Thursday, September 16, 2010

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker: Book Review & Summary

Book Review:
Wow. I just finished reading it. Wow...

From halfway through the book to the end each page is a crescendo of adrenaline and passion...truth and love.


The images of God's infinite love for His Bride, is all over this story. I'll never sing about the blood of Christ the same way. I now have a much greater understanding of the power of the blood of Christ. No wonder so many hymns include this theme in their verses...


A new picture of heroism is in this book. Another view of the love of God as well. It seems that Dekker can't find enough ways to entrall us with his heroes...this hero, Thomas (from the Circle series by Dekker).

Song of Solomon

Something I did while reading this novel was read through the Biblical book Song of Songs or Song of Solomon. Dekker mentioned it's influence on this story in an interview I heard recently. I "happened" to be reading through the Bible and hit the beginning of that book of the Bible. Today. So I read it through completely this morning before getting back to IV. (in the New Living Translation) It's influence was vivid. I recommend this as part of your reading experience. It will take you less than 20 minutes. I suggest a modern translation for greatest clarity like the NLT like here.

His Story

This one will be read and read again. Why? Because it fulfills Dekker's mission in writing I remember him telling us at The Gathering in Franklin, TN in 2009. That all his stories are just retellings of The Story. His Story. Ah, and what a beautiful story it is!

If you think that this is just Ted's attempt to cash in on the vampire phenomena in novels today, don't buy it. He shames those stories. And actually, that is a small part of the storyline anyway. In fact, his mythology began before all of that. Back in another powerful story found in a a few lost books and a circle of colors: Black, Red, White and Green.

So here is my disclaimer: Yes, Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy to read and review to my heart's content. And I've done this several times before. But few books have moved me like this one. Few indeed.

I recommend this book for you to read and to give away. For those considered His Bride and for those not yet so blessed.

May the blood of Immanuel's Veins flow through yours...

Darien of Roe, Lover of the Great Romancer

Book Description from Thomas Nelson

This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

Book Trailer

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Science & Faith

Shared by James Emery White (see in full here on his blog):

So once again we should remind ourselves of the words of Robert Jastrow, for 20 years the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, on what continues to be the best prediction for the final interplay between science and religion:
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream.  He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."

Monday, September 13, 2010

9-11-2010 on 9-12-2010

I want to pass along these thoughts by my friend "Barney" Barnes. Retired Naval Aviator, Chief Deputy (among many other things), this gentleman, my senior by about 20 years, invests in the lives of men for the sake of the gospel. He also loves this country and has a lot to say that my generation needs to hear. So, with that said, here are his thoughts on 9-11 this year. DRG

Some Thoughts on 9-11-01—on 9-12-10

Yesterday I, like many millions of Americans, spent some quality time reviewing and reflecting on the unfolding of the events of September 11, 2001. My thoughts naturally flowed into how those events have impacted our nation and our world over these last nine years. I was somewhat surprised at the extent to which the magnitude of the attack had been minimized in my own mind. I had forgotten the colossal nature of the twin towers’ collapse and the momentary fear, panic, and stunned paralysis on the faces of Americans as the diabolical plot methodically played out. You may have had a similar experience but now it is 12 September once again.

Although it was often reported that “3000 Americans were killed” it is important to note that the actual number of victims of the terrorist attack was 2,977. While the majority of these were Americans, more than 90 countries lost citizens to the carnage. This number, like the 2,350 killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is the number that will live in infamy and forever darken what was to be a bright, late summer day in 2001. We should not denigrate the lives of such helpless victims by carelessly speaking of the magnitude of their sacrifice by even one life.

Accordingly, I believe it wise and prudent to review a brief construct of the 2,977. First we must remember the 246 passengers and crew aboard the four airplanes who endured the horrific and torturous ride to their deaths. Then there are the 2,606 men, women and children in the Twin Towers and on the ground who were simply beginning their Tuesday morning activities. Among these 2,606 dead are 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 8 private EMT/EMS. Lastly there are the 125 who died in the Pentagon attack of which 55 were military personnel.

I can not help but remember the words spoken over another series of killing fields where, during a 3 day battle, 3,155 Union troops and 3,500 Confederate troops were killed in action. We also know that approximately 15,000 were wounded on each side and that, statistically, 15% of these would soon die of their wounds. Accordingly, well over 10,000 were killed at Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Address begins simply …“Four score and seven years ago our Fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” These words, rooted in The Declaration of Independence, have been a river of life across the generations and resonate in my spirit and animate my thinking on this September 12th. President Abraham Lincoln ends his epoch address with the same profound simplicity …“that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain---that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom---and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Thomas Jefferson often spoke of eternal vigilance as being the price of liberty. Achieving this high standard is not an easy task. It is, however, the requirement. It can not be achieved by a government program. It can only be achieved in the hearts and actions of those who love liberty. Perhaps one way we could uphold this standard is by being resolute…“that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain” and look humblyand intently to God to “crown our Good with Brotherhood…from sea to shining sea!”

Prepared by: John R. “Barney” Barnes

CDR USN® 9-12-10

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Am I settling for < the Supernatural Life?

Over the next several days, I want to work through this article written by Fancis Chan in Neue Magazine out loud.

Here's how his article starts,

Neue Magazine - The Supernatural Life
Francis Chan | 07 September 2010 
When you’re alone with the Word of God, you probably have less peace than you’re willing to publicly admit.
You’re fine at church, attending conferences or spending time with churchgoers. But when you’re studying God’s Word by yourself, a sick feeling creeps into your stomach. How can you reconcile Jesus’ teachings with what you see in the Church?

I do feel this way.

I get comfortable for a while but then I start squirming again. Because I live with this tension in ministry between doing what I've always seen done in church world and what I see Jesus living out and leading others to live out. In short, I'm frustrated because I'm settling. I not going for it.

Why not, you ask? It's pretty simple: I'm afraid to go for it.

It's a lack of confidence and faith in my Lord and Savior, I'm ashamed to say.

My prayer:

Lord, I ask for your forgiveness. I have settled for religion instead of the life you intended for me. In fact, I've even led others to do the same. Cleanse me, merciful Father.

Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I'll only fear You and not the world, people or circumstances. Help me get past my fears of discomfort, inconvenience, failure and what other people think of me.

I'm ashamed of my lack of faith, courage and confidence in You, Lord. Thank you for so thoroughly forgiving me and not giving up on me. I so need You! You are amazing! In Jesus' name I pray this, Amen.

Eyes need light to see; Ears need ??? to hear.

A question I want answered:

If eyes need light to see, what do ears need to hear?