Biographies

Jesus is Everything – The Apostle John

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Meeting the God of the universe, being saved from Hell by Jesus exchanging his life for yours, and having the Holy Spirit indwell you and recreate every part of your being, obviously has a pretty dramatic effect on every part of your life. Meeting Jesus and having His Spirit guide your life changes how you see everything. It changes your vocabulary. It changes your understanding of relationships. It alters your view of time as you go from only looking at your life, or the next generation, to having an eternal vision of things. Meeting Jesus and being in constant communication with Him makes troubles look smaller, power look weaker, fear look foolish, and greed look ridiculous. It’s like getting a peek beneath the iceburg, or into the clockwork of the universe.

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Love and Truth

And the more you get to know Jesus, the more you allow his heart to envelop yours, the more you will understand the importance of love and of truth. Those two words, “Love” and “Truth” seem to be keystones in the life of a believer. We talk about them a lot.

God is love. Jesus loves you. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son…” (John 3:16) All over scripture it tells us to “Love one another.”

And Truth. We have the Gospel Truth. “Thou shalt not lie” is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus says “I am the truth.” (Jn 14:6)

The Apostle John seemed to be all about these two words: Love and Truth. He lived his entire life devoted to Jesus and when he spoke of Him it revolved around the bold proclamation that Jesus was the souce… the ultimate source… of Love and Truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Review of “7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness” by Eric Metaxas

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“7 Men
And the Secret of Their Greatness”
Eric Metaxas
Thomas Nelson

Summary

Eric Metaxas brings his skill as a writer and researcher to this excellent series of biographies. Each man’s story is told with care, accuracy and depth, giving us important insights and reflections on their life and spiritual journeys. Each chapter stands on its own as a great piece of writing and together they make a life-changing book.

Review

I haven’t read a lot of biographies. I prefer theological and practical discipleship books. That being said, one of the greatest gifts that came from receiving “7 Men” to review was the inspiration to read more biographies — because I loved it! What an inspiring book.

I’ve really been missing out and Metaxas’ introduction gives some great reasons why it is important to put aside other things to read biographies of great men (and women): We need heroes!

Certainly Jesus is the hero for all generations, but God seems to have designed humanity with the need to follow in the footsteps of less-divine men as well. All of us need to find people we can look up to and emulate (and learn from when they catastrophically blow it). We need mentors who are right in front of us, in our homes, churches and neighbourhoods, and those who have passed from this life. Without giving these people influence over our lives we live life myopic at best, or blind at worst. “7 Men” gives us a great sampling of heroes to help open our eyes.

Metaxas is an incredible writer and intelligent scholar, but what surprised me about this book was that he wrote more as a fan than a researcher. His accurate language and love for details were all there, and the writing was impeccable, but the heart behind the words was what really came to the forefront. He wants every reader — particularly the men — to be as inspired, excited and amazed by these men as he is. And not just the men, but by the God who created these men, the Christ who saved them, and the Holy Spirit who lived in their hearts and motivated their lives.

This is no dry series of biographies full of events and dates. This book is meant to challenge and motivate us to a greater awareness of life. Each biography gives us lessons to learn, habits to adopt, mistakes to avoid and points us to God as our ultimate source of wisdom and strength.