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“MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication” – by Charles R. Swindoll
Pastor Chuck Swindoll gives a detailed look at the life of Moses from his time spent in a basket on the Nile River to the early years in the palace of Pharaoh, his escape to the backside of the desert to his encounter with God at the burning bush, the deliverance of God’s people to the Red Sea exodus, and forty years of wandering in the wilderness with over a million people who sometimes sought his destruction. In MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication, Dr. Swindoll shares from Scripture Moses’ successes and failures, his good days and bad, his obedience to God and his disobedience, his every emotion from gladness to sadness, exuberance to melancholy, anger to forgiveness, and hate to love. A child who started out with so much potential, lost it all, was redeemed by God, used of God, and died in the presence of God, MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication reveals in a biographical sketch the bountiful mercy of God, His longsuffering towards man, His leading and guiding of those who will surrender their lives to Him and follow Him wherever He desires to take them, and His leading them home to be with Him forever.
“Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD” – edited by Richard Bennett and Martin Buckingham
The testimonies of fifty priests who sought peace with God only to find it non-existent in the teachings and rituals they performed in the Roman Catholic Church are found in this 346 page book full of the truths of God’s Word and the salvation offered to man in Christ alone, plus or minus nothing. In Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD, edited by Richard Bennett and Martin Buckingham, the priests reveal their years of study of unbiblical dogma, their unbelief while priests in the ability to forgive sin in the confessional booth and on the battlefield, the fallacy of their ability to turn the wafer and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ, the self-flagellation that took place in the monasteries to atone for sin, and much more. Each priest testifies to their lives being transformed by the Word of God once they actually read it and found written such passages as “There is one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” in I Timothy; “By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves” in the Book of Ephesians; and the forbidden Book of Hebrews they were discouraged to read which speaks of Jesus as the High Priest having sacrificed Himself once for all and is now set down at the right hand of the Father making intercession for man, not Mary or “the saints” being intercessors.
Some of the priests entered the priesthood as young as eleven and twelve years of age. Others entered with the intention of finding God and serving Him. After years of studying for the priesthood and years of serving in parishes, colleges, and on mission fields their lives were as empty, hopeless and far from God as when they began. Searching for God on their own outside of the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church, God led each of them to Himself through His Word and changed them into new creations in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). When their old lives passed away and all things became new they each determined they could no longer remain in the Catholic Church teaching and preaching its heresies and false doctrine. Not only did God give them new lives in Christ but new direction in serving Him, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel message in pulpits, on mission fields and in Gospel ministries with the desire of revealing to other Catholics the error of their way by believing in a Pharisaical, man-made system that is contrary to the Word of God.
“DAVID: A Man of Passion and Destiny” by Charles R. Swindoll
In the quest to have a greater understanding of the life of David and his Psalms, Chuck Swindoll brings David to life as a man after God’s own heart in his book, David: A Man of Passion and Destiny. Drawing upon the Scriptures of I & II Samuel, Dr. Swindoll takes us from David the shepherd boy to David the king and the events that occurred resulting in David penning the Psalms. David’s Psalms cover triumph and tragedy, despair and rejection, confession and forgiveness, each relating to a time in his life. They also glorify the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, giving praise to the One who sustained David throughout his life and gave him the victory over sin and death.
“Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas
Learn from the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer what it was like for a Bible-believing Christian to be living in Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler when conviction and conscious diametrically opposed the coming of the Third Reich. Eric Metaxas keeps you spellbound as you follow Bonhoeffer’s struggles mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally with all that was going on around him inside and outside the Church. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy will cause you to deeply question what you would do if ever finding yourself in a similar situation. Be prepared for a stunning conclusion that will leave you searching your soul.
“The Holiness of God” by R.C. Sproul
Just as Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me! for I am undone”, R.C. Sproul’s classic bestseller The Holiness of God will cause the reader to come to the same conclusion about himself as the author reveals through Scripture the smallness of man and the greatness of God. You will read of how every sin we commit is a capital offense against God and it is only by His mercy we are not consumed at the moment of disobedience; how the question is not why does God not save everybody but why did God save me; and how God is treated in the hands of angry sinners.
Take an exponential jump in your Christian life by reading The Holiness of God and conclude with Isaiah, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
“The Magic Man in the Sky” by Carl Gallups
The Magic Man in the Sky is an excellent book that dispels many of the arguments put forth by atheists and agnostics in accusing Bible-believing Christians of worshipping a mythical figure who hands out favors when asked. Subtitled Effectively Defending the Christian Faith, the author does just that with chapters titled “Dismantling the Straw Man,” “The Tale of Two Dimensions,” “The Problem of Evil,” “Is Evolution Settled Science?,” and “But… They Have Never Heard!” to name a few.
Carl Gallups, a former law enforcement officer, current pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in FL, author, and producer of numerous documentaries, gives the reader all the tools needed to share with the atheist and agnostic that God is not a magic man in the sky but truly the Creator of the Universe and the Giver of Life.