Wounded by God’s People

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz.

 

 

“Almost everyone I know has been wounded to one degree or another. It doesn’t matter if a person is young or old, rich or poor, intelligent or ignorant, healthy or infirm, educated or illiterate. We’ve all experienced wounds.” Wounded people wound other people.  Whether the wounds are valid in wrongs done, the solution to keep from passing that pain on is the subject of this study.  Ann Graham Lotz is honest in her own struggles and reflects on how she learned to be the victor, not the victim of others.  Also, she gives us an in-depth look as to ways wounds can form and take over without us realizing.  But sometimes, the wounds are through thoughtless, careless, “being right” in my choices, and then we must learn how to make our wrongs right.  A book that requires more than one reading.

If You Will Ask

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at If You Will Ask Oswald Chambers

 

 

One of our main problems is that we focus our prayers on ourselves instead of on God. The purpose of prayer is not to get healed,  get a job, get our house sold, or whatever else we want.  It is to get “the life of God in us;” to be transformed into Himself, knowing Him as the Giver, not just receiving good gifts from Him.

We may faithfully pray for others only to hear the silence on Heaven.  He never promised that He would answer in “your time”, but in His time, and in the meantime redeem the time for the days are evil.

Ephesians 6 gives us a glimpse into the purpose of prayer; the role of a warrior.  We are called to stand against the enemy and putting on the armor to wage warfare is where victories are seen.  Persevering supplications and intercessions should be a part of our daily walk.  What stops the flow by our busyness.  Busy people do not have time to pray and we all suffer loss.  Learning how the Lord asks us to pray, according to His mind should be a privilege and priority. We are called to be overcomers and so there must be some conflict to overcome.  IF YOU WILL ASK lends instruction, hope, and comfort for a life of change.

Casual Christianity

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines “Casual Christianity” by Charles F. Stanley.

 

 

Casual Christianity pulls back the curtains for choosing to be satisfied with making a decision in your Christian life but failing to make a commitment to the Person of Jesus Christ.  Partial commitments are not an option.  The scriptures are consistent in being wholehearted in your decisions if you want to be His disciple and learn and grow into a mature child of God.

Fear of the unknown of what God may ask of you puts on the “brakes” with getting too involved with a heart that says “none of self and all of Thee.” Yes, it can be scary if we look through the eyes of circumstances and consequences of what can happen here.  What will be required of me?

When your heart is so in love with the Lord Jesus that He is your main focus, then fear lessens and love strengthens.  The heart is so desirous to walk in His perfect peace with a rolling conversation that being casual about your relationship with Jesus is not an option in your life.

To come to this point is not easy as one must sing “I Surrender All.”  Easy to sing, hard to do.

Knowing and understanding the full benefits of the Cross of Christ and then taking up your cross on His behalf is our goal and focus.  We don’t want to be like the rich young ruler who wanted to follow Christ but when given the qualifying factor, he could not part with his temporal lifestyle and benefits.

The Way They Learn

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias

 

 

In today’s enlightening resource, Cynthia Tobias introduces a variety of learning styles that shaped the way students interpret their world. Once these approaches are understood, parents and teachers can become far more effective in helping children grasp confusing concepts, staying interested in lessons, and utilize their strengths.

For instance, in teaching vocabulary words, some children respond best by using flashcards, while others need verbal drills, and a third group thrives on using body movements to help recall the definitions. By recognizing children’s learning preferences, you can reach them more efficiently and effectively! And with our nation in an educational crisis and countless parents finding themselves in the throes of virtual learning, there’s never been a better time for this book.

 

The Way They Learn, written by Cynthia Tobias should be required reading for any parent or teacher who really wants to see the kids succeed in school whether it be in a homeschool, virtual, hybrid, or in-class setting. So, come be a part as we instigate these powerful tools for throwing out the best in your child. Keep your children the best chance for success by coming into to understand the way they learn.

The Torah Syndrome

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines “The Torah Syndrome” by Jim Craddock.

While the principles of law, grace, and redemption find their true origins in Scripture, these themes can also be seen throughout the literary world. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is a prime example of this. The struggle to develop the right perspective of law and grace is a universal one and is fraught with misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and misapplication.

Jim Craddock, author, counselor, lecturer, and educator introduces what he found to be one of the most destructive forces in the life of the Christian, which is living a life under law (or legalism) rather than through grace, in his book, The Torah Syndrome.

So, come be a part as Craddock reveals the effect of the law on the Christian’s walk and reveals the correlation between the law and sin and the resulting damage when one tries to live this kind of life. He will also detail the remarkable freedom that comes when one truly finds living a life of grace, as God intended.

