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  • Abraham Lincoln on Criticism

    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
  • Consider the Cost

    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
  • Progress through Perseverance

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what is was to trifle with Him." - Richard Baxter
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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1000 Days by Jonathan Falwell

One Thousand Days, The Ministry of Christ by Jonathan Falwell, is a book of encouragement for believers who may be struggling in some area of their Christian faith.  He begins by reminding the reader that life can be full of excitement and accomplishment if we strive to live a “Jesus-Life”. He doesn’t necessarily push for perfection, just a proper perspective of who God is, a recognition of what Jesus came to Earth to do, and a way to see how His will is more of a protection and support than a mill stone around the Christian’s neck. Through a closer look at Christ’s 1000 days here, we can picture how our steps following that of our Saviors can allow us to make a difference in the Kingdom for Christ.

Through the Beatitudes, Falwell defines repentance, happiness, blessedness, peace, contentment, joy, strength, etc. in a practical way that shows us we are nothing without Him and that if we recognize our own weaknesses and propensity for sin, we can have a better view of who we are and who God is.  He also discusses what it means to be a follower of Christ, how to have proper expectations and how to weather the storms in life that inevitably will come. But he doesn’t stop there. After he lays out what to expect and why we should be committed, he explores the lessons and blessings we should expect that will come our way in the aftermath of our faithful steps of obedience.

I would recommend this book to new Christians or someone who isn’t quite planted in their faith who are struggling with the day-to-day stresses of living in a world that encourages sinful living. I liked how he laid out how to walk with Christ and leave off the things that trip us up. The way he lists and expounds on each point is believable and definitely doable.

I liked this part of his closing statement: “You, too, can live the Jesus-life. You can do it, not because you are able but because He is able and He is with you and in you. Stand up where you are right now… step into living the life Jesus modeled for us. Maybe your fist step will be to smile at the first person you meet, say hello to your neighbor, forgive your boss…”  If we can grab ahold of the concept that a better future begins with one step, we’ll be able to change our lives and then change the lives of others.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.