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Archive for September 11th, 2010

You can’t judge a book by its cover but when it comes to Max Lucado, you can tell a book by its title.

I respect Max Lucado’s ministry but must admit up front that I have not been a big fan of his books personally. It’s not the content, the content is tight…. It’s the style. I feel like I am reading a sermon series and that’s not the style of writing that clicks for me. Generally there is a neat, powerful center thought and the rest of the book tends to be supporting thoughts to drive the point.

This book fits that bill. The concept? You can (and we are called to) “out live you life” with the effect of your actions. That we are called to love and let God use us as we spend our life into others. The concepts, thoughts, and writings are well done on a very important topic that many people are not tapping into enough today.

Maybe the best way to sum up the need for this book is on the first few pages. Max Lucado notes that he was once asked three questions within the same month. If he was a Christian in Germany during the WW2, would he have made a stand against Hitler? If he was a Christian in the south during the Civil War, would he have made a stand against slavery? When your grand children realize you were alive when there were 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungary, how will you justify your actions of today?

If you love Max Lucado book, you will love this book. If you’re not into his writing style, it might not be a smooth read. Either way, the topic at hand is too important not to take the time to read it and let the Holy Spirit challenge you in your life.

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On this anniversary of one of the worse events in our history, I am reminded of all the lives that were changed in so many ways. So many stories have emerged over the years that have brought tears, comfort, and our admiration of the fallen hereos.

Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. A few years back, a young woman named Yvette Gonzalez came to our church and shared her story. She was in the World Trade Centers when they were attacked. She was kind enough to let us record her talk and it was placed on our church website for any to hear. If you would like to hear her incrediable story and her thoughts on “Where was God when this happened?”, just click here, scroll down till you see “Testimony from Yvette Gonzalez”, and click download or stream to listen.

Prayers for our nation and for those touched in the most personal of ways…….

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