Thursday, November 30, 2017
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.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Published by: Kelley Latta Ministries & Snowfall Press © 2012
Publisher: Christian Book Services;
Imprint: Carpenter's Son Publishing;
Revised edition (April 1, 2014).
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
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
"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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In Activating The Power of God’s Word, Kyle Winkler describes how, deep inside in the very heart core of creation is a law stronger than the laws of nature, an unrivaled force, more powerful than gravity, a supernatural power that radically transforms everything it touches. It is the spoken Word of God. In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and empty (Gen. 1:1–2). Then God spoke, in all His majesty- with a resounding declaration “Let there be…” thundering in all its supernatural glory into the dark void from the heavens — to chase away the darkness and light up the cosmos with creative life. This ground-breaking moment defined and established God’s spoken Word as the basis of creation, to hold everything together in time and space. He sustains all things by His powerful Word. — Hebrews 1:3. God’s Word keeps the planets silently spinning in their orbits and the seasons in their respective cycles. We marvel at the unique grandeur of God’s design and the sheer majesty of His awesome power. Most remarkably, God made this power accessible to everyone. The spellbinding reality is that we can activate the power of God’s Word to transform our lives forever.
The purpose of this book is to confidently assert that God’s Word spoken through you can and will accomplish the very same things it accomplished for the Biblical superfaith heroes. Through strategic declarations, you can activate God’s Word to transform every area of your life. The power of God’s spoken Word declares God-inspired destiny and gives perfect identity to what seems hopeless, empty or meaningless. It provides strength to get through insurmountable difficulties in the dark valleys of life. It is the spiritual basis to overcome life’s greatest obstacles and win every single battle of faith and spiritual warfare. The power of God’s spoken Word sustains you as “more than a conqueror” in the life of overwhelming victory that Jesus Christ died to give you (Rom. 8:37). God’s spoken Word is a powerful spiritual weapon to give abundant life in all its fullness. In Activating the Power of God’s Word, Kyle Winkler helps us to discover the supernatural power of declaration. You will receive biblical keys from the Word of God to make strategic declarations that will bring the supernatural breakthrough you are praying for.
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In Anywhere Faith, Heather C. King helps us to learn about Abraham and his journey to an unknown destination. God called him out of a place called Ur and told him to go, without knowing where to go or how long it would take to get there. Everyone wants faith like Abraham, without counting the cost. In a moment of soul honesty and penetrating analysis, Heather realizes the worst nightmare scenario of not knowing where the road leads to or how long it will take to get there! We have to trust God wholeheartedly, instead of trusting in our own worthless plans. Abraham deserves superfaith status for his radical obedience and unquestioning faith that does not complain at any cost. Not only was he ready to follow God anywhere, but he also passed a greater faith test. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, waited for almost thirty years, from God’s promise of a baby, to the actual moment when they held their precious child of promise, Isaac, in their arms. When Isaac was finally born, Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. Isaac was a miracle child — a gift from God and the glorious fulfllment of the divine promise to Abraham that he would become the father of many nations.
God tested Abraham’s faith by asking him to place his son’s life on the line. Years after Isaac’s birth, God asked Abraham to climb the mountain with his young son and build an altar, supposedly to kill Isaac as a sacrifice to God. God asked Abraham to give back the promised child. “How could Isaac possibly be both the promised son and a sacrifice?” Abraham did not question God or try to reason with Him. Instead, with his unquestioning, obedient faith, he did not stall at all. “Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, took his men with him, and his son Isaac. He cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him” (22:3). God called in the night, and early the very next day, Abraham did exactly as God commanded. In Hebrews 11, Abraham was willing to obey God in the most radical of ways because he knew God was able even to raise Isaac from the dead. While we might stall, question, and fight with God, Abraham simply believed in the impossible. God could raise Isaac up from death if He chose.
Are we ready to be used by God, to do only what He wants us to do, and go anywhere He wants us to go? Will we choose God over everything else? This is the wholehearted, selfless devotion God desires from us. He won’t settle for anything else. Even Abraham made mistakes, when he trusted his own plans and not God’s, when his faith broke down and he tried to take matters into his own hands. Our faith “superheroes” weren’t superhuman at all. When God called them, they responded honestly – sometimes telling God they didn’t know if they could do what He asked. Moses wanted God to send somebody else. Gideon worried about whether he heard God correctly. Elijah felt alone. Isaiah felt unworthy. Esther was terrified. When God calls us, we answer hesitatingly, afraid to get intimate with God, fearing that He might ask us to give what we cannot, terrified to move forward for fear of failure, or that the costly task might hurt too much.
A. W. Tozer said, “We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day —but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.” The faith heroes and heroines were regular people with perfectly ordinary lives, insecure and frightened, but choosing to obey God anyway. They followed Him in spite of fear, insecurity or questions. In Anywhere Faith, Heather C. King writes about dialogue, relationship and friendship with God. She explains how to respond to Him when He asks us to trust and obey. When God called men and women throughout Scripture to follow Him, and their answers in that moment of their calling revealed the honest truth about their heart condition and their faith condition. We love God and want to follow Him. We want to be “anywhere faith” Christians and pray like David Livingstone did: “Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me.” But we have struggles, or even excuses, that hold
us back. We want to be God’s friend like Abraham, but we have hidden away parts of our hearts from God, our Creator.
When we hide our hearts from God, our deep-rooted fears and insecurities weigh us down, chaining us to the darkness, and not allowing God’s light to shine into our hearts, to deliver and to liberate us. Let us give God the freedom to do His work in us. When we bring our needs to Him, He rescues us. When we feel afraid, He gives us peace. When we are unworthy, He clothes us in His righteousness. When we confess the painful truth that we don’t want to go, He reveals His sovereignty and grace to give us the strength and courage to undertake the journey. “The Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.” God knows the truth of our hearts because He made us. He has compassion on us. He wants to rescue us. He beckons us to bring Him our brokenness, to make us whole and holy. God invites us into His presence, promising that it will be worth any sacrifice, effort, or price we pay. Surely we can trust Him. “God is love” (1 John 4:16). He will never leave us: “Be strong and courageous. The Lord goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). With promises as trustworthy as this, can we resist Him any longer? Let us honestly tell Him the truth: “God, in spite of my fears, uncertainties and insecurities, I’m coming with You anyway! I’ll go with You anywhere, to do anything You ask me to do.”
Prayer by David Livingstone, missionary to Africa:
“Lord, send me anywhere,
Only go with me.
Lay any burden on me,
Only sustain me.
Sever any tie but the tie
That binds me to Yourself.”
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