The Sovereignty of God

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink

 

 

Present-day conditions call loudly for a new examination and new presentation of God’s omnipotence, God’s sufficiency, and God’s sovereignty. From every pulpit in the land, it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns.

Faith is now in the crucible, it is being tested by fire. There is no fixed and sufficient resting-place for the heart and mind but in the Throne of God! What is needed now, as never before, is a full, positive, constructive setting forth of the Godhood of God?

So, come be a part as we search out one of life’s most compelling subjects in The Sovereignty of God written by A.W. Pink. In this classic work, A.W. Pink answers profound questions in a way that Christians will find not only understandable but totally engaging. Pink writes with fiery passion and brilliant clarity, giving biblical answers to our deepest questions regarding the sadly neglected and little understood doctrine of the Sovereignty of God.

What to Wear to the War

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at What to Wear to the War by Warren Wiersbe.

 

 

When David volunteered to meet Goliath’s challenge to Israel, King Saul was concerned about what David would wear into battle. In fact, Saul placed his own armor on David. But it didn’t fit and would have proved more of a hindrance than a help in David’s battle plan. He was better off without the king’s armor, carrying just his sling and five smooth stones.

But there is no reason for today’s believer to be gazing off toward the battlefield, mumbling, “I just don’t have anything to wear.” In Ephesians chapter 6, God tells believers exactly what to wear to the war – and his armor is tailor-made.

So, come be a part as we suit-up in, What to Wear to the War, written by Warren Wiersbe. In it, we’ll be introduced to each piece of armor God has provided and will learn how to use that armor in our daily skirmishes against the foe.

Diplomatic Christianity

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at Diplomatic Christianity by Steven Khoury

 

As our society has given rise to a culture of Political Correctness and Tolerance, it has become extremely intolerant of those who do not subscribe to the narrative being touted as the ‘majority’ opinion. Although there is a strong sense of doubt as to whether it is truly the opinion of the majority or simply the narrative most forcibly proclaimed.

In response to this wave of intense scrutiny, hateful rhetoric, and ‘cancel culture’ reprisals, many people have begun to reach out to diplomacy when comes to sharing their faith. In an effort to avoid confrontation and find common ground, precious biblical tenets have been compromised and swept away all in the name of “love’ and “getting along.”

But Steven Khoury – a Christian Israeli Arab Author, Pastor, and Vice-President of Holy Land Missions- believes that persecutions and confrontation are at your doorstep no matter which country you reside in and that Christians must find a way to stand in the face of confrontation.

In his book, Diplomatic Christianity: Standing in the Shadow of Tomorrow’s Persecution,  Khoury shares incredible stories and real-life example of persecution in the Middle East, and how God called him to preach a simple message of faith in one of the world’s most volatile regions. In Diplomatic Christianity, you will discover essential principles outlining how to stand and face persecution from a one who has personally experienced it for much of his life and how to enjoy the rewards promised by God through enduring it.

19 Gifts of the Spirit

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines 19 Gifts of the Spirit by Leslie B. Flynn.

 

 

The subject of spiritual gifts, so important in the life of the Early Church, has been frequently neglected throughout the following centuries. We’ll see the interest in Spiritual Gifts rise to prominence every so often in modern church thinking only to see it wane once again.

Repeatedly through the years, the church has failed to encourage its members to identify and utilize their gifts. Sadly, our Pastors are increasingly called to do too much while the people often do too little.

Church leadership and Layman alike must bear some responsibility for this lack within the body of Christ. Let’s be clear once and for all, God gives one or more spiritual gifts to every child of His. Spiritual Gifts are the gifts or special abilities given to Christians by the Holy Spirit. What are the gifts? What is their purpose? How can you discover yours and put it to use?

All these questions, plus a careful examination of gifts revealed in the Bible are included in this week’s in-depth study of 19 Gifts of the Spirit by Leslie B. Flynn. If you want to know what the Bible says about spiritual gifts, then come be a part as we investigate this essential element of the Christian life.

The Power of a Praying Parent

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartin.

 

Any amount of fear and anxiety can be found in many homes today as families try to navigate these uncertain waters. But first and foremost, we must remind ourselves of two things:

First, God is still on the throne, still in control, and all things work together for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

Second, being a perfect parent doesn’t matter… it never did. But, being a praying parent does… and always has.

Amid all the craziness surrounding our world today, why leave your child’s life to chance when you can give it to God?

Award-winning singer and songwriter Stormie Omartian and her husband, Michael, spent 20 years raising their children and learning the power of praying for them. The knowledge they gleaned resulted in one of the most treasured and worn books in my library, The Power of a Praying Parent. In 30 short, easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares how you can pray through every age and stage of your child’s life.

