Book Review: “Authentic Ministry” (Michael Reeves)

No one wants something fake.

Well, we do sometimes fall for those things. We know there are plenty of counterfeits in the world. That’s why it’s easy to settle for it. It’s because there are plenty and readily available for use. But all things fake have something in common: it won’t last. It will soon bend and break. Fakes are not something for the long haul.

In the ministry, men and women shouldn’t settle for something that will not last. When everything is caving in to us in the ministry, what do we do? What could help us be ready for the ministry that will sustain us to the very end?

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Authentic Ministry” (Michael Reeves)

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Anyways, Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, Authentic Ministry by Michael Reeves published by 10 Publishing. You can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“…for the leader to have strength of purpose, integrity, and the ability not to be driven (and burned out) by his ministry, he must maintain a solid grasp on the cross and so on his justification.”

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(Author Interview) Reuben Grace

My aim this year is to read more books for children. As far as a book that is very interactive and has a great visual, A Taste of Asia is one of the best so far. You can check my review of this devotional here to know why I really like this book. And because of that, it’s obvious that I would like to get in touch of the author and talk about the book. So here’s my interaction with Reuben Grace of OMF UK and author of A Taste of Asia.

Please tell us about yourself and how you came to know Christ.

I grew up in a Christian home in the UK, near Stratford-on-Avon in the Midlands, where William Shakespeare was born. In fact, my dad is a missionary kid, growing up in Laos where my grandparents served with OMF in the 1960s. While I went to church with my parents and heard about Jesus, I came to personal faith in him when I was 18. A friend at school asked me about my faith and it prompted me to think more personally about the faith I’d inherited from my parents and grandparents. As I started reading the Bible myself, I discovered the things I’d heard about Jesus were true. I was baptized in March 2013.

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Book Review: “A Taste of Asia” (Reuben Grace)

No this is not a cookbook. Lol

But just like food in Asian countries, its comes in different variety, colors and taste.

A Taste of Asia is a combination of a devotional, prayer list, bios and interactive book that is geared for children. Topped with vibrant and colorful illustrations, this book is an sparkling gem to the eye and it can be treasured by the heart for it’s aim to get our young ones get to know missions. If that doesn’t whet your appetite then read on.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Progress” by Adrian Reynolds

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Are you carving some spiritual habits while quarantined at home? If you want to pursue to be a good reader, you need to find good materials that you can read on. I have articles about creating a digital library full of books and also setting up a rack of digital magazines. All of these resources are free.

Here’s some quotes from the book, Progress by Adrian Reynolds published by 10 of Those. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Most of those going into ministry set themselves the goal of making early academic progress, predominantly measured through exams or supervision. Fewer apply the same rigor to their godliness, but even supposing some do, this desire to progress is quickly lost in the maelstrom of ministry.”

“The godliness of a gospel worker is therefore worked out in how he or she relates to others alongside relating to God himself. We must not ignore one at the expense of the other. This also means that active participation in the life of the church is implied.”

“It is not enough, then, to make some progress, although that is a really good start. Our aim is to grow more and more into the likeness of our Saviour, so – depending on his grace and strengthening – we want to keep progressing in those areas where we are weak.”

“The man or woman who hides himself away, investing everything in loving God but giving nothing to love others is, ultimately, a fraud (as is, so it happens, the pastor who claims to love others but is cold towards the Lord).”

“The stakes could not be higher. Gospel ministry is a high calling which demands much. But it is also a glorious calling with the great privilege of seeing men and women bow the knee before Christ Jesus.”

“Our identity as gospel workers is very often wrapped up in our teaching ministry. An admission that we need to keep making progress, therefore, seems remarkably close to an admission of failure.”

“supernatural appointment and human endeavour are natural companions. In fact, they are both necessary if progress is going to happen.”

“Progress also means cultivating and seeking opportunities to demonstrate love to others and doing so more and more. “

The Quotable Round-Up #94

f11jjqtHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “Discerning Your Call to Ministry” by Jason K. Allen. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! God bless and Peace!

“God intended complementarity between the genders, both within the home and the church. While both men and women are endowed with equal worth and dignity before God, in His unsearchable wisdom He established the office of pastor/elder for qualified men only.”

“Churches don’t typically attempt to pay ministers a secular market rate for a comparable profession—nor should they—and this helps keep men who love money out of the pulpit.
On a deeper, attitudinal level, if money is a driving ambition, it will cloud your judgment and compromise your ability to discern ministry opportunities. In other words, if you “follow the money,” you’ll likely follow it right out of the ministry—and perhaps even into ruin.”

“The health of the church rises or falls with the pulpit because it’s God’s Word that builds up a church (Eph. 4:11–14). The pastor’s task is a weighty, consequential one.”

“Pastoral ministry is first and foremost heart work. God gives the pastor sheep to feed, love, protect, and lead.”

“You don’t need to be perfect to be a minister, but you do have to be above reproach. When God calls a man to ministry, he also qualifies him—that is, He tests a man according to His own Word.”

“To pursue ministry but not have a passion for the gospel and Great Commission is like pursuing medicine but not liking patients. I suppose you can manage along, but you will lack fruitfulness and joy. Most troubling of all, you will hinder God’s divine plan for reaching the world for Christ.”

“…the person most likely called to ministry is the person already practicing it; and the one who is most likely to know God’s blessing is the one already experiencing it. Often, by the time you choose to enter the ministry, you realize you’ve already chosen it in countless aspirations and forms.”

Book Review: Hudson Taylor and the Great Impossible by Jojie Wong and Jether Amar

This is a first of its kind commemorative children’s book about one of the greatest Christian missionary, Hudson Taylor. The story of how God calls Taylor is one story every kids and adult should not miss. Read how God guides Hudson Taylor’s trial and triumphs as steps to fulfill what the Lord has imprinted in his heart: to bring the gospel to China.
Indeed this book explicitly celebrates how God used Hudson Taylor to China. Accompanied by stunning artwork by Jether Amar, the story came to life in bursting colors and dramatic scenes.
Looking forward for more of this kind of biographical books for children. This book is badly needed in these times were kids look for superheroes. Hiyas presented more than a hero but a man of God that made ripples for the gospel for generations to come. I hope they will publish more of like this.

 

Teachers Can Make an Impact
I once read a T-Shirt that somewhat reads “Teacher’s Makes Impact to a Student for Eternity”. Indeed, teachers does have that ability. They are the ones that build up a person that will also make an impact to others. Do you remember your teachers in elementary and high school? What kind of teachers do you remember that really did influenced you? Is he the kind one or the terror you dont want to attend the class? Who every he or she is, you should be thankful because of that teacher, you were able to read this article.
Speaking of teachers, Galatians 3:24 states that the law (specially the 10 Commandments) is a teacher (schoolmaster or tutor in other Bible translations) that leads us to Christ. Without this law we will not know that we sin against God (Romans 7: 7-13). Have we examined ourselves in the light of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20). Are you good enough for heaven? Have you lied? Took something that doesnt belong to you? You’re a thief if you have done that. Have you been angry with someone? According to Matthew 5, Jesus says thats murder. Thats only 3 of the 10 Commandments which is enough for God to punish us. And the punishment of our sins is eternity in hell.
The 10 Commandments of God serves as a mirror to see our filthiness (sins) and it also says that we should come to Jesus to wash us clean. God is holy and we cannot come to Him because of our sins. But being merciful, God made a way so that we can come to Him by sending Jesus Christ to save us (Juan 3:16). Doing good works, being charitable, having baptized and being a member of a church wont make us righteous to God. If we insist in doing that to be accepted by God, we are like a criminal trying to bribe a good judge. Only through the blood of Jesus Christ he shed in Calvary can wash our sins. Why not repent and trust in Jesus today (Efeso 2:8-9, Romans 10:13) and receive His free gift of salvation? Call on Him today and He will save you.