It’s Friday and I Didn’t Finish a Book for Review

I had been on a roll reading at least one book a week to review recently. But this past week though I started a book of short stories by various authors and the first story was great, I couldn’t pick it up again and read on. Instead, I’ve been reading scripture; and who could ever review the inspired word of God? There are so many versions and right now I’m reading the (Aleph/Tav – eth) Cepher and am in Isaiah. Frequently though I read again from another English version and even listen to the same section on Bible Gateway.

So, I apologize to all my followers for not having a book review this week. I’ll try to finish the anthology and have a review of it next week.

Have a blessed weekend.

Shalom Shabbat

Grandma Peachy

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Book Review: AAru (The AARU Cycle Book 1) by David Meredith

AARU is an interesting science fiction type of story set in the not too distant future. I don’t want to give any spoilers so suffice it to say the technology to live forever plays a significant role in the unfolding story of two sisters.

The first parts of the story contain a lot of description from the internal perspective of the main character. I was concerned that the level of detail would continue throughout the story. However, the feelings of the main characters were a good lead up to what eventually transpired.  The author did a good job relating the emotions of the characters in tragic circumstances. I felt sympathetic to the feeling of the characters.

After this first part, maybe the first 20 percent, the plot quickened. It was a well developed plot and for the most part the main characters were pretty well developed. And the main characters were reasonably well developed.

I did find that the attempt to write in an accent was inconsistent. When a person’s language substitutes the “th” sound with the “d” sound as in ‘dat’ for ‘that’ it would be done consistently.  That was not done. Other wise I got the idea of the type of accent implied.

The author incorporated a lot of recent conspiracy theory elements into the book. On a personal level I could not endorse the type of technology presented in the book.  Even some of the characters had philosophical questions about the technology.  But, it did make for a pretty good story. Though this story was complete as far as it goes, there is an unresolved issue that will lead into the next book I’m sure.

AARU is appropriate reading for young adults and teens. Available on Kindle unlimited.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Aaru-Cycle-David-Meredith/dp/099103113X

http://www.facebook.com/DavidMeredithWriting/

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 4) – Patience

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

At some point we all lose patience with something or someone. I know that my patience sometimes wears thin and I become irritable with others especially those that really haven’t attained the age of accountability, that is my grandchildren. Age does not make it easier to tolerate the chaos of multiple young children. The fruit of the patience of God is another thing altogether. Through the Holy Spirit we can have patience in any situation.

We are instructed in scripture to be patient in a number of things.  Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12), wait patiently for the Lord (Psalms 37:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:5), patient toward all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14), patient continuance of doing well (Romans 2:7) all for the hope of the reward promised.

Yahuah our God has abundant patience with us his wayward sheep. When God repented that he made man because of the wickedness that was on the earth and he told Noah to build the ark he gave humanity 120 years to repent. When he sent Jonah to Nineva to preach repentance the city did repent and God withheld the destruction Jonah had warned of had they not. However, the city returned to their former ways and, as far as I could determine in my studies, a hundred years later they would not repent so then God destroyed the city. He sent his son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins it has been about 2000 years that God has waited since then, allowing humanity to accept his plan for their salvation from sin and death. He is still giving us time to accept his son. God waits a long time for humanity to get it all together and acknowledge him as the only Lord and King over all as creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them. That is the kind of patience that he gives us through his Holy Spirit.

Numbers 14:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

Of course, we do not always listen to the Spirit of Yahuah and we tend to lean on our own understanding and being mortal, time restricted, imperfect beings we become impatient at times.  This iniquity, if we are unrepentant, will be passed on to future generations for up to four generations. Then we need to repent and beg forgiveness and God will forgive us and the sin will be blotted out and never held against us. Although, we are not to continually sin in any way but to always be striving to be like Jesus who never sinned. To repent means to turn away from, so true repentance means we really do turn away from the sin and leave it behind as a bad memory.  We are human and we will on occasion cave in to our human nature, but, the striving toward the perfection of Jesus will keep us improving and growing closer to our God. The closer we get to God the more we yield to him and the more his Holy Spirit can work in us.

