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Friday, September 27, 2019

LOVE'S SACRIFICE - Evangeline Kelly

"Love's Sacrifice" by Evangeline Kelly is a heartwarming Christian story about God’s love and the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. "Love's strength lies in love's sacrifice, and He who suffers most has most to give." In this inspiring book, Evangeline teaches us the priceless lessons of a pure heart and a sterling character. "The heart has its reasons of which reason cannot know." After facing the heartrending turmoil of separation during the first few days of their marriage, and spending six months apart, the two main characters learn the true meaning of love's sacrifice when they give their hearts to the Lord. Christ died for us and His undying love for us is the reason for our faith. Evangeline speaks directly to the hearts of her readers, inspiring us to think about everything that is beautiful and good. I highly recommend this book to all who want to learn the true beauty of love's sacrifice.

Miriam Jacob

MATCHMAKER - Evangeline Kelly

Matchmaker by Evangeline Kelly is an inspiring Christian story that puts God first and inspires us to define ourselves, with eternity's values in view, by God’s standards of who we actually are. The heroine, Ellie struggles with identity issues and lack of self-confidence while the hero, Noah struggles with rejection and self-doubt. Evangeline Kelly portrays her characters so realistically that we feel for them so deeply. I was spellbound as I read, and marveled that characters in books can be so realistic, literally springing to life from the page. I highly recommend this book that is clearly larger than life.

Miriam Jacob

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Handbook To Happiness – A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living – by Dr. Charles R. Solomon


Imprint: Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale House Publishers.

Newly Published: May 9, 2017. Pages 176.

Originally Published: 1971, 1989, 1999

ISBN: 9780842318099. Price: $13.99

Reviewer: Miriam Jacob

“Handbook to Happiness: A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living” by Dr. Charles R. Solomon is a fifty-year classic, with more than a quarter of a million copies sold. For generations, believers have been enriched by deeper life devotional writers such as Watchman Nee, Andrew Murray, and Oswald Chambers. Yet most who struggle with life-controlling problems assume that “devotional truth” does not directly pertain to their need for personal freedom. In “Handbook to Happiness,” the author writes from personal experience as he bridges this gap, providing a clarified, practical handbook for strategic discipling and effective counseling.

It counsels hurting people to exchange their life for Christ’s. Instead of trying to live the Christian life by our own efforts and in our own strength, we allow Christ to live His life in us, enabling us to become totally Christ centered. How do you fix a broken person? Where do you take twisted emotions to get them repaired? The answer is the Cross. We must die to self and find life in Christ, by appropriating His work on the Cross, as taught in Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

Dr. Solomon calls this “Exchanged-Life Counseling.” Don’t “Get A Life” – Exchange It! For five decades, thousands have found help and healing through Spirituotherapy – a completely Christ-centered strategy pioneered by Dr. Solomon. The practical principles of this time-tested, proven treatment are presented in “Handbook to Happiness – A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living.” Those dealing with emotional struggles are helped by returning to the cross of Christ and seeing themselves buried with Christ in His crucifixion and raised to new life in His resurrection. “Handbook to Happiness” relies heavily on the truth of Scripture to give people hope and encouragement. 

Countless lives have been transformed by the Holy Spirit on all six continents since 1970. There have been many spin-off ministries such that an exchanged life movement has been launched and several books written. Each life that is transformed has experienced revival. Many people have been set free where psychotherapy had failed, including addictions. The wheel and line diagrams are effective from 8-80 and may be used in evangelism, discipleship and counseling. Prison inmates are very receptive to the book’s message. The Handbook to Happiness is published in 10 languages with chapter 2 (the Wheel and Line) in 49 languages.

Dr. Charles R. Solomon, the author of “Handbook to Happiness” and founder of Grace Fellowship International, has an extensive counseling ministry in the United States and worldwide. He has written twenty books, including four books of New Covenant Poetry. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CHRISTIAN MENTORING

Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God's call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God's divine light. 

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God's love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ.

Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship.  The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20.  His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.

The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority.  Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life!

Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon

© The Authors

Thursday, June 29, 2017

TESTED BY FIRE - by Kelley Latta



TESTED BY FIRE - by Kelley Latta

Published by: Kelley Latta Ministries & Snowfall Press © 2012

 Publisher: Christian Book Services;

Imprint: Carpenter's Son Publishing;

Revised edition (April 1, 2014).

ISBN-13: 978-1940262062



In her book "Tested by Fire," Kelley Latta unveils the most striking truths, as she helps us to discover the treasures hidden in God's Word, until we come face to face with the most precious Treasure of all Treasures, the Lord Jesus Christ. Is the foundation of your life built on solid rock or sinking sand? Will it withstand the test of time? Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of the House that God built. Are you a member of His Royal Family? There is eternal life in God's House.

Jesus Christ is our Rock; the solid foundation on which we stand. We are securely held within the safety of God's Hand when we receive the lavish gift of grace poured out to us through His Son. We have to receive Jesus into our hearts, crown Him Lord of our lives, take up His cause voluntarily and relinquish all rights to our own lives, handing over everything to Jesus, the rightful owner of our souls. God gives us salvation through the gift of His Son, a gracious gift of life, a glorious gift of grace. This comes at a personal cost.

God wants us to lay down our will and embrace His Holy Will. He invites us "to live according to His plan in the safety of His protection." If we allow God to write the story of our lives, He promises to give us the fruits of His kingdom. A glorious eternal future will be ours. May the light of Jesus shine ever so brightly in our hearts! May we hear His gentle voice whispering to us softly as He guides us through the tangled maze of life. Let us treasure the beauty of His life-giving Word as we get to know the precious Holy Spirit in a wonderful, soul-satisfying and "fruit-bearing relationship with the King of Kings."

