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"A Bright Tomorrow" by Jared Mellinger. A Review.

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A Bright Tomorrow: Facing the Future without Fear by Jared Mellinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Back in 2016 his then 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer; then came two years of chemo with all of the concerns, exhaustion, visits, and exams. Therefore, who better to write a little book on fear and faith than Jared Mellinger, Senior Pastor of a Sovereign Grace congregation, Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills Pennsylvania. Write a book he did, and what a book! "A Bright Tomorrow: How To Face the Future without Fear" is a 144 page manuscript just published in June 2018. It takes on many of the very things we fear and brings the hope of Gospel to bear on them. What keeps this from being a happy-clappy-feel-positive-all-the-time kind of work, is knowing that it was written during the days of his little girl's diagnosis and treatment.

"A Bright Tomorrow" is written to "push back fear and unbelief and to awaken our souls to the boundless comfort and h…

"Same Lake, Different Boat" by Stephanie O. Hubach. A Review.

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Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability by Stephanie O. Hubach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We're not very good in the ways we interact and relate with people who have different types of disabilities. I have seen people leave a church because they found out the newly called and installed minister had a child who had neurological and visual malformities and was completely wheelchair bound. In all my years I have only met one minister in one small church who had a clear disability (he had contracted polio as an infant and was unable to use his legs, requiring two forearm crutches). At times I myself have pulled away from people with handicaps, or treated them in a patronizing way. But if these people are men, women, girls or boys made in God's image, and if loving others is evidence that God abides in us (1 John 4.7-12), then having a better concept of disability is essential. That's where Stephanie O. Hubach, mother of a son with Down Syndrome, w…

"An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" by Veronica Mary Rolf. A Review

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An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich by Veronica Mary Rolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know very little about her, though I've heard her referenced before, and read snippets from her revelations over the years. So it was a pleasure to read the recently released 240 page softback, "An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" penned by Veronica Mary Rolf. This little volume is all about Julian of Norwich and is ideal for the delver and dabbler alike.

"An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" is exactly what the title declares. The first part of the book goes into the history and context of Julian of Norwich, chronicling both her life and her sitz im leben (setting in life). It is easily digestible, giving enough of Julian's situation to help the reader appreciate where she was, what was her moment in history, and how the text we have today came to us. The first part of the book ends with a glossary of the Middle English words Julian used, which I…

"O God, the Father Almighty" - 1 July 2018

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O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, you execute lovingkindness, justice and righteousness in the earth, and in these you delight (Jeremiah 9.24). Glory to you, O Lord!
We pray for your Church throughout the nations, for Del View Baptist Church, Dickson Baptist, Downtown Baptist, and Dumas Ave Southern Baptist Church. Fill your dearly loved people with courage and divine determination as we aim at seeking first your kingdom and your righteousness; fill up all our lack; grant good health; guide our every step in godly ways, strengthening our desire to be faithful Disciples of Christ. And grant us to treat our enemies and detractors with the same gracious kindness you treated us when we were your enemies.
We call out to you those we know who need to repent of their sins and believe in Christ, as well as those who have strayed away and need to be restored, and those whose faith is traumatized… Turn them from the father of lies, and to embrace the Son of your love, Jesus …