A dejavu on your favorite lit is like traveling back to time! So let these 5 reasons why you have to re-read your fave book guide you back to relieve the past:
- To re-enforce you again – to savor the lessons, the adrenaline rush or remind you again the powerful message of the book.
- You might miss out something- re-reading a book will let you find hidden gems that you might have missed reading it for the first time.
- You would love to use it in your ministry – is the book worth sharing? Re-read it and teach it to your ministry.
I love to hear your reason. Please put it on the comment section.
To have a good relationship with God, we need to have a healthly communication with Him. God gave us praying as a means to communicate to Him. We all know praying is talking with God. But how do God in return talks to us? The Bible is the only way that God communicate to us. He speaks to us through His written Word. Therefore praying and reading the Bible should go together. They are inseparable.
Our featured book is “Understanding Your Bible In 15 Minutes A Day” by Daryl Aaron which attempt to examine questions about the Bible. In an easy and short chapters (questions) of this book, it is the perfect companion on learning what the Bible is all about. No complicated explaination or confusing jargons. That is a common complain for not attempting to get to know this important book. With this bbok by Daryl Aaron, its comforting to know that this kind of book exist. There are tons of books out there that has this kind of topic. Some are pure apologetics and some are for Christian living. This thin book covers both which is really cool. Bulky books on this subject may overwhelm you and eventually turns you off in reading. Worry no more. This inviting book will call you to come back for more.
Take a small dose of this book everyday to nurture you not just trivial information about the Bible but essential springboard to read and love the Bible more. With its 40 questions about the Bible, it will end you queries. Grab this book. You will definately love this.
“Life on Purpose For Women” is one book included in the bestselling “Life on Purpose” series by author J.M. Farro. It dishes out meditations and Farro’s personal experience to add more flavor to this book. Well this is a devotional but not the typical “365 day” stuff. Actually, the entries are not dated so you might as well consider every entries as chapters of this book. You can read it even you dont use it for you quite time.
“Life on Purpose For Women” sends a message that God created us for a purpose. We need our life to be useful and live everyday for God. In our life many struggles, temptations and trials that comes in our way. To be a successful Christian we need to ask for God’s guidance, wisdom and courage. God wants us to be satisfied and be content for what we have, and He want us to seek first God daily.
The book reminds us that God will provide and He knows whats best for us. We need to wait for God’s will. Just trust Him because He is powerful and nothing compares to what He can provide us. So now, we need to decide and choose to “live everyday for a better purpose…that is God’s purpose.”
What stands out and I’m praying that it will make an impact with everyone is the part which says “we can live without the things in this world but we can’t live without God.”
Make your quite time abiding on a purpose that God wants us to have. Have this book handy not just for devotional but for a pleasureful spiritual read.
So your pastor asked you to preach next Sunday. You got excited and also got all rattled up. In your mind you keep asking: what should I do? Well here are 5 helpful tips for your first baptism of fire in preaching:
- Prepare the sermon at hand – maybe a week or so will be the ideal time for preparing your sermon. Pray, re-read the text, add ideas and adjust it to make it powerful.
- Don’t forget the artillery – Bible, notebook, I-pad, and multimedia gadget etc., just the essentials. Don’t clutter the pulpit. It might also distract you. Our pastor advised me not to bring a pen. In my nervousness I might play with it. He was right!
- If you’re nervous don’t look at church members faces-Different reactions may distract you. Look beyond the crowd or at corners of the building if you’re not confident enough to take a glimpse.
- Be time conscious – not that long preaching is bad but there is another program coming after your delivered your sermon or you pastor set a time for you, then you must follow. He might let you get away with it for the first time but next time stick with the time allotment.
- Let the Holy Spirit guide you – with all this preparation I might say we are still human and limited. That’s why we need to pray and ask God that the Holy Spirit will lead us as we preach His Word. Let John 14: 26 and Mark 13:11 assure you He will help. He has done it in my preaching ministry for 3 years now and He will do help you too.
I would like to hear some of your tips for those who will preach. Let me see your reaction on the comment section.
Talk about being biblical, this book is really biblical. Why? No pop psychology, no quick fix and no pragmatic methods. Just pure Bible verses to the inquiring heart. “God’s Answers For Life’s Questions ” reminds me of the book series “Bible Promises for…” from Harbour Books which contains verses for a specific individual. This however, covers lots of grounds plus it uses multiple Bible version for a more clearer understanding of God’s Word. You might ask, why do I need to buy a book containing Bible verses when I can buy a Bible instead? Well you can do that but by just opening a Bible you cant find the specific answers to your questions. This book will help you with that.
The book is has lots of questions but are specifically categorized in 7 chapters namely, “How Can I Know You, God?”, “I Need Some Advice, Can You Help Me?”, “What Is The Secret of A Good Relationship?”, “I Want To Be A Better Parent”, “Please Help Me Parent My Child”, “As A Young Person, I Have Some Questions About Relationships” and “Can You Help Me With These Challenges?” So it has a variety of questions for everyone.
This book is very helpful to all people who has many questions in life. We will see the instruction of God to our lives in every pages. Read God’s promises to all, the prayer that we need to do and the biblical examples that will help us give the answers to our questions.
With a beautiful cover and layout this book is a perfect gift to unbelievers, old and new to the faith as well. This will reinforce you to look to the Bible for answers and value the power of the Scriptures more. Highly recommended!
As I turn and walk away from the Betamaks booth, it went like BAM! Elbert Or, artist and editor of the comic series Cast, is over the opposite booth! So approach him while on his table are his latest creations which is also cool. He is a little bit reserved, but neverthless he is nice. As I introduce myself, I showed the Cast comicbook and asked for his John Hancock, his partner exclaimed “Wow Vintage!”, referring to the comic I was holding. As always an photo op before I say goodbye.
By the way, aside from the Yolanda fund raising, this years Komikon has something extra sweet for us comicbook fans. Indie films Blue Bustamante amd Graveyard Bandits was featured. Also Akademi Samali a comic community from Indonesia joined in the fun. Then the Philippine International Creative Content and Arts (PICCA) is in attendance to conduct workshops and film screening for members and other participants. Awesomely cool!
Now back to my story. I’m search mode for Stephen Segorvia and as Jamie Bautista mentioned he is at the Komik Kalye (at the other room). So I made my way to the conference room to where both the Komiks Tiangge and Komik Kalye is located. The indie komiks booth are few compare to the Summer Komikon and I cant even distinguish which is Komiks Tiangge or Komik Kalye. Looking for Sir Stephen, I resort to ask people out to make it easier. Someone told me that he will definately be at the Komikon but later the day. But I dont have all day (because I’ll be at the Lopez Museum and Library at 2:00 PM). So I drool over the rest of the Komiks Tiangge till I notice guy at the corner. “Could he be?” I ask myself. Well I do got a reply but suddenly Mr. Introvert (my alter ego) sets in and It takes a few minutes pull myself together and ask bravely this guy.”Kayo po ba si Jun Dayo?” and he replied “Yes ako po nga”. Whoa! Jun Dayo, the legendary Funny Komiks writer and illustrator. “Sinusubaybayan ko po kayo sa Funny Komiks” I told him. “Ah Funny Komiks…”,then he handled me a bookbind of old Funny Komiks. Super cool. So I grab one comic on his table and had it signed. “Ano ang ilalagay kong name? Sa Wazzup Pilipinas ba?”. He was looking at my media pass. “Ay hindi po, Nitoy ang ilagay ninyo…” I said in which he exclaimed “Ah ikaw pala si Nitoy!” Yes he remembers me a day after that commenting on a post from him on Facebook. Before I bid goodbye I told Sir Jun Dayo,”Sir Jun, thank you for completing my childhood…” with a warm handshake to a comicbook legend.
Before I take flight to go to Lopez Museum and Library and go broke, I remember someone who I want to meet. He is a guest artist on the 2013 Summer Komikon. He is an award winning author in children’s book categories. Recently, I have this fixation to children’s book specially the Christian ones. It took me 5 minutes to look for his table. As I was possessed by Mr. Introvert, I had a glimpse of how he will deal with me. He is quite funny and kind as he talks to his visitors. I took his toddler book and his comicbook to be signed. So I introduce myself and told him I represent Wazzup Pilipinas. As he is was signing I ask “Sir are you a Christian?” He face suddenly brightens and told me he is. “How about you are you a Christian?” I replied “Yes I am. I go to a Baptist church.” He said he and his wife goes to a born again church and he leads a Bible study at work (he later added). He also introduce me to one of his buddy who both of them are part of Cadre, a Christian comic writers and illustrator group. After the photo op I ask if I could interview him for my blog. He answered yes. So guys watch out for that interview, only here in Delighting Grace featuring Robert Magnuson!
Hope you enjoyed this post and till next years Komikon. If you like, lets tag along for an adventure in komiks.
For those youth pastors or leaders these are some truths I’ve learn in just a few years as a youth leader in our church. They always reinforce me to seek God and depend more to Him in ministry:
- You can’t please everyone- there is only one you should please and that’s our living God. Be an audience of one today.
- Problems won’t go away – Problems upon problems may come to your ministry but Christ is always there for you.
- Your identity is not your ministry – Christ is your identity and what He has accomplished for you as his follower.
- People change – that is a very true. Some will give you headaches; some will leave you and go back to you. But be sure God’s promises will not.
- Don’t forget your personal time with God – don’t sacrifice your personal dealings with God in the altar of ministry. It is the most essential thing to be able to have a strong standing before God.
Anything you can add to the list? Please use the comment section.