Fire From The Earth (book review)

Title: Fire From The Earth
Author: Samuel Schiller
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Date: 2008
Pages: 394

Fire From The Earth (book review)

This is the fourth book in a series by Samuel Schiller following the life of Evan Macketh. In the previous book Evan, along with others, were able to defeat the goblin armies.

Evan is now being called by God to leave his hometown and Aine, whom he loves, to go to Nezedsahr, a sinful, Moloch serving city. He begins the journey with Julian, the Holy Spirit of God in the form of a bird.

Bronwyn, a girl with a bad reputation gets Evan and a friend Evard captured and put into slavery. She regrets it but cannot appear to stop it. Julian is injured and Bronwyn feels responsible and takes care of him and must set out for Nezedsahr.

None of the characters understand why there are where they are but begin to see God’s hand bringing all things together. The leader of Nezedsahr dies and his son takes over, who does not appreciate the ways of Moloch, but does not know how to change. Battles against the goblins and the priests of Moloch rise up.

As with the other books, this book has a lot of fighting occurring throughout it. One can see God’s hand behind the scenes setting the characters into position to bring about His will. Lives are changed and some will become followers of Iosa (Jesus).

Part of this story parallels the story to a point of Joseph in the Bible. God using slavery to bring about His good in the end. The gospel message is made very clear and some become believers.

I highly recommend this book, though it is recommended to read the first three in this series to fully understand who the characters are and what is occurring in this one. It is a simple, young adult style of reading with some extreme violence, but flows very well. One thing good is that there is no bad language and no bad scenes described outside of the fighting.

Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Title: Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World
Author: Rebecca Manley Pippert
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Date: 1999 2nd edition
Pages: 288

Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Evangelism is something that Jesus commanded His followers to do, but many do not do it for various reasons. It is the process of telling people about Jesus and what He has done for them. Many don’t do it out of fear, while many others do not do it because they are not sure how to evangelism.

Rebecca has learned to live a life of evangelizing people as much as possible. She begins this book with describing who Jesus is and what it means to be a Christian. This sets up the scenario of why a believer should go out and tell others about Jesus.

Once the desire is put into place, she describes different ways to present the gospel message. She addresses different questions and concerns that some people may have. Difficulties that can occur and dealt with. A good focus she points to is meeting people and understanding where they are.

One of the great things that she does in this book is she uses real life events that she has experienced and gone through herself. Some of these events ended on a good note, while others did not. Not everyone that she witnessed to becomes a believer in Jesus. It is very encouraging to realize that she does not have evangelism down to perfection but is constantly learning.

At the end of the book she has one appendix walking a person through the gospel message and the process of giving being a witness. She also has a list of outside references to help guide a person in being a witness for Jesus.

All throughout the book Rebecca uses many scriptures to show what she is saying. It is an encouraging book that will stir the heart to cause one to go out and be the witness Jesus has called one to be.

I highly recommend this book, but be ready for it to change your heart towards evangelism and cause you to go out and be a witness for Jesus.

Hebrews 13:15 Profess His Name Through Praise

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Praise and honor are often given to a person who is outstanding in some area or does something very extraordinary. People who see someone do something great are willing to give some praise.

However, very few people are willing to give praise if it requires a sacrifice on their part. Instead of focusing on others, they focus upon themselves and what is best for them. They do not want to go out of their way for someone else.

As the author of Hebrews closes out this letter, he encourages the people to continually offer God a sacrifice of praise through Jesus. This can be seen as fruit from professing His name openly.

A sacrifice is something that a person gives up that he needs or could use. It will often hurt some or a lot in order to give it up.

The concept of giving a sacrifice of something is often frowned upon by modern believers, because it appears to be legalistic and of the law. In order to avoid a sacrifice, many will claim that Jesus is the only sacrifice.

Believers cannot sacrifice to God to gain salvation, but because they are saved they are willing to sacrifice to Him.

