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Album Review ~ The Ruins By The Ruins

Category/Genre

Pop/Alternative

Release Date

February 1, 2019.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


The Ruins present an honest expression of human struggles in the journey of faith—one full of hope and faith in God’s promises, and with a positive spirit that reflects deep passion, in a soft, mature, and pleasant manner.

The Ruins are a fresh voice with urban lyrics that speak with a unique flavor of metaphor which  is impressively interesting, and expressed with an eclectic blend of pop and alternative, which in itself, is also impressive. With this type of music, The Ruins look like they’re here to stay.

 

About The Ruins


The Group’s debut EP on DREAM Records will be releasing on February 1st, 2019. It is their soul-stirring revelation of grace and redemption; their razor-sharp pop sensibilities, and the generosity of two artists who know how to ebb and flow, give and take, while balancing reality with hope. The debut radio single will be Deliverance. It is a pop-alternative gem that captures the essence of the duo—sonically and philosophically. Deliverance released on January 18th alongside the start date of their pre-order of the album, which will ultimately release on February 1st.

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Album Review ~ Equippers Worship By Equippers Worship

Category/Genre

Worship/Praise

Release Date

January 25, 2019.

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Fun, full of praise, and genuine heart of surrender, the Equippers’ recent release leads with simple and known words that nonetheless present in a renewed way, songs that inspire overflowing joy, peace, and worship in the fantastic way that never grows old.

Equippers’ enthusiasm is contagious throughout the album as love, hope, and faith in God are expressed in the most joyful and lively way, combining beautifully with masterfully put-together tunes/instrumentals.

About Equippers Worship


Equippers Worship is the sound of Equippers Church, based in Auckland, New Zealand. With long-standing worship leaders, Wayne & Libby Huirua and Isaac Graham, alonside their youth worship team, Equippers Revolution–the revitalized Equippers Worship team is excoted for what lies ahead with their renewed sound. Track 1, This Is How We Party, was led by Equippers Revolution.

Book Review ~ The Minimalist Home By Joshua Becker

About the Book


Megablogger and international speaker, Joshua Becker, believes that minimalism isn’t about taking away from you. It’s about giving you something more.
In this highly practical guide, Becker takes you on a decluttering tour through every space in your house so you can love coming home—and love going out to live your dreams. Here you’ll discover…

  • How to tell your story through an inviting living room
  • What your clothes closet has to do with your self-confidence
  • Why less clutter in your bedroom helps you sleep better
  • How to decide what paperwork to keep and what to throw out
  • Which kitchen utensils are worth keeping
  • How to involve your family in the minimalist adventure

As Becker writes, “Minimalism doesn’t change you all by itself. It creates a context where it’s easier for you to change yourself.” Change starts one closet, one drawer, one room at a time. Change starts here.

Category

Non-fiction

Genre

House/Home

Rating

4 Stars

Review


The Minimalist Home is not only a wonderful guide for reinventing your home and personal space in a healthy and masterful way—and with satisfactory precision—but it also inspires a deeper search into the soul for a more meaningful and fulfilling life, which in turn inspire those around a minimalist to do the same.

Becker takes the time to prepare the heart of the reader in a pleasantly persuasive way that presents the daunting task of minimalizing in a realistic but simple way that paces progress in a manner that is encouraging for the enire household.

The Minimalist Home does NOT in any way insist that people sbould live with less than their needs. On the contrary. It rather highlights the beauty of the materials that supply those needs and some amazing wants so that they are more highly valued and better enjoyed by homeowners after clutter in disguise have been removed.

The Minimalist Home is a terrific guide for anyone—new to the idea or not—who wants healthier space in their beautiful home, but have no idea how to begin.

About the Author


Joshua Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website that inspires more than one million readers each month to find more fulfillment in life by owning less. He is also the cofounder of the popular digital publication, Simplify Magazine, and the bestselling (Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, Audible) author of several books, including The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Joshua and his family live in Peoria, Arizona.

Faith and not Sight

The fundamental truth about salvation is that we are saved by faith (believing on what Jesus accomplished on the cross) through grace (the love, mercies, favor, and power of God). But faith’s accomplishments doesn’t have to end there.

Being human, there’s the tendency to want to fall back into sensual living rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. More times than we realize, we ignore the truth provided and put right in front of us, and exchange it for the sensual and more “logical” option that makes sense by our human thinking, and then wonder why we miss a lot that happens right in front of us. The disciples of Jesus made this mistake time and again, and only understood a lot that happened in retrospect. One of such times was the Last Supper.

21When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ 22Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

23Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.

25Then, leaning back on Jesus, he said to Him, ‘Lord, who is it?”

26Jesus answered, ‘It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.’ And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to, ‘What you do, do quickly.’ 28But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, ‘Buy those things we need at the feast,’ or that he should give something to the poor.” —John 13:21-29

The scenario in the above text mirrors a lot of our experiences with the Holy Spirit where He may tell us something that we need to know, and sometimes not directly, just as Jesus did by not mentioning Judas’ name but giving a pointer to who the betrayer would be. While the Holy Spirit may not always pronounce certain things directly, He certainly supplies enough such that if we apply our hearts to understanding through prayer and studying the Word of God and have our minds continually renewed, we will grow in wisdom and be able to prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2), for it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and for kings (the children of God) to search it out (Proverbs 25:2).

