Genesis is a great place to start.

The Cross and Sanctification

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at The Cross and Sanctification By T. A. Hegre.

 

 

Today’s feature contains simple studies on what is generally called the deeper life. After becoming a Christian, the writer discovered that in his own experience and in the experience of others whom he knew, the level of Christian living with not the same as that set forth in the Scriptures.

This inconsistency caused him to seek earnestly for an answer to this perplexing problem. First, he searched the books of his church, and there found recognition of the problem but no solution. Not knowing any books on the victorious life at the time, he began his own careful and prayerful search of the Scriptures.

There he found the answer, revealed in the deeper meaning of the cross. First, he found “the way” in his own experience; then he became aware of the doctrinal principles involved, and later learned how to explain them. Now the studies have been revised, enlarged, and collected into a single volume-The Cross and Sanctification by T. A. Hegre.

 

So, come be a part as T.A. Hegre presents some desperately needed instruction and inspiration for all of Christ’s followers. The apostle Paul’s declared objective was not merely to preach the gospel and found churches but “to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” Hegre’s teachings on this objective are clear, sensible, and easy to understand.

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Don’t Waste Your Sorrows by Paul Billheimer

 

 

In Don’t Waste Your Sorrows Paul Billheimer considers suffering, in addition to prayer, as another aspect of the bride-elect’s training for sovereignty. God designed the system of prayer to equip or qualified her with the techniques, the skills, and the “know-how” for rulership.

 

He has further designed that suffering. which is a consequence of the fall, shall produce the character and disposition, the compassionate spirit, which will be required for rulership in a government where the law of love is supreme.

All born-again people are training for rulership. Since the supreme law of that future social order, all the kingdom of God is agape love, their apprenticeship and training are for learning the dimensions of this love. But the deep dimensions of this love are only learned in the school of suffering.

If you are interested in investing your time and energy into developing the eternal currency of agape love… then I hope you will seek out more of what Billheimer has to teach us in Don’t Waste Your Sorrows.

Saving Christianity

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Saving Christianity by Michael Youssef

 

 

There is an element within the Christian community that has come to believe that Christianity must change or die and that they know what is needed in order to “save” Christianity. They proclaim that in order to save Christianity, Christians must change the core of our faith and adapt to remain relevant in order to attract younger generations.

According to one source:

If the Christian church is going to survive, it needs to develop alternative ways of viewing heaven and hell and a different way of looking at the atonement of sins through Jesus’ death on the cross. The concepts of hell and an atonement theory that requires the brutal crucifixion of Jesus before we can reconcile with God are incongruent with the concept of a God of grace. 

But is that really the case? In his book, Saving Christianity, Michael Youssef explores this train of thought and its pitfalls. For the sake of the next generation, he declares, we dare not abandon “the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (Jude 1:3), because it is the light for all humanity.

Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make by Leighann McCoy

 

 

The concept that life is hard and some tragedy in life is to be expected has become unacceptable in our world today. Somewhere along the line, the belief that no one should ever suffer and that no rain should ever fall has been incorporated into life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We were never promised happiness only the ability and freedom to pursue it.

 

Yet, all to often when something in our lives goes awry, when we are undone, offended, wounded, legitimately angry or somebody’s done us wrong usually the last person we hold responsible for our choices is…ourselves.

 

So, if you’ve found yourself in an unimaginable place where the goodness of God seems to have left you, and everything you thought you knew about Him and His ways has evaporated in the aftermath of the devastation you find yourself facing then come be a part… as author Leighann McCoy helps us navigate a path through the turmoil in her book, Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make.

The Way of the Shepherd

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores The Way of the Shepherd by Don Baker.

 

 

We all need and want to be cared for by someone who really loves us.  We are made in His image where love is paramount.  Understanding the ways of a shepherd and what he sacrifices in knowing every need of his sheep, being sensitive to their surroundings is what allows the sheep and lambs to lie down and rest in green pastures and drink the quiet still waters. Under the care of a good shepherd, sheep lie down in the quiet and serene sense of gentle contentment.  “Godliness with “contentment is great gain.”

The Way of the Shepherd will bring delightful joy to the heart and the beautiful pictures captivating the message in each chapter. The beauty of the book is that it equally reaches out to the heart that is troubled or to a person struggling with the issues of life that must have a shepherd to protect and carry us,  to a place of safety.  Expressed in the 23rd Psalm and illustrated for us is the correlation between sheep of the field and us as Christians being sheep of His pasture. Tension is released as we see we are never abandoning and always have the shepherd there for us when we are unable to help ourselves.  Great comfort and understanding come from practical illustrations that are given to David as he learned from his Great Shepherd.

Forgiving Forward

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Forgiving Forward by Bruce and Toni Hebel. This is not the average “forgiveness” book.  Heavy with experiences made practical and answering questions many are not even asking; makes this a life-transforming book and one that should be in your library.

 

Forgiveness is foundational to a life of faith.  It is so much more than saying, “I am sorry.”  True forgiveness will take us out of our comfort zone and required a renewing of our minds.  Our natural minds cannot work from logic and reason in this matter because it is a supernatural work provided by The Supernatural God.  We are told to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:30.) Whatever has been done to me from another’s sin nature, I have done to Christ with my sin nature. All sin, no matter the degree required Christ to go to the Cross and pay the price.  The words may be simple but the process is complex in that our hearts must be made right before God with having our speech free of corrupt communication and only for edification to the hearer, being free from grieving or quenching the Spirit and getting rid of bitterness, extreme anger for harm to another person, and other thinking that is of the flesh with corresponding negative emotions. (Ephesians 4:29-31.)