So come be a part, as we learn how to turn to the Father and place every detail of our child’s life in His loving and capable hands: Their safety, friends, character development, relationship with God, peer pressure, family relationships, school, marriage, career, and much, much more.

All the Promises of God

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at All the Promises of God by Herbert Lockyer.

 

 

In All the Promises of the Bible, Dr. Herbert Lockyer discusses seven aspects of the nature of God’s promises – their substancesimplicity, stipulations, surety, source, security, and scope.

So, come be a part as Herbert Lockyer takes us on an incredible journey in All the Promises of the Bible as we discover more than 8000 biblical promises? His in-depth look at the scope of God’s promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concern, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal.

As you come to understand God’s promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you will gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.

Christ Esteem

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green pulls Christ Esteem: Where the Search for Self-esteem Ends by Don Matzat from the shelf.

The concept of self-esteem apparently has its origins in the 18th century, first expressed in the writings of David Hume, the Scottish Enlightenment thinker. He indicated that it is important to value and think well of yourself because it serves as a motivational function that enables people to explore their full potential.

Then in the mid-1960s, came the emergence of the modern self-esteem movement with the myriad of philosophers and psychologists joining the cause. So, the concept of man’s need for self-esteem has been with us for over 244 years and formally a part of our culture since the 60’s.  Yet, according to some of the latest statistics from 2017, 85% of people suffer from low self-esteem.

The underlying idea of the movement was that low self-esteem is the root of problems for individuals, making it the root of all societal problems and dysfunctions. Popular thinking tells us the answers to our problems lie inside ourselves; Jesus tells us something totally different.

People today are desperately looking inward, trying to find the answers to life’s difficult questions. Many of us have looked and still come up short. Instead of providing answers, the question seems to only add to our confusion. So, come be a part as pastor and author, Don Matzat, responds to the search for self-knowledge with a startling, yet solid, biblical truth: What we need is Christ-esteem, not self-esteem!

Enjoy Your Freedom

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Enjoy Your Freedom by Warren Wiersbe.

 

 

We talk about freedom, dream about freedom, teach our schoolchildren about freedom, and revel in the idea of freedom. The word “freedom” can mean many things to many people, especially in a society where words are often redefined to match someone’s beliefs rather than someone’s beliefs coming into alignment with the meaning of a word. Yes, our world is certainly concerned about freedom, but very few people ask, “what really is freedom?”

In a “do your own thing” world it is easy to confuse license and liberty. But don’t do it! Because when you are free in Christ, only then are you free from the law, sin, men and your past and have a future freedom to anticipate. So, come be a part as we take a look at freedom from the spiritual point of view with today’s author Warren Wiersbe in his book, Enjoy Your Freedom.

The Second American Revolution

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores The Second American Revolution by  John Whitehead.

 

 

In his book, The Second American Revolution, John Whitehead courageously takes on the present systems of the American law and government and challenges them to fulfill our founding fathers’ commitment to religious liberty.

Francis Schaeffer wrote, “John, attacks, and exposes an issue that has been festering, hidden beneath the surface and ignored by too many Christians, for long. The issue is that of church and state: Christian and religious freedom versus a secularist, humanistic elite, which increasingly controls our society.

The government, the courts, the media, the law are all dominated to one degree or another by the elite. They have and largely secularized our society by force, particularly using the courts.

In this comprehensive book, Whitehead gives us a firm understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition and base this country once had. He explains why and how we have departed from it, and then traces what the courts have done, and the role they have played.

No Christian can fully understand or change the age in which we live without such knowledge of our country’s history and present situation. This book stands as a crucial statement on this subject. Because of its lucid and well-written nature, as well as its profound depth, it will appeal to laymen, lawyer, minister, judge alike.

The Light and Glory

As we celebrate the 4th of July this year it is a good time to reflect on our roots.  There is a saying in Christian circles that history broken down spells his-story.  How God reveals His means and methods in time, as to how He wants to bring all things back to the original plan before the fall

 

 

America was founded on Biblical and moral Truth; a reason for America’s blessings and survival for the last 200 plus years.

America was never a “perfect” nation but a light and testimony to the world that she honors God and His people (Israel).

A slow, but sure, erosion over time has been eating away at her values and roots.  As she has prospered her people have changed their character and choices in how they want to live and be governed.  Now many educators are changing how history is being re-written and remembered.  Many of today’s citizens have never been to war, except maybe in riots on our own streets and campuses. They have never had to go through loss and a valley of tears or had a spirit of strength to fight for what they really believe is best for the nation based on our original values.  We are a nation that has gone selfish and soft.

Let’s travel with Peter Marshall back in time as he traces the decline of the American Dream and sees what happens when a nation compromises its beginnings and blessings.