Why would God conceal His matters?

Because we are already intimately and fully known by God (1 Corinthians 13:12). He made us. But when we search Him, we get to discover amazing things about Him, and get to know Him on a personal and intimate level. This is pleasurable to God, and this is how a genuine relationship is built—two people put in the effort to know each other, and love and accept what they discover. God’s part is already fulfilled. But by concealing His matters, we search, find, and discover beautiful things that delight us about God. And because we have pursued God—despite His graciously free gift of salvation—He doesn’t come cheap to us.

Back to the topic.

Faith. Not sight.

Sight (or sensuality) built on sentiments led the disciples to believe that Judas couldn’t possibly betray Jesus despite Jesus saying, “Most assuredly I say to you…” Sensuality made them believe even after Jesus had given Judas the dipped bread, that Jesus was probably sending him on an errand. It couldn’t possibly be anything else.

In the same vein, the Holy Spirit may whisper certain things to our spirits over and over again. But because of sentiment which clouds judgment, it will lead to false wisdom and understanding, and so our hearts will insist on a certain direction (which could lead to complacency), because by our own understanding, what the Holy Spirit is saying just seems too impossible or incompatible with what we may think we know. But nothing is impossible with God. God could raise nothing and make it good, and He could also declare unfit what may seem to you as everything. This is where the wisdom of God prevails over the feeble perception of man. God’s thoughts and His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). And if you will have God’s best, then you must allow your spirit to be led by His. You will need to learn the discipline and humility that will teach you to listen to His voice and follow His direction and instructions. Otherwise, like John and the rest of the disciples, time and again, you will miss what the Spirit is saying and may realize it too late.

Timing is important if we will live higher and above the standard of the world and our flesh. It is the ONLY way to live a groundbreaking life of faith that not only pleases God, but also enables us to fulfill the destiny that He has planned for us—living it to the fullest extent in such a way that it institutes the maximum effect in this world and in the one to come the way God intended from the beginning.

Also, it’s not just your destiny that could falter when you fail to listen, the destinies of those tied to you may be affected as well, even down your generation (as seen with the children of the Israelites who had to remain in the desert for forty years instead of forty days because of their parents’ disobedience in order for God’s punishment toward the parents to be fulfilled). Also, souls may be at stake. God’s grand scheme will DEFINTELY prevail. But some souls could be lost forever. Jesus did warn that it would be worse for anyone who led the little ones to sin (Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42).

About the Editor


Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, due for release Thanksgiving 2018. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.

To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

*The article, Faith and not Sight, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).

 

Bible Review ~ NIV Kids’ Bible: Polar Express Adventure

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Bible/Kids

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Using illustrations of the polar world, the NIV Adventure Bible highlights special themes from the Word of God in a fun and simple language that children can understand, which is paramount in setting children on the right path to finding God and building a relationship with Him. Such beautiful themes include: the ABC of giving your life to Christ and becoming a Christian, the Ten Commandments, What is Love?, How to Pray, What Jesus Taught, Jesus’ Life Path etc.—with the aim to open the Word of God to children in such a way that with little or no guidance, studying the Word of God will not only be enjoyable and a fun experience, but will also be a profound spiritual journey through the eyes of a child.

A truly fantastically themed Bible put together for the benefit of the spiritual growth of children!

Book Review ~ Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped By God’s Grand Story By Dr. Christopher Yuan

Category

Religious/Christian/Non-fiction

Genre

Christian Living/Sexuality

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


Holy Sexuality—coined to explain God’s view on matters about human sexuality, from desire to marriage and everything in-between, Dr. Christopher Yuan dives into the sensitive topics of gay sexuality, singleness, marriage and how it relates to the church and the church’s approach to dealing with the gay community. This is an exceptional read that will help Christians to better understand God’s Word on these matters, which will lead to better lovingly approaching their gay loved ones in a manner that truly honors God, embraces them, and yields fruit.

Holy Sexuality is deep, thorough, and forthright and provides an excellent roadmap to navigating issues of homosexuality, singleness, and desire as a whole. This isn’t a book just for Christians with Gay loved ones; it’s for the Church. A book truly birthed at a time the Church needs it the most.

About the Author


Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught at Moody Bible Institute for more than ten years, and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He coauthored with his mother, their memoir, Out of a far Country: A gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. He is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Dr. Yuan holds degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, and Bethel Seminary.

DVD Review ~ Hillsong Kids: Can You Believe It? (Songs of Truth)

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Musical/Praise/Children

Release Date

November 16, 2018.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


Fully loaded with a version of Hillsong’s prolific music, for kids, “Can You Believe It?” features songs of truth—praise and worship—that mirror a heart for God, as well as fellowship and togetherness of the Church. The DVD, presented by FUNNY MAN DAN, guides kids and adults alike on a musical tour that is humorous, as well as spiritual—prepared especially to show Jesus to children in a memorable and fun way.

Wonderful DVD features include music videos for selected songs, live sessions in the studio, and amazing fun lyric/sing-along videos.

A lovely release for kids in today’s Church and outside of it.