Many often quote John 8:32 “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”  However, there is a key to that reality being applied and that is found in the preceding verse 31, “IF you abide (to be at home)in ME and My words abide in you, THEN, knowing and applying the Truth can be made practical for necessary forgiveness releasing burden and guilt that unforgiveness carries.

A Call for Discernment

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at A Call for Discernment by Jay Adams

 

Jay Adams in his book, A Call for Discernment: Distinguishing the Truth from Error in Today’s Church shares, that today’s church is confused. False teaching and heresy abound. Many Christians fall prey because they simply do not know how to distinguish truth from error.

Slogans are bandied about: “all truth is God’s truth.” No one in his right mind would deny that. But it is also a fact that “all error is the devil’s error.” Now, where are we? Back to square one.

We must still distinguish God’s truth from the devil’s error; sloganizing won’t do that for us. What is wrong? Why is the church so susceptible to a falsehood? How can we distinguish what teachings are truly biblical and we should follow and what teachings we should reject?

The Case for Easter

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel.

 

Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.

How credible is the evidence for the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history’s most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief.

Come be a part as Strobel examines:

·        The medical evidence – was Jesus’s death a sham, and his resurrection a hoax?

·        The evidence of the missing body – was Jesus’s body really absent from his tomb?

·        The evidence of appearances – was Jesus really seen alive after his death on the cross?

 

Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection probes the core issues of the resurrection.

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality?

100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart By Robert Morgan.

 

Because, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Why? 1 Peter tells us “that we have been given great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the  world.”

Here we have the purpose, the power, and the plan for discovering what the mind of God is for His children in knowing Him.  There is nothing that can still our hearts and mind, giving quiet confidence and drawing us into His presence as hiding the promises of God within our soul.

As a child of God, we want to grow up and become disciples (learners) that desire to sit at His feet and learn of Him.  In memorizing the promises we can be pleasing to His heart and His Word brings life, comfort and hopes to us.  Take some time to focus on the promises of God and in communion with Him, ask that they are made real in your life.

Gods’s Best Secrets

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at God’s Best Secrets by Andrew Murray.

 

With all that’s currently going on around us, countless people are feeling increased concern and trepidation about our world at least for the foreseeable future. And while these thoughts are certainly normal considering all the uncertainty, we must remember to take every thought captive as instructed by the scriptures and filter all our thoughts through the lens of God’s word.

This can prove to be a challenging thing if in the midst of real or perceived chaos we are not vigilant and intentional. So, as Christians, how do we go about being alert and responsive to life’s dangers without falling into a state of “fear” which God’s clearly commands us not to do.

One of the most powerful and beneficial steps we can take is to be sure that we are immersing ourselves in God’s word daily. So, come be a part and join me in The Fireside Bookshelf Spring Book Challenge. Beginning on the first of next month, I will begin God’s Best Secrets-Devotions for the Hungry Soul by Andrew Murray.

 

This is an eight-month daily devotional journey and I hope that if you are not currently involved with another daily devotional book, you will pick up a copy and join me.

 

As many of you who are regulars to this program can attest, Andrew Murray is one of my favorite authors. And I believe his deep spiritual insights, unique perspective, and sound counsel are just what the doctor ordered for a country in the throes of uncertainty.

 

From the Scriptures, Andrew Murray found out that every Christian can expect God to reveal himself in an intimate, powerful, refreshing way. In these uplifting pages, Murray shares the personal revelation that he gained from spending quiet time with God.

 

As you reflect on the thoughts presented here, you will discover many of God’s Best secrets, including keys to experiencing:

·        God’s abiding presence

·        Answer to prayer

·        Success in witnessing to others

·        Joy in fellowship with the heavenly Father

·        The Holy Spirit’s guidance and keeping power

·        All that God has promised you

·        Perfect peace in life’s storms

·        Living and reigning with Jesus in heaven

·        Abundant life in Christ

 

The Way of The Master Part Two

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green continues with the second half of a look into The Way of The Master by Ray Comfort.

 

Last week, we began a special two-part feature on Ray Comfort’s The Way of the Master. We learned from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron that only a small percentage of American churchgoers share their faith with others. In fact, a majority of Christians today have come to the conclusion that sharing the gospel of Christ is somehow not their personal responsibility.

One reason this is happening is because the enemy has very subtly diverted our attention away from our core message. Instead of preaching the good news that sinners can be made righteous in Christ and escape the wrath to come, we have settled for a “gospel” that implies that God’s primary purpose in saving us is to unfold a “wonderful plan” for our lives: to solve our problems, make us happy in Christ and rescue us from the hassles of this life.

But what unregenerate sinners really seek is a life change that brings positive results and won’t cost too much. If non-Christians respond to the gospel message only to improve their lives, they will be disillusioned when persecution comes.

So, I would like to invite you to come and be a part as we continue with Ray Comfort as he illuminates an almost forgotten biblical key that has the power to unlock the door of the human heart. A proven and effective way of making the gospel make sense to the unsaved. So rooted in the Scriptures, once you see it, you will forever wonder how you could’ve missed it. It is the biblical principle of bypassing the intellect (the place of argument) and speaking directly to the conscience-just the way Jesus did.