Do you have an Eternal Perspective? Is it important?


In his article, “The Important of an Eternal Perspective”, Randy Alcorn of Eternal Perspective Ministries touches on why he believes looking at things in light of eternity is important.

The Importance of an Eternal Perspective – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries.

Do you agree?

Audio Bible online legally listen for free?


We have read through the Bible many times over the years, but now days listening to it might be easier for us to do.

If you have thought about listening to the Bible but didn’t know how to go about getting started on it, the following article by Christian PF can help.

Christian PF includes links to legally listen to the Bible for free.

How to Listen to the Bible for Free and Change Your Life.

How To Share The Gospel With Family by Jack Wellman


As a Christian this is a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. How can we be sure that those we love, our family and friends, will spend eternity with us in heaven with Jesus?

Jack Wellman gives some insightful tips on the subject in his article, “How To Share The Gospel With Family.”

How do you share the Gospel with family and friends?

About the author
Jack Wellman is a Christian author, freelance writer, and pastor at the Mulvane (KS) Brethren church in Mulvane, Kansas. Jack has attended Southern California Seminary. His books are inexpensive paperbacks that are theological in nature: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children“, “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?“, and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible“. Jack is a father and grandfather who has a BA in history, one in education, and one in science. (If you would like to read more of Jack’s articles you can find them archived at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/author/jack/#ixzz2KwXofwnN )

What Did Jesus Say About The Poor? by Derek Hill


Here is a short study on what Jesus had to say about the poor. Actually Jesus had a lot to say about the poor. This study touches upon three verses briefly, but if you are interested in the topic it is a place to start.

What Did Jesus Say About The Poor? Bible Quotes and Study.

If you find that you want to learn more on the topic after going through this brief study, much can be found in a concordance or on a site like http://www.blueletterbible.org/

About the Author
Derek Hill is a father of two beautiful children. He plays guitar for the worship team at his church. Listening or playing music is one of Derek’s favorite things to do. He has been in the church his whole life. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:31 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (If you want to read more articles written by Derek you can find more by clicking: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/author/derek/#ixzz2KwV4cgYS )

My Train Wreck Conversion by Rosaria Butterfield


About a week ago I was browsing my Facebook news feed and came across this intriguing title, “My Train Wreck Conversion | Christianity Today.” Curiosity led me to click on the link and when I read the sub-title “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.” I knew I had to read it.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is the author of the article and her conversion story runs contrary to the teachings of various well-known evangelists. Still the technique if you choose to call it that, used to bring her to Jesus is one that has been effective in other cases as well.

Do you know someone who like Rosaria has come to know Jesus through a similar path? Please tell us about it in the comments below. Or maybe you are burdened to reach someone like Rosaria with the saving knowledge of Jesus. If you want to leave their first name and last initial in the comments below, I’ll join you in lifting them up in prayer for salvation. Please don’t put full names as we want to be considerate of other people’s feelings and privacy. God knows who the person is. Thank you.

If MY People…


How often have we heard those words quoted from 2 Chronicles 7:14…”If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I’ve heard it hundreds of times without any exaggeration at all.  Normally I hear it and think, yes ‘we’ need to do that.  We DO need to do that as God’s people, but it needs be more personal than a ‘we’.  This is one place ‘I’ is more to the point than ‘we’. In most cases as a Christian we need to think of things in the plural ‘we’, but here it is proper to think of our own personal responsibilities within the overall ‘we’ too.

It struck me a day or two ago that my sin, my wicked ways, could be hindering the healing of this great country of ours.  It could even be delaying the healing of the state, county, city, neighborhood, and yes even our own property!

God admonishes us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.  Tall order.  Even taller if we don’t acknowledge that we need to humble ourselves, or pray, or seek His face, or turn from our wicked ways personally.

So what does it mean to humble one’s self?  What does it mean?  Maybe we can get some iron sharpening iron ideas posted in the comments section.

Are we praying or are we doing something else?  Praying is talking with God.  For some people even taking a few moments a day to talk with Him ‘doesn’t fit into their schedule’.  For others they take the time to recite some set of words almost like a mantra.  A set of rote sentences.  They will say things like I said my prayers today, or last night, or ?  Others will say of course I pray, I bless the food every day before every meal.  Then there are some of us that whine at God or try to badger Him into giving us something that we really believe we need or want.  What does God mean when He says to pray?

Seek His face.  Jesus tells us in the New Testament that the righteous come to the light but those who have something to hide try to stay in the darkness.  Look at Adam and Eve.  Before they sinned they had fellowship with God and wanted His presence, but afterward they tried to hide from Him.  If we have something we put before God, we aren’t as willing to seek His face because we don’t want our wrong actions pointed out even to ourselves. We really aren’t hiding anything from God, He knows already. God warns us not to deceive ourselves and that is what is happening when we put something ahead of God and refuse to look at the fact that we are with Him.

Turn from our wicked ways.  That doesn’t apply to us as Christians, does it?  Doesn’t it?  Aren’t we told in 1 Peter 4:17  that the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God?  That certainly sounds like there might be things we are doing that God doesn’t want us doing.  In reality, if we really get honest with ourselves we know that there are things that He doesn’t want us doing.  Some of them we even jump into knowing that they are not His best but rather they are what we want.  Ouch!  I think it has rightly been said that if your ‘wanter’ isn’t functioning properly, then you need to spend more time with HIM and in HIS word.  Jesus told His disciples that hearing His words had cleansed them.  God admonishes us to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  The renewing of our mind happens when we spend time in HIS word and in fellowship with HIM.

