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Help us send Michael and Annie Fisher on a sabbatical!

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Michael and Annie are the reason I’m in the ministry today, and I owe them more than words can describe.  They’ve served Jesus faithfully 31 years, through easy times and hard, and it’s about time they take some time off to write, reflect, and get strengthened for the next step God has for them in ministry.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting to help support financially the man who’s supported me in so many ways through the last 15 years I’ve known him.

Check out the link, pray for Michael and Annie, and consider donating to help them pursue this next phase in their walk with God.  (You can read more of their story and donate here.)

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George MacDonald

Since moving to Romania and finding my sources for books diminished (or, more accurately, translated), I’ve discovered the pleasure of eBooks.  The price is far better (often free at some of my favorite places: Scribd, BookOS, eChristian, and David C Cook eBooks), the weight is negligible (about 0.000000000000000001 gram for every four gigabytes of data *), and you can carry your whole library without needing a U-Haul truck.

The world of eBooks opened up to me the works of an old author most have never heard of but know well through those he influenced.  George MacDonald — a Scottish minister, poet, and author — lived and wrote in the latter half of the 19th century and influenced a generation of writers, many of whom are household names:  C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, G.K. Chesterton, and even probably Mark Twain and J.R.R. Tolkien all share a common ancestor in MacDonald.  (Click for more information about his influence on Tolkien and Twain.)

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Day of War – a short “review” of sorts

dayofwarA few years ago, a friend of mine recommended I check out “Day of War,” a book by Cliff Graham about David and the “mighty men.”  He described it as a crazy mixture of Braveheart, 300, “Wild at Heart”, and the Bible.  I was certainly intrigued but had enough on my plate already, so I didn’t think too much about it.  Plus, I already knew all about David’s mighty men, so I figured there really wasn’t any need for me to read the book anyhow.

Here in Romania, I still have plenty to do, but it seemed like the right time to check out the book.  I had the ebook version, so I “opened” it up and started reading.

I’d like to say the book is awesome.  I really want to be able to say that.  But in all honesty, it’s not.  The story is awesome but the book itself leaves a lot to be wanting.  The hard, honest truth is that Cliff Graham is at best a mediocre, predictable author, but at worst he’s downright confusing, has caricatures for characters, and fails to draw the reader’s heart into the story.  I appreciate Cliff Graham’s attempt, but he would have been wise to co-author this book with someone more gifted in writing.

Still, the story carries the book with or without a gifted author.  And there’s no doubt about it that Cliff Graham knows how to pick a great story.  And he’s not afraid to show the hard, gritty, dirty, bloody story for what it is.  He makes war dirty and warriors even more screwed up, and he blows that cartoonish, Sunday school picture of David out of our minds with a shotgun.

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My Bible-reading plan

The last few months, I’ve been working through the book Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge.  It’s an awesome book, and I highly recommend it.  But don’t rush through it; take your time with it and let the wisdom soak into you and guide you.  It’s full of insights on how to connect with God and develop a strong devotional life where your time with God is really sustaining and meaningful.  I can’t speak highly enough about it, so go and grab a copy of it.  You’ll be glad you did.

So anyhow, in chapter 20 (“The Secret of Simultaneous Reading”), Bob Sorge mentions his Bible-reading plan.  He divides it up into four sections:  Genesis to Malachi, Psalms to Ecclesiastes, Matthew to John, and Acts to Revelation.  Each day, he reads enough in each section so that he’ll get through the entire Old Testament once per year and the entire New Testament two times per year.

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“The Life and Diary of David Brainerd” by Jonathan Edwards

I’ve been reading The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards for the last few months.  I’ve got a bit to go yet, but I can already say this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up.  It has stirred my heart towards prayer and preaching the truth of Jesus like nothing else (except for maybe the Bible which kinda makes sense).  Reading the testimony of this man who strove so diligently to see a lost people saved has filled me with a greater determination to speak the truth boldly and to expect transformation in people’s lives, even if they don’t respond well (or at all) at first.  As the word of God is preached, surely men and women of all types will find hope, peace, and restoration.

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