Honest And Informative
The Long Walk Back by Stephen Mizell is a wonderfully honest account of the author’s fall from grace and his walk back into the will of God. Through Stephen Mizell’s experiences, he shares what he has learnt in the hope that others will learn from his mistakes.
This book is a wonderful tool for us all. We may not have fallen but we cannot afford to be complacent. The enemy prowls around us like a lion, waiting to pounce and devour us.
No one ever sets out to sin. We do not walk into our marriages with the intention of committing adultery. We fall into sin for a number of reasons – poor choices, we “journey down a road of poor decisions.” We need to know our weaknesses. “If you are not aware of your weaknesses and do not learn how to overcome it, it will… overcome you.” We need to establish our values. There must be a line we will not cross but there is a “gap between knowing and doing.”
A Great Tool
Telling The Gospel Through Story by Christine Dillon is a powerful evangelistic tool explaining the merits of storytelling. Story telling is not new. It has existed down the centuries. First there was the oral tradition and then the written word. People are drawn to stories. They imagine themselves to be in them and they remember them. A list of facts would be very dry and people would switch off but use those facts as the bones on which to hang a narrative and it is a very different kettle of fish.
Stories are an evangelistic tool. We need to tell the stories of the Bible in our own words, adapting to the needs of the audience to whom we are talking. They need to draw the listener in and awaken something inside that enables the listener to go off and explore this wonderful God for themselves. Our stories are not to replace the Bible but to work in tandem.
Love Changes Me
Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer is the most powerful and mind blowing book that I have read this year. Tricia Goyer explores what it means to walk out our faith. It really is so simple – do what God desires us to do. So why do we find it so hard? Why do we complicate it? Why do we resist God’s call on our lives?
Walk It Out is a book that will really change your life if you let it. You need to buy it, read it and apply it to your life. As you rely on God, obeying His words, your faith will grow. As you reach out to help others, your faith will grow. As you learn to put Jesus first in your life, your faith will grow. What are you waiting for?
A New Season
A new season began today at my church, Lifecentral Halesowen. In the planning for twelve years, over £2 million given over and above regular giving by the faithful people. Much prayer, tears and laughter… and at last our new building is opened. A wonderful worship space, well deserved. A building where lives will be changed and impacted for Jesus.