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Wow. It is hard to believe that July is already here. This year has been a pretty topsy turvy one, hasn’t it? As we go through what seems to be an insurmountable task ahead – the renegotiation of what our normal is – keep in mind the one constant – the one thing we can count on to be never changing, always there – GOD.
Who knows what this month will bring? But God is here by our side to help us along the way.
A couple of weeks ago, I met with some of my sisters at a reunion group meeting (Reunion groups are meetings of people who have attended a Via de Cristo weekend) some were talking about the restrictions with the Coronavirus and the negative impact it has had. I feel the opposite. Let me explain.
I feel that the institutional church has become so inverted that God is using this to tell us that church IS NOT about a building and that we are to get our butts into the world and do what he told us to. Make disciples of ALL nations. Can not really do that sitting in a pew.
I also feel that God is telling me that my gifts are for the use of building HIS kingdom not someone else’s. I have devoted so much time to the church I attend that I have actually allowed MY family and home to suffer.
Going forth I have put things in the perspective that God wants:
I challenge you all to use this time for clarity and a clearer vision – I mean it is 2020 so check what your vision is geared towards.
Ryan Lokkesmoe is a well-known author of several books on small groups, as well as, small group curriculums. The book is divided into 2 parts. The first part addresses the practical applications of small groups. He covers logistics, planning, leaders, childcare, and location, as well as many more.
He gives practical, simple principles to follow to make sure the group is instituted, planned and lead well so that it can succeed in the first part. I found the principles to be easy and effective if a bit simple.
The second part is based on 12 basic Christian studies which I enjoyed more than the first part. I felt that the studies were well thought out and provided ample questions to engage all participants. He backs up his study material with ample scripture references and ends each study with the most important thing – Prayer.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I felt it was well-written and gave sound advice but could have given a little more detail in the implementation part.
I have received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255
Rebecca McLaughlin has written a book that tackles 12 hard-hitting questions that most Christians should be able to answer but shy away from, whether from an inability to answer or afraid of the answer, remains to be seen.
The chapters are divided into topics such as slavery, the denigration of women, homosexuality, and God allowing suffering are just a few. Each chapter gives detailed Biblical reference to the position stated and additional references from noted theologians.
The book is so detailed in the response to the questions that I would argue it is more than a one time read. It is an armchair reference manual to be studied regularly and absorbed. I feel more comfortable in explaining several of the questions asked but will take more time to read and digest them all. I applaud the author for this undertaking and feel that she has done a tremendous job of equipping Christians to answer those hard-hitting questions.
I give this book a stellar 5 stars. This review is based on the thorough, detailed explanation and thought that went into the compilation.
Founded in 2009, (in)Courage is a community that supports thousands of women daily. This book in their library is meant to be given as a gift.
The presentation is very feminine. The pink cloth exterior lettered in the gold script makes for a beautiful presentation. It is very elegant and makes a thoughtful gift for any friend that is also meaningful.
The book showcases reflections, biblical scripture, and has amazing graphics. The book’s premise is that it is a promise between the gifter and giftee to promote encouragement, authenticity, a promise to be present for each other and to be rooted in Christ.