Oh look, a chicken!

January 16, 2006

I will finish the book, God Is Here, today.  This book, written by Steve Case, is a modern telling of Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God.  I received my copy through Relevant Network, and the book is published by Relevant Books.

I have mixed feelings on recommending the book.  The book has little meat to it.  I really didn’t learn anything new, and I wasn’t challenged or stretched in any way.  However, for someone new to Christianity, they might really get something out of it.  I would recommend most, however, to simply pick up and read the original by Brother Lawrence.

The book is under 200 pages, and could probably have been printed on half that.  The font is not small, and the margins are exceptionally large (as if I might want to jot something down there).  I will finish the book today, because I have challenged myself to do so, although I am not entirely interested at this point.

Although I have not been singing this books praises, I did find an illustration relevant to my life.  The author is sharing a prayer written by a friend of his (Bob in Ohio):

God, maker of heaven and earth, help me to stay focused on the thi-… oh look, a chicken!

Focus, focus, focus!  Focus is something I lack much of the day.  I am too easily distracted.  It bothers my wife much of the time when I close my office door, but the truth is for me to think, I cannot have the little noises drifting in.  It is not that they are making so much noise and distraction, it is more a problem on my end.  During the midst of writing this post, my mind has wandered to a minimum of 10 other things.

I am really endeavoring to read more this year.  To do so, I am going to have to find better focus.  This prayer is designed to help us remain focused on God, and “the things that are important to You. Amen.”  Am I the only one with this problem?  I think I have more to say, but my mind has wandered and I have lost all stream of thought, so I will end this post.

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Sermon Spice

January 13, 2006

I was reading over at ::CawleyBlog:: today when I discovered the existence of a resource: Sermon Spice. This is evidently a for-purchase video illustration site. The videos are excellent. You can view most of their library online in a small resolution with a copyright screen graphic. If you like what you see, you can purchase and download a higher resolution to share with your congregation. The following are some excellent choices for preview:

If you want to cry, check the Together (Team Hoyt) clip.

If you want to laugh, check out the Evangelism Linebacker.

If you simply want to be inspired, That’s My King is an excellent choice.