Seek God in His Word and He will give you a fruitful harvest. Your faith will grow into a ripe fruit for Christ. Lay the first stone to set a firm foundation in your faith-life. Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone, the bright Morning Star, the Light of Life. Let us build our faith on the firm foundation of Christ the Rock as an everlasting monument to the glory of the Lord. God speaks to us through His Son and expects us to obey Him wholeheartedly. Jesus Christ is the brilliant radiance of God's dazzling glory. Let us not forget that "to the heart that desires to know Him, He will make Himself known." Let us pray for the gift of His Presence in our hearts, to give us the strength to live a new life in Him. "He who promised is faithful and He will do it."

God desires sweet fellowship with His children. He gave us His Son so that we could become His very own. The Divine Artist paints a vivid portrait of His love in His Word. Ask God to open your heart to the truth of His Word. The tender whisper of the Shepherd beckons us to safe pasture. To tap into the abundance of Christ, we must know Him intimately. Redeemed by the Blood of Christ, we are one with Him in perfect unity. God's Word communicates Jesus to the members of His Body, the Church. God's Word reveals His instructions to His people, to obey in order to receive His blessing. God's Spirit will guide us in spirit and truth, taking what He hears from Jesus and giving it to us. The Holy Spirit is God's gift to us, His children and our Guide to His blessed Will. Christ, the Rock of Life meets us in His Word, the Book of Life, to give us new life in the Spirit.

© Miriam Jacob

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Faith: Believing in the God Who Works on Your Behalf - by Dr. Yonggi Cho and Dr. Wayde Goodall


"Faith: Believing in the God Who Works on Your Behalf" by Dr. Yonggi Cho and Dr. Wayde Goodall, is a divinely anointed book about genuine, prevailing faith, with time-tested spiritual insights into the deeper things of God, following the Holy Spirit with reckless abandon, teaching how to cross the “bridge of faith” between then and now, "to believe the implausible and attempt the impossible." God bridges the delicate gap between the past and the present into a supernatural flow of His Spirit, in the secret place of prayer. "One thing I know, though I was blind, now I see." - (John 9:25). When you experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, you walk by faith in the precious grace of God. You belong to Jesus, bought with His Blood. Faith in Christ transforms your life. As you walk by faith in Him, your faith grows to believe incredible miracles, supernatural signs and wonders. God will use you amazingly, giving you indefatigable courage well beyond the impossible. 

These time-tested, spiritual truths will enhance your walk by faith, to believe in the impossible, dream God's dreams, and let the Lord do what only He can do. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,  nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” — which God has revealed through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9–10). "Faith is more important than life itself because  without it there is no fullness of life." — Mother Teresa. By faith we see things happening when they do not exist yet. "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see." - (Hebrews 11:1)

We have a “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Faith as small as a mustard seed, can grow into a huge tree (Matthew 17:20). Faith grows as we study God’s Word and dwell upon His goodness. The Holy Spirit gently speaks in quietness and confidence, giving us fresh hope. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” - Mother Teresa. Dreams Give Hope for Tomorrow. Our creative God gives creative ideas to open the door to circumstances to bless our lives. We carry dreams in our hearts. Successful People, with dreams and visions of the future, see what others cannot see, standing alone confidently. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success.” - Henry David Thoreau.

Aged seventy-five, Abraham received God’s calling in Ur. Abraham possessed his God-given dream in his heart. God answered his prayer and made him into the father of faith (Genesis 12–24; Romans 4). There are principles of faith and God-inspired dreams. When God speaks to you in thoughts, dreams, and visions, your life is transformed because Jesus Christ is in the equation. God is with you and you are competent in Christ. Like Paul, we declare, “But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). Although our dreams are not yet a reality, they give us vision to accomplish God’s will and His purpose in our lives. God-inspired thoughts can be turned into faith. Learn how to implement a strategy to work with God to bring a thought to pass. Your dream is not yet a reality. As you pray and study the Bible, you can set goals and ways to implement your goals. 

When God spoke to Abraham, Abraham had a new dream in his heart for the future. This became a desire and he was filled with hope. Although he didn’t understand the dream, he believed what God had shown him. He trusted in God's promise, a part of the dream in his heart. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 ESV). By hearing from God and his God-inspired dreams, insurmountable faith arose in Abraham’s heart. His dream became a desire, and Abraham left Ur. By faith he walked away from the familiar to the unfamiliar, due to the God-given dream to receive an inheritance. When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, he had faith to have his own child. His faith came due to the promise God gave him. In the natural, it wasn’t possible due of his age, but with God added into the equation, his dream became a reality and Isaac was born. Abraham believed, trusting in God, believing God would fulfill His promise. He took his first step by faith and walked away from his past. Abraham did not weaken in faith when his own body was as good as dead or the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning God's promise, but he grew strong in his faith, giving glory to God. (Genesis 4:19–20) 

When we have faith and the dreams of the Holy Spirit, our hope grows as we step out in faith. Our faith grows as we see the evidence come to pass. Abraham prayed for a son. He was promised to have as many descendants as the stars in the sky. On clear nights, gazing at tens of thousands of stars, seemingly unending, his imagination grew, and hope, encouragement and the anticipation of the fulfilled dream filled his heart. When we have a God-inspired dream in our hearts, we trust that God hears our prayers, giving us wisdom and patience as He brings our dream to fruition. But this only happens in His time. 


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