One of the greatest sacrifices a person can give God is the lips of praise. Directly giving God praise is one way. However, a greater way of praise is to talk about Jesus to everyone one meets. This can be difficult, takes precious time to do and may cost a lot, thus it is a sacrifice

When a person tells others about Jesus and God, he is giving the greatest praise possible. It is doing what Jesus came to do. It is following the heart of God.

Think of what Jesus had to sacrifice in order to take away your sins and give you life. Out of love for what He has done, be willing to give a sacrifice of praise.

Start with just taking time to directly praise God, telling Him how great He is and how much you love Him. Then continue the sacrifice of praise by telling others that same information.

The world is dying and needs to hear that message and it is the greatest honor you can give God as you pass it on.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will praise God continually throughout the day; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will sacrifice your time, energy and resources to praise God; and that others will know Jesus through your praise.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Don’t Be Surprised When Persecution Comes

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

No one really wants to believe that trouble is going to come their way. Most people are hoping for favor with others and very little to no severe opposition.

Often when one sees trouble ahead, he will turn a different direction to avoid the trouble. Some will continue to boldly move forward in spite of the trouble arising. This movement forward is spurred on by the strong belief in the need to keep moving forward.

Paul reminds the people that he had told them that he would be persecuted and that it actually occurred as he said it would.

One thing that believers can expect is opposition and persecution. The world does not like to be told that they are wrong and are being condemned to die in eternal agony.

The gospel message is one that tells people that they are living in sin and are going to be condemned for eternity. This goes against what the majority of people in the world believe. Since it goes against what they believe, they will fight against it. This fight is persecution.

Jesus, Himself, was persecuted. His followers would be just like Him and also will be persecuted. There is not a place in this world in which there is not some level of persecution against believers. Satan does not want any believer to succeed at all costs. Persecution may be just some words of ridicule, or it may be prison time, or it may even include death threats and acts.

Every believer has been warned of coming persecution, so none should be surprised when it occurs, nor should they back done from passing on the gospel message.

No matter where you live, you will face some persecution for sharing the gospel message. It may be a daily threat, or it may be just a once in a while threat, however, it will come.

Do not be surprised when people come against you for sharing the message of Jesus. Be bold and share the message to everyone. While many may reject the message, there will be some who will hear the message and believe in Jesus.

Do not back done or give in or be surprised when opposition arises to your message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in sharing the gospel message of Jesus; that God will give you strength in the midst of persecution and opposition; and that many will believe in Jesus due to your message.

Romans 9:2 Having Great Sorrow

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. Romans 9:2

Having great sorrow in a heart is very common to many people. Often it is due to a loss of a loved or some other type of loss–such as job loss, health, money, things, or friends.

Many in the world do not know how to deal with extreme sorrow and anguish in the heart. It tears them up and destroys their days. Some will try to end the sorrow by choosing suicide over life.

Paul promises that he has great sorrow and anguish in his heart. This sorrow is over the Jewish Israelites who are rejecting Christ and are cut off from life.

No matter where a person lives in this world, if he is a believer and follower of Jesus, he knows someone who is not a believer. This is something that occurs in every nation, city, town, and countryside around the entire world. No place is immune to it.

Sadly many believers are numb to the fact that most people they meet are not believers. People in the church have grown used to the idea that the world, as a whole, does not believe in Jesus and are dying, going to hell. It does not affect their heart.

The believer who is running after God and has an understanding of His heart, will also have a heart that breaks in sorrow for those who are lost. He will see the lost as dying and with no hope and he will weep over what he is seeing.

That sorrow can be used by God to motivate the believer to be His witness to those dying. It will help him realize that there is a great need to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible, because people are dying with Christ.

As a believer, someone had taken the time to tell you about Jesus. Look around you and see how many more people still need to hear about Jesus. See the world as God sees it, people dying without true life.

You have the message that the world needs to hear and they need to hear it today. Allow your heart to break at the death that is occurring right before your eyes, and then let it motivate you to tell more people about Jesus. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world as God sees it; that you will see the people dying who need Jesus and weep in your heart; and that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus.