Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Review of Courageous - The Novel

Sometimes a novel can be nearly as powerful as a sermon, and for me this was one of those times. It isn't a perfect book, but it caused me to really think about how much (or how little) time I spend with my family, what the outcomes of my choices might be, and inspired me to want to witness to others more and study my Bible more. There are some mature elements (violence, drug content, etc.), but this is primarily a book for fathers and perhaps for teens in trouble. There were also some moments of humor, though one of them which involved deception seemed on the questionable side to me--laugh-aloud funny, but rather unnecessary. Overall it was a fast-paced book for me. The characters could have been developed more clearly or at length, I think. I hope fathers read this and are truly inspired to change their priorities. Fathers are very important, not to mention the other parts of a family!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

For His Glory

For His glory, His alone,
May my light shine day by day.
We are called to work and pray,
For His glory, His alone.

No good works for sin atone,
Jesus' work our sin effaced!
So we thank Him for His grace,
For His glory, His alone.

Leaning on God's strength alone,
Humbly let us own Him King.
He's the One who bids us sing
For His glory, His alone.

Joy to serve, with not a moan--
When on His love we rely,
Our hearts with sweet cheer reply,
For His glory, His alone.

-M.A.M. (7-20-11)
John Piper said it better in this sermon. I'd encourage a listen.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Not the most unique/original metaphors here, I suppose, but I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by this little poem, which was written for myself, mainly.

"Patience," said the old oak tree.
"Soon, little acorn, you'll be big like me."

"You'll have to dig up through the dirt.
It'll take some work, but then up you'll spurt.
Look up to the sun and drink it in,

And take some showers till you're quenched within."

"But, oh! It will be so hard to wait!
The trees tower o'er me and I feel so late."

"Do all that you can not to stay in the shade.
Stretch out your leaves and don't be afraid.
The more you take in the faster you'll grow.
Thank God for each inch; shake the bugs off below.
God knows every season, they're in His command,
So trust in His wise, omnipotent hand!"

-M.A.M. (7-16-11)