Deuteronomy 7:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands. 

For those who love God completely and follow his commands he will remember the covenant he makes for an indefinite time to subsequent generations. He promised Abraham that he would make him the father of nations and his offspring would be a numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands of the sea shore.  All this because Abraham loved the Lord and believed Yahuah without doubt, following his commands.  Even though Abraham’s progeny were a fickle people, falling away from worshiping Yahuah Elohim the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and worshiping Ba’al, and the gods of the people around them, experiencing God’s punishment then returning to Yahuah calling again upon God over and over. Even so, God still fulfilled his promise to Abraham. Even today, the promises that God made to his people Israel are still being kept, even though they rejected their messiah. But God had a plan, and he is patient to see his plan fulfilled.

Years ago I had a dream of completely yielding myself to God. It was an indescribable feeling to release all of my burdens, all of my sins, all of my life to him. The joy was amazing, the healing was complete, and I treasure that dream. However, I still have not attained that point of complete surrender to the Lord of my life.  Like Paul the apostle, I do things that I do not want to do and I do not the things that I want. Patience isn’t my most noteworthy characteristic, though, over the years I have improved somewhat. I do have hope that one day, I will have that patience which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life – one day.

Psalm 40:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

 

Blessings to all,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

http://www.e-sword.net/

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Book Review: The Sheeriyth Imperative by Dr. Michael Lake

The Sheeriyth Imperative

Empowering the Remnant to Overcome the Gates of Hell

by Dr. Michael Lake

After reading the first book in this series on preparing the remnant I was anxious to know what the author had to say about empowerment of the remnant. Where the first book shattered some of my beliefs this one deeply convicted my heart on preparing myself for spiritual warfare. Things that God has been whispering to me for weeks or even months are pointed out as ways to prepare my soul and spirit for warfare in these times. A confirmation of what the Lord is expecting me to do to be prepared in these times.

There are a lot of references in the book that went over my head.  For people who have a formal Bible education I’m sure those parts will have more in depth meaning. But, the crux of the message was still clear to me. Within the book are a number of charts and photos and I had to get my magnifying glass out so I could read the words in them. For a visual learner I recommend having a magnifier on hand. There are some copy edit issues that were noticeable to me, but, the teaching is not weakened because of them.

The message in this book is powerful. Many weak Christians, those that are asleep spiritually speaking, will be offended by some of what is pointed out about their religious practices and beliefs. Others who are honestly seeking God will be awakened to the perils of remaining in the Babylonian influenced Laodicean church.  This book, along with the previous book The Shinar Directive, is designed to teach God’s people how to survive the spiritual warfare that we have to battle daily not only in our own lives but our families, churches, communities, nations, and the entire world. We learn the nature of the first, second, and third heaven as they come into play in spiritual warfare. It is a wake up call to all Christians who truly love the Lord and want to be part of his Kingdom.

If you have not read the entire Bible and are not daily into the Word of God then you may not be ready for this book. I’d recommend getting into the Word then picking up this series and growing as you remain in the Word daily. Excellent and enlightening teaching by Dr. Lake. Worth having in your library and reading more than once.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Sheeriyth-Imperative-Empowering-Remnant-Overcome-ebook/dp/B01N121I00

http://kingdomintelligencebriefing.com/books/sheeriyth-imperative/

Find Dr. Lake:

http://kingdomintelligencebriefing.com/

http://www.biblical-life.com/

http://www.facebook.com/michael.k.lake

 

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 3) – Peace

Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I think the NASB translation of the verse above is my favorite, at least it is the version that I’ve hidden in my heart. Today I want to discuss the peace of the Spirit as a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Without his Spirit there can be no good spiritual fruit in our lives.

The Greek word used in Galatians 5:22 as listed in the Strong’s Concordance (G1515) is:

εἰρήνη
eirēnē
i-rah’-nay
Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: – one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

The Apostle John recorded Jesus’ words in his gospel regarding his peace.

John 14:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

I am of the opinion that Jesus, in speaking to his apostles, probably used the word ‘shalom’ which the Greek translated into peace. Shalom has a much deeper meaning than just the peace that is the absence of conflict or war.  Biblically the word shalom is a blessing inferring divine grace with tranquility, well-being, security, prosperity, and a life that is untainted with any defect. It relates to both the physical and moral aspects of life.*

For me the peace that Jesus gave us, his peace, becomes an inner state in which nothing is unsettling to my spirit.  Because his Spirit dwells in me it produces that fruit of tranquility in my very being. I have to say that when I am not fully walking in the ways of Yahuah that peace does not always manifest. However, when I am walking close to God, that peace will settle in on my soul and my spirit is calm, relaxed, and not fearful of my circumstances even in adversity.

When Jesus was teaching on the mountain he said that those who are peacemakers are blessed for they will be called the Children (Sons) of God (Matthew 5:9).  It is not always easy to be a peacemaker. In Romans 12:18 the apostle Paul admonishes us to as much as it is possible live peaceably with others. I take that to mean we are to try to be peacemakers, not engaging acts or speech that is inflammatory with others who happen to disagree with us.  We are not to argue religion or any other topic, such as politics, that causes heightened emotions which can lead to anger and strife. We would better serve the Kingdom by being calm and level headed and at peace when we are faced with adversity and the anger of another person. That is not to say that we should compromise our integrity or our faith to keep peace with another person.

Romans 14:16-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men. (emphasis added)

Most importantly we are to be at peace with Yahuah. Living according to the example of Christ and following his command in Matthew 22:37 to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind. He was reiterating the passage in Deuteronomy 6:5 which says to love Yahuah with all your heart, soul, and strength (KJV uses might). When we love our Creator God in this manner, his Holy Spirit will manifest his fruit in our lives and we will have that peace which Jesus said that he gives to us. It is not of our own but the peace of Jesus which will be that fruit of the spirit in our lives.

Shalom,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

* http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shalom/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Shinar Directive Preparing the Way for the Son of Perdition by Dr. Michael Lake

Generally I review fiction books by indie authors. This week I read a book of Biblical teaching that I found exceptionally enlightening yet somewhat difficult to read. Difficult in that it shatters many of the things that I believed and opened my eyes to the insidiousness of the dark side and how it has infiltrated Western theology.

The Shinar Directive exposes the tactics of the dark side including the occultic Luciferian Elite who have been generations in the planning for the appearance of the Antichrist.  You have to be prepared to hear truth in it’s grittiest raw form if you are going to read this one. It is the first of three this author is publishing. The third in the series isn’t published yet.

In this book you learn how the church has been infused with the pagan practices of Babylon, the role of mystery secret societies, how the Luciferian Elite control world events, how our society is being manipulated, the extent of mind control, the role of transhumanism, and much more. The Shinar Directive is meant to help wake up sleeping Christians to be be the Remnant and victorious church in these last days before the end times of prophesy.

The topics covered are well researched and presented in a way that is easy to understand. There are diagrams and images that I had to take a magnifying glass to in order to make out the words. But even if you don’t go into the pictures and diagrams you will gain an understanding from the text.  There were just a few copy edit errors that I had to correct in my mind, but they very were few and did not create any confusion in the reading.

An excellent read for the serious Bible student and Christian seeking to know more about Bible prophesy.  Eye opening and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book to all believers in Jesus. It is time to know what the enemy plans so you can be ready in your spiritual walk.

On to the next book in the series.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Shinar-Directive-Preparing-Perditions-Return-ebook/dp/B00TVASNF4

http://kingdomintelligencebriefing.com/books/shinar-directive/

Find Dr. Lake:

http://kingdomintelligencebriefing.com/

http://www.biblical-life.com/

http://www.facebook.com/michael.k.lake

 

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 2) – Joy

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

When I accepted Jesus at age 14 I was at a Baptist Bible Camp. Thanks to a junior high history teacher, who took the time to answer some of my questions, the stories I had learned in Sunday School became real. She set the Biblical history into the secular history I had been learning. When the Bible became real it took very little for me to understand that I needed to make a decision to be a follower of Christ.

The night I answered the alter call is one the most memorable nights of my life. I laughed so much that evening that the girls in my cabin all thought I was nuts. The reality was that I was filled with the joy of the Lord through the work of the Holy Spirit who had come to reside in my heart. No matter what has ever happened in my life that joy has not been quashed.

There have certainly been times that I was not walking in the ways of God and that joy was not made manifest in me. The Spirit cannot work in our lives when we are out of step with the will of Yahuah. But, when I am walking in the ways of the Lord then joy is manifest in me. One time when I was working in a small office there was a day in which only myself and the receptionist were in the office. She was not a believer, she was following some new age doctrine and it was not helping her. She was depressed and feeling worthless and laying her heart open to me. At that moment, the Holy Spirit took over my mouth and began to speak scriptures to her that told of her worth in the eyes of Yahuah.  A prime example of why we need to hide the Word in our hearts. I barely remembered what I had said, but, the feeling of joy that dwelled in me for days to come is indescribable. To be an open and willing vessel to be used of God is the most joyful thing I’ve ever experienced. Even the birth of my children, in which there was much joy, comes in second to being used by the King of kings and Lord of lords, Elohim of elohim, Yahuah God.  Nothing can even compare to the joy it brings. I am convinced that the joy I felt was God’s joy that I was willing to be a vessel and that he was able to minister to that young woman through me, his servant. Many years later, by accident, I actually found her on social media and she had come the Lord Yeshua and given her heart to him to serve him. Often we do not see the results of the seed that we plant, but, sometimes God will allow us to see the results of someone harvesting the seed we planted. What a wonderful gift that fills my heart with joy and gladness.

Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our stronghold.  In the Amplified it says strength and stronghold. When life gets rough we gain strength in the joy of the Lord that lives within us. When I have been faithful and diligent in attending to my own spiritual growth it does not matter the circumstances I find myself in, the joy of the Lord sees me through even the most difficult of times. That same joy allows me to give thanks and honor and glory to God in the abundant times.

Nothing compares to the joy of knowing Yeshua my Savior. Only through Jesus can we overcome the burdens that sin weighs upon our body and soul. When I’ve lived in disobedience my joy has been dampened and I am downcast because I know that I am not living as Yahuah desires for me. It is the free will that God gave me which allows me to let the world and Satan come into my life and ruin my joy. When I repent and return to the Lord then my joy is complete once again. Like Paul wrote to the Romans, in my flesh I am a slave to sin, but in my mind I am a slave to the law of God. Only through the death of my Savior on the cross am I free from that slavery to sin. When I repent and my sins are forgiven, not to be remembered or held against me, that allows the joy of the Lord to live in me. Repent and turn to Jesus, he is the only way to eternal life, the only way to have eternal joy.

Psalm 32:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

How joyful is the one
whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered!
How joyful is the man
the Lord does not charge with sin
and in whose spirit is no deceit!

Romans 4:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

How joyful is the man
the Lord will never charge with sin!

Living in the will of God and having his joy within is not only a source for strength, but, for spiritual well being. It is healthy for us to be well spiritually. I truly believe that the source of many mental illnesses is not allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.  Without the joy of the Lord through his Spirit our lives can be excessively stressing. Stress causes a lot of the physical illnesses. It is estimated that 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are from stress related illness. Let the joy of the Lord be medicine to your body as well as your strength and stronghold.

Proverbs 17:22 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Take to heart the benefits of accepting the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us, repent of sin, believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross, was three days in the tomb, rose again on the third day over coming sin and death. Let Yeshua be the Lord of your life and give  you his Holy Spirit that the fruit of the Spirit may be manifested in you for a joyful life here and eternal life with God.

Live joyfully in Christ Jesus,

Grandma  Peachy

Links:

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

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