Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

If you’re like me, you love to read good books. There’s the Bible, of course. But there are many other books God has used to help us. In fact, books have taught us some of life’s best lessons.

Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

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Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what five (5) books have helped you most (other than the Bible).

  • You could include good books that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually.
  • Try to keep your list to five books or less.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your lists (and include my own list of five good books) in order to form a “Must-Read” recommended reading list.

Okay, go!

Question: What five good books have helped you most (other than the Bible)? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself in Making the Right Decision

How many times have we made what we thought was the best decision—but it turned out to be the worst? Lessons learned from such blunders we remember and regret all of our lives.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself in Making the Right Decision

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We make knee-jerk decisions that we think will benefit us financially, or relationally, or vocationally, or physically.

But what about spiritually? Lot failed to ask that question, and he lived with the regret.

But we don’t have to be like that if we’ll ask ourselves 3 questions.

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How to Cope When the Will of God is Hard

Sometimes it seems the Lord leads us into a life that can’t possibly be His will. What started with such promise has become such a challenge. It’s tough to know what to do next.

How to Cope When the Will of God is Hard

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What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life God has given you?

God had promised a son to Sarai and her husband, Abram. And yet at the same time, God prevented conception. This is the will of God? Go figure.

What God said is a lesson we need to hear.

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When God Fails Your Expectations

We don’t say it out loud, but often we expect that if we believe and live correctly, we’ll have great marriages, healthy bank balances, well-balanced children, and freedom from major problems.

When God Fails Your Expectations

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Of course, we know better—but we still lean on the side of expecting blessing for obedience.

The truth is, we have expectations of God. And sometimes, honestly, He fails those expectations.

Here’s why.

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My Top 10 Posts of 2014

I’m always surprised at the most popular posts on my blog each year. Both in 2012 and in 2013 I listed the Top 10 posts. But 2014 surprised me.

My Top 10 Posts of 2014

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The popular posts range from the practical “how-to” to the rich, devotional emphasis the lands of the Bible offer us.

Here are the Top 10 posts from 2014. And just for grins, I’ll also include the Top 5 posts of all time.

Is there another one you would include?

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It’s Your Turn to Talk to Me

Usually I talk to you. But today, it’s your turn. For you who subscribe to my blog, my posts conveniently show up in your inbox 3 times a week. Just for today, I’d like to hear from you.

It's Your Turn to Talk to Me

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In the comments section below, I’m asking you to leave me a message.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Tell me your favorite place in the Holy Land (and why).
  • Tell me what book(s) you’re reading right now.
  • Ask me a (serious) question about the Bible.
  • What’s the best book or author you’ve read? (Other than the Bible.)
  • Send me a link to your blog, church, or website and tell me about it.
  • Who is your favorite speaker or preacher—and why?
  • Or anything else!

Hey, you may have read my blog for a long time but never connected with me.

I’d love to hear from you. (Yes, you!)

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

When God Takes Something Away from You

It’s always great when God replaces something painful with something wonderful. Or when He provides for a need in a context of desperation.

But what about when God takes away something we enjoy—or even something we need? Or when He allows something bad to invade something good?

When God Takes Something Away from You

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Can we then say what Job said?

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised. —Job 1:21

During the times when God takes something away from you, it’s easy to feel duped, as if God was some kind of pusher, giving free samples and then removing them after the cravings have their hooks in your heart.

The Lord’s generosity can be misunderstood as cruelty.

Rather than praise God for the time we enjoyed His blessings—we tend to resent His sovereign prerogative to confiscate them.

Here’s some perspective that can help when God takes something away from you that was a blessing.

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My Top Ten Posts of 2012

Sometimes the most helpful emails are those that get to the bottom line. If you have just started following my blog, you may have missed the top ten posts of 2012.

My Top Ten Posts of 2012

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I have listed them here from number 10 down to number 1.

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Christians Struggling with Sin and 4 Lies We Believe

Everybody sins. But when we Christians do it, reactions vary. The world points to us as hypocrites—and often uses our sins as justification for their own. Other Christians tend to view our sins as reasons to suggest we aren’t even saved.

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But the people who offer the most brutal judgment against our sins?

Very often, it’s ourselves.

That’s because Christians struggling with sin tend to believe four lies.

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God is Guiding Your Life—and How I Know It

A guitar. A roommate. A cassette tape. A church bulletin. A jerk. These are a few things the Lord used to guide my life. At the time, they seemed insignificant. But today, I see His guiding hand on the details of those events.

God is guiding your life

God is guiding your life.

Maybe you feel like the Lord isn’t leading you toward anything significant in life. Or worse, that He has abandoned you. I believe otherwise.

I want to show you that God is guiding you—and how I know He is.

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