40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, By: Jerry M. Kimble – A Book Review


40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, By: Jerry M. Kimble

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Church Membership and Church Discipline as Components of a Healthy Church

“40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is a unique approach to the study of church membership and church discipline, in that, Dr. Jerry Kimble gives a substantive treatment to the inter relationship of the two issues as being crucial to the health of the church, discipleship, and the ongoing work of sanctification in the believer.  Dr. Kimble introduces the topics from a biblical, historical, theological, and practical viewpoint.

Each chapter begins with one of the 40 questions being addressed in the book, includes an in-depth answer, a summary statement, and reflections questions, for personal consideration, or for use in a small study group. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Considers General Questions about Membership and Discipline. Part 2: Addresses General Questions about Church Membership from a theological approach. Part 3: Looks at general questions about Church Discipline. Part 4: concludes with question regarding the significance of membership and discipline.

Dr. Kimble’s writing is succinct, exegetically sound, theologically conventional, and pastorally supportive; extensively researched and well documented. Detailed footnotes add an extra dimension for further study, and will be especially helpful for pastors, bible teachers, and seminary students.

Readers will appreciate Dr. Kimble’s academic depth of in his presentation.  I especially appreciated the authentic concern Kimble reveals in his emphasis on the process of discipline, restoration, and forgiveness. The reflective questions related to the ministry questions are especially thought provoking.

Dr. Jerry M. Kimble is Assistant of Theological Studies at Cedarville, Ohio. His book “40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is an important resource for pastors, church leaders, and elder board members.  Highly Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505, 978-0825444456, $ 18.99, 2017, 272 pages

 

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Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven Leader’s Guide By: Robert Henderson – A Review


Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven Leader’s Guide

By: Robert Henderson

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Basic Guideline with Steps to Launching and Leading the “Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven”  as a Group or Class Facilitator

The objective of the “Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven Leader’s Guide” is to help the class members to identify and implement prophetic prayer strategies and revelatory principles for bringing their appeal to the Courtroom of Heaven in order to break up the delaying forces hindering them from moving forward and accomplishing their God given purpose and destiny.

The Leaders Guide is designed to equip the group leader to walk the participants through the course which includes: A Leader Checklist with actions to consider and complete prior to the class startup date.

The guide also includes:

  • Clearly defined instructions and a suggested structure for overseeing the weekly with structure for each session.
  1. A Welcome and Fellowship time
  2. A Worship and Prayer time
  3. The Video Instruction
  4. The Activation segment
  5. Plans and assignments for the week ahead
  6. A Closing prayer
  • The final section of the Leader’s Guide assists the Class Leader with materials essential for conducting the weekly sessions, including: A brief Introduction and Summary, Interactive Questions, and an Activation Exercise.

“Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven Leader’s Guide” is an important tool for planning, overseeing, leading, or conducting the Curriculum Course effectively. The Guidelines are thorough, complete, adaptable, and easy to follow. They are instructive and indispensable.Robert Henderson is a trailblazer in apostolic teaching in areas of revelation, and impartation. He is recognized internationally and travels extensively with a commitment to disciple nations while he delivers his message of the Kingdom of God, and the Courts of Heaven.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-978-0768413793, $ 14.99, 2017, 111 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual By: Robert Henderson – A Review


Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual

By: Robert Henderson

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Understanding the Protocol for Entering into the Courts of Heaven to Present Your Case before God as Judge

The Operating in the Courts of Heaven series introduces a prayer strategy for bringing your appeals before the courtroom of heaven.

The “Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual” is designed to be used as a part of the Courts of Heaven Curriculum. The book follows the same session sequence as the DVD teaching schedule.

Each Session opens with a viewing of a selection from the DVD Study which served as a basis for the material considered in the session and all of the other elements of the course curriculum. This is followed with an Introductory Statement and Summary which highlights the theme of the material covered.

Profound interactive questions stimulate discuss of the material covered in the DVD presentation. This discussion is followed by An Activation Exercise which will help participants process and implement the information presented. The Activation exercises can be done in a group setting or by an individual. Daily Devotional readings, suggested Bible study questions, a reflection, or suggested prayer are included to be used throughout the week following each session.

Robert Henderson is a trailblazer in apostolic teaching in areas of revelation, and impartation. He is recognized internationally and travels extensively with a commitment to disciple nations while he delivers his message of the Kingdom of God, and the Courts of Heaven

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” From a Biblical Perspective by Amber Picota – A Book Review


God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective

By: Amber Picota

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

A New Look at Womanhood Embraced by a New Generation – A New Covenant Platform for Christian Women

In her timely, Biblically based book “God’s Feminist Movement” Amber Picota redefines feminism for today’s generation of Christian women. She describes these women as “gracious, humble, wise, gentle yet strong, diligent, and pure in heart; revolutionaries who shape the course of history.”

Her goal is to equip the reader, women and men, co-heirs in the body of Christ, to study the scriptures in light of the historical background, hermeneutics, and the original languages, to put aside preconceived concepts, and to discern for themselves the application of theses passages to make them applicable for a contemporary setting.

The subjects of women in leadership, submission in marriage, headship, and the cost of trail blazing are especially relevant for today. These are important issues that are being faced in business, education, and politics, issues that cannot be minimized in church life. Picota urges the reader to lead the way in breaking away from traditional misconceptions, and trite clichés to claim the promises and follow the patterns of the New Covenant.

I was deeply moved by Amber’s personal testimony of coming to Christ, the struggles that followed and the unique way that God worked in her spirit to a commitment of her life to fulfill His purpose.

Amber writes from heartfelt convictions, her message is convincing, contagious, and commanding. “God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective” is important reading for pastors, organizational ministries, and lay leaders in the Church in this and future generations.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,

978-76809345, $ 15.99, 2016, 176 Pages

Praying for your Children by Elmer L. Towns, and Dave Earley – A Book Review


Praying for your Children

By: Elmer Towns and Dave Earley

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768431650, $16.95, 2010, 202 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Parenting, Perilous Times, and the Importance, Responsibility, and Results of Intercessory Prayer for Our Children

Award winning author, Dr. Elmer Towns, Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion of Liberty University and Dr. Dave Earley prolific author, and chairman of  the Department of Pastoral Leadership at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University collaborate in the writing of the book “Praying for your Children,” an important addition to the “How to Pray Series.”

The book is made up of eleven chapters packed with Biblical principles, promises, and examples, providing important suggestions, advice, and practical tools to help us as parents to understand, implement, and demonstrate love for our children through interceding prayer in these perilous times. Important guidelines offer help in praying for prodigals, praying with children, and teaching them to pray.

Chapter end notes provide a wealth of suggestion for additional reading. Helpful suggestions using “Ten Top Prayers” are provided in the appendix.

To get the most out of this book, it is important that you read with an open heart; apply what you are learning, and determine to pray for your children, more consistently, more passionately, and more often.

“Praying for your Children” is an important book for every parent, church prayer group, and individual intercessor. Begin today to leave a legacy of prayer for the next generation, and those to follow.

A complimentary copy of this book was made available for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering Your God-Given Potential by Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential

By Dr. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408447, $ 14.99, 2016, 252 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Prerequisites to Discovering the Process of Developing the Potential of Living a Life with Purpose

“Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential” from the writings of internationally recognized statesman, bestselling author, and highly esteemed Christian leader, Dr. Myles Munroe, is a collection of inspirational devotional selections including Biblical wisdom for spiritual growth with applications for personal development in Christian living.

Dr. Munroe challenges the reader to discover, understand, and consider their tremendous untapped potential. He urges them to commit to maximize their hidden talents, unused successes, reserved power, and unexposed ability. The pages are filled with God’s promises, spiritual insights, instructions, and guidelines into finding, releasing, and living out your full potential.

One final word of wisdom from Dr. Munroe is an example of his distinctive ability to deliver a “personal” message that speaks uniquely to individual readers; helping them discover their divine purpose and to fulfill their destiny. “Accept yourself as God has made you. Allow His power to transform your weakness, rather than belittling yourself when you make mistakes.”

“Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential” is a book you will want to read and reread. It is also an ideal gift for family or friends for those special gift occasions. Powerful advice for discovering and experiencing God’s gift of man’s potential.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” – A Book Review


Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life

By Jeff Vanderstelt & Ben Connelly

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yaho.com

A Guide for Understanding the Theology, Philosophy, and Practice of Christian Discipleship

“Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” is designed to encourage group interaction, and to inspire individual thought provoking introspection and self evaluation. Specific exercises facilitate personal Christian growth, and equip them to reproduce followers of Jesus.

The material is formatted to be used over an eight week period, with different lessons for each of six days per week. To receive the greatest benefit from the course; it is anticipated that each lesson may require approximately one hour per day. An added feature of the manual is in the design to lay flat during study.

The authors have a heart for discipleship, and a passion to saturate participants in the gospel, to intentionally live Christ like lives in the mundane routines of everyday life. “Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” is an excellent disciple teaching manual for anyone desirous to live a life of influence and impact on others while growing in Christian character and vision for mission themselves.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Saturate, 227 Bellevue Way NE # 224Bellevue, Washington 98004

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God, by Shane Stanford – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Five Prayer Focuses from the Prayers of Jesus

Shane Stanford delivers a threefold message in his book “What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us about the Heart of God.”  He guides the reader into a deeper understanding of the impact the prayers of Jesus have on our lives today.

First, he helps the reader view the daily routines in the life of Jesus as they relate to our life journey as it unfolds. He then goes on to recognize how through the five focuses of Jesus’ prayers become “critical links to how to…come to know Jesus better…and how to come to know one another better.” Thirdly, provides guidelines for getting to know Jesus better, as a person and as a friend.

Stanford is pastor, author, and gifted communicator. His stories and illustrations are relevant and inspirational, with life changing implications for taking positive action.

“What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us about the Heart of God” raises the bar on challenging the reader of the bigger plan God has for our lives.

Abingdon, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-142674256, $ 15.99, 2015,  208pages

 

 

 

 

 

 


Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills
By: Gary J. Green, PhD
Dog Ear Publishing
4011 Vincennes Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
978-1457540998, $19.99, 2015, 190 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Biblical Principles for Christian Teens to Cultivate, Empower, and Embrace -Leadership Skills and Abilities for Success

“Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills” is a self-help book for Christian teens to develop a successful life and to fulfill the life that God has planned for them. Dr. Cary Green leads the reader into a self-awareness, communication, and values and priorities within a structure of: Readiness, Relationships, and Results.

Each chapter is filled with practical advice, hands on exercises to help the reader determine their goal, develop their skills, and discover God’s guidance for the future. Examples from the Scriptures reveal essential characteristics that will empower the reader in areas of integrity, professionalism, attitudes, balance, synergy, prioritizing, problem solving, and accountability.

The book is organized for ease in reading, in understanding adaptation, and application. The material is presented in ways that make it relevant and age appropriate for contemporary youth.

Dr. Green is an educator, author, speaker, and life skills coach, highly recognized for his teaching and mentoring. In the church setting, Dr. Green has taught and mentored youth in the Sunday School and youth programs.

“Empowering Young Christians” is unquestionably, stimulating, motivational, and inspiring. Highly recommended as “must reading” for teens, their parents, and mentors.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Unmasking the Devil – Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy By John Ramirez – A Book Review


Unmasking the Devil – Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy
By John Ramirez
Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768408904, $ 15.99, 2015, 180 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discern the Devil’s Deception – Activate a Strategy of Spiritual Warfare to Defeat him and his Demons

In his book “Unmasking the Devil – Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy” John Ramirez explores the realities of the devil, the dangers of demonology, and the subtleties of angelology. He also exposes the devils deception in the teachings of other religions, the new age movement, and spiritualism. He alerts the reader to the ways Satan blinds man’s spiritual eyes and captures their imagination through horoscopes, paranormal phenomena, Ouija boards, horror movies, music, and pornography.

Ramirez writes with authority, is relevant in content, written for a contemporary audience. The book is arranged in a reader friendly format, with topical headings, and step by step instructive strategies which encourage review, retention, and activation.

“Unmasking the Devil – Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy” is written with the prayer that readers will learn “how to expose and combat Satan and be inspired to live sanctified lives and fulfill their God given destiny…” He challenges his readers to fight the devil through spiritual warfare and provides a guide to finding spiritual freedom. John Ramirez, a former high ranking priest in Santeria, spiritualism, and the occult had an encounter with Jesus Christ, became a Christian, and is now an international evangelist, speaker, and author

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.