CSB Reader’s Bible Review

I have shared my excitement about the CSB translation in the past and now there is an entirely new way to read it. The CSB Reader’s Bible is a very nice cloth-bound Bible that removes all of the distractions of other Bibles.

There are no verse indicators or notes or cross references to distract you from reading the words. Instead, your eyes will read verse after verse as a continuous thought with ease instead of stopping simply because the little number tells you it is a new thought. This is closer to how Scripture was originally written and read than our current numbering system of today.

Hopefully, this will allow you to connect the dots of Scripture like never before as you are capable of reading it in a new way. Although I would like the pages to be be thicker and the paper to be more sturdy, I am thankful that the folks at B&H have made this effort. There are other publishers that have removed the numbering of other translations, but they are all much more costly than this one. Sure, they may be bound better or have certain qualities that make them more desirable, but this is an accessible way to get this style of Bible to the masses.

If you’ve wanted to spruce up your Scripture reading and find new joy in it, this would be a wonderful way to start.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out

Evangelism is lacking in the church today. I am not one to believe the theory that it is not being done simply because people are ashamed of their faith. I believe the main reason Christians are not sharing Jesus is because they do not know how. They have come to know Christ, but then no one has shown them how to actually share Jesus. Instead, they have seen it more as a step by step process that if you miss one, you damn a person to hell eternally. This is not the case and I am glad the new book from Alvin Reid Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out is now available to help a new generation of Christians learn to share their faith.

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Throughout the book, Reid’s desire is for the reader to see that sharing the Gospel does not have to be a pressuring topic. Instead, Jesus should be something that comes up in our normal conversations of life. If this Gospel has transformed our life and is still working in our lives, we should be talking about it. We should not simply leave evangelism to those who are deemed evangelists. Evangelism is the call of every believer.

If a believer will follow the steps outlined by Reid, they will feel encouraged to share Jesus, but not in a pressured manner. Rather, the believer will see that sharing Jesus is as simple as living life and capitalizing upon the situations that arise on a daily basis. When we spend time talking to our neighbor, we build a bridge for the Gospel to eventually cross. When we speak words of encouragement to a coworker we allow the Gospel to slowly work its way into the person’s life. When we share the Gospel and it transforms the heart of a person we have played an integral role in God’s mission on earth. Whether we find ourselves able to explicitly share the words of Christ, we must trust that God is working in the lives of those around us and in the end it is not our responsibility nor in our ability to save anyone. That role is left to Jesus.

This book is the best one that I have read designated specifically to sharing Jesus. Reid does not condemn those who have not actively been sharing the faith, but he gently encourages them to start sharing. It is an easy to read book that would be a perfect study for a small group or even a church-wide campaign.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the publisher or author.

Words To Live By

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4, NIV

These words are simple and yet, they make a lot of sense and we would be wise to live by them. Imagine a world where we forgave easily and harbored no ill feelings towards one another.

Book Review: gods at war by Kyle Idleman

Idleman is not a new author to me.  I read and enjoyed his earlier work entitled not a fan.  I feel like this is a step-up for Idleman as the book seems more developed than his last one.  Overall, while it is lengthier than not a fan, it is still a fresh read without digging too deep.  Check out more of my thoughts after the break. Continue reading “Book Review: gods at war by Kyle Idleman”

Jesus Wept

As a church we are currently completing a series called “I Am Second” and also digging deeper in our faith on Wednesday evenings using the study guide by the same name.  It is not necessarily a series or a study as much as it is a movement.  There is the book that kicked it all off and the daily devotional that came out this year to help you live second in your day-to-day life.  Last night we were talking about the story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead.  In the midst of the story, we are told that Jesus experienced a very human emotion and let tears flow forth from his eyes.  We discussed why we thought he was crying and the possibilities we came up with follow after the break. Continue reading “Jesus Wept”

When God Silently Speaks

Periodically I will find myself in a season of not having any words to speak.  Rather than speaking simply to pour forth words, I prefer to be silent.  It is hard to do in American culture where we are being bombarded with all sorts of words.  There is a feeling that cannot be duplicated except by remaining quiet. Continue reading “When God Silently Speaks”

Overwhelmed

This past week has been nothing short of amazing.  I lay my head on my pillow and think about how amazing God has blessed me, my family, and my church here lately.  You see, on October 3rd we officially voted to approve the constitution and bylaws of the church.  Having it approved unanimously is a miracle in and of itself.  However, that was only the beginning of the steps we were to take as a church. Continue reading “Overwhelmed”