I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ, which anyone who has become a new creation in Christ is, will join me in applying 2 Chronicles 7:14 to our own life.  Let us dig into this, figure out what God wants us to do to humble ourselves, seek His face, pray, and yes to acknowledge we have wicked ways and to turn from them.

Let us each be a catalyst in the healing of our country, state, city, neighborhood, and place of residence.

1 Peter 4:17 – For  the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Related article:

What Are The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Meanings?

Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson


‘Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams’ by Shawn Johnson with Nancy French is a book that tells about Shawn Johnson’s life and more. Shawn shares insights that she has learned, poems she has written, the progression of her ambitions, her triumphs, failures, honors, and embarrassments. Shawn opens up and shows her readers who she is inside and out.

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Shawn manages to stir up a sense of ‘you can do it’ even while telling about things that most of us will never experience. She boosts a feeling that with hard work and commitment, we might not achieve what we aimed to do, but in doing it we will attain something much more rewarding than simply realizing a goal.

‘Winning Balance’ isn’t a cheerleader or motivational speaker type of book, but the end result of reading it is having a renewed feeling that ‘all things are possible through Jesus’. Shawn’s book isn’t heavy on Christian theology or preaching, but she does share her faith and love of God with her readers in a low-key way.

Regardless of whether you have followed Shawn’s career as a gymnast, a celebrity on Dancing with the Stars, or never heard of her as in my case, this is a delightful book to read and I highly recommend it.

Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a temporary digital copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion of it in a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

‘Unstoppable’ by Nick Vujicic


‘Unstoppable The Incredible Power of Faith in Action’ by Nick Vujicic is an interesting book. Very encouraging, and inspiring.

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Nick shares about his own experiences and the stories of others who have overcome one obstacle or another in their lives by faith in action.

One of my favorite quotes in the book is something Jessica from Pleasanton, California wrote to Nick in an email. “God wanted me to realize that life was not given to me just for my own satisfaction. In fact, that is not the purpose at all. He wanted me to realize that life was given to me so that I could bring Him glory and be an encouragement for others. He wants the best for me, but He realizes the meaning of that more than I do.” Jessica’s statement is refreshing in a society that thinks of personal pleasure first and foremost. It is one of many inspirational quotes Nick includes in the book.

Nick touches on numerous topics but the underlying theme is ‘faith in action’.
There are places that almost veer off into universalism, but not quite, and in most cases Nick brings it back to a need for Jesus in your life to really find fulfillment. If you are already a Christian but need some words of encouragement, this is a book that will fill that need. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour, read this book, be encouraged, and then talk with someone who will lead you into the most important decision you can make for eternity. Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic book cover image

Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion of it in a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

‘Unconditional’ by Eva Marie Everson


Sam (Samantha) Crawford is happily married to her best friend, Billy Crawford. All seems to be turning out as she thought things would until the unthinkable happens and Billy dies. He isn’t taken from her in illness, he is murdered and it plunges her into a pit of despair in which she sees no sunshine and can’t emotionally or spiritually find her way out. When she is at her lowest point God puts a couple of children and a very special friend from childhood into her life. Keisha, Macon, and Joe Bradford (known as Papa Joe by the children he works with in his ministry) are the instruments used by God to radically change her life and in the process change their lives too.

It is a great story that shows what God’s love can do when we least expect it.

My favorite part is probably where Sam learns what her husband said right before he died. Not just what he said, but what happens in and around her finding out.

On the front cover it states that it is based on the motion picture screenplay written by Brent McCorkle, and at the end of the book we are told that it was inspired by actual events in Joe Bradford’s life. What those ‘actual events’ are that inspired the story are not shared. What is shared is that a ministry to fatherless children started from sharing a piece of candy and that ministry is called Elijah’s Heart. To find out more about the ministry there is a website you can visit.  http://www.papajoe.org and http://www.elijahsheart.com (both go to the same place.)

I recommend this book as both encouraging and inspirational reading.

Unconditional Book Cover Image

Have you read the book? What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion of it in a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

God of All Creation by James Robison


Pets specifically, but in general any animal can greatly influence our lives, as this book and life experience revels. Pets tend to become members of our family. In watching and interacting with them we can learn so much about them, ourselves, and yes God too.

James Robison and his son have taken those observations and strung them together in a light, humorous, thought-provoking little book that features Princess, Heidi, Hersey and numerous wild animals to bring truths about God to the hearts and minds of each reader.

Even though I laughed at Princess’ antics in more than one place, please note that if you are tenderhearted you might very well find the need for a handkerchief or box of tissues in a few places too.

Every chapter covers a separate topic, twenty-eight in all. It is a little book packed full of love and lessons learned.

I found the chapter about the blind dog uplifting not because of the dog, but because of the insight James shared from having that encounter. The chapter on saying good-bye was especially difficult for me to read. It dipped into pains from past losses. It took three attempts to get through it, I was reading it out loud to a family member and kept choking up with tears. The message in that chapter is one we each need to remember. Overall I found every chapter’s message clearly shared and worth reading.

It was a joy to read ‘God of Creation’ and I recommend it to one and all.

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Author Spotlight

James Robison

James Robison

James Robison is the founder and president of Life Outreach International and co-hosts the popular Life Today syndicated television show, which reaches more than three hundred million homes worldwide. He has authored more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Indivisible. He also wrote Living in Love with his wife of nearly fifty years, Betty. James enjoys observing and photographing both domestic and wild animals. The Robisons have three children, eleven grandchildren, and one spoiled miniature dachshund, Princess. Find James online at  www.lifetoday.org.

Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion of it in a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”