When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.” (1 Cor. 13:11, CEV)

As a younger man, I tended to think in terms of “either” and “or.” Things and ideas were typically pushed things into one of two camps:

Camp 1: things and ideas I liked/agreed with/wanted to do
Camp 2: things and ideas I disliked/disagreed with/didn’t want to do

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Dr. David Chambers is a biblical archeologist of some fame and held in high regard by his peers. But what began as an effort to prove authenticity of the biblical narrative has become a burden. Angry at a father who was too busy to attend his mother’s death bed, and years later abandoned by the love of his life, Chambers has grown disenchanted, unbelieving and is ready to toss expertise aside to pursue a new field of study. That changes when his old mentor and one of the few men he respects calls and persuades him to make one more dig – one that would bring great wealth to everyone involved. Using his specialized knowledge in ancient tunnels beneath Jerusalem and the enigmatic message of the Copper Scroll, Chambers undertakes what he assumes will be his last research trip in the Holy Land.

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Book Review: Behemoth

March 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behemoth begins on a game reserve in Kenya where the game warden, Jim Thompson, finds a cape buffalo and three bull elephants gored to death. The animal that did it is unlike anything they know and, when checking the prints left behind, the animal is identified as a distinct relative of a triceratops. In another part of the world, after being dismissed from his university for his creationist beliefs, Professor Stephen Gregory begins an AFrican safari for an animal believed to be extinct (until now)… an Apatasauraus.

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I had a good time reading The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. In a nutshell, the book spans about 3,000 years and focuses on a group of immortal Jews who are seeking God’s forgiveness from their sin of rebellion by worshipping the calf at Sinai by killing bad guys throughout history.

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I’ve got to admit right up front: I’m a big fan of Max Lucado’s writing. I have been inspired and personally helped by many of his previous books. “Fearless” was no exception.

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I just finished reading, “Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives,” by Catherine Lewis. It is an inspiring book about the challenges and triumphs of a young man who suffers from blindness due to a problem with his optic nerve and his mother. It is a moving story that grabs you right from the start and alternately has you laughing one minute and crying the next. I loved the book and quickly passed it off to a friend. Don’t miss a chance to be inspired by “Rex.”

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I started 2012 with a book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I found the book as my wife and I were walking through our local Sam’s Club. I thought the cover looked interesting and thought it would make a great Christmas present, so my wife bought it for me and squirreled it away until December 25.

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Lies of the devil. Those things that sound like they are from God, when in reality they will lead to your destruction. There are a lot of them, but over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at four:

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At one point or another, all of us have dreamed of a different future for ourselves. Sometimes those dreams include different job or living locations. Sometimes those dreams involve a completely different way of life. Sometimes those dreams are just wishful thinking, while other times we are absolutely convinced they are from God.

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On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud appeared on the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast was heard. All the people in the camp trembled with fear. Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the people trembled violently. The sound of the trumpet became louder and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him with thunder. (Exodus 19:16-19, GNT)

Usually, that’s the God I’m looking for. I’m looking for God to show up in a big way – trumpets blaring, smoke, fire, lightening, and thunder. Typically, though, that’s not the way He shows up in my life. In fact, almost never. And that’s probably not how he shows up in your life, either.

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