Monday, April 13, 2009

Experiencing the Spirit and The Treasure Principle

The premise of Experiencing the Spirit is not to prove the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, instead, the Blackaby's hope to teach Christ-followers to embrace the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. The subtitle speaks volumes, "The Power of Pentecost Every Day." On the surface you would think we would all want that type of power, but embracing the power of the Holy Spirit can be intimidating. Henry and his son, Melvin unpack the Holy Spirit, especially as He relates to you and I.

Blackaby asks what difference does does Christ make in your life, as he writes,

"Have you gone beyond accepting the fact that there’s a God? Have you moved beyond accepting Christ as God’s Son and made Him Lord of your life? If you believe there is a God, that He sent His Son to die for you, that God raised Jesus from the dead after three days, and that Christ is coming back for His disciples – that’s great. But satan believes all that! What makes your life any different from satan’s? To be different, you must come to Christ, pursue Him, give you life to Him, and keep growing in your relationship with Him — for He’s a Person to be loved, not an idea to be accepted."

I would highly recommend this short book from the Blackaby's. He was the one who wrote the wonderful study guide called "Experiencing God."

You can find the book at http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781590529119&ref=externallink_mlt_experiencing


One other book to read, especially in our finanacial situation is Randy Alcorn's The Treasure Principle. This is a great little book which packs a walloping punch. The premise for Alcorn's book is that Christians are missing the blessing of extravagent giving. The subtitle speaks volumes as well, Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving. Alcorn uses 6 Treasure Principle Keys which help us move forwad in understanding what Alcorn is getting at and what God wants. The book has practical ideas and is very relevant to our times.

In fact, The Treasure Principle is really a mirror of the Blackaby's book, since when we rely on the Holy Spirit for His power and transformation, then we gain a much better and healthier perspective of money and possessions. Again, I highly recommend this book.

Along with Experiencing the Spirit, The Treasure Principle would make a great short term study for a class or small group.

You can find The Treasure Principle at http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781590525081&ref=externallink_mlt_treasureprinciple_aeb_0309_01

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