Monthly Archives: January 2013

5 Horrifying Things Angels Did in the Bible

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We portray angels as kind, cute little children floating around clouds with harps. But the Bible gives us a different picture of these heavenly beings as they execute judgment to the enemies of God. Let us check five horrific things angels did in the Scriptures:

  1. Destroyed people with pestilence (2Samuel 24:16) – with a prideful heart, David numbered the people which kindled God to anger. He let David choose what punishment he will receive for his sin. He chose pestilence which took a death toll of 70, 000 Israelites. God deals with sin seriously.
  2. Kills an Assyrian camp (2 Kings 19:35-36) – defending Jerusalem, God declared that no one can’t touch His people. Thus, the angel of the Lord slew 185,000 of the Assyrian army. This is a warning to those people who hates God’s chosen.
  3. Herod smitten to death (Acts 12:23) – taking himself the glory which is only meant for God, an angel of the Lord instantly kills Herod. Pride is really deadly when you deal with the Almighty.
  4. Pours out the plagues to earth (Revelation 15:1) –the seven years tribulation period will put movies like “Deep Impact” and “2012” to shame. Here angels administer the wrath of God to punish unbelieving men in the end times. Read chapter 14 for a sample of the horrors you should miss!
  5. Cast people to Hell (Matthew 13: 41-42, 49-50) – in Judgment Day, God will judge the wicked and all who rebelled against Him, angels will cast them to hell and “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. Very graphic description! Remember God doesn’t want you to be there! Repent and believe the gospel today!

I hope you like this post. Please feel free to comment.

Book Review: Be All You Can Be by John C. Maxwell

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I’ve received a very late Christmas gift. It really surprised me. My friend knows I love books but I was a deer in the headlight. I never saw it coming. Opening the wrap, I unearthed a John Maxwell book. With sheer horror I said to myself” A Maxwell book. Well what will I expect? A Christian author that doesn’t quote Bible verse in some of his books. How many words like “God” or “Bible” can I find in this book? I won’t even write a review on this book. Lots of business strategy and leadership moves drench with secular stuff!” Just when I was ready to put it away, I start thumbing through the pages and saw stuff which captures me. I said to myself again “I’m gonna give this book a chance.”

Returning home I start reading portion of the book before I sleep. To my amazement I have to say this book is (which I don’t pertain to managerial or leadership book) “biblical”. Yes folks. I hate to admit, John Maxwell made me read his book again. This is not trying hard to be a Christian book. It’s a legit Christian book.

Then the next day I read half of the book. Maxwell wrote a very readable and irresistible book to encourage us Christian to take another mile for what has God made us to be. John Maxwell took off his business attire, lead us out of the boardroom and turn off his mike on the podium without leaving great principles he found in the Bible and his experience to give us a superbly useful tool. You won’t get bored reading such topics like success, vision, failures and decisions all occupying the Christian life.  You’ll get motivated, encouraged and stretched as you dive words this book offers. You won’t miss out the wisdom packed this small book because Maxwell’s great illustrations he draws in the Scriptures and everyday life. Page after page of this book he delivers God intention to see his redeemed ones realize that they already have the power and potential to do what God calls them to do heeding to His calling. An unintimidating book on leadership for Christians to read and share, you’ll truly have a wonderful time discovering and rediscovering God’s plan for us.

Notable Quotes:

“The only one who can stop you from becoming the person God intends you to be is you.”

“Our potential for fruitful living is great because Jesus is our source.”

“The secret of the surrendered life is giving God the first part of every day, the first day of every week, the first portion of your income, the first consideration in every decision, and the first place in all of your life.”

Prepare to be rubber bands for Christ and stretch our potential by reading this challenging book from a leadership guru, best-selling author AND most importantly a Christian, John C. Maxwell.

4 Essential Things to Make Your Article Irresistible

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There are thousands of blog posts out there. But how can you make your post stand out from the rest? Make it tempting. Make it irresistible. Here’s how:

  1. Title– Think of a title that will really catch the attention of the readers. Offer something or give some sure fire advice as a lure for your article.
  2. Short content– short content irresistible to people who don’t want to read a long article. A reader wants the stuff right now without reading the whole thing.
  3. Images– I don’t know about you but great images add some spice on the article. Insert the appropriate images to enhance the appeal of your post.
  4. Freebies – Whether it’s an MP3 or e-book, a freebie creates an appetite for a reader to take a bite on your article. Try offering it let your readers drool.

Any more tips you can add?

5 Fearless Escapes Mentioned in the Bible

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next suspense story to indulge is not in cinemas but in God’s Word. Let us check some heart stopping escapes recorded in the Bible:

  1. 1.     Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 15-31). After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the Israelites. Bad decision! With God’s power, Moses (not Chalton Heston!) and his people cross the Red Sea to safety. Truly it is God and God alone saves. How about you, do you trust God alone for your salvation?
  2. 2.    Lot and family flight from Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19: 15-26). Unwilling to cooperate, the angels drag Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah for God is ready to cremate these sinful cities. God doesn’t want his people even, living in a sinful lifestyle to be judged by his wrath. Will He also save you in his wrath?
  3. 3.    King David escapes Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13-17). Due to a conspiracy inspired by his son, Absalom, King David and his faithful men flee from Jerusalem. This is to preserve the city he fortified and to hopefully to accumulate support throughout the country.
  4. 4.    Peter prison break (Acts 12: 5-17). An angel breaks Peter free from the bondage of prison! He was sleeping between two soldiers, bounded by two chains and has keepers on the door of prison. What an incredible escape done by fervent prayers of believers and the Almighty God.
  5. 5.    Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16: 25-31). After rescuing a demon possess girl, Paul and Silas was imprison being accused of causing trouble in the city (but in truth they are preaching). God sends an earthquake that opens the prison doors and chains of all prisoners. The prison warden, seeing what just happen tries to commit suicide. But Paul and Silas stopped him. Here the most important question was asked by the prison warden “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Then the apostles replied the most important answer” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” What an answer! Have you trusted Jesus as Lord and personal Savior?

 

I hope you like this post. Any fearless escape you can add?

Book Review: Calling Christian Leaders by John Stott

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There is one thing that I want to say when reading a thin book by John Stott: don’t be deceived! Yes, don’t be deceived!  Don’t be fooled by the thinness of the book your reading. Just because you’re reading a short book it doesn’t mean it lacks content or it cries for a follow up. I have this secret principle that works like a charm:  “The shorter or thinner the Christian book is, the more powerful and high impacting it is.” But of course, it sometimes depends on the author.  Like in many other books he crafted, gifted Bible teacher and author John Stott proves that he is one of the greatest Christian writers of our time in “Calling Christian Leaders.” He calls every Christian to take leadership by calling them to see it straight from the Bible and the Bible alone.

The basic premises of the book is Christian leadership that doesn’t get the shots from culture.  But as you read this book, page after page solid biblical lessons drawn from 1 Corinthians. And when I say solid it means steel solid. When I say it’s biblical it is iron clad biblical. This short book is not a fast read nor is rough to go on to. It is meant to be digested slowly. You might forget this is for neither leadership nor a stab on culture because of its tremendous amount of expository that will leave you breathless. Stott doesn’t jump into bashing secular influence that permeates the church nor throws what leadership is by his own experience like most author does.  Well he injects it along the way without getting off what he is trying to convey God’s wondrous in this collection of talks. After discussing it with you, John Stott will take you a mountain top view and shows you that Christian leadership is not about the leaders itself but how leaders relate with the church, gospel and ministry. Also he will let you see that those components of leadership is not a just a human institution which he states need to go away. Then you’ll decide. Well you know who you will pick.

You will be humbled and floored by God’s enduring Word unraveled by John Stott for the Christian. You’ll finish the book with a great respect to the biblical model of leadership. A holy fear on what God’s view on the church, gospel and ministry will grab hold you to think and examine your convictions. Undiluted, pure, raw and no holds barred look at the Scriptures on leadership that will swept you away with this masterful work from Stott. You shouldn’t miss this one. OMF has done it again. Highly recommended.

The Quotable Jerry Bridges

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Jerry Bridges is one great Bible teacher to learn to. Whether it is on print or audio, you be encourage with his biblical insights.

Here are some selected quotes from two of his bestselling books.

“Self control is the believer’s wall of defense against sinful desire that wage war against his soul.”—Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“Godly character flows out of devotion to God and practically confirms the reality of that devotion.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“As the source of power for godliness is Christ, so the means of experiencing that power is through our relationship with him.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“Growth in godly character is not only progressive–and always unfinished, it is absolutely necessary for spiritual survival.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“It is the day in and day out faithfulness to the means which God has appointed and which the Holy Spirit uses that will enable us to grow in godliness.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“A prominent part of our practice of godliness, therefore, will be our time in the word of God.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“Today we do not have that particular privilege, but we can enjoy the same effect as God speaks to us during our times of personal Bible reading.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“Pleasing God requires knowing his will–how he wants us to live, what he wants us to do.” —Jerry Bridges, “The Practice of Godliness”

“Only those who walk in holiness experience true joy.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“The cure for the sin of envy and jealously is to find contentment in God.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Bitterness arises in our hearts when we do not the sovereign rule of God in our lives.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Obedience is the pathway to holiness.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

‘Discipline towards holiness begins with the Word of God.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Holiness is not a series of do’s and don’ts but conformity to the character of God and obedience to the will of God.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“To live by the Spirit is to live both in obedience to and dependence on the Holy Spirit.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“The only safe evidence that we are in Christ is our holy life.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“True salvation brings with it a desire to be made holy.” —Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God.”—Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

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