Words on Wednesday: Just a Few Books

  In the mid90s, i came across this novel series about King Hezekiah and his son Manesseh.
(Actually, there's two versions of the series: a 1995 one and a 2005 one, shifting secondary emphasis from women's issues to social/business climbing.)
  i've long thought we need to study King Hezekiah's story more these days.

God shares this king's narrative with us in II Kings, II Chronicles, and Isaiah.  Sounds important to me.  We get a lot more detail on Hezekiah than many of the other kings.

Jonathan Cahn's book, The Harbinger

  i was reminded of Austin's King Hezekiah novels because i finally read this book a friend had been urging on me for months.
  Honestly, it did not look like a - what word do i want? - reasoned book about faith.
  It looks sensationalist.
  Actuallly, i guess it's seen that way.
  It is, however, not only a gripping story, but i found myself encountering details i already knew and believed.
  i've spent time verifying other items.
  Others i remember happening.
  His point is direly needed:  if My people, who belong to Me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please Me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land

Specifics of Repentance

  • It begins with the House of God (I Peter 4:17)
  • We haven't loved Him enough (Revelation 2:4)
  • We haven't desired Him enough - i don't know about you, but i don't often pant for Him like a deer in a place where there's no water.  (Psalm 42:1)
  • We don't know as much about Him and His Word as we ought. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
  • We don't check out teachings to see if they are truly from God. (I John 4:1-3)

  • We sit back and murmur among ourselves while the people around us call evil good. (Romans 1:20-32; Isaiah 5:20-23; Ezekiel 33:6,7;Acts 4:19)
  • We haven't served Him with all our heart. We may be doing exactly the right thing, with the wrong focus. (I Peter 4::10, Luke 10:40)
  • We haven't personalized this.  It isn't just "them back then," it isn't the people in (fill in your personal undesirable neighborhood), the person who rubs you the wrong way. It's me.

A reasoned article critiquing the book
An article about reading with discernment

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