Don’t waste your money!

Last Days on Earth: Are We in Them? See for YourselfLast Days on Earth: Are We in Them? See for Yourself by Randy Nelson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Finished listening to Last Days on Earth: Are We in Them? See for Yourself and was totally unimpressed with both the book and the narration.

I really wanted to like it because of a life long interest in eschatology. But this book was just plain bad. A lot of scripture taken out of context to help support the author’s point. List after list after list after list. This guy loves to make his lists. They did not translate well to an audiobook. Perhaps in print they would be easier to follow because you can go back and reread them if you miss something.

The narrator was just bad. He spoke so slowly and deliberately I had to speed up the book just to keep from falling asleep. Good thing I didn’t pay for this book but got it free in exchange formy review.

View all my reviews

Advertisements
Posted in Audio Books, Book Reviews, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I was accused of cherry picking scripture and taking it out of context on Facebook. This was my response.

1 Corinthians 6:9–10 (NKJV): 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:8–11 (NIV): 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

So then it is not I who am judging anyone butGod through His moral law which was given to show humanity their sin. All I am guilty of is proclaiming what God’s word says. If you read what I stated in an earlier post then you know that I acknowledged that homosexuality was not the only sin in the New Testament passages that were referenced earlier. It is just the only one mentioned that is trying to shove their lifestyle down the throats of the masses and have the Supreme Court force people to accept it as normal when clearly it is an aberration of God’s perfect creation that was caused by Adam’s sin which caused the fall of humanity.

I lived that lifestyle for over 31 years of my life so there’s nothing I don’t know about it that I haven’t lived. But I thank God that He has delivered me out of that. It has taken the better part of the last 25 to overcome the effects of that sinful lifestyle, but I am living proof that it can be done.

God’s moral law through His Word showed me how sinful my life as a homosexual was. I was lost and dying and on my way to hell if did not accept Christ as my savior and repent an turn from my sinful lifestyle. And every single person on this planet that practices a homosexual lifestyle is in the exact same boat I was in. And I want all of them to know that there is a way out. Whatever sin is destroying your life and sending you to hell there is hope for deliverance. That hope is Jesus Christ!!! And he wants to save you and deliver you. The apostle Paul wrote, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25 NKJV)

I was accused of cherry picking scriptures and taking it out of context. There are only two scriptures in the New Testament that refer to homosexuality specifically. That is called “slim pickings.” Just to prove what I said is true I quoted them in their context. Here are some more scriptures that are important as well.

Romans 10:8–10, 13 (NIV): The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was recently accused of cherry picking scripture and taking it out of context. This was my reply.

1 Corinthians 6:9–10 (NKJV): 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:8–11 (NIV): 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

So then it is not I who am judging anyone butGod through His moral law which was given to show humanity their sin. All I am guilty of is proclaiming what God’s word says. If you read what I stated in an earlier post then you know that I acknowledged that homosexuality was not the only sin in the New Testament passages that were referenced earlier. It is just the only one mentioned that is trying to shove their lifestyle down the throats of the masses and have the Supreme Court force people to accept it as normal when clearly it is an aberration of God’s perfect creation that was caused by Adam’s sin which caused the fall of humanity.

I lived that lifestyle for over 31 years of my life so there’s nothing I don’t know about it that I haven’t lived. But I thank God that He has delivered me out of that. It has taken the better part of the last 25 to overcome the effects of that sinful lifestyle, but I am living proof that it can be done.

God’s moral law through His Word showed me how sinful my life as a homosexual was. I was lost and dying and on my way to hell if did not accept Christ as my savior and repent an turn from my sinful lifestyle. And every single person on this planet that practices a homosexual lifestyle is in the exact same boat I was in. And I want all of them to know that there is a way out. Whatever sin is destroying your life and sending you to hell there is hope for deliverance. That hope is Jesus Christ!!! And he wants to save you and deliver you. The apostle Paul wrote, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25 NKJV)

I was accused of cherry picking scriptures and taking it out of context. There are only two scriptures in the New Testament that refer to homosexuality specifically. That is called “slim pickings.” Just to prove what I said is true I quoted them in their context. Here are some more scriptures that are important as well.

