Book Review, “Six Hours One Friday,” Max Lucado, Author

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Six Hours One Friday: Living The Power Of The Cross, written by Max Lucado, is a book that seeks to demonstrate the power found within the Six Hours One Friday where the plan of God came to its culmination.

Through Max’s magnificent writing style, he carries his readers back into those fateful six hours when Jesus was crucified and demonstrates that the promises God made to the world within those hours are real, powerful, and for all who will call upon the name of the Lord.

This publication has three main divisions, divisions that are designed as anchor points or points of power, that Max encourages his readers to grasp and hold onto within their lives. These anchor points, with a minute description are as follows: My Life Is Not Futile, because we have a purpose; My Failures Are Not Fatal, because they make us stronger; and My Death Is Not Final, because we will all be changed.

This publication, as with all of Max’s, will be one that you do not want to put down, because it grabs your attention and changes your life’s direction. This is a must have within your personal growth library.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/31/13 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Parents are a gift from God. They are there to guide and protect us. They are there to nurture and strengthen us. They are there to help us become better people, better Christians. Parents are to be honored for the position that they hold or have held within our lives. Some may argue that their parents were not kind or compassionate, thus they should not be in such a place. But even within these questionable moments, our parents have taught us how to be better people, how to be better Christians. We must learn to show respect towards our parents, for as we do we are showing respect towards God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into becoming a respectful person, one that seeks to demonstrate Your presence towards all people everywhere.

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Book Review, “Next Generation Leader,” Andy Stanley, Author

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Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials For Those Who Will Shape The Future, written by Andy Stanley, is a book that is designed to clarify the five characteristics that will define tomorrow’s great leaders.

Andy begins this publication trying to bring proper understanding to an issue that affects many people within the church and society in general. In his own words, found in chapter one page eighteen, “The problem was that somewhere along the way I had bought into the myth that a good leader has to be good at everything.”

Andy wants his readers to understand that everyone has a purpose, everyone has a place, everyone has the ability to do exactly what they need to be doing. Thus they do not need to fill their time or utilize their efforts on those things that others are better suited to see to fruition.

Andy also shares what he determines to be the five appropriate characteristics of a leader. Competence: leaders who understand their skills set. Courage: leaders who initiate forward progress. Clarity: leaders who have clarity in vision, even in the face of uncertainty. Coaching: leaders who seek the advice of others. Character: leaders who believe that character and morality are important.

This book is packed with information that is sure to transform the leadership position of anyone who turns its pages, thus it is a recommended read.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/30/13 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

As we gaze into society, there is something that is obviously noted without much searching. Society has changed, and this change has come in the lack of discipline. Society has altered the desires of God as it refers to disciplining children. A large portion of society is against disciplining their children. They allow them to run about, causing havoc upon many lives and seem not to show any concern. Some allow their children to choose for themselves that which they will do, allowing them to learn on their own, instead of doing their job as the parent, showing them what is acceptable and what is not. God has great expectation of parents, but He has not left them to blindly lead their children down the right path. The Bible is filled with vast amount of information that will lead any average parent into becoming a Godly parent.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, transform me into a person of obedience to You and Your Word.

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Book Review,”The Briarpatch Gospel,” Shayne Wheeler, Author

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The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus Into The Thorny Places, written by Shayne Wheeler, is a book that encourages Christians to fearlessly walk into the circumstances of the world with Christ at their sides.

Within this publication, Shayne encourages the followers of Christ to carefully consider what loving others in the name of Jesus actually looks like. He encourages us to walk into the briarpatches within our own churches and/or communities and make a difference in the name of Jesus.

While asking his readers to consider what loving others looks like, Shayne also encourages them to consider their story. He encourages them to discover the stories within the Bible and from them come to understand what role they can play for the glory of God and edification of others.

This publication is well written and easily understood by anyone who turns its pages. The message it presents flows from the beginning and continues to the end. It is a book that you find difficult to put down. Thus it is a recommended read.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Book Review, “Angels Watch Us,” Wray Graham, Author

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Angels Watch Us: Based On Near Eastern Ancient Manuscripts, written by Wray Graham, is a book that carries its readers through an imaginary conversation between two angels built off of the truth of Biblical texts.

Wray’s use of scriptures, combined with the imaginary conversation between Michael and Gabriel, to bring forth a powerful display of the message of God. Wray carries each reader through what can only be described as some of the most important aspects of scripture, but in a way that is refreshing and vibrant.

The added plus to this product is its versatile use. While it can be read for personal growth, while it can be utilized in a group Bible study setting, it’s greatest use is found within its ability to be used as a dramatic reading and/or skit. This statement can be made because I have been within the audience to personally experience it’s presentation by Wray.

This book is a recommended purchase because of its versatility and Biblical accuracy.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Book Review, “Live Second,” Doug Bender, Author

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Live Second: 365 Ways To Make Jesus First, written by Doug Bender, is a year long devotional designed to guide its readers into placing Jesus first within their lives, first above all others, first above all other things.

To the Christian, devotionals are an essential tool for spiritual growth. But within a market flooded with options, which ones are more beneficial? While most devotionals are centered around carrying their readers into a deeper, more personal relationship with Christ, there are not many that desire to teach us how to become second to Christ. That makes Live Second an important tool.

Live Second is packed with positive Biblical lessons and brilliant modern additives. Not only is there an available daily devotion, each week begins with a video segment that can be obtained and observed through a moment on the web or the use of a QR reader. These videos present real life people, many well known and powerful, sharing their reasoning for becoming second and placing Christ first. These videos set the tone for each week.

Because of its usefulness, because of its innovative approach to studying, this devotional is a recommended product for all who desire to Live Second, while placing Christ first.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/29/13 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Many husbands like to hold their position over their wives. They like to refer to scripture as they proclaim the head of household position. They like to be king of their castle and make sure all the peasants within know this to be true. But within this attitude are found major problems. While God has set in place the proper hierarchy within the marital/family unit, He has also determined that each position should be lived with respect for all others. The man of the house, the husband within the marriage, should never treat his spouse or anyone else within the family like his servants. He must treat them in the same manner that God would treat them, in the same manner that he wants them to treat him.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, please help me fill my position within the family in such a manner that will be pleasing and glorifying to You.

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Book Review,”Next Door Savior,” Max Lucado, Author

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The Next Door Savior: Near Enough To Touch, Strong Enough To Trust, written by Max Lucado, is a book that opens our hearts and reminds us of the true extent of God’s love.

Max’s writing style, which is so admired by many, seemingly carries the readers of this publication into the power of the Word and the presence of God. He transforms Biblically accurate stories into relatable scenarios on a level that brings forth his lessons in an understandable manner. Max’s life stories change this book from another publication into a personal understanding of what people experience within society today.

These words are found in the conclusion to the book entitled, Still in the Neighborhood: “Yes, he is in heaven. Yes, he rules the universe. But, yes, he has walked your streets. He’s still the next door Savior. Near enough to touch. Strong enough to trust.” WOW!!!

This inspirational publication will certainly leave its reader with a lasting impression of God and His desired presence within our lives. Thus it is a highly recommended read. Pick yourself up a copy and a second one as a blessing for a friend.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/28/13 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 3:1-2 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, [2] when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

The manner in which families are to be formulated was designed by God. Peter states that wives are to submit to their husbands, so they may be won over to the Lord. There are many women who have difficulty with this action. They feel that they should have equal rights within the family; they feel they should have equal rights within the marriage. Equality is a necessity within every marriage, but within this equality God has given each spouse specific roles. Within these specific roles, the marriage will be blessed, and God will be glorified. Does your marriage reflect the desires of God? Does your marriage reflect the role God has called you to take within your marriage?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become an example of Your desires within my marriage.

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