My Read of the Month:

Disciples are made not bornTitle: Disciples Are Made, Not Born
Author:
Walter A. Henrichsen
Published: 1974
Genre: Christianity- Discipleship
Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars

If you are not sure what discipleship is all about or how to disciple. Then this is the book to start reading!

Besides it being a very insightful book to beef up one’s spiritual growth, the author also provides lots of useful lessons in guiding a spiritual mentor or mentor-to-be in discipling someone in Christ. Every chapter presents a step by step process in laying the biblical framework in mentoring a disciple.

But just as how I might be describing this read, this book can get a little draggy because of its teachy-style. Otherwise, it is still a handy book to read and keep to use in discipleship training.

Who should read it: Aspiring spirtual mentors-to-be and spiritual mentors

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Relying on Him thru’ Prayer

Jesus prayingI think most of us (Christians) know the importance of prayer, but not many of us actually adopt a lifestyle that centres around prayer.

And I must confess that I am one of the guilty ones.

Some of the common reasons can be how unpractical prayer may appear to us or the busyness that steals us away from a time of prayer. 

Jesus our role model 

Despite prayer being simply conversing with God, it has always remain a challenge for many of us especially in a urbanised age with so many forms of distractions.

Jesus was the best role model for prayer. He not only taught His disciples how to pray, but He also led as an example of a power prayerful life (c.f. Mark 1:35

With prayer playing a strategic role in our spiritual growth and for the advancement of His Kingdom, it is precisely why our enemy want us not to pray. 

When we do not pray, we become spiritually weak and ineffective.

Our need to pray 

Just as how we breathe to live, we need to pray to sustain our spiritual life. Prayer is our spiritual input to give us life for our inner man.

Incidentally, our indifference towards prayer also reveals our independent spirit from God; that we do not rely on Him. And it can also suggests our depth of intimacy with Him. 

Hence, it is clear that we need to rely on Him and immerse ourselves in prayer to draw His strength.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray

1 Peter 4:7

It is with His strength (not ours) that we have power to live a victorious life over temptations and to tear down the enemy’s strongholds in this world we live!

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Jesus Christ In The Marketplace

Below is a very encouraging article that was featured in TODAY two weeks ago:

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CEO Jesus

His (South Korea’s President-elect Lee Myung Bak) bold proclaimation reaffirms the relevance of Christianity in operating in our global marketplace!

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

I say that our jobs are not provided merely to earn a living.

Our God-given vocations are meant to be an extension of Jesus and His Church in the marketplace to reach out- influence and win people over with His love and truth- in a lost, cold and dark world!

Finding His Calling In The Marketplace

Then the Lord said to Moses,

“Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.

He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!

Exodus 31:1-5 (NLT)

9 Remarkable Stats on Google

Google

Read some of these remarkable stats on Google compiled by Jeff Jarvis:

  1. Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.” – Times of London, 1/29/06
  2. Google controls 65.1% of all searches in the U.S. at the end of 2007 and 86% of all searches in the UK, according to measurement company Hitwise
  3. Google was searched 4.4 billion times in the U.S. alone in October, 2007 (three times Yahoo), says Nielsen. Average searches per searcher: 40.7
  4. Google’s sites had 112 million U.S. visitors in November, 2007, says Nielsen
  5. Google’s traffic was up 22.4% in 2007 over 2006, according to Comscore
  6. Google earned $15 billion revenue and $6.4 billion profit in 2007, a profit margin of 26.9%. Its revenue was up 57% in the last quarter of 2007 over 2006, says Yahoo Finance. As of late 2007, its stock was up 53% in a year. The company has a market capitalization of $207.6 billion
  7. Google controls 79% of the pay-per-click ad market, according to RimmKaufman. It controls 40% of all online advertising, according to web site HipMojo
  8. Google employed almost 16,000 people at the end of 2007, a 50% increase over the year before
  9. Google became the No. 1 brand in the world in 2007, according to Millward Brown Brandz Top 100