Romans 10:8–10, 13 (NIV): The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Love this book by R.C. Sproul on the topic of Sanctification!

Pleasing GodPleasing God by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very good book that I will be reading again at some future date. RC Sproul does his usual masterful job of combining scripture with theology that the layman can understand without having to obtain a post graduate degree in theology. What is sanctification and why is it important? Sproul answers these questions and more in 15 short, easily digestible chapters that can be understood and applied by anyone in the Christian community.

A well done work that has already been around since the mid 1990’s and is destined to stay around for many more years to come.

View all my reviews

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing flood?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

This is a really important question because the answer will very well determine where you spend eternity, and we will all spend eternity somewhere!

Being a Christian seems to have gone out of vogue in the West, particularly here in North America.  Of course, this should not come as a huge shock to anyone because Christ told us that if they persecuted Him people would persecute us, and if they hated Him they would hate us.

Many Christians today like to say that we are living in the end times, and for proof they sincerely point out all of the social ills that are taking place in our society and throughout the world. Thing is that every generation since Christ arose from the dead and ascended into heaven has been watching the Eastern sky and listening for the sound of the trumpet that signals His return in glory. Wars and rumors of wars have been with us for 2000 years and unregenerate sinners have been calling good evil and evil good the whole time.

I say that to say that not much has changed since the angel told the first disciples that Christ would return in the same way they had just seen Him going back up into heaven. So what does all this mean? It means that just as Jesus told us , no man knows the day or the hour of His return. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36). Therefore it’s necessary to be ready and watching for Jesus since He will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2). The bad news is that anyone who is not ready and following Christ when He returns will be left behind to deal with the greatest time of tribulation the world has ever known. The good news is that all that is necessary to be ready is to believe in Christ and his atonement on the cross at Calvary and in his resurrection from the dead.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9, 13).

Will you do it if you haven’t already? Will you say a simple prayer from your heart and confess your sins to God, repent (turn away from) your sins and ask Him to forgive you? Will you turn your heart to Jesus and let him heal your soul and save you? No one was ever saved just by saying a sinner’s prayer and then walking away unchanged on the inside. Saying that prayer should be an outward sign of an inner faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, not of works, it is the gift of God so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 ESV).

God loves you and wants to save you from your sins. That is why He sent Jesus Christ into the world to die for the sins of everyone who would believe in him (John 3:16).

My prayer for you is that if you haven’t already that you will take a moment and ask Christ into your heart and ask him to save you from your sins and the certainty of the wrath of God that is coming upon every person who doesn’t turn to His Son in faith.

God bless you all this Easter season.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Let’s try this again!

I haven’t been around much in the last year because I pretty much quit writing reviews of the books I have been reading. It wasn’t that I didn’t care. I was writing my reviews on Goodreads and then copying the reviews link to my blog so that it would bring over the book cover, rating and review. However, I was reviewing every book I read, and it seemed that no one on Goodreads was reading them. So I quit writing reviews for any book that I rated over 3 stars, and since most of the books I read get 3.5-4 star rating, I wasn’t writing reviews because I remember why I liked them.

Well , since it seems people are reading my blog, even if not my reviews on Goodreads, I am going to try to do a better job of writing the reviews. However, I am also going to start throwing in some devotional posts from time to time as well. Occasionally during my daily devotions I will have some thoughts I would like to share. Instead of starting a whole new blog just for that, I am going to just share them here. If it looks like I am going to start doing a lot of that type of writing, I will consider starting a new blog just for that.

In the meantime, I will try to do a better job of reviewing the books I reading.

Thanks for reading my blog,

Barron

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New American Bible Revised Edition Review

New American Bible Revised EditionNew American Bible Revised Edition by Catholic Pres
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad, but not my favorite translation of the Bible. Right now that would be the New Living Translation. For the most part it was a pretty accurate translation, but there were more than a few places that it was fairly obvious that this was a Roman Catholic Bible by the words and phrasing that were used. It was definitely a biased translation. Still it wasnot the worst translation I have ever seen by any stretch of the imagination.

I gave this Bible three stars because I did enjoy it but can’t see myself reading it again or using it for comparison purposes.

View all my reviews

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment