Shattered Magazine: A Review

Earlier this year Shattered Magazine came to my attention. It’s a high quality Christian periodical that features real-life stories that inspire, encourage, and instruct.

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From the layout to the design to the stories, the magazine is “top shelf.”

And subscription is inexpensive.

Rachael Jackson, the creator and editor, is a West Point graduate. Through experiencing and overcoming the challenges in her life and witnessing hardships in the lives of people she loves, a strong desire grew in her heart to reach out to those who struggle in life and connect them with an all-powerful and loving God who cares enough to walk us through our valleys and rejoice with us on our mountaintops.

She created the publication to cut through the noise of the rest of the world and help point people towards a truly satisfying and rewarding life (now and in eternity) – regardless of temporary afflictions or momentary struggles.

Most of the readers of the magazine are Christian women ages 25 – 60. However, men and children benefit from the magazine as well.[Continue Reading...]

The Letters in RED

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Today I interview Lee Wilkerson on his new book The Letters in RED: A Study in the Words of Jesus.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “What is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “How are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Lee Wilkerson: Thank you Frank. I’m hoping that anyone who reads my book will understand that all truth is first spiritual. It is a living power in the heart of regenerate man. Its purpose is to bear witness to what the Spirit of God is doing deep within each believer. People see the Sermon on the Mount and they either take it as a new set of obligations, or they take it as something that Jesus did away with, at least for now, or they take it as an ideal- a religious dream.  However, truth is not there so we can have ideals. It is not there so we can formulate doctrines, it’s primary purpose in not even to keep us out of error, though that is part of what it does- but it’s primary purpose is to join with God’s Spirit in the transformation of the heart and the life of the believer. Truth is to be in the inward parts; it is to bear witness to the work of the Spirit of God in the heart of the believer and in the Church.  Without this, all scripture becomes dead letter.[Continue Reading...]

10 Lies About Porn: A Review

Stephen Kuhn’s 10 Lies Men Believe About Porn is a well-written tomb designed to shake people out of the delusions that revolve around the addiction to pornography.

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Kuhn speaks from experience and explains what ingredients factored into his own deliverance from the addition.

He deals with the heart motivations behind porn addiction, the lies that keep people in bondage to it, and the power of God’s enablement in contrast to behavioral modification.

Kuhn deals with questions like,

“Why are some people addicted to porn?”

“Who does porn hurt and how?”

“What is needed for a person to be set free?”

The book offers hope through encountering the 10 lies that Kuhn believes keep men in bondage to the habit.

Don’t underestimate the power of lies when it comes to addictions. They are very powerful.

Deception is often involved here. And Kuhn takes a hammer to blow apart each of them.

If you struggle with addictions of any kind, one thing I’d recommend in addition to what Kuhn lays out in his book is a specific kind of fast.

Try it and on Day 2 and 3, watch the cravings go away.

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10 Lies Men Believe About Pornography

Stephen Kuhn has just released a new book called 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn. The book is designed to help those who struggle with an addiction to pornography.

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I caught up with Stephen to interview him about this subject and his new book.

If you find the interview helpful, share the interview with your friends using the share buttons below.

Enjoy!

Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Stephen: Men who struggle with porn (or any habitual sin) frequently have thoughts such as I’m the only one struggling like this, God must be so ashamed of me, or I’ve got to get stronger to overcome this. These thoughts are common, but they are also lies that contribute to their bondage.

10 Lies Men Believe About Porn holds these lies up against the truth of Scripture. Readers will learn how lies such as these can deceive them into missing out on the freedom Christ offers. Ultimately, readers will discover that the message of the Gospel isn’t about learning to fight better—it’s about being brought to a point where they no longer need to fight at all.[Continue Reading...]

What You Need to Know About Gmail & How It’s Preventing You From Seeing Valuable Emails

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is to send a highly valuable email to someone, only to discover that they never saw it.

Equally frustrating is to sign up for a blog or email list, and then never see the emails you signed up to receive.

If you use Gmail, you’re never seeing some of your most important emails.

Most Gmail users aren’t aware that Gmail has created something called  a PROMOTIONS tab.

And genuine emails that you signed up for often go into that tab. So unless you check it regularly, you’ll never see those emails.

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A Superb Book to Prevent & Heal Cancer

According to friends who are older than me, people hardly ever heard of someone getting cancer 30 years ago.

It was a rarity.

Today, however, it’s all too common.

On that score, Jacquie Woodward has written a marvelous book based on research and her own proven experience called Slam the Door on Cancer.

I liked the book so much I interviewed Jacquie on the blog.

If you are interesting in how to avoid getting cancer and/or how to treat it, you’ll want to read this interview, share it with your friends, and get the book.

Enjoy!

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What provoked you to write the book?

When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I needed this book desperately. Available literature was piecemeal, and I had no time to chase down rabbit trails—I needed solid consensus factually (science) and truthfully (God’s Word).

Doctors admitted they had nothing for me.  A physician friend told me “If you get through this, you will have to be your own doctor.”  My faith had been latent for many years.  There was much to learn and time was of the essence.  My story illustrates the blessing of “seek and you shall find.”[Continue Reading...]

Starting Missional Churches

InterVarsity Press has just released a new book called Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood by Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes.

I caught up with the authors to interview them on their new book.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Nick Warnes: Good question. The benefit of readers is two-fold. First, readers will encounter a fresh theological framework for how new churches are started. We contrast the pre-conceived notions of how new churches begin with four new priorities.

We want to encourage everyday people in everyday churches to become engaged in the local neighborhoods and to develop contextual imaginations. Link these new priorities with seven practical, on the ground narratives of people doing this work across America, and readers will experience the four new priorities in action.

To add to this, we are finding that many existing churches, along with new churches, are finding encouragement and very practical stories in our book. This came as a bit of a surprise to us, but we are enjoying the activity! The book is meant to be accessible and we hope that it will inspire planters and churches to become aware of how God is already ahead of them in their own contexts so they can be witnesses of Emmanuel in their communities.[Continue Reading...]

A Magazine Worth Reading

Today I interview Rachael Jackson, the Editor-in-Chief of Shattered Magazine. This is a quality magazine for Christian readers.

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What provoked you to start Shattered magazine?

I am West Point graduate, for Army Captain, and Apache Pilot. At one point, my identity was firmly planted in that of soldier. I took the road less traveled and excelled in my demanding environment. Feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment, yet still missing something in life, God began to systematically dismantle everything I thought I was and teach me what it truly means to rely on, satisfy myself with, and pursue a relationship with Jesus.

Through experiencing and overcoming the challenges in my life and witnessing hardships in the lives of people I love, a strong desire grew in my heart to reach out to those who struggle in life (and we all do at one time or another) and connect them with an all-powerful and loving God who cares enough to walk us through our valleys and rejoice with us on our mountaintops.

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Shattered Magazine, my desire is to create a publication that can cut through the noise of the rest of the world and help point people towards a truly satisfying and rewarding life (now and in eternity) – regardless of temporary afflictions or momentary struggles.[Continue Reading...]

The Gospel to the Mormons

John Wallace has written a fascinating new book called Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons.

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Starting at the Finish Line seeks to declare the Good News of the gospel in a way that sounds like “good news” to the Latter-day Saint. It does this by 1) establishing the authority and “correctness” of the Bible, 2) explaining how we are saved by the grace of God when we put our full faith and trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and in His blood alone, and 3) exposing the dangers of trying to contribute to our own salvation by adding obedience and good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross.

This message, to the devout Latter-day Saint, is overly simplistic and offensive. But to the struggling Mormon or to those who have already left the Mormon faith and find themselves lost in a sea of confusion, it’s music to their ears.

I caught up with John to discuss his new book.[Continue Reading...]

The Best Resource on the Gospels

I’m often asked what Biblical tools I use when delving in depth on a particular portion of Scripture.

I’ve listed many of the New Testament commentaries I recommend here.

Another invaluable resource is the IVP Bible Dictionary Series, which I can’t recommend enough for serious students of the Scriptures.

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However, one of the volumes in that series has been updated.

The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels by Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown & Nicholas Perrin is an incredible new update![